Meet the Peer Coaches

Student Success Coaches Fall 2019 Student Success Coaches

Naris, Sam, Taylor, Paulina, and Hailey 

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Psychology (Minor: Communication Studies)

What you wish you knew before going to college: How to cook... without burning the house down.

Favorite study tip: Never procrastinate on studying! It's important to start studying prior to the night before an exam. That way, you won't burn yourself out for one test!

Favorite extracurricular activity: Playing video games, such as Animal Crossing, Pokémon, and Super Smash Bros (to name a few :)) 

Hometown: Yokosuka, Japan

Major: Higher Education Leadership

What you wish you knew before going to college: As a student whose parents didn't go to school in America, not really having the guidance on what school to choose or the difference between high school and college. I wish I had known that office hours are really helpful, and allows you to ask other questions outside of the class material. My conversations with professors during office hours really helped me figure out where I wanted to go after college and the options available to me with my major. They may be daunting, but professors really do want to see students during office hours! 

Favorite study tip: Treat your self and set a schedule for studying. Whether it's one day a week where you can just sit and study! Take 15-minute breaks every 45 minutes you study. Scroll through social media, eat some cake, whatever you can do to let your mind rest.

Favorite extracurricular activity: I love watching cooking videos, documentaries, and going to concerts.

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Psychology

What you wish you knew before going to college: I wish I knew to be more open to trying news things and meeting new people!

Favorite study tip: Listening to white noise while studying helps to drown out any distracting sounds!

Favorite extracurricular activity: I'm a San Diego Padres fan and love going downtown to Petco Park to watch the games.

Hometown: Kona
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience with a Minor in Biomedical Ethics
What you wish you knew before going to college: Balancing school, fun, and personal time!
Favorite study tip: START EARLY!!!
Favorite extracurricular activity: Surfing
Hometown: Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota
Major: Psychology with a Minor in Theology & Religious Studies
What you wish you knew before going to college: I wish I knew how to take decent notes from assigned readings. My first textbooks were probably 94% highlighted!!
Favorite study tip: Establishing a visual study schedule for your semester helps to prioritize schoolwork.
Favorite extracurricular activity: I love running and yoga... and petting dogs :)
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Major: Behavioral neuroscience
What you wish you knew before going to college: Finding a balance between academics and extracurriculars is SO important in living a healthy and successful life.
Favorite study tip: Set a timer for an allotted amount of time and study without distractions until the timer goes off. After, reward yourself with a mini-study break.
Favorite extracurricular activity: Hanging out on the beach

Do you want to be a peer coach? Visit the "Become a Peer Coach" link in the left-hand navigation, or contact the Center for Student Success for more information:

University Center, Room 114
Phone: (619) 260-5995