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Academic Coaches 2015-2016

Alex

 
Alec R.

Major: Secondary Education- Social Studies- History
Year: Third Year

Alec is a third-year student in the cross college major program for History and Secondary Education- Social Studies in McMicken college of arts and The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). This is his first year as an academic coach. He is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society and previously worked as a peer mentor in the Center for First Year Experience. Outside of school Alec has been a member of the Army National Guard for 3 years. He enjoys the balance of service, studies, and still maintaining a social life. In his free time he enjoys reading, listening and playing music, and watching movies.

Coaching Specialties:
Stress Management, Military/civilian transition, work/life/social balance

Alex


Alex K.
Major: Graphic Communication Design
Year: Third Year

Alexandra is a third year student majoring in Graphic Communication Design. This is her second year as an academic coach. She is a Cincinnatus Scholar and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. Alexandra has her own photography business and coaches tennis. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, playing tennis, and taking pictures (of course!).

Coaching Specialties:
Motivation, Time Management, Stress Management, and Professionalism.

Alexis

Alexis W.
Major: Neuroscience
Year: Third year

Alexis is a third-year Cincinnatus student studying Neuroscience on the pre-medical track with hopes of pursuing a career in pediatric medicine. She is a member of the University Honors Program and the Connections Dual Admissions Program at the UC College of Medicine. This is her second year working as an academic coach at the LAC. She is also a presentation coordinator for Healthcats and a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. Outside of school Alexis enjoys volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital as well as baking, reading mystery novels, and spending time with friends and family.

Coaching Specialties:
Time management, organization strategies, semester planning, and work/life balance

Caroline

 
Caroline S.

Major: International Business & Marketing
Year: Second Year

Caroline is a second-year studying International Business and Marketing at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. She is also pursuing a Certificate in Business Spanish. She is a member of the University Honors Program, a Cincinnatus Scholar, and a Kolodzik Business Scholar. Caroline’s campus involvement includes being a sister of Kappa Delta Sorority as well as a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity, and the Co-Director of Marketing for TEDxUCincinnati. She is dedicated to helping other students at the University of Cincinnati grow and achieve their full potential. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and eating sushi!

Coach Specialties:
Time management, organization, professionalism, study strategies

Dea

Dea S.
Major
: Dietetics and Spanish
Year: Third Year

Dea is a second-year student majoring in Dietetics and minoring in Spanish. This is her first year working as an Academic Coach. She is involved with serving as the treasurer for the Student Dietetic Association, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and volunteering weekly. While not busy with school or work, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends, and cooking.

Coaching Specialties:
Campus involvement, professionalism, work/life balance, and study skills.

Doug

Douglas M.
Major: Computer Engineering
Year: Second Year

Douglas is a second-year student majoring in Computer Engineering. This is his first year as an academic coach at the LAC. He was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps before he became a civilian in July of 2014. He has experience in mentoring and developing peers in order to achieve their goals. He is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and has maintained a 4.0 GPA since beginning school. In his free time he enjoys relaxing with his wife, and watching terrible Netflix horror movies.

Coaching Specialties:
Stress control, Study habits, Organization, Military social transition, Prioritizing work.

Emily

 
Emily R.
Major: Operations Management and International Business
Year: Third year

Emily is a third-year Cincinnatus and University Honors Program student studying Operations Management and International Business while also pursuing a minor in Business Analytics. She is a member of the Kolodzik Business Scholars Program in the Lindner College of Business and has served as Vice President of KBSA. She is also a member of Lindner Ambassadors, Delta Sigma Pi, and Kappa Alpha Theta. Outside of school and extracurricular activities, Emily enjoys volunteering with the Stray Animal Adoption Program as well as working out, catching up on Netflix dramas, and visiting family in her hometown on the Westside of Cincinnati.

Coaching Specialties:
Time management, professionalism, campus involvement, and finding an academic/social balance

Erin

Erin O.
Major: Psychology (B.A. and B.S.)
Year: Third Year

Erin is a third-year Psychology major also pursuing a certificate in Violence Prevention in Families, Schools, and Communities. One day, she hopes to become a community psychologist to help improve the services and lives of domestic violence and sexual assault victims. She is a Cincinnatus scholar and Vice President of UC’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology. This is her first year as an Academic Coach. Besides working in the Learning Assistance Center, she just began working as an undergraduate research assistant in the Children’s Cognitive Research Lab (CCRL). Erin is most excited about helping fellow Bearcats find their passion in academia and succeed here at UC. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring cities, trying local food places, singing, hanging out with friends, and running.

Coaching Specialties:
Organizational skills, time management, self-motivation, goal-setting, scheduling, and work/life balance

Farah

Farah H.
Major
: Neurobiology
Year: Fourth Year

Farah is a third-year Neurobiology major on the pre-medicine track. She is a Cincinnatus Scholar as well as a University Honors Program Ambassador. This is her first year working in the LAC as an academic coach. Outside of the LAC, Farah is a student researcher and volunteer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is also a ROAR Tour Guide, a member of AED, and involved in Global Public Health Brigades. She sings Bollywood Fusion music with the UC Junoon A Cappella group as well. During her free time she likes to read, do yoga, and of course spend time with friends and family. Farah loves being involved in the UC community, and she is committed to helping her peers succeed.

Coaching Specialties:
Campus involvement, time management, organization, and work/life balance.

Garyn

 
Garyn M.
Major: Biology
Year: Fourth Year

My name is Garyn. I am a 4th year Biology major, Medical Sciences minor on a Pre-Medicine track. I love UC and I am so excited to serve as an academic coach for the Learning Assistance Center. I specialize in Pre-Professional degrees and fields as I am currently applying to medical school and I know quite a bit about other pre-professional tracks. I have taken and excelled in numerous challenging classes during my undergraduate years; learning several strategies for test preparation/ test anxiety and study skills. It is always important to know how to take a break from all the commotion, deadlines and responsibilities to take a break and enjoy college; I feel that I have a great strategy for finding an academic/social balance.

Coach Specialties:
Test Preparation, Study Skills, Pre-Professional tracks

Jade

Jade C.
Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Year: Third Year

Jade is a third-year Communication Sciences and Disorders major, studying to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. She is also pursuing the Certificate of Spanish for Service Learning in Social Work and Health Care Services. Jade is a University Honors Student, a Cincinnatus Scholar, and a UC Gen-1 Ambassador. This is her first year working as an Academic Coach in the LAC. Outside of the LAC, Jade is also a Student Worker in the College of Allied Health Sciences and an Executive Board member for UC's chapter of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association and Multicultural Concerns in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also a former UC WISE research participant and is currently a McNair Scholar. In her free time, Jade enjoys volunteering at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, watching beauty and fashion videos on YouTube, eating, and shopping!

Coaching Specialties:
First-generation students, time management, finding a work/life balance, campus involvement, and goal setting

Jalen

 
Jalen L.
Major: Artist Diploma in Viola Performance
Year: First-year Graduate

Jalen is in her fifth year at UC/CCM, where she is currently pursuing graduate studies in Viola Performance. As an undergrad, she was active in the Honors Program, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the CCM E-Media department. In her senior year, Jalen served as the Student Worker for Media and Design for the UC Honors Program, where she maintained the UHP’s social media pages. Someday she hopes to play in a professional orchestra, and to use skills in design, communication, and public relations to help arts organizations succeed. This is Jalen’s first semester as an academic coach; she hopes to help new UC students navigate some of the same struggles she faced! Outside of school, Jalen loves science fiction, hiking, and contra dancing.

Coaching Specialties:
Motivation, goal-setting, stress management, test preparation/text anxiety, career planning

Jeremy

 
Jeremy H.

Major: Psychology (B.A. and B.S.) & Cognitive Studies
Year: Third Year

Jeremy is a third-year student pursuing degrees in both Psychology and Cognitive Studies. This is his first year at the LAC and very much looks forward to assisting the student body in developing stronger academic skills. Jeremy is a member of Psi-Chi, has had multiple semesters of experience as at TA in psychology courses, and works in two Psychology labs on campus; Social Identity and Diversity and Human Resources and Workplace Effectiveness. He is hoping to stay at UC for graduate school in order to pursue his doctoral studies in Experimental Psychology. In his free time he looks forward to fishing, making music, being with friends, and drinking lots of coffee.

Coaching Specialties:
Goal Setting, Finding work/life balance, Exploratory Students, and Time Management.

Jonathan

Jonathan M.
Major: Viola Performance Master’s
Year: Graduate

Jonathan is in his first year of a Master of Music program in viola performance at the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). This is his first year working at the LAC as an academic coach. He participates with several music and performing organizations, in wide ranging locations from Cincinnati and Indiana to Johnson City, Tennessee. He is looking forward to working with other UC students about how best to handle, and then accomplish, a great balance of work and free time. In Jonathan's free time, he enjoys listening to music, cooking, going to the Rec Center, and running races of varying distances.

Coaching Specialties:
Organizational skills, self-motivation, time management, and goal-setting

Jordan

Jordan H.
Major: Middle Childhood Education- Mathematics & Natural Sciences
Year: Second Year

Jordan is a second-year student majoring in Middle Childhood Education with a focus in Mathematics and Natural Sciences on the pre-law track. This is her first year as an academic coach. She is a member of the University Honors Program, a Cincinnatus Scholar, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. In addition to being an academic coach, Jordan is a peer  leader. She is highly involved around campus with the CECH ambassadors, Middle Childhood Education Society, Cats for Cause, and Bearcat Buddies. In her spare time, Jordan likes to spend time with her friends and family, watch Netflix, and bargain shopping.

Coach Specialties:
Time Management, Organization Strategies, Finding an academic/social balance, Campus Involvement, Goal Setting

Jordan

Jordan P.
Major
: English Literature
Year: Third Year

Jordan is a second-year student majoring in English Literature, and this is his first year as an academic coach. He is a Cincinnatus scholar and University Honors student. He is also involved with the Residence Hall Association. Jordan is committed to helping students learn to be successful in balancing school and life. In his free time, Jordan enjoys playing pool, reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with his dog, Sophie.

Coaching Specialties:
Organization, majoring in the humanities, professional writing.

Katee

Katee M.
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Year: Third Year

Katee is a third year Darwin T. Turner Scholar majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders through the College of Allied Health Sciences. This is her first year as an Academic Coach. Aside from the LAC, Katee also works in the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services and holds leadership positions through the Turner Scholars program. In her free time, Katee enjoys helping others, spending time with family and friends, and shopping.

Coaching Specialties:
Organization and Time Management, Academic and Social Balance, Motivation

Katherina

 
Katerina G.

Major: Communication, Marketing, & Information Systems
Year: Second Year

Katerina is a second year students triple-majoring in Communication, Marketing, and Information Systems with the hope of pursuing a career in public relations and online fraud. This is her first year as an academic coach. Katerina is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honors society, Sigma Alpha Pi honors fraternity, and the University Honors Program. She was a 2015 Student Orientation Leader and Peer leader and has had several internships in the field of marketing. Outside of school, Katerina enjoys to sing, dance, and spending time with orientation friends, as well as her grandparents.

Coaching Specialties:
Time Management, goal setting, organization, professional writing, and test preparation.

Maddie

Maddie G.
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Year: Third Year

Maddie is a third-year CSD major, perusing her dream to become a speech and language pathologist. She is also minoring in Nutritional Sciences. This is Maddie’s first year working as an Academic Coach and is excited to help students be successful. She is involved around campus through her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and with the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. In her free time, Maddie enjoys running, playing tennis, babysitting, and spending time with friends and family.

Coaching Specialties:
Campus involvement, time management, organization, study skills, and academic/social balance.

Marissa

Marissa J.
Major
: Psychology
Year: Fourth Year

Marissa is a third-year Psychology major. She is also pursuing a minor in Early Childhood Education and Development and a certificate in Deaf Studies. She will continue her studies to obtain a Doctorate degree in Counseling. Her goal is to one day become a Child, Family, and Relationship therapist. This is her first year as an Academic Coach. Apart from working in the Learning Assistance Center, she is a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. In her spare time, Marissa loves to read, volunteer, and hang out with friends and family.

Coaching Specialties:
Time management, stress management, test preparation, study skills

 

McKenzie

McKenzie W.
Major: Organizational Leadership
Year: Third Year

McKenzie is an Organizational Leadership major also working towards her minor in Economics. She plans to pursue a career in the human resource field post-graduation. Aside from working at the LAC, McKenzie is a part of the Alpha Lambda Delta Scholarship Association, the Chi Omega fraternity, the ROAR Tour Guides, and is a Cincinnatus Scholar. In her free time, she likes to attend UC sporting events, hang out with friends and family, and read. McKenzie looks forward to working with many of UC’s students to help them reach their full potential.

Coaching Specialties:
Concentration, study skills, procrastination, time management

Meredith

Meredith M.
Major:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Year: Third Year

Meredith is a third-year CSD major, studying to become a speech and language pathologist. This is her second year of working in the LAC as an Academic Coach. She is currently the Community Service Chair for UC's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Co-President for Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. In hoping to gain experience in a hospital environment, she volunteers at Children's Hospital in the Speech Department on a weekly basis. Outside of pursuing her career, she is a part of the UC Women's Ultimate Team and a member of UC's Mountaineering Club. 

Coaching Specialties:
Organizational skills, time management, goal setting, self-motivation, and study skills

Mikala

 
Mikala S.
Major: History
Year: Sophomore

Mikala is a second-year History major, also pursuing a minor in Political Science. Post-graduation, she is looking forward to a career in Education by enrolling in a Master’s of Education certification program here at UC. Mikala is excited about this vocational path because she is passionate about instilling a love of history in upcoming generations. This is Mikala’s first year as an Academic Coach. Apart from working in the LAC, Mikala is a Darwin T. Turner Scholar, a member of the University Honors Program, and chair of Missions & Advocacy for UC’s Collages Against Cancer student organization. In her free time, Mikala enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.

Coaching Specialties:
Stress management, motivation, organization skills, and campus involvement.

Myia

Myia R.
Major
: Psychology
Year: Fourth Year

Myia is a fourth-year Psychology major. She is also pursuing minors in Early Childhood Education and Development, Africana Studies, as well as a certificate in Pre-Art Therapy.   She is  in pursuit of  becoming an art therapist for children. This is her second as an Academic Coach, and first year as a Coach Mentor. Apart from working in the Learning Assistance Center, Myia is a member of Psi Chi International Honorary Society in Psychology, Psychology Club, and a newly accepted member of WILL, Women in Leadership and Learning.  In her free time, Myia enjoys reading, painting, watching movies with friends, and playing basketball down at the Campus Recreation Center.

Coaching Specialties:
Organizational skills, time management, stress management

Sumanth

Sumanth M.
Major: Information Systems
Year: Second Year

Sumanth, better known as Nani is a second year Information Systems student at the Lindner college of Business.  Nani moved to Cincinnati from Colorado because of UC’s co-op program and looks forward to his first co-op soon. This is his first year working at the LAC and his aim is to enlighten students on how the smallest changes lead to the biggest outcomes in life. Apart from working at the LAC he is a peer leader for the Emerging Ethnic Leaders group and he is also a UC global scholar. In his free time Nani enjoys playing basketball and likes to direct spoofs and short films. Nani believes that every individual is immensely talented in some realm or the other and aims to encourage the same in students. He also looks towards getting a graduate’s degree in an IT related field. His ultimate goal is to advance in the Information Technology and eventually develop a startup software firm.

Coaching specialties:
Organizational skills, Test perpetration, Class scheduling and Semester planning.   

Tristen

Tristen T.
Major: Biology
Year: Third Year

Tristen is a third-year biological sciences student on a pre-vet track. Aside from being a full-time student, Tristen volunteers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, is a member of the Alpha Lambda Honors Society, and the Pre-vet club, and is an ATA for the freshman biology course here at UC. Being an organized and involved student while reaching her academic goals is something Tristen takes pride in, and she is looking forward to helping other students do the same. In her free time, Tristen enjoys working out, hanging out with her friends, shadowing at veterinary clinics, and reading.

Coaching Specialties:
STEM study skills, professionalism, and organization/time management