Personal Academic Community Coaches

Personal Academic Community Coaches

Meet your Peer Coach

 

Read about the peer coaches who work in UWB’s Coaching Program. They are here to help you succeed! Find one you connect with, schedule a time to chat, and work together to achieve goals throughout your college career and beyond!

       Schedule a Meeting:

  1. Login to Navigate: https://uwb.campus.eab.com
  2. Click on "Schedule an Appointment" button
  3. Select “Peer Coaching”
  4. Select Peer Coach Check-in
  5. Select Peer Coach <Name>
  6. Click "Next" to see the coach's availability

Alexander Kattakayam

He/Him

Senior

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Hometown: Cochin, Kerala, India

Major: Electrical Engineering

Clubs/Orgs: Indian Student Association, First-Gen Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Career Planning, UWB Learning Opportunities

Why did you choose UWB?

UWB had everything I wanted from a college: small community, drivable distance from home, my major of interest and very small classes where I could build personal connections with my professors.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love the fact that as a peer coach I get to expand my social circle and meet so many more new people. Also, I love sharing my experiences at UW Bothell.

Email: peercoach13@uw.edu

Amelia Alam

She/Her

Sophomore

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Hometown: Olympia, WA 

Major: Biochemistry 

Clubs/Orgs: Pre-Med, Biology Club, HerCampus, and the Womxn in STEM Network. I’m also the PR Coordinator in BSA at the Seattle campus.  

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Wellbeing, Professional Skills 

Why did you choose UWB? 

I really love the social atmosphere and how close everyone is with one another. I also like how you can directly talk with your professors, which helps a lot with progress in academics as well as securing internships. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach? 

I enjoy being a peer coach because I'm able to use my knowledge about UWB as a student and help others, whether it’s to guide them to great on-campus resources or just to be a friend to talk to! 

Email: peercoach1@uw.edu 

Catalina Fox

She/Her

Senior

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Hometown: Omaha, NE

Major: American Ethnic Studies, Gender Women and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Human Rights

Clubs/Orgs: Sustainable Student Action Club, Students of Color Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Wellbeing, Professional Skills

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UW Bothell because this one checked off all the boxes from my needs and wants lists. I wanted small classrooms where I wouldn’t be lost in the crowd and opportunities to further explore areas of interest like environmental science and psychology. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy meeting new people who are full of potential and being able to help them along their way. Often students have goals for college that they don't consider realistic due to the time period we're living in and I love being able to give them a list of concrete possibilities that will allow them to achieve their goals right now.

Email: peercoach8@uw.edu

Crisha Jugo

She/Her

Senior

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Hometown: Whidbey Island, WA

Transferred From: Skagit Valley College

Major: Marketing major with a concentration in International Business

Clubs/Orgs: President of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Womxn in STEM Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Career Goals, Wellbeing, Professional skills, UWB Learning Opportunities

Why did you choose UWB?

The reason why I chose to go to UWB is because of the small, tight-knit community and their ability to be diverse and inclusive.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

What I enjoy the most about being a peer coach is being able to get to know an individual for who they are. It allows me to relate and create a relationship with individuals that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to do so.

Email: peercoach12@uw.edu

Denise Widjaja

She/They

Sophomore

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Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Major: Media and Communications

Clubs/Orgs: UWB Car Club, International Students Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Career Goals, Wellbeing

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose to go to UWB because of the small campus and diverse community.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

Being able to help individuals with what they're struggling on and be a supportive figure they can rely on. Also meeting new people and making new long lasting friendships!

Email: peercoach26@uw.edu

Ian Tsang

He/His

Junior

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Hometown: Woodinville, WA, but I have also lived in England and Hong Kong

Major: Business Administration

Clubs/Orgs: CRU, International Student Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Wellbeing, Career Planning, Professional Skills

Why did you choose UWB? 

 I wanted to enjoy smaller class sizes and stay close to my Woodinville roots while still being a part of the Husky family.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach? 

 My favorite part of this job is meeting new people and learning about everyone's unique experience with college life! I enjoy working with students to overcome challenges and helping them get the most out of their college experience.

Email: peercoach23@uw.edu

Jadyn de Jesus

She/Her

Sophomore

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Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Health Studies

Clubs/Orgs: Filipino American Student Association (FASA), International Student Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Wellbeing, Professional Skills

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UWB because found the size of the UW Bothell campus makes it easier to meet new people and get involved in clubs/events.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy being a peer coach because I've always been passionate about helping others. As a coach, I am able to support students with my knowledge of UWB resources, opportunities, and events. As a fellow college student, I am able to support students because I can emphasize with their experiences.

Email: peercoach10@uw.edu

James Lee

He/Him

Senior

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Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Transferred From: Edmonds Community College and Evergreen State College

Major: Business Administration

Clubs/Orgs: Students of Color Network, First-Gen Network

Coaching Interests: Academics, UWB Learning Opportunities

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose to go to UW Bothell for the smaller class sizes, culture, the ability to build friendships/network with like-minded students, and the fact that you get to know your professors.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and learning about their journey to UWB. Finding ways that I can help students succeed at UWB and help them accomplish their goals.

Email: peercoach15@uw.edu

Justin Oh

He/Him

Senior

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Hometown: Shoreline, WA

Transferred From: Shoreline Community College

Major: Health Studies

Clubs/Orgs: First-Gen Network, Students with Low-Income Network

Coaching Interests: Academics, Career Goals

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose UW Bothell because of the tight-knit community. My professors are kind, genuine, and helpful. They really want you to succeed and the amount of support you receive from the faculty is unmatched. I am so glad that I chose this campus because I really feel seen and cared for. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love learning and sharing experiences with others. I think that building relationships is one of the most rewarding achievements that we as individuals can have. I look forward to maintaining and making new friendships!

Email: peercoach21@uw.edu

Kate Schwarz

They/Them

Senior

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Hometown: Bothell, WA

Major: Community Psychology

Clubs/Orgs: Physics and Astronomy Club, LGBTQIA+ Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Wellbeing, Professional skills, Personal life.

Why did you choose UWB?

I strove for UW Bothell because it was close, and the professor-to-student relationships were tightly knit, making it easy to ask for help and seek research opportunities. In addition, the warm inclusive community it offered was impossible for me to resist.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

It’s being able to connect with peers both my age and younger and learn their ambitions for what they have planned in college, as well as what they may be afraid of. This, and talking through those fears and ensuring that it will be ok- while also congratulating and being present for them when they achieve or overcome a hardship. Seeing that growth is everything to me, even if we aren’t that close as a peer coach and coachee.

Email: peercoach22@uw.edu

Kira Lemke

She/Her

Sophomore

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Hometown: Lynnwood, WA

Major: Biology major, Neuroscience and Marine Biology minors

Clubs/Orgs: National Society of Leadership and Success, CRU, Undergrad Research Assistant, Womxn in STEM Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Career Goals, Wellbeing, Professional skills, UWB Learning Opportunities.

Why did you choose UWB?

Bothell is hands-down, the best UW campus. I was set on going to UW since I was a little kid. When I found out I could go to the UW and have small classes, I fell in love.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

The best part of being a peer coach is getting to meet lots of people! This job has helped me build deep friendships and meet countless amazing people.

Email: peercoach16@uw.edu

Meena Bharani

She/Her

Senior

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Hometown: Sammamish, WA

Major: Community Psychology

Clubs/Orgs: LGBTQIA+ Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Career Goals, Professional skills, UWB Learning Opportunities.

Why did you choose UWB?

The campus is close to my home. I am from Sammamish, so although I live on campus, I have the comfort of knowing that my family is close by. UWB has smaller class sizes, which is very beneficial to my learning. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

What I enjoy most about being a peer coach is how much opportunity I am given. I get the opportunity to show my confidence and empathy. I also get many opportunities to explore the skills needed to be a leader!

Email: peercoach3@uw.edu

Myles Cabanos

He/Him

Senior

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Hometown: Mukilteo, WA

Transferred From: Cascadia College

Major: Media and Communications

Clubs/Orgs: Students with Dependents Network, TA for EOP Scholars Academy at UW Seattle

Coaching Interests: Academics, Career Goals, Professional Skills, UW Learning Opportunities

Why did you choose UWB?

UWB provides me the ability to learn and feed my curiosity through innovation. It offers me a family outside my family as I experience college life with others. Being part of a community of leaders hits differently, and l am extremely proud to wear purple and gold.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

What I enjoy about being a peer coach is constantly learning from every peer that comes to my coaching session and seeing them succeed and achieve their goals to becoming the student and person they want to be. The most valuable and rewarding part is building lasting and empowering relationships.

Email: peercoach5@uw.edu

Ruthann Fernandes

They/Them

Senior

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Hometown: Stanwood, WA

Transferred From: Everett Community College

Major: Media and Communications

Clubs/Orgs: Education and Outreach Coordinator for Rec & Well, LGBTQIA+ Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Wellbeing, Professional Skills

Why did you choose UWB?

I chose to come to UW Bothell because of the small campus population and the easy access to professors. It has been easier to make friends here at UWB than it would’ve been at a larger campus. 

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love talking and getting to know my coachees. It helps me get more connected to our campus and it feels nice to be helpful.

Email: peercoach7@uw.edu

Sarah Khawand

She/Her

Senior

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Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Biochemistry, Minor in Biology

Clubs/Orgs: Bio club & Pre-Med club, Intramurals, General Chemistry Peer Facilitator, Students with Dependents Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Career Goals, Wellbeing, Professional Skills

Why did you choose UWB?

As the first one to go to college I wasn’t ready to go somewhere far yet, and the idea of such a huge campus with so many people was nerve-wracking. I love how tight knit the community is, and when I walk across campus, I see so many familiar and friendly faces, which is great because I love talking to people and making connections. The small class sizes are a big plus and it’s so easy to get to know your professors.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I love having the opportunity to meet some many people from different communities and hearing all sorts of stories. I also love being able to help and provide a service and a support system to students based off my experiences, because it's so easy to feel small in a big community.

Email: peercoach14@uw.edu

Tamika Nastali

She/Her

Sophomore

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Hometown: Coupeville, WA

Major: Health Studies

Clubs/Orgs: Students with Low-income Network, First-Gen Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Career Goals

Why did you choose UWB?

I won’t lie, UWB wasn’t my first choice for college. As I’m sure some of you might relate, I had originally wanted to go to UW Seattle, however, I can safely say I'm really glad I did end up coming here! I’ve met so many amazing people and made so many fun memories! Much of my first year included attending as many on-campus events as possible and they were all so much fun!

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I really enjoy getting to meet students! With COVID it’s really hard to maintain having a social life, so with this job I am constantly getting to talk with people and it makes me feel a lot less isolated from the world.

Email: peercoach19@uw.edu

Vivian Hoang

She/Her

Sophomore

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Hometown: Renton, WA

Major: Business Marketing

Clubs/Orgs: First-Gen Network

Coaching Interests: Community, Academics, Professional Skills

Why did you choose UWB?

UW Bothell was the only school I wanted to attend and applied to. I love the small class sizes and the close-knit community that it has. The class sizes have allowed me to easily talk to my professors, make friends, and form study groups. I think UWB is so unique as it is always growing and evolving to fit students’ needs and interests.

What do you enjoy most about being a peer coach?

I get a chance to connect with other students who have different interests and all come from diverse backgrounds.

Email: peercoach9@uw.edu