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Meet the Coaches

Our peer coaches offer one-to-one academic coaching personalized to each student's needs. Meet the team below.

Sinem Atalay

Sinem Atalay

Psychology, Class of 2023

What I wish I'd known as a first year: It's okay if the adjustment period between college and high school takes more than a minute.

Favorite place to study: Any table outside

Favorite thing about Northwestern: The welcoming atmosphere 

Best advice I've ever received: Everyone can arrive at the same destination in different ways.

Zorina Chen

Zorina Chen

Sociology & International Studies, Class of 2023

What I wish I'd known as a first year: Don't be afraid of reaching out to people for help.

Favorite thing about Northwestern: Lots of friends, minimal judgment, maximum support

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: Koco Table & 10Q Chicken

Best advice I've ever received: Never forget to stop and appreciate how far you've come.

Ben Cummings

Ben Cummings

Theater, Class of 2023

What I wish I'd known as a first year: That I could give myself more breaks! We have a lot of time at Northwestern.

Favorite place to study at Northwestern: I really like the quiet rooms in the Main library. My second choice is if I can find an abandoned classroom in Kresge.

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: Habibi Inn Mediterranean Grill

Best advice I've ever received: Don't compare yourself to others in any way. I think it's a really good piece of advice especially in school because I consider myself a late bloomer and it has helped me find peace.

Rwan Ibrahim

Rwan Ibrahim

Neuroscience, Class of 2022

What I wish I'd known as a first-year: Your expectations and priorities will shift and grow with all that you do in college in the most surprising ways, whether that be academically, socially, or emotionally. Embrace it all. 

Favorite thing about Northwestern: The people and supportive communities I have found in every aspect of my life here.

Fun Fact: I love to sing and am teaching myself the ukelele!

Best advice I've ever received: Reflect on your privileges, always stay thankful, and be the best version of yourself.

Michael Indelicarto

Michael Indelicarto

Classics, Philosophy, and Math, Class of 2022

What I wish I'd known as a first year: I wish I'd known how helpful office hours are.

Favorite thing about Northwestern: Quarter system because you can take so many different classes.

Favorite sweet/savory snack: Apples and peanut butter

Best advice I've ever received: Tomorrow never comes, so live for today.

Alina Junejo

Alina Junejo

Global Health Studies and Psychology Major, Class of 2022

What I wish I'd known as a first year: That there are so many resources and opportunities out there to help you succeed academically, personally, socially, etc. Take advantage of them!

Favorite thing about Northwestern: The endless number of opportunities Northwestern offers its students to grow.

Fun Fact: I have lived on four continents!

Best advice I've ever received: Practice gratitude each and every day

Huma Manjra

Huma Manjra

Neuroscience, Class of 2022

What I wish I'd known as a first year: It's perfectly OK to take time away from academia to focus on yourself and prioritize your physical and mental health. Slow down to speed up.

Favorite thing about Northwestern: The trees in the fall and the lake in the summer.

Fun Fact: I am addicted to boba!

Best advice I've ever received: Always hold on to two things: patience and gratitude.

Michael Meagher

Michael Meagher

Economics, Class of 2024

What I wish I'd known as a first year: Take it slow with classes, extracurriculars, etc.

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: Trattoria DOC

Favorite thing about Northwestern: Athletics!

Best advice I've ever received: Be yourself.

Ryne Montoya

Ryne Montoya

Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022

What I wish I'd known as a first year: I wish I had known how much support Northwestern offers to its undergrads to create a foundation for academic success.

Favorite place to study on campus: Basement of Tech

Fun fact: My twin brother also attends Northwestern!

Best advice I've ever received: Never stop learning.

Brandon Ozobu

Brandon Ozobu

Biological Sciences, Class of 2024

What I wish I'd known as a first year: Your peers are probably at least as nervous and stressed as you are, if not more.

Fun Fact: I've started making music with a friend and I absolutely love it.

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: Habibi Inn

Best advice I've ever received: Taking a break actually makes you a better student.

Siwon Park

Siwon Park

Biological Sciences, Class of 2023

What I wish I'd known as a first year: I wish I had known that taking a break from studying to promote mental and physical wellness is very important and can increase academic productivity.

Favorite thing about Northwestern: Breathtaking sunrises that can be seen by the Lakefill

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: Shang Noodle

Best advice I've ever received: Believe in yourself.

Sherlyn Weng

Sherlyn Weng

Environmental Engineering, Class of 2022

What I wish I'd known as a first year:  Don't hesitate to try new things out.

Fun Fact: I've lived in three countries!

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: Trattoria Demi

Best advice I've ever received:  Love the life you live, then live the life you love.