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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.

Annika Amlie

Annika Amlie

Computer Science, Class of 2021

What I wish I'd known as a first year: You can take random classes that interest you and still graduate on time!

Favorite show right now: Money Heist

Favorite sweet/savory treat: Bananas with Nutella 

Best piece of advice I've ever received: The only person who can validate your success is you.

Alex Gallard

Alex Gallard

Mechanical Engineering, 2022

What I wish I'd known as a first year: The wealth of resources that Northwestern offers its students for both academic and non-academic pursuits

Fun Fact: I love playing soccer but don't enjoy watching it.

Favorite Sweet/Savory Treat: RxBAR

Best piece of advice I've ever received: Do a little more of what makes you happy.

Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2021

What I wish I'd known as a first year: Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Favorite thing about Northwestern: Fall in Evanston

Fun Fact: I taught guitar lessons in high school

Best piece of advice I've ever received: Don’t procrastinate!

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

Nikol Kralimarkova

Nikol Kralimarkova

Neuroscience, Class of 2021

What I wish I'd known as a first year: That there are SO many resources that are there to help me, be it academically, psychologically or financially. And that it’s so easy to get in touch with them.

Favorite thing about Northwestern: Northwestern is so diverse in terms of people, ideas, opportunities! I love the freedom it gives us to pursue what we want and explore while also staying on track.

Fun Fact: I’m from Bulgaria, and I love traveling!

Best piece of advice I've ever received: Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to rest and recover because you’re the only person in the position to do that.

Maxwell Lee

Maxwell Lee

Neuroscience, Class of 2021

What I wish I'd known as a first year: I wish I had known that not everyone is perfect. Everyone is going through the same struggles, academically and socially, despite it often feeling like you’re alone in your hardship. I wish that I had known that other people were in the same boat as me, as it may have emboldened me to reach out more, and go forward with more confidence.

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: 10Q Chicken

Fun Fact: I cut hair as a side hobby/job

Best piece of advice I've ever received: “This too shall pass.” Passed onto me by my preschool teacher and since reiterated by my mom. Got me through a lot of really hard times at Northwestern. It is so easy to be overwhelmed by the pervasive pressure to succeed, but remembering that life goes on is crucial to good mental health. Everything will work out!

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

Manal Mohiuddin

Manal Mohiuddin

Anthropology, Class of 2021

What I wish I'd known as a first year: I wish I knew that being premed does not mean that I cannot explore my interests and find what I'm passionate about learning. The possibilities are virtually endless!

Favorite place to study on campus: Mudd!

Favorite show right now: Modern Family

Best piece of advice I've ever received: Comparison is the thief of joy.

Michael Zhou

Michael Zhou

Journalism & Economics, Class of 2021

What I wish I'd known as a first year: How to be alone. It’s tough to sit yourself down and study/do work by yourself when everyone else is out having fun, but it’s absolutely necessary for academic success.

Favorite thing about Northwestern: The quarter system allows us to take a lot more classes than other schools, which helps us take a bunch of classes in different areas to find what we’re really interested in.

Fun Fact: I was born in Canada.

Favorite restaurant in Evanston: Joy Yee's or Mumbai Indian Grill