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Meet the Student Staff

Peer Advisors

Alex

Hi! My name is Alex (she/her/hers) and I am a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Environmental Studies. I am excited to return as a Peer Advisor in the Fall!

As a peer advisor, I enjoy being able to help students achieve academic success here at New Paltz. This past semester I participated in an internship program in Washington, D.C. I look forward to meeting you! 

 

Angela

Hi, my name is Angela (she/her/hers) and I am a Peer Advisor at the CSS. I am a junior majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a concentration in History and minor in Deaf Studies. I chose to join the CSS because I enjoy helping other students reach and achieve their goals in college. In my free time I love to hike, and maybe I will see you on one of the local trails! I look forward to meeting you at the CSS!

 

Betsy

Hi, I'm Betsy (she/her/hers). I'm a Senior English Major, Music Minor in the 5 year graduate program in English and the Honors Program. I wanted to join CSS to help students connect with resources and navigate the campus systems. As well as share successful habits and strategies. I love to travel (I studied abroad in Wales) and I spend my summers sailing on Cape Cod. I look forward to meeting everybody!

 

Charlotte

Hi! My name is Charlotte (she/her/hers) and I am a junior majoring in Art History and International Relations. I am a Peer Advisor at the CSS and look forward to start working with other students at New Paltz. I decided to join the Peer Advising team because it is a unique position that offers academic guidance between students on a one on one, and group level! I also believe in supporting my peers in a positive and inclusive environment, which is why the CSS is such a great resource! In my free time, I like to stay active and catch up on a good read.

 

Faiza

Hi! My name is Faiza (she/her/hers) and I am a junior majoring in International Relations with a minor in Sociology. Currently, I work as a writing consultant at the CSS and I am extremely excited to start peer advising, as well! I love working at the CSS because it allows me to meet and interact with so many of my peers. I thoroughly enjoy helping students navigate challenges and watching them overcome their obstacles. I think being a peer advisor is especially unique and beneficial because we have all been in each other’s shoes which makes it easier to relate to one another's situations. Outside of studying and working, I love to write and spend time with my friends. As such, I look forward to working as a peer advisor and cultivating meaningful relationships with all of you! 

 

Isabel

Hi! I’m Isabel! (Pronouns she/her/hers) I am a Communication Disorders Major with a minor in Deaf Studies and also a Junior here at New Paltz! I am excited to start this year off as a Peer Advisor. I decided to apply and join the CSS because I love working and interacting with other students and helping them to achieve their potential. I am also someone who is always ready to help my peers and this position provided me with the opportunity to do so! I’m currently captain of the New Paltz Women’s Rugby Team and love being involved in community service/volunteer opportunities. If I’m not at in class, work or practice you can probably catch me on a walk around campus or sitting by the pond.

 

Jade

Hey everyone! My name is Jade and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently a sociology major with a potential minor in communications! I am super excited to begin my journey as a peer advisor this fall! I love working with people and helping them realize their potential to achieve their goals. I’m someone who is ready to help and be willing to help anyone and everyone! If I’m not in class, I’m either listening to music, hanging with friends or studying! After graduating, I hope to one day be the fundraising manager for a non-profit organization regarding women’s reproductive rights.

 

Kate

Hi! My name is Kate (she/her/hers) and I am a junior majoring in Communication Disorders and Linguistics. I am also a Peer Advisor at the CSS! I am excited to help students navigate campus resources and make the most out of their time at New Paltz. I love working as a Peer Advisor because of the personal interactions I get to have with other students. Please feel free to stop in and chat! Outside of school, I like to be outside, work out, and go to coffee shops. I hope to one day work as a speech-language pathologist and explore a wide variety of fields. I look forward to meeting you at the CSS!

 

Kevin

Hi, I'm Kevin. I am a finance major in my junior year at New Paltz. My pronouns are he, his, and him. I am a Peer Advisor and want to help students who feel overwhelmed academically when it comes to workload or selecting courses. I play on the soccer team and enjoy playing intramural sports when I’m not in season. 

 

Nicole

Hi! My name is Nicole (she/her/hers). I am a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I hope to one day work as a therapist and researcher. I am also a peer tutor for Spanish. I chose to apply to the CSS as a peer advisor because I want to help students navigate college, access the resources they need, and get the most out of their college experience. I look forward to meeting you all!

 

Sarah

Hello! My name is Sarah and my pronouns are she, her, and hers. I am currently a sophomore English major and Political Science Minor. I am a peer advisor at the Center for Student Success. I wanted to join the CSS because I strongly value academic success and I hope to support those who seek help. I have a passion for traveling and politics. During my free time I enjoy hiking, running, writing, and spending time with friends. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz, I aspire to go to law school. I hope to see you soon! 

 

Sarah

Hi! My name is Sarah and I will be a junior this upcoming Fall 2020 semester! I am a biology major and I aspire to be a physician in the near future. Being a peer advisor is important to me because I want to help students feel less stressed and anxious regarding academics in college. College is a pivotal stepping stone for all of us and I want to be able to help students surpass any small obstacles in their way. In my free time I am usually drawing, painting, reading, or hanging out with my family and friends. I also love to travel back to Colombia, my second home. I look forward to meeting and helping you! 

 

Peer Subject Tutors

Adriel

Hello! My name is Adriel (he/him/his) and I am a senior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Applied Mathematics. I am a subject tutor for Computer Science I and Calculus II. I chose to tutor at the CSS because I like to meet new people with similar interests and help other students that are having difficulties understanding a subject. During my free time, my hobbies include playing soccer, reading, and video games. After completing my undergraduate degree, I aspire to become a software developer.

 

Anastasia

Hi! My name is Anastasia (she/hers) and my nickname is Ana. I’m currently going into my third year here at SUNY New Paltz majoring in Psychobiology. I’m a subject tutor for Intro to Psych and College Algebra. I chose to work at the CSS because I understand what it’s like to deal with the difficulties of challenging concepts and discovering your different learning styles. I’m not only hoping to help you through your courses, but to also help you find what studying and learning styles work best for you! Some of my hobbies include crocheting, taking care of my plants, and watching documentaries! My plans after graduation are still undecided, but I’m hoping to work within the medical field! I’m looking forward to meeting you and having a great semester!

 

 

Arya is currently a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz with a major in Economics and double minors in History and French.

Arya

Hi everyone! My name is Arya and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently a senior at SUNY New Paltz with a major in Economics and double minors in History and French. I am a tutor for French 101-202. I chose to join the CSS because I know how challenging it can be to learn a new language and I want to make that process easier and more enjoyable. I intend to adapt to the learning needs and styles of the student in order to help them effectively. I look forward to working with students in improving and enhancing their French! After college, I don't have anything specific I want to do but I hope to be working on improving the education policy across the country or working with lower income students."

 

Cole is a General Chemistry tutor.He is a second-year student double majoring in Physics and Astronomy.

Cole

Hey there! My name’s Cole, he/him/his, and I’m a tutor for Calculus I, II, and General Physics I. I’m a senior working towards dual degrees in Physics and Astronomy along with a minor in Applied Mathematics. I love the big picture, conceptual aspects of science and helping people better understand them. Here at New Paltz, I’m an RA, a planetarium presenter, and a member of the a cappella group Male Call. I also love soccer and skiing. I hope to one day earn my doctorate degree and research dark matter at a university.

 

Danielle

Hi! My name is Danielle, but you can also call me Rian (she/her/hers), and I am a tutor for Genetics. This is my fifth year at SUNY New Paltz, and my last year in undergrad. My major is in Biology and Adolescent Education with a minor in Geology. I joined the CSS to better help students in ways I wished could have been done for me, and to foster the skills they need to succeed. Genetics has unique hurdles that can be difficult to overcome, so I hope to pass down strategies I found effective and continue using to this day. Outside of class, I am affiliated with the Biology Club, and a member of the Chemistry and Geology clubs! In my free time, I enjoy drawing, crocheting, and playing video games or DnD.

 

Emma

Hi! My name is Emma (She/Her/Hers) and I am a sophomore. My major is Early Childhood Education (B-6) with a concentration in Earth Science. I am a Peer Subject Tutor for Math for Elementary Teachers I (MAT140). I joined the CSS because I have a passion for helping others and want to see everyone succeed, hence why I'm majoring in education. After graduating from college, I hope to become an elementary school teacher or a middle school science teacher. I look forward to meeting you all!

 

 

Jake

Hello! My name is Jake (he/him/his) and I am a fourth-year student majoring in Business Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship. I am a subject tutor here at the Center for Student Success for Financial Accounting. I chose to tutor at the CSS because I want to help people who may be struggling in Financial Accounting and aid them in their academic journey. After I earn my undergraduate, I would like to earn my graduate degree in Business Administration. Some of my hobbies include exercise, reading, and videogames.

 

Jessica

Hey! My name is Jessica (she, her, hers), but most call me Jess. I’m a senior majoring in Accounting and I’m a subject tutor for Financial Accounting, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. I chose to join the Center for Student Success because I want to be a resource to students who need it and wanted to tutor people in subjects that I am passionate about. I also think it is a great experience to meet new people taking classes in the business school and economics department and have a larger impact on their lives. Outside school, you will normally find me watching Netflix, playing video games on my GameCube, attempting arts and crafts DIYs and when I can, I volunteer. On campus, I’m involved in the Accounting and Finance Association, Humans vs. Zombies and Residence Hall Student Association. I look forward to meeting you all! 

 

Liam

Hi! My name is Liam (he/him/his) and I'm a junior in Adolescent Ed: Physics. I am a subject tutor for General Chemistry I and General Physics I. I chose to work at CSS because I enjoy helping people understand science. My hobbies are reading and watching anime. When I graduate I want to become a physics teacher.

 

Marianna

Hello! My name is Marianna (she/her/hers) and I am a Junior! I am a double major in English and Theatre Arts. I am a Peer Subject Tutor for Italian at the Center for Student Success and decided to join CSS to help people better understand the language and grow a deeper appreciation and knowledge for the Italian language and culture. Learning a new language can be difficult and I want to make the journey as easy as it can be for my fellow students!

 

Nicole

Hi, my name is Nicole (she/hers)! I’m a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. I’m a subject tutor for Intro to Psych, Psych Stats, and Spanish courses. I chose to join CSS because I understand that everyone has different learning styles and as someone who has dealt with the challenges of these courses myself, I want to help students find their own learning styles and excel in these courses. I look forward to meeting you! 

 

Rafiq

Hello and Welcome to the Center of Student Success! My name is Rafiq (He/Him/His). Currently I am majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics with the intention of graduating Spring 2021. I am a Subject Tutor for General Chemistry I and II as well as Organic Chemistry I and II. I chose to join CSS because there’s nothing more exciting than helping others reach their academic goals! In my free time I do Chemistry Research and practice new languages. Feel free to come to me with any questions! If I don’t have an answer, I can certainly point you in the right direction!

 

Reynold

Hey! My name is Reynold (a lot of people call me Rey) and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am a sophomore majoring in Biology. I tutor Gen Bio I, Pre-Calculus, Calc 1, and Genetics. I know these classes might seem a little challenging but with a little push here and some work there, they can be passed in flying colors (this is where I come in). I love helping others as much as I can and I know what it feels like to struggle with a concept being taught which is why I joined the CSS. Outside school work, I enjoy reading motivational books, playing flight simulator games and dancing. As a matter of fact, I a member of the Culture Shock dance team here on campus. One day, I hope to become a medical doctor and have an aircraft of my own.

 

 

Ryan

Hello everyone! My name is Ryan (he/him/his) and I am a peer subject tutor for Introduction to Statistics, Organic Chemistry I, Calculus II, and Genetics. I am a senior majoring in Biology and Biochemistry; I love working in the research lab and anticipate pursuing a career in Molecular Biology. I joined the Center for Student Success to help my fellow students unveil their full potential and excel in their academic endeavors. Beyond assisting students in their comprehension of material and problem solving skills, I hope to recommend valuable skills/techniques for particularly challenging courses. I look forward to working with you!

 

Sarah

Hi! My name is Sarah and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a biology major working towards a double minor in chemistry and studio art. I will be a junior this upcoming Fall 2020 semester. I am a subject tutor for Genetics and General Chemistry I. Working at the center, my main goal is to help students feel comfortable, ask questions, and learn because I know what it feels like to be a little overwhelmed with some coursework. I want to help each student discover how they learn for each class while also adapting to new perspectives on the material. I also want to offer different methods I found useful during my time in the class to help you enjoy the process of learning while eliminating frustration! In my free time, I love to draw, spend time with family and friends, and read. I am studying to become a physician in the future. I look forward to meeting you this upcoming semester!

 

Susan

Hello! My name is Susan (she/her/hers) and I am a peer subject tutor for Intro to Proof. I am a senior in my second year at New Paltz, majoring in Mathematics. I chose to work in the Center for Student Success because I know how hard it can be when you try to understand a concept but feel completely lost. I love having the opportunity to help others find clarity and have a deeper understanding of a subject.  I’m currently planning on getting my Masters in Education. I also love music, going on hikes and playing games on the Switch. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

 

Taylor

Hey everyone, my name is Taylor (She/Her/Hers) and I am currently a Sophomore. My intended major is Digital Media Programming and Management with a minor in Spanish. I am a subject tutor here at the Center for Student Success for College Math but this list might grow so stay tuned. I decided to join the CSS because I have always wanted to help others to feel more confident in their work.

 

Varsha

Hi! My name is Varsha and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz with a major in Biology. I am a peer-subject tutor in General Biology I and General Chemistry I. I chose to tutor at the Center for Student Success because students have a broad range of learning styles and I want to help students discover what works best for them in Biology and Chemistry. My hobbies include skateboarding, dancing on New Paltz's Nachle dance team, and traveling. I am looking forward to working with you!

 

Wendy is currently a sophomore and plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Mathematics

Wendy

Hi, my name is Wendy (she/hers) and I am a senior studying Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Math!  I am a subject tutor for College Mathematics, Precalc, Intro to Proof, and Math for Elementary School Teachers 1.  I decided to become a subject tutor because I love working with others, helping students learn something new and seeing others grasp a concept they did not fully understand before.  Outside of the CSS I play the flute, piano, tennis and I love to do calligraphy. 

 

Peer Writing Consultants

Adam

Hi! My name is Adam(he/his). I am a Junior here at New Paltz, and I am double majoring in Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning as well as History. This is my first year at the Center for Student Success, and I will be working as a Peer Writing Consultant. Writing is a passion of mine, and one of the reasons I joined the Center was the vision that I could spark that passion in someone else as well. Writing is truly an all-encompassing discipline that is useful in all walks of life, from college and beyond. When I'm not working or in class, I like to ride my bike along the Rail Trail and catch all of the movies New Paltz Cinema has to offer. I am looking forward to working with everyone!

 

 

Allison

Hello! My name is Allison (she/her/hers) and I am a member of the graduating class of 2021. I am pursuing a double major in geology and Spanish, and I work as a Peer Writing Consultant. I chose to work in the CSS as a writing consultant because I believe that writing skills are extremely important across all fields and majors and want to help people develop their own writing style and give them skills to improve their written communication. Writing allows us to give voice to the issues and topics that matter most to us, be it in an academic setting or otherwise. Given that, I believe that the development of writing skills is essential, for more than just good grades on essays. Outside of academics, I am the president of the Outing Club and during my free time I enjoy hiking, climbing, practicing yoga, reading, writing, and playing guitar and piano. 

 

Alyssa

Hi! My name is Alyssa (she/her/hers) and I’m a junior majoring in Adolescent Education in English at New Paltz. I chose to join the Writers’ Studio to share my passion towards writing and helping others. As a future educator, I take pride in helping students strengthen their writing abilities so that they can succeed in any field of work they choose to enter. For me, writing has always been a form of self-expression, helping others speak their mind in unique ways. I look forward to meeting everyone and working alongside all the different writers at New Paltz! :)

 

Emily

Hello Everyone! My name is Emily (she/her/hers) and I am a senior majoring in Early Childhood & Childhood Education with a concentration in History, a minor in Psychology, and a member of the Honors Program here at SUNY New Paltz! Thanks to this wonderful opportunity getting to work at the CSS as a Peer Writing Consultant, I hope to be able to be a resource for my peers. I love to write and being able to help others create and build an appreciation and passion for writing is something I am really looking forward to. I am here to guide and empower you through your writing journey during your time at New Paltz! I can't wait to grow with you guys!

 

 

Faiza

Hi! My name is Faiza (she/her/hers) and I am a sophomore majoring in International Relations. I have always had a passion for writing and truly believe that words have the ability to connect people in extraordinary ways. I joined the Writers’ Studio because of my love for English and for the opportunity to interact with more of my peers. I love to read and engage in genuine conversations with people. One of my long term goals is to work for the United Nations because of my passion for collaborating and working with different kinds of individuals. I look forward to teaching, learning, and growing with all of you!

 

Haley

Hi there! My name is Haley (She/Her/Hers) and I’m a Senior majoring in Early Childhood/Childhood Education with a Concentration in English and minoring in Deaf Studies. I’m working with the CSS this year as a Writing Consultant. I enjoy helping students discover new tools and strategies for writing that works best for them based on each person’s unique strengths and learning styles. In my spare time, I do a lot of social justice and advocacy work, and I have written for an online publication called Fresh U as well as Teen Vogue. My all time favorite writer is Toni Morrison. Ask me what my favorite genre to read is and I might say memoirs and tell you to read The Glass Castle or Hunger by Roxanne Gay. In the future, I aspire to pursue a career that allows me to influence education policy.

 

Kerri

Hello! My name is Kerri (she/her/hers). I am a junior majoring in Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing. I chose to become a Peer Writing Consultant because I wanted to share my love of writing with others. Writing is a wonderful form of self-expression and having strong writing skills can benefit students far beyond the classroom. I hope that I can help other students grow more confident in their writing abilities and develop their own unique voice in their work. When I’m not in class or working, I love to read, knit, listen to music, and explore New Paltz with my friends. I look forward to working and learning with all of you!

 

Kristina

My name is Kristina and I’m a Junior Adolescent Ed. in English major with a minor in French. I joined the CSS because the pursuit of efficient writing and communication is one I’ve always strongly valued. As I anticipate becoming a high school teacher and professor eventually, the ability to practice these integral skills required to be a successful educator is invaluable to me. 

I look forward to meeting with my peers in an attempt to make all of our academic experiences that much more enjoyable so please stop by :)



 

Kyle

Hello! My name is Kyle (he/him/his) and I am a first year graduate student studying Second Language Education (TESOL) K-12. I am the Writers’ Studio Graduate Assistant for the Fall 19/Spring 20 academic year and am looking forward to meeting everyone! I wanted to join the Center for Student Success and work in the Writers’ Studio because I love writing and believe it is a powerful skill to have that will help you with whatever field of work you enter. When I’m not in class, I enjoy reading, playing soccer with friends, and the occasional Netflix binge. I love meeting new people and learning about them so feel free to reach out and say hello! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

 

Lauren

Hi! My name is Lauren (she/her/hers) and I’m a junior majoring in Digital Media Production and Journalism with a minor in Italian Studies. ​I chose to become a Peer Writing Consultant to share my passion for writing, while encouraging individuality and self-expression amongst students. Writing for me has always been the most empowering expression of self, and I cannot wait to learn from the unique voices of those who I work with. When I’m not studying or working, I love being outside, hanging out with friends, and reading. I’m looking forward to meeting you at the CSS!

 

Rachal

Hi everyone! My name is Rachal and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a sophomore majoring in Early Childhood/Childhood Education with a concentration in English and a minor in Creative Writing. I am very excited to begin working as a Peer Writing Consultant! I work in the CSS because I love to help others reach their goals and become the best writers that they can be by learning new writing strategies. I love to read and write in my free time, so I hope that others can begin to feel as passionate about reading and writing as I am. When I’m not drafting a story or picking up a book, I am usually playing Animal Crossing, eating ice cream, or taking pictures outside. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have or just to say hi!

 

Raven

Hey! My name is Raven (she/her/hers). I am a sophomore majoring in Music with a concentration in Jazz Performance. I joined the CSS as a Writing Consultant because I truly enjoy the power that words have. Written or spoken, in English or French, words carry a huge weight in our everyday lives and can change our perception of the world, as well as, change the world’s perception of us. I spend most of my free time reading, writing, making music or playing video games. I aspire to be a Music Therapist, and hope to use my voice and words to increase people’s quality of life. I am one of those people that enjoys helping others and I look forward to helping and growing with you! 

 

Ryan

Hey there! My name is Ryan (he/him/his) and I am a senior Psychology major and Music minor. Writing is a valuable practice that can be a powerful form of self-expression, and I think that good writing can help someone engage with their class material and better connect with themselves. I appreciate our school's support of the CSS and think it's a great resource to have on campus, so I am excited to join the team as a Peer Writing Consultant! Working one on one is a constructive experience that both individuals can learn from. I try to fill my spare time with some form of music, whether playing, listening, or learning. I look forward to getting to know new people and unique writing voices!