Academic Coaches

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Meet with an Academic Coach today

Email us: [email protected]

Zoom us: https://calstatela.zoom.us/my/smartstart

Coach: Brian David Nay
Text us:

(323) 435 - 6404

(626) 607 - 4159

(626) 678 - 0229

Availability:

M - T: 11am-3pm
F: 12pm-4pm

M/W: 2pm - 6pm
T/Th: 12pm - 4pm
F: 11am - 3pm

M/Th: 1pm - 4pm
T/W: 2pm - 5pm
F: 12pm - 3pm

What is Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is a one-on-one interaction with a student focusing on strengths, goals, study skills, engagement, academic planning, and improving academic performance. It aims to help students stay on track during their first year (G.E.) Math and English classes through peer support and by applying useful skills to navigate and succeed in college.

We support and connect students with:

  • Student portal navigation
    • GET
    • Canvas
    • Navigate
    • Zoom
  • Academic success skills
    • Goal setting
    • Note taking
    • Test preparation
    • Time management
    • Resource navigation
  • Campus resources
    • University library
    • University catalog
    • Career development center
    • Advisement centers

 

Contact Information

Sessions are drop-in based and conducted via Zoom, email or over the phone due to COVID-19 and campus closure.

An Academic Coaching Video

CSULA - SmartStart - Academic Coaching(AC)

 


Sessions are on a drop-in basis, however, appointments are available upon request.

Email your Academic Coach for more information.

You may also click on the box below to schedule an appointment with an academic coach.

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Click here for instructions on how to schedule an appointment.


 

Maria Molina
Maria Molina
Smart Start Academic Coach Coordinator
Smart Start Academic Advisor

 


Meet Your Coaches

Academic Coaches are graduate students and so they have been through the undergraduate journey.
They help students stay on track during their first year (G.E.) Math and English classes through peer support and by applying useful skills to navigate and succeed in college.

 

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Miguel Arana
Email: [email protected]
He/Him/His
Master of Arts in Psychology
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Text me: (323) 680-4844

 

My zoom drop-in hours:
Monday at 12:30 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday at 11:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hello! My name is Miguel Arana. I am a first-generation college student and first-generation high school graduate. My bachelor's degree is in Psychology and Chicana/o/x Studies, from California State University Channel Islands. I chose to be an Academic Coach because I am interested in helping other students navigate their own academic journeys. I am very passionate about helping other students succeed by providing tools, and resources they may need. Some of the things I enjoy doing include: hiking, working out, listening to music, and hanging out with family and friends.

 

Brian

Brian Gitau
Email: [email protected]
He/Him/His
Master of Science Business Administration, Finance Option
Expected Graduation: Dec 2020
Text me: (
323) 435 - 6404


My zoom drop-in hours: 
Monday-Thursday at 11:00am-3:00pm
Friday at 12:00-4:00pm

Hello, I am an international student from Kenya, a country located in East Africa. I earned my undergraduate degree from Southeastern University, located in Florida. I have lived the American college experience and know its ups and downs. I am excited for this new chapter in my life due to knowledge and cultural enrichment. Some of my hobbies are writing music and playing various instruments.

 

davidDavid Ly
Email: [email protected]
He/Him/His
Master of Science in Accounting

Expected Graduation: Dec 2020
Text me: (626) 607- 4159


My zoom drop-in hours:
Monday and Wednesday at 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hi, my name is David and I am a first-generation college student. I graduated from CSULA with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and now I am working on my M.S. in Accounting. Higher Education is a critical part of personal growth and so I aim to empower others and help them find success in higher education. My personal goals include the completion of my degree and CPA licensure. My hobbies include watching documentaries and swimming.

 

NayNayeli "Nay" Garcia 
Email: [email protected] 
She/Her/Hers
Master of Science in Counseling 
Expected Graduation: May 2022

Text me: (626) 678-0229


My zoom drop-in hours:
Monday and Thursday at 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday at 12:00 - 3:00pm

Hi! My name is Nayeli ("Nay" for short). I am a Chicana and first-generation college student. My bachelor's degree is in Sociology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I chose to be an Academic Coach because I am interested in an academic counseling career. I want to help college students identify their strengths, campus resources, and other lifestyle tools that they can use to help them succeed. Some of the things I enjoy doing include: photography, video editing, working out, traveling, going to concerts, and going to the movies. 

 

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Jemima Melgarejo
Email: [email protected]
She/Her/Hers
Master of Science Counseling, Option Rehabilitation 
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Text me: (818
) 928 - 5271


My zoom drop-in hours:
Monday and Thursday at 11:00am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Friday at 3:00-4:00pm

Hi, my name is Jemima Melgarejo. Feel free to call me Mima for short. I attended Cal State LA to obtain my bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. I am currently a graduate student here and am on track to become an academic counselor. I am an academic coach because I understand the struggles and pressures faced by students. I am here to provide support to any undergraduate student and connect them to any resources available to ensure their success. Some of my hobbies include playing the guitar and singing.

 

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Teresa Sandoval
Email: [email protected]
She/Her/Hers
Master of Science Counseling
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Text me: (714
) 699 - 3191

 

My zoom drop-in hours:
Monday at 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday at 11:00 - 2:00pm

Hi, my name is Teresa, and I am a first-generation college student. I graduated from Cal State LA with a B.A. in Organizational Communication and I’m currently working on my M.S. in Counseling. After completing my M.S., I plan on working at a community college or a CSU as a career counselor. A few of my hobbies are gardening, practicing yoga, traveling, and trying new food.