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Coaches for American Indian Students

The First-Year Success Center partners with the American Indian Support Services to offer peer coaching to assist American Indian students in becoming academically and personally successful at ASU.  


FYS Success Coach AISSS Cheston

Name: Cheston
Hometown: Hotevilla, Arizona
College: Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice with a certificate in Homeland Security
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I am a transfer student, after serving 5 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 3 years as a federal police officer. I just completed my study abroad program in Israel and will start an internship with the Department of Justice. 
Career Goals: To be a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 
Extra Curricular Involvement: I am a student ambassador for SPARKS (Student Providing Awareness, Resources, and Knowledge for Starting college).
Why I wanted to be a coach: I want to share what I have learned in the military, law enforcement and as a student and pass it to first-year and transfer students. I have held various mentorship roles, and this will make me a better mentor and coach. 
Advice for being successful at ASU: You are more than a student, more than a worker, more than a unit of productivity….you are not a machine, so do not expect perfection! Take care of yourself by figuring out how your body/mind express stress and learning ways to proactively mitigate it!

FYS Coach Isaiah

Name: Isaiah 
Hometown: Kayenta, AZ
College: Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year in school: Junior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I recently interned out in Dayton, Ohio where I competed in my first ever weightlifting competition and placed second in my weight-class!
Career Goals: Work in a design facility in Seattle, WA, settling down there.
Extra-Curricular Involvement: I am the current secretary for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
Why I wanted to be a coach: Being in your shoes, I understand what it is like transitioning to a huge public university as ASU, especially coming from a small reservation school of 500 students, and I want to share my experiences from my freshman and sophomore year to you so you can even do better than I did. I’ve experienced many failures and lows, so my goal is to prevent you from finding yourselves in those situations.
Advice for being successful at ASU: Break through any shell holding you back, whether that’s being an introvert or afraid to try new hobbies. But most of all, be resilient and persistent with your education, know that there’s always someone here willing to help.

FYS Coach Tyler

Name: Tyler
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
College: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Major: Art History / American Indian Studies
Year in school: Junior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I am a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the second largest Tribal Nation in Arizona.
Career Goals: I hope to pursue the Indian Law Program at ASU and focus on art restitution and repatriation for Tribal Nations across the country.
Extra-Curricular Involvement: I am the President of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. and a general member of the Alliance of Indigenous People.
Why I wanted to be a coach: I was very fortunate to have great role models and support systems when I was a freshman and I would like to be able to encourage other ASU students and provide that same support I had. I want to be able to help as many people in any way that I can to ensure their success!
Advice for being successful at ASU: Don’t be afraid to be who you are, to reach out when you are down and to take advantage of every opportunity possible! There are so many possibilities if you are willing to take them.