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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.  


autumn peck

Name: Autumn
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
College: College of Health Solutions:
Major: Kinesiology
Year in School: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I’m a Rally-Back for the Arizona Diamondbacks!
Career Goals: To attend medical school and specialize in developmental pediatrics
Extra-Curricular Involvement: Dance Marathon, Delta Zeta Sorority, Rho Lambda Leadership Society, Peer Facilitator for CHS 101, Biology Instructor
Why I wanted to be a coach: I had an awesome freshman year experience because of the mentors that I had guiding me, and I want to be able to provide the same experience for other freshman students! Freshman year can be confusing, overwhelming and chaotic, but I want to help freshman make the absolute most out of this year and find their passions and reach their goals!
Advice for being successful at ASU: Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking you need to do it all and have it all figured out. When I was a freshman, I joined six clubs, was on the executive board of two of them, had two jobs and was taking 21 credits. I wish I knew that it was okay to not do everything, and to pick one or two things instead of overwhelming myself with a million others.

shandiin yessilth

Name: Shandiin
Hometown: Fallon, NV
College: Del E. Webb School of Construction
Major: Construction Management
Minor: Studio Art
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I am a full-blooded Navajo that can make you steam corn with frybread, but also jump to Tilted Towers with you.
Career Goals: Attend grad school for Design (possibly Architecture)
Extra-Curricular Involvement: Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Construction in Indian Country
Why I wanted to be a coach: You are unfolding the next chapter of your life in a whole new setting. ASU will challenge you, but it is up to you if you want to go on this adventure. With my previous leadership and experience of surviving ASU (as long as I have), I want to be able to guide you to your vision of success.
Advice for being successful at ASU: Don’t be afraid to try new things! “The greatest teacher failure is” – Cheii Yoda