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 Sophomore Success Coach Molly

Name: Molly
Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Major:  Communication, Theatre
Year in School: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I co-host Inside ASU, a podcast for new and incoming students!
Career Goals: To continue making performance art and attend graduate school
Extra-Curricular Involvement:  I produce The Encyclopedia Show AZ through the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, co-direct the Global Women’s Health Initiative, mentor through Barrett Talent Match, and am a member of the Leadership Scholarship Program.
Why I wanted to be a coach: I believe everyone has the right to succeed in whatever ways they define success. As a coach, I get to help people translate their ideas into actions and challenge potential obstacles in order to discover what success means to them.
Advice for your Success at ASU: Trust your gut instinct—which is harder than it sounds. It’s like learning how to tap into an inherent superpower: it takes time, practice, and some mistakes to start figuring it out.


FYS Success Coach Yu-chiao

Name: Yu-chiao 
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
College: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Major: Psychology
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I moved to the U.S. alone when I was 17, pursuing my education; ever since moving here, I have been a political activist both on and off my time at work or school!
Career Goals: My goal right now is to attend a prestigious doctorate program in psychology and become a psychologist.
Extra Curricular Involvement: Since I have attended ASU, I have rarely had time to be involved in extracurricular activities; however, I am a student worker at ASU Skysong Innovation Center as well as an undergraduate researcher at the Arizona Twin Project lab.
Why I wanted to be a coach: I wanted to be a coach because being an immigrant, I understand how difficult and confusing it can often be to start adulthood alone, away from family and friends. I wanted to be the guidance for folks like me and hopefully make the best out of their college careers!
Advice for being successful at ASU: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Seek out the various resourced available on campus; we are here to help you succeed!


FYS Coach Bartia

Name: Bartia
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
College: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Major: Political Science
Year in school: 2nd Year Master's student 
Interesting fact about yourself/experience:  I studied abroad in Turkey on my own when I was nine. If only I remembered how to speak Turkish!
Career Goals: To work as a political analyst specializing in either national security or threat analysis.
Extra Curricular Involvement:  I enjoy volunteering with the Welcome to America Project, a non-profit aimed at welcoming refugees to Arizona.
Why I wanted to be a coach: My own first-year success coach was instrumental in making sure that I was happy and comfortable my freshman year of college—someone around my age who truly cared. I want to offer the same sort of relief for new ASU students.
Advice for being successful at ASU: It’s important to take steps back every once in a while and truly acknowledge when you need a rest. Part of being successful is actually enjoying it.


FYS Suite Coach Megan

Name: Megan 
Hometown:  Tucson, AZ
College: W. P. Carey School of Business
Major: Supply Chain and Sustainability
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience:  I worked for PepsiCo FritoLay over the summer in their manufacturing plant and absolutely loved it. I'm also with the LEAD program at ASU and have found so much joy in mentoring students.
Career Goals: To start my own sustainable packaging company/ save the world from plastics
Extra Curricular Involvement: Outdoors club, volunteering
Why I wanted to be a coach:  I love to be involved at ASU, I truly think it has contributed t omy success. Being so involved lead to becoming a mentor for the LEAD program where I mentor 20 students a semester, with all these new skills, I wanted to continue to share my love and involvement for ASU with the newest Sun Devils as I become an Alumni Devil!
Advice for being successful at ASU:  Don’t be afraid to ask questions, encourage others, and take time to learn about yourself in these 4 years!

FYS Coach Lina

 Name: Lina 
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
College: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Major: Global Management, concentration in Global Affairs 
Year in school: 2nd YR Graduate Student
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I love to travel internationally and try to plan trips 1-2 times a year
Career Goals: Work with a foreign consulting agency or NGO after graduation
Extra-Curricular Involvement: I participate in ThunderCares, a volunteer organization, and also babysit.
Why I wanted to be a coach: I myself was a student who benefited from the FYS program as a freshman during undergrad, so I am excited to give back and share what I have learned on my ASU journey!
Advice for being successful at ASU: Have confidence and faith in yourself -- you’ll be amazing at what you prove to be capable of.

FYS Coach Ashley

Name: Ashley 
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
College: New College & T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Major: Psychology & Family and Human Development
Year in school: Junior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I have the travel/adventure bug! I have visited countries 10 and counting. I studied abroad in Cork, Ireland.
Career Goals: Have a fulfilling career that positively impacts the world!
Extra-Curricular Involvement: Pi Beta Phi & Future for Kids
Why I wanted to be a coach: ASU is a place of (almost overwhelming) opportunities and I would love to help others find their passion and grow during this chapter of their life. I’m excited to learn from others and build a community here on campus.
Advice for being successful at ASU: Say ‘yes’ to things out of your comfort zone. Go to the game, introduce yourself to those people, apply for that job. You never know where that ‘yes’ will lead you!

FYS Coach Alexis

Name: Alexis
Hometown: Litchfield Park, AZ
College: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication Year in school: Junior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I am a first-generation college student and Disneyland enthusiast. This summer I had the opportunity to go to Disney World for the first time, and it was amazing! I’m also a writing tutor, so you’ll see me in the center quite a lot!
Career Goals: To work at a nonprofit I’m passionate about and do PR work, or become copy editor/editor of a magazine. 
Extra Curricular Involvement: I am involved in ASU Mariachi as a violinist and volunteer with community organization Harmony Project PHX. 
Why I wanted to be a coach: Looking back on the last two years of my college experience, it’s crazy to see how much I’ve grown professionally and personally. Giving back is a trait that’s always been ingrained in me, and I hope to give you all the resources and encouragement you need to be successful in your first year at ASU. I’m here to listen to your concerns, root you on, and let you know that this is where you’re meant to be!
Advice for being successful at ASU: Get involved and try everything. You’ll be amazed at what you might discover about yourself in the process.

FYS Coach Ashley

Name: Ashley 
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Major: Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles Coaching)
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I love to sing and was a soprano in the GCC Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble for three years. I’ve survived being stung by a tarantula hawk.
Career Goals: To dedicate my life to the service of educating and empowering the community to have a broader perspective on the principles of health and healing.
Extra Curricular Involvement: At ASU West, I am Vice President of BUDS (Barrett Upper Division Students), a member of AMSA, and a Peer Facilitator for CHS 101.
Why I wanted to be a coach: The beauty of being a coach is in the fact that while you’re changing the lives of others, they’re changing yours too. In the end, both parties are learning, growing, and becoming better versions of themselves. This is what I strive for.
Advice for being successful at ASU: Work hard, use Google Calendar, buy yourself a planner (and actually use it), utilize helpful campus resources, log in to MyASU daily, take advantage of every growth opportunity you can, be thankful for each day (even difficult ones), and be kind.

 FYS Coach Francisco

Name: Francisco 
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
College: W.P. Carey School of Business
Major: Finance Minor: Real Estate
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I had the opportunity to swim for the Mexican National team and placed 9th overall for the 200 backstroke! Career Goals: Create and manage my own real estate investment firm.
Extra-Curricular Involvement: I am the director of outreach for the ASU Real Estate Club and am actively involved in Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
Why I wanted to be a coach: I benefited immensely by utilizing the tools my success coach gave me during my freshman year. I want to share the knowledge and experiences that I have gained, as well as help students fulfill their utmost potential.
Advice for being successful at ASU: Always carry a growth mindset, every failure is simply an opportunity for growth. Epictetus says it better than I ever could “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”