Our peer coaches represent a variety of majors. Select someone who matches your current program, or meet with any of our coaches that seem like a good fit for you! All coaches are trained to actively listen and to ask thought-provoking questions, so you can't go wrong no matter who you choose!

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Hello! My name is Abbey and I’m currently pursuing my MPH in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. I grew up in Dana Point, CA, but have lived in Corvallis for the past 12 years. When I’m not coaching or studying, you can find me catching up on the latest pop culture news, spending time with my family, cooking up something delicious in the kitchen, travelling, or dancing around my house like nobody’s watching. I am so grateful for the opportunity to support students and I can’t wait to meet all of you soon!

Anika Anika

Hi all, I’m Anika! I have been providing admin support for the ASC since 2015 and I’m excited to add coaching to my work here. I graduated from UW Madison with a BA in English and emphasis in creative writing. Since moving here I’ve enjoyed exploring different parts of Oregon and hiking as much as I can. In my free time I love to read, work on art, go for walks, hang out with my husband and cat, and look at every Little Free Library I can find. I also write for the Corvallis Advocate and enjoy meeting interesting people and telling their stories. I really love coaching and helping people discover better ways to approach learning and finding life balance. I look forward to working with you!

 Karen portrait photo Karen

My name is Karen, and I am from Hood River, Oregon. One cool fact about my hometown is that it is considered the world capital of windsurfing! I don't windsurf, but I am hoping to learn this coming summer (summer 2017). I am currently a Junior and I just switched my major to kinesiology. I am still not sure what career path to take, but I do know I want to work in the health field. I really love to spend time with my family, whether it is staying home and watching movies or going on adventures together. My hobbies include drawing, going to the gym, going on hikes, questioning the purpose of life, and binge watching tv shows. I also have two very furry bunnies that are really adorable!


Hi folks! My name is Katie Darke and I am in my fourth year at OSU. I am studying English, education and Spanish, and some day I'll be teaching at a high school or in higher education. I love to travel, cook, and go on backpacking trips with my friends and family. I'm from Portland and love the rain, but you'll most likely find me curled up inside with a good book on all those rainy days. I'm practically obsessed with ultimate frisbee and I play for a club team in Portland as well as the women's team at OSU. I am excited to be a part of the ASC and I look forward to working with you!

 Paola portrait photo Paola

Hey there! My name is Paola Mendoza and I am currently enjoying the remainder of my undergraduate experience here at OSU. I’m majoring in Sociology with an option in Crime and Justice. My minors will soon be completed in Psychology and Spanish. Outside of academics, most of my time is dedicated to my beloved family, but I also enjoy reading novels, developing my amateur photography skills, and going on long hikes. I have a passion for anything dance/music related and going to concerts. Recently, I have picked up mastering my guitar skills and American Sign Language. Lastly, I don’t miss many opportunities to stay active nor to watch another episode of my latest Netflix infatuation. One day, I hope to make a difference in people’s lives.

 Ruta Ruta

Hey y’all! My name is Ruta Faifaiese and I am currently a 2nd year undergraduate student studying math. I was born in Oceanside, California, but raised in Seattle, Washington. My plan is to teach at the high school level, after obtaining a double degree in Math and Education through the Double Degree Program here at OSU. I am also a Math Tutor and Math Intern for the Educational Opportunities Program. Aside from studying and working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing piano, and staying active. I’m excited to be a part of the Academic Coaching team and look forward to meeting you!!


Hi! My name is Rebekah Huckaby and I am a senior majoring in Biology with a Pre-Medicine option and a minor in both Chemistry and Public Health. I was born in Nacogdoches, Texas and moved to Glide, Oregon when I was in highschool. I really love the Pacific Northwest, even all the rain! I am really interested in Osteopathic medicine and hope to go to an Osteopathic Medical school in the Northwest after I graduate from OSU. Aside from academics, I love hiking, running, spending time with friends and going to the coast. I am so excited to be a part of the Academic Coaching team and I look forward to meeting you!

 Tilden Tilden

My name is Tilden Chin and I am studying Mechanical Engineering. I was born in Singapore but I grew up in Portland and stayed there for almost my entire life. I hope to become an engineer specializing in design, and I am especially interested in finite element analysis or computational fluid dynamics. I like reading history, physics, math, and scientifically grounded fiction novels. I also like walking, biking and hiking. I hope to make a positive impact on the students on campus and promote a welcoming environment!


Hi all! My name is Wesley. I was born in Los Angeles but our family moved to Shanghai when I was 10, so I’ve lived in Shanghai for 7 years prior to my coming to Oregon State. You can say that had a big impact in my life! My major is BioResource Research with a focus in Food Quality and I have a minor in Chemistry as well. I am still soul searching and contemplating what my ideal job would look like, but I have always been curious about the human condition and how to improve it. Whether that leads me to medicine or another occupation, bottom line is that I love interacting and meeting with new people on a daily basis. As long as I am doing that, I think I will be happy wherever the world takes me. In my free time, catch me vibing to some tunes at a coffee shop or picking up some barbells at Dixon.