What is a Peer Academic Coach?

A Peer Academic Coach (PAC) is either an undergraduate student or a graduate student who has been academically successful at Florida Atlantic University. Either way, Peer Academic Coaches are available to offer student-to-student, FAU specific tips and advice on how to be successful here.

They understand that success in college isn’t limited to having good study skills (though they can coach you on those), but is also about feeling connected to campus, being able to make ends meet, finding the right balance between work and your classes, etc.



Choose a Peer Academic Coach from the list below and click the corresponding schedule meeting link to find your coach's availability. If you don't see any availability listed, then try scheduling with another coach or send an email with your name, z number, and availability to  mmartinez@fau.edu.

Our Peer Academic Coaches will return in the Fall 2022 semester




Name: Coming Soon!
Interesting fact about yourself/experience
Extra-Curricular Involvement
Why I wanted to be a coach:  
Advice for being successful at FAU



Name: Courtney Lonergan
Hometown: Suffolk, Virgina 
College: College of Science
Major: Health Science (Minor: Spanish)
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience:  I love to travel and have been to over 10 countries!
Extra-Curricular Involvement: I am the vice president of Pre-Health ambassadors and a member of medical missions abroad. I am a certified emergency medical technician and electrocardiogram technician. 
Why I wanted to be a coach: I wanted to be a coach to be a mentor to incoming freshmen at FAU. Being an out-of-state student as well as a first-generation student, I found it very beneficial to know about the resources on FAU’s campus. I want to be able to share my experiences and help students be successful before I graduate. 
Advice for being successful at FAU: Ask questions! The only bad question is the one you do not ask. Also, networking is one of the best things you can do in college as it will open many doors you may have not considered before.



Name: Isabella Gallo
Hometown: Plantation, FL
College: College of Business
Major: Finance
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I have been playing piano for 14 years and I am training to do a triathlon.
Extra-Curricular Involvement: I am the fundraiser chair for the Pre-Law Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, and I previously did peer mentoring for FAU High Students.
Why I wanted to be a coach: I wanted to become a Peer Academic Coach to provide as much support as I can to students. I understand how challenging college is, thus, I want to help students navigate through it all and find success in the goals they wish to accomplish.
Advice for being successful at FAU: Don't worry about not knowing what you want to do specifically in the future. College allows you to discover so many fields and opportunities, so take the time to explore as well as find something you feel passionate about and can see as something you'd love to continue developing in the future.



Name: Kareem Clarke 
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
College: College of Science 
Major: Biological Sciences 
Year in school: Senior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I represented FAU on the gameshow Wheel of Fortune 
Extra-Curricular Involvement: SNT leader for the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), member of FAU's Community Service Club Public Relations Committee, and volunteer notetaker Student Accessibility Services 
Why I wanted to be a coach: This is my dream college job. One of my happiest college moments was helping a classmate pass a class that the professor told her that she would fail. I have a plethora of experiences that have made me a better college student. I would love to share some of that knowledge with other university students who might need it. 
Advice for being successful at FAU: Proper time management is key. Take advantages of all the resources offered, including tutoring. Set aside time for extra-curricular activities and hobbies. Take care of your physical and mental health. 



Name: Michaella Louis
Hometown: Greenacres, Florida
College: College of Arts and Letters
Major: Political Science
Year in school: Master's student
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: I used to play the Saxophone and I love foreign cuisines. 
Extra-Curricular Involvement: I am the founder and president of an organization here at FAU called the Community Service Club and our mission is to help out the community in any way that we can. I am also the Vice President of Paws and Claws, Vice President of March for Our Lives, Event Director for Students for Peace, Public Relations Chair for the Golf Club, Event Director for Students for Play, an Orientation Leader, a mental health advocate for Pep Talk, and a member of the Sustainability Action Committee. 
Why I wanted to be a coach: I wanted to become a Peer Academic Coach because I wanted to lead the next generation of students at FAU. I wanted to be part of the team that helps incoming students overcome certain obstacles. Being a first-generation master's student has shown me how important it is to have a support system and I want to be a support system for any students in need. 
Advice for being successful at FAU: (1) Always take care of your health. College can be stressful and taking care of your body mentally and physically is extremely important. (2) Please ask for help when you need it. There are many people who are willing to help. It's important to know that you are not alone. (3) Get involved. Joining organizations that interest you is a great way to make new friends. Also, being part of something you care about makes you feel part of the community and makes college much more enjoyable. 



Name: Rachel "Rae" Zuckerman
Hometown: Gainsville, FL. 
College: College of Science
Major: Biological Sciences
Year in school: Junior
Interesting fact about yourself/experience: This last summer I spent a month in the Middle East exploring Israel, I love anything outdoors or water activities. 
Career Goals: I want to be a marine biologist ecologist to work with an organization that works with conservation, rescue, and research. 
Why I wanted to be a coach: I wanted to be a coach to be able to give back to the students and community. I have always loved meeting people and learning their stories, being a coach has given me such a gift by meeting so many students and hearing their stories. 
Advice for being successful at FAU: Try something new, ieven if it scares you. Think about what you want for yourself and what FAU can do to make that happen. It is your life, your one time on this earth, make your life something you're proud of. 



Interested in Becoming a Peer Academic Coach? Click HERE! ⇐