Peer Success Coaches

  • Halie Hicks

    Major: Early Childhood Education

    Hometown: Dallas, GA

    Interests: Reading, spending time with my family, education, and crafting.

    Why you want to be a peer coach: I would like to be a peer coach because I like to manage things, as well as help others learn how to manage things. With peer coaching, I will enjoy helping and making sure that students are up-to-date with information regarding the program, and what is needed of them. Since I was in their shoes not long ago, I can help ease their minds and help to lower the stress level that comes with the competitiveness. I enjoy meeting new people and I feel like this will be a good way to do

    • Wesly Lahens

      Major: Psychology

      Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

      Interests: Reading, traveling, Community Service Involvement, Working with youth, Basketball, Soccer

      Why you want to be a peer coach: My goal is to help students achieve their goals and provide them with essential tools to succeed. I would like to assist students with sharing ideas and resources and work with them on how to solve classroom problems. I believe these are the essentials tools that students need in order to become successful.

      • Jon Lively

        Major: Psychology

        Hometown: Cartersville, Georgia

        Interests: Hiking, cooking for myself and others, Showtunes, Driving At Night, Running, And Debates.

        Why you want to be a peer coach: To have an opportunity to see others achieve greatness. A large part of my life has been a series of 'supposed-to-be-impossible', starting with my birth as a 36-week old pre-mature baby. I wasn't supposed to even be able to walk, much less write these sentences you're reading here, but yet, I've made it all the way to working on my bachelor's degree at KSU. I want to become a peer success coach because I know everyone has the ability to go even further than they ever dreamed possible, and I want to be a part of the team that helps students achieve greatness.

        • Laura Morrow

          Majors:  Psychology

          Hometown:  Dallas, Georgia

          Interests: Running, reading, hiking, camping, cooking, drawing, etc.

          Why you want to be a peer coach: I would love to be able to help other students succeed, and that might sound like an obvious answer, but in all reality it is true. I care a lot about helping others progress further in their development and self-esteem. Sometimes people just need a little guidance and motivation to truly see what they are capable of. A big part of being a peer coach, in my eyes, is being informative. I believe if we are able to inform our fellow peers with the right information to succeed, I am sure there will be less of a chance of students taking the wrong classes for their majors. I just want to be able to help my fellow peers understand their full potential and be the best that they can be.

          • Genesis Gabriella Ortiz

            Major: Early Childhood Education

            Hometown: Born in Miami, Florida raised in Powder Springs, Georgia

            Interests: Music, fine arts, education, children, church, traveling, hiking, concerts, family.

            Why do you want to be a peer coach: I want to help people reach their goals. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to get where I am now if it wasn’t for the help my peer coach gave me, I want to be able to do the same thing.

            • Christine Smith

              Major: Psychology

              Minor: Leadership

              Hometown: Hiram, GA

              Interests: Spending time with friends and family, giving back to the community, and trying all things new that do not involve macaroni and cheese.

              Why do you want to be a peer coach:  To give back. Through my peer success coach I learned that getting through the application process was just a small part of being a KSU Owl. My coach helped guide me from being interested in KSU to attending the first day of classes, assisted in getting me a job in the Work Study program, introduced me into clubs, and even continues to check in and offer any help or advice I may need throughout the semester. Without having that much support and guidance from a peer coach I would not be where I am today. By becoming a peer coach, I will be able to give back what my coach had graciously given to me, as well as continue to show how Kennesaw stands apart from other colleges.

              • Erin Tinnell

                Major: Early Childhood Education

                Hometown: Acworth, GA

                Interests: Elvis Presley, movies, music, hanging out with my family and friends, good conversations, helping people, good food, cooking, art, camping, hiking, swimming

                Why you want to be a peer coach: To help people. My peer coach helped me with the process so much and was my lifeline, I’d like to be able to do that for someone else.