Success Coaching

HSC is offering virtual Success Coaching through Google Meet or Zoom.

  1. Schedule your meeting with your Success Coach as usual
  2. Your coach will add a "Conferencing" link in your Google Calendar event
  3. At the appropriate time, use the link in your Google Calendar event to join the session
  4. If you haven't yet met with a Success Coach, you may choose a coach from the list below

Be sure to have your planner and any questions with you when you join!

Holman success coaches are professionals, UNIV instructors and UNIV SIs who:

  • Are personal trainers for college
  • Have experience meeting with students
  • Can help arrange and prioritize your academic life
  • Can connect you to other services when needed
  • Can demonstrate 'how-to-study' techniques
  • Offer one-on-one skill-building workshops .

Why You Should Meet with a Success Coach

Meeting with a success coach is an excellent way to get you on track academically and personalize your education. We assist students in navigating the University system, as well as assisting in tracking progress toward both academic and personal goals. If you need a hand in developing a plan of action to tackle academic challenges and attain personal achievement, we are here to help!

Student Testimonial

>My experience with the Holman Success Center has been unmatched in its utility and profundity. When I met with my success coach, Alexandra Kubiak, I was almost down and out entirely. However, we discussed the basic building blocks for creating a strong semester. Things like organization, time management, and attendance were some of the weaker aspects of my college career. These life skills are transferable directly to my day to day, and my future career goals. Once Alex and I figured out what I was lacking, and why, we began to develop a tailored solution for me. This took into account my job, my current grades, my overall GPA, my post-grad goals, and even my personality and inability to focus. Through consistent meetings, goal setting, application of said goals, and persistent work, I managed to complete a total of 5 classes with 4 A’s and a B+. I am proud of myself and of the work I put in. I am also grateful for having Alex as my mentor and success coach. Honestly, this past year has been life changing, eye opening, and most certainly educational all thanks to the brilliance of Alex.

- EMU Student, Winter 2020

How to Connect

Don't see your Success Coach listed? Contact us! We can recommend someone great to work with you on your continued success.

  • Kristian Burns, Graduate Assistant and Success Coach

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    Kristian is a graduate student here at Eastern Michigan University pursuing her MA in Educational Leadership - Higher Education/Student Affairs. She also received Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business from EMU, too. She has been with the Holman Success Center as a Peer Academic Coach (PAC) in Fall of 2017. Kristian is skilled in organizational tools (including: making schedules, filling out your planner, and how to use it effectively, as well as time management). She is also an alumnae member of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated - Omicron Chapter. Feel free to reach out regarding EMU Greek Life or anything else! Kristian loves to meet new people and make connections.

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  • Scott Kardell, Graduate Assistant and Success Coach

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    Scott Kardel is an EMU alumni and got his bachelor’s degree in social work. Before coming to the Holman Success Center, Scott worked at Ozone House, The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, and the Education Project where he connected students to resources to enroll, attend, and succeed in their academic pursuits. He is passionate about helping empower others to achieve their goals both academically and professionally. Scott is back at EMU in pursuit of his MSW with a concentration in mental health and substance use recovery.

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  • Naja Martin, Graduate Assistant and Success Coach

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    Naja graduated in August with her Bachelor's in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work. This is her first year as a Graduate Assistant, but has been with the HSC as a Peer Academic Coach for the last three years during her undergraduate studies. Her areas of expertise include: building schedules, study habits, starting your own organization, and ABA therapy. She is originally from Ohio and a first generation college student. Her goal is to help others realize their potential regardless of obstacles in their life. She says that her "students futures are endless" and she "enjoys making a difference, helping others find their path to success and confidence." New students are always welcome to book a meeting with her!

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  • Nikol Ray, Graduate Assistant and Success Coach

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    Nikol is an EMU and Edge Program alumna. She graduated from EMU in December 2019 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a double minor in Communication and Interdisciplinary Leadership. She has worked in the Holman Success Center since April 2016 as a Peer Academic Coach, working in the UNIV classrooms to assist students as they enter the next chapter of their lives. Her passion is helping students find the order in which they want to take their courses and planning out their month-to-week-to-day schedule break down. She hopes to take those skills and become an academic advisor after finishing her Master's in Higher Education/Student Affairs this December.

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EMU Edge Success Coaches

  • Kim Jones, Success Coach Expand dropdown

    Kimberly Jones has earned her master's in educational leadership: higher education student affairs (HESA), a graduate certificate in higher education: academic advising, a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a bachelor's in literature; all from Eastern Michigan University. Kim has spent over 10 years working with the EMU Alumni Association and has spent the past two years as the Eastern Michigan University Black Alumni Association (EMUBA) president. Kim is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals in life while maintaining a fun and engaged work-life balance. In her spare time, Kim is a devoted mother to her children and works on the board of her high school alumni association.

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  • Alex Kubiak, Success Coach Expand dropdown

    Alex couldn't get enough of EMU during her undergrad, so she decided to come back to continue her studies. Her BA is in German language and Literature with a minor in English linguistics, and she is currently pursuing her MA in TESOL. Alex loves working with EMU students and believes that she can strongly influence them to not only succeed academically, but to succeed in all aspects of life. She says that, "With every student comes a special story and a unique experience. I believe that it is through self discovery that we find how to empower and motivate ourselves. Throughout my own journey, I have acquired some useful tools that have taken me far, and I look forward to sharing these tools with my students. I believe that by encouraging students to take such an introspective outlook, these tools can assist them in achieving their own understanding of success."

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  • Amelia Parnis, Success Coach Expand dropdown

    Amelia is a proud two-time EMU alum, earning a BS in English Language & Literature and MA in Educational Leadership. In addition to her experience with Holman Success Center, Amelia has worked in academic support at both Texas A&M University and Wayne State University, coordinating Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs. She is an internationally certified SI Program Supervisor and has earned Level 2 Learning Center Leadership Certification through the NCLCA.

    Amelia is passionate about helping students understand the science behind learning and how they can develop learning strategies that work long term. She believes everyone should be a lifelong learner and that some of our most valuable learning experiences happen outside of the classroom. In her free time, Amelia enjoys reading, road trips, and adding to her record collection.

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  • James Tobias, Success Coach Expand dropdown

    James Tobias has had six years of professional Higher Education experience and has spent that time helping students learn how to succeed in college and make the most of their time during the most pivotal period along the journey of life. Prior to is current position at EMU, he worked for three years down in Virginia at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. He holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) from Eastern Michigan University and has his BA in German and European History from the University of Michigan. He wrestled as an undergraduate and currently enjoys coaching wrestling in his free time. He believes that the college experience is not just about earning a degree; it is more about taking control of your life, gaining valuable experiences, and building your network. He is passionate about helping students reach their full potential.

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