Peer Success Coaches

Meet your Peer Success Coaches

Shannon

Shannon

Where are you from? Sydney, Nova Scotia

What brought you to CBU? I wanted to stay close to home for my undergrad, and I was lucky to receive a scholarship to attend CBU, so it made perfect financial sense to attend!

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? I am in the BA Honours program in Political Science and I really enjoy how passionate the professors are about their field. They provide such enthusiasm and expertise in the field that it makes political science enjoyable to study!

What type of field/career do you see yourself in? I am not entirely sure as I am weighing different options. I have thought about going on to get a Masters in Political Science and working in the federal government, but after taking a few classes about Canadian law, I am leaning heavily towards becoming a lawyer.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU? Going through school, I was told that
university was a super strict place and I felt like I was walking into a hostile environment. I was terrified when I started here, but I was quickly put at ease after interacting with the professors and staff who couldn’t have been nicer and more willing to help.

What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this role?
This is my second year as a Peer Success Coach, and I was interested in the position as I wanted to help students transition to university life and to dispel any misconceptions new students may have about entering university. My Peer Success Coach helped me to realize that university can be a good experience and this allowed me to come out of my shell. I would like to be able to do this for incoming students.

How can peer success coaches benefit students? Peer Success Coaches can benefit students because it is a lot easier to talk to a peer than it is to a staff or faculty member. We have been in your position and know all about the struggles of university life. We can answer any questions that you might have and be a comforting influence.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students? I like being able to put people at ease and just being a friendly face. I know what it is like to worry about transitioning to university and how lonely it can initially be. If I can provide some relief to an incoming student and make them feel better, I feel I have done my job!

What advice would you give to a new CBU student? The first thing I would suggest to a new CBU student is to get involved, even though this upcoming semester may be a little bit different due to classes being moved online. There are plenty of student societies, intramurals and events, so there is something for everyone! You can meet fellow students with similar interests and make friends for life! The second thing I would suggest to a new CBU student is to take advantage of student resources on campus. The Writing Centre, Jennifer Keeping Centre and the Student Development Officers are all there to help you succeed, so take full advantage of them if you can!


Sarah
Sarah

Where are you from? I’m from Halifax, Nova Scotia!

What brought you to CBU? I was interested in attending CBU because of the amazing reviews that I’ve received from fellow nursing students that have completed their degree through CBU.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? I am currently in the Nursing Program and I enjoy this program because of the hands on experiences CBU has. Being a nurse has always been my dream and CBU is helping me to become the best nurse I can be!

What type of field/career do you see yourself in? There are so many different avenues of nursing that interest me, however, the area I’m excited most about learning is in becoming an Emergency room nursing or maybe even an operating room nurse.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU? One thing I would communicate with my past self before starting at CBU, would be to give yourself time. University takes a lot of adjustments and time to find what works for you! Give yourself time to get used to where things are, to make friends, find the best study spot and time to find the right support system. It will all be worth it!!

What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this role? I was lucky enough to become a Peer Success Coach this Summer for the upcoming semesters and I am very excited! I was and am interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach because I was lucky enough to have a Coach last year during my first few semesters at CBU. I’m excited to be there for students who need support in many different forms.

How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students? The Peer Success Coaching program can benefit students because no matter how easy or complex a question they have is, they have their OWN Peer Success Coach to help them with their transition to university!! That one on one connection can really help students feel comfortable and more welcome into the school environment.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students? I really enjoying helping students because no
matter who they are, where they’re from I have something in common with all of them! We are all CBU students and being able to help someone who probably has some of the same questions I did when I started is worth its weight in millions! No matter how big or how small, helping a student is one of the most rewarding experiences.

What advice would you give a new CBU student? My advice to a new CBU student would be to give yourself time!!!! Time to make friends and time to get used to classes and time to get involved! Being involved in the CBU community will be one of the best decisions that you make! The last piece of advice I would give to a new student at CBU is to reach out whenever there is something you need or have questions about!


Neelam Peer Success CoachNeelam

Where are you from? I am from India.

What brought you to CBU? I was looking forward to experience education overseas, culture , lifestyle. Hence, planned to move out from India.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? It encourages my interest in being a public health representative, as we have close proximity to a lot of health and safety issues here, both mentally and physically.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in? After my studies, I may look for opportunities to work in the field of occupational health & safety team in pharmaceutical company.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU? As an international student, I got the chance to know about CBU through Orientation program held in India that provided the overview of living off/ on campus, culture, financial strategies to make during student life.

What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this role?
Peer Success Coach is going to be an interesting step for me as through this I may get to know more about how university is devoted towards Students and what new questions/queries may rise to students which indirectly can help me to develop my skills by solving the same. I will be working as a Peer Success Coach for the duration of 2020-2021.

How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students?
PSC will work as a catalyst between students and university. Students can directly contact to their respective PSC for their doubts throughout their first semester.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
Being a student, I can say that, it is natural to come up with doubts in different situations. Hence, I would like to share my experiences with other students that may be helpful to them. Through this way, I may get to know or learn new things from them.

What advice would you give a new CBU student?
1) Whether you are a domestic or an international student, it is going to be a new environment for you. So, do not rush yourself to adjust. Slowly and steadily, you will learn everything. Have patience and peace of mind.
2) Help each other out!
3) Always be in touch with professors and focus in your study as well as fun activities.
4) Try to be involved in volunteering programs/activities.
5) Try to keep yourself updated with the University.
6) Don’t stress, no matter what’s wrong.
7) Always make use of the resources provided by university & student union.


Daniel Peer Success Coach

Daniel

Where are you from? I’m from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
What brought you to CBU? Initially, I was drawn to CBU because of the beauty of Cape Breton Island and to take a break from the business of big cities.                                                                                                                  What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? I’m currently in the Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program. I really love my program because of its work experience requirement in order to graduate. I think it’s a great way to get into the job market after I graduate.
What type of field/career do you see yourself in? I’m pursuing the customer service and tourism field. I would like to see myself as a tourism ambassador or a front office agent.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU? I think I really wish I knew about the resources available to students. I did my own research about every aspects of the university because of how robust the campus and communities are, and navigating it was a bit difficult. Luckily, when I first came here, everyone was so nice and gladly helped me with every question/issue I have.
What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this
role? As an international student, I understand many struggles that an International student may encounter. Additionally, I really enjoy helping others and I have been a student guide since I was a high school student.
How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students? Peer Success Coach can be the Liaison between students and the campus. We can help answer your questions, or at least, direct and connect you to the right person who can give you further assistance. As we Peer Success Coach are also students, we can look at your problem from a student’s perspective and help accordingly.
What do you enjoy most about helping other students? The most rewarding things when helping out other students is the sign of relief from them and their happiness.
What advice would you give a new CBU student? Something I would encourage every new students is to utilize CBU’s resources and services as much as possible. Just like the Peer Success Coach program, CBU has a lot more services, programs and resources that would make student’s life a lot easier to breathe. We have everything from tutoring in many subjects, to counselling services for you to get help with any mental issues. Additionally, don’t forget to participate in CBU’s events and activities to wind down from study as well!


Garima Peer Success Coach

Garima

Where are you from?
I am an International student originally from India, and currently I reside in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
What brought you to CBU?
After completing my graduation in India, I wanted to pursue my further studies in Canada, and CBU was a perfect place because it helped me get into a transfer credit program and continue my education with a wider perspective. The best part about CBU is that it boasts cultural diversity which gives the right kind of exposure to an individual for their holistic development.
What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?     I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Business Administration and I love the way it is taught at CBU. I am mostly interested in Accounting and look forward to do my Major in the same. The things I enjoy about my course are many: the classes, my interaction with the professors- they have been amazing mentors and the fact that CBU has a Co-op program in BBA that has given me an opportunity to gain hands on experience at the professional workplace.
What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
When I began my term at CBU, I was always interested in Accounting and Communications, but after securing a Co-op term as a Bookkeeper and working in the field, I believe that Accounting is something that interests and intrigues me the most.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
The one thing I wish I knew before I started at CBU would be that I am going to find helpful people and resources at every step of my course. The lack of assurance that I had before I started would not have been there if I knew that I can seek guidance from different resources and centers that are present throughout CBU.
What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this role?
For my first year at CBU, I had been getting advising and coaching from the Peer Success Coaches and it helped me in excelling in academics as well as in narrowing down my career objectives. So, it was my heartfelt desire to continue this for the incoming students and to make sure that their first year learning experience is as enriching and rewarding as mine.
How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students?
Peer Success Coaches can benefit new students by familiarizing them with various resources including the Writing Centre, The Math and Science Centre, Academic Advising and Career Counselling. Apart from this, Peer Success Coaches can serve as Student Mentors with whom students can discuss their aspirations and concerns, which they might be hesitant while discussing with their professors. Further, Peer Success Coaches can serve as a resource in communicating the concerns or needs of the students to the concerned authorities especially during this initial phase of exclusive online learning.
What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
I always had a belief that if one has ever done a task that is tedious or stressful, they should always guide others in the same situation to do it in a simpler manner. Also, it gives me immense sense of contentment when I am able to share my experiences, so that the experience of the new students is rewarding.
What advice would you give a new CBU student?
My advise in one word would be- ASK about anything and everything you need! I believe that inquisitiveness is  something that will make the journey of each student at CBU very fulfilling in terms of their educational needs as well as for their engagement at the university.
● Reach out to your professors, ask them questions about classes and resources that you
might need for your exam preparation.
● Seek an appointment at the Writing Centre and learn about how to write your assignments
in different citation styles.
● Take advantage of the tutoring being provided at the Jennifer Keeping Centre and the
Math and Science Centre.
● Plan your courses and your career by seeking guidance from the Academic Advisors and
the Student Placement Officers.
● Explore the online and physical library whenever you have time and make the most use of
it.
● Use a Monthly Planner to keep track of important dates for assignments, projects, tests
and other events.
● Participate in various clubs and societies and volunteer to make the most of your time at
CBU.


Annalisa Peer Success Coach

Annalisa

Where are you from? I am from Sydney, Nova Scotia.
What brought you to CBU? Once I graduated from high school, I was looking for a new adventure while also trying to decide what career path I wanted to take in life as a young adult. Being able to stay on the island, and have one on ones with the professors due to smaller class sizes was a
great place to start to peruse my post secondary education.
What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? I am enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts
Community Studies program. I enjoy this program because of the variety of classes you take as well as a work placement to give you a better perspective of what career goals you may have for the future.
What type of field/career do you see yourself in? I’m not sure what career I see myself in. I’m thinking
possibly teaching or social work.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU? Before I started at CBU, one thing I wish I knew would be how to better manage my time. University is a lot different then high school and sometimes it takes time to adjust to how things work. At times it can be challenging but after a month or two you get the hang of it, and learn how to better stay organized.                                                                                                                                           What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this role? This is my first year in the role of a peer success coach, and so far I am enjoying it. What made me interested in becoming a peer success coach is, sometimes being a first year student is overwhelming, and getting a perspective of another student from the same university can really help especially if you are a first year student who isn’t really sure how university works or isn’t sure of who to reach out when they have an important question.
How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students? Peer Success Coaches can benefit students in several ways, when you are given a peer success coach, they are in the same degree as you, so do be able to talk to a student who is in the same degree as you is very helpful. Peer Success Coaches have all completed their first year of university, and we all know how stressful that can be, it’s always easier to talk to another student who has felt the way you have before.
What do you enjoy most about helping other students? Starting university comes with a lot of uncertainty, and because of that it can make students very nervous. I like the idea of answering questions from students who have really no idea what to expect and to make their transition into university so much smoother.
What advice would you give a new CBU student?
My advice to new CBU students would be to not feel like you need to have your life planned out when you are in your first year, it’s okay to be unsure what you want to do in the future, take a variety of courses, that way you can find what you like best. Another piece of advice I would give to new students would be to ask questions, and reach out for help. Sometimes it can be scary to ask a question, once you ask it and get the answer you feel so much better.


Kaileigh Peer Success Coach

Kaileigh

Where are you from? I am from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.
What brought you to CBU? I chose CBU because my entire family has attended CBU and I’ve grown up around it, also the scholarship was a nice incentive 🙂
What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? I am in my third year of a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree. Thus far my favourite part of it is the labs, getting to actually do the experiments yourself is really fun.
What type of field/career do you see yourself in? I want to go to medical school and earn my MD.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU? I wish I knew how important remembering to have fun is. When I started university I was so focused on doing well that I forgot to enjoy myself. Doing the work is important but these are your last few years before becoming an adult, with all of the responsibilities that go along with that, you should at least try to enjoy them.
What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this
role? This will be my first year being a peer success coach, I wanted to become a peer success coach because I very clearly remember how terrified I was going into my first year of university and I would love to make it easier on as many students as I can.
How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students? The faculty are extremely nice and helpful but to new students they can be quite intimidating, peer success coaches offer students someone just like them that can answer their questions.
What do you enjoy most about helping other students? I enjoy the look on someone’s face when they are able to relax and stop worrying as much because you were able to help make things easier for them.
What advice would you give a new CBU student?
University Survival Guide:
1. Keep track of due dates and test dates, some professors won’t remind you.
2. However long you think you need to study for an exam, double it.
3. Try not to procrastinate, it is much harder to catch up if you get behind
4. Make good study habits that can last you till the end
5. Make friends, studying is more enjoyable with others around


Shalynn Peer Success Coach

Shalynn               

Where are you from? I am from Sydney, Nova Scotia
What brought you to CBU? The thing that brought me to CBU is the fact that I am able to stay on the island and attend a university close to my home for my first degree. Hearing all about the many different courses offered, the French program especially made me
excited to choose CBU!
What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? I am currently in the Bachelor of Arts program, and I am really enjoying it so far! The thing I enjoy the most is all the different courses you can take, allowing me to have an opportunity to explore many
different classes in different subjects.
What type of field/career do you see yourself in? In the future I can see myself working with children; so after my Bachelor of Arts degree, I plan to take a Bachelor of Education degree, and become a teacher, hopefully specializing in French and becoming a French
teacher!
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started CBU? Before I started CBU I wish I would’ve known how to manage time with my courses while also trying to juggle friends, family and other activities. After a couple of months, it was easy to adjust and use my time wisely, allowing me to make schedules and keep myself organized giving myself time for other things other than school work. University is definitely a different environment, and takes time to adjust but if you give yourself time, take part in activities and reach out,
everything will work out in the end!
What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? How long have you been in this role? This is my first year in this role, and I am very happy that I have been chosen to take on the role of a Peer Success Coach; I can’t wait to continue this role all year helping first year students adjust to university, and to answer any questions or address any concerns they may have! The thing that made me interested in this role is that I was fortunate to have an awesome Peer Success Coach last year who helped me in many different ways, seeing her help me has made me realize how much I would enjoy helping other first year students!
How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students? Peer Success Coaches can benefit students because as Peer success Coaches we have all been in the position of first year students and know how you might feel about starting a new chapter in your life. I think that first year students may find it a lot easier to talk to a student in university rather than reach out to a staff or faculty member. As a Peer Success Coach, we can answer any questions you may have, and if we don’t have the answer, we will be sure to find it out and get back to you with an answer!
What do you enjoy most about helping other students? For me the thing I enjoy most about helping other students is being able to answer students’ questions, as a second year student I know that first year can be very nerve wrecking, filled with many different emotions. I feel if I am able to help students become more organized, stay on task, and skip over that period of anxiety, confusion and not knowing what to do next then I am more than willing to be here to help.
What advice would you give a new CBU student? The advice I would give to a new CBU student is to take the time to get organized at the beginning of each semester, and keep on track of things throughout the entire semester, this may mean getting a planner, using a notepad or just using the calendar on your laptop or cellphone; try and make sure to know the deadlines for each class. This may be very overwhelming and at the beginning but as you get used to the university experience, you will get used to planning and keeping on track of things.
-Don’t procrastinate just because the deadline seems far away, the reason it was probably assigned early is because you will have plenty of other things due, don’t let all the work build up and try to get it done in a night or two.
-In university midterms and exams come fast, so try to start studying early, prepare after each chapter that way you have a head start when it comes to midterm and exam season!
-Always reach out, don’t be afraid to email a professor, or go to their office hours if you have a question or concern. If you don’t understand something go talk to your professor, they will be more than happy to help you and to answer any questions.
-Lastly use the resources that are offered at CBU, whether it is the Math and Science Centre, the Writing Centre, the library, or many other resources that are offered, get used to how they work, it can be intimidating to have to make an appointment or walk in to the places not knowing how anything works, but everyone has been in the same shoes, and you have to learn one way or another!


Leah
Where are you from? Sydney, Nova Scotia
What brought you to CBU? CBU has a really great and well respected Nursing program, it was
my top choice as well as being able to stay close to home.
What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it? I am in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program. I think my favourite part of the program is the science labs and learning about the human body, along with so many opportunities to be involved and helping others around campus.
What type of field/career do you see yourself in? My current goal is to be a Registered Nurse,
hopefully working with children.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU? I wish I was more prepared on how to schedule myself and juggle all of my courses at once. I regret not going to the Math and Science Centre sooner, I didn’t quite understand how it worked and was too nervous to go in!
What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach? / How long have you been in this
role?
This is my first time being a Peer Success Coach! I really enjoyed helping my friends and classmates through our first year of Nursing and it feels great being able to pass along information that I have picked up on my way to help make someone’s first year of University a little less stressful.
How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students?
There are so many resources and support for students at CBU, but what I think benefits the students by having a Peer Success Coach is that we are able to pass on information through personal experiences for something we have very recently gone through and are still working through. The stress, anxiety, and confusion about beginning University for the first time is very fresh, so I can relate to the students that I have been assigned to and am hopefully less intimidating for them to contact rather than an official faculty member.
What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
I feel that if I knew last year what I know now, my experience at CBU would have been a lot easier. I would love to help any student I can skip over that period of uncertainty, anxiety, and confusion. I now know how to organize and schedule myself, as well as not being afraid to contact my professors, and find the available resources. That is an important base to have and it doesn’t have to take all year to figure out (like it did for my friends and I)!
What advice would you give a new CBU student?
Get organized. Keep all of your deadlines in a planner and set alerts on your phone if you are forgetful. The beginning of each semester is the most important time to do this. At first you will feel like you are on top of everything and you have lots of spare time, so it is important to use this spare time to make sure you are prepared for when things begin to move more quickly. Exams come fast. Begin lightly preparing for exams right away, after each class or section make study notes in order to use for when that time comes. At the end of the semester making study notes will be too time consuming to cover all of the material. Use your breaks wisely, review or rewrite your notes after each class. It doesn’t take long to do and will save you a lot of cramming when test time comes. Use Quizlet! you can enter deadlines for your tests and the app will divide up the content into smaller pieces for you to practice to be ready in time. Kahoot is also a fun way to study with your friends. The Math & Science Centre is still available online, take advantage of it! Stay in touch with you professors. They can be intimidating sometimes if you are shy like me,
but they are there to make sure you are learning and to help!! Don’t be afraid to send an e-mail! If you are struggling with something don’t wait until after the test or it is too late to bring your mark back up. There are so many resources that can help. Lastly, everyone is just as stressed out and anxious as you are. You are not the only one who is struggling, you just might not be able to see it in others. You have been accepted into the program you are in for a reason so don’t let anything discourage you and don’t compare yourself to others! Remember everyone is coming from a different background of education.