Peer Success Coaches

There is no better way to learn about CBU, than to ask a group of successful and engaged, upper-year students. Peer Success Coaches are passionate about helping new students find their own success at CBU and, because they have already experienced their first year here, they understand the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. As a part of academic advising, all new CBU students are matched with a Peer Success Coach to communicate with via email, or through the CBU Peer Success Coach Facebook page. For any questions that may arise after the advising appointment, or throughout the year, students can connect with their Peer Success Coach and get some assistance. Peer Success Coaches also host a variety of campus events all year long to foster first-year student engagement and to provide support to students during especially busy times of the year.

2018/2019 Peer Success Coaches

Samuel Amoako
Rebecca Button-Sibley
Madeline Campbell
Michaela Epifano
Madison Goodliffe
Harry Kaur
Kuljit Kaur
Aaron Kenny
Arielle McCabe
Katelyn McPherson
Timea Peter
Jasmin Price-Pierro
Kennedy Semple
Lanxi Wang


Samuel Amoako

Where are you from? 
Ghana, Accra

What initially brought you to CBU?
To study the 3 year nursing program

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
Nursing. I enjoy the class sizes and the relationship between profs and students

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I see myself in the health care field as a registered nurse

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
About the scholarship opportunities.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
I’m naturally a person who loves to help other people and feel good when I make others happy. This is why I became a peer success coach.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
It really makes a difference talking to a fellow student instead of a Prof. It is always easy to seek help from a peer.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
The appreciative messages I receive and the experience with dealing with clients from different countries and cultures.

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Rebecca Button-Sibley

Where are you from?
Port Morien, Nova Scotia

What initially brought you to CBU?
Because I am a local student, I grew up being involved in the CBU community, so when it came time to apply to university it was one of my top choices. The idea of staying close to home, small class sizes and more one-on-one time with profs is what ultimately won me over and why I came to CBU!

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I’m currently going into my third year of a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Biology. I really enjoy the lab components of my degree- where I get to put what I’ve learned to work. I also love how close I’ve become with some of my profs and instructors along the way!

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I’m hoping to move on to medical school after CBU and one day pursue a career as a doctor.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
When choosing a university, I was a little skeptical about CBU because it is small, so I was worried I wouldn’t get as many opportunities as some of my friends who moved away to larger institutions. During my time spent at CBU so far, I’ve been presented with more opportunities than I could’ve ever imagined- I wish I had known that before coming here!

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
I decided to apply to become a peer success coach because when I was in first year I truly benefited from the program- I knew I had someone to go to with any and all questions. I also wanted to become more involved. This is my second year as a PSC.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
I think peer success coaches can benefit students in many ways, whether it be by answering questions about CBU in general, about their specific courses/program, about services provided throughout the university, etc., or just by being a familiar face in the halls. The transition from high school to university can be tough, but we’ve all been there and are here to help! We also plan lots of fun events throughout the year that can help students get more involved and meet new people.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
My favorite part about being a PSC and helping other students is getting to see how they become more and more comfortable and confident at CBU as time goes on. I love getting to meet new people and help make their transition into university a little easier! I also love being a part of all of the events we have, such as “De-Stress Fest”!

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Madeline Campbell

Where are you from?
Sydney, Nova Scotia

What initially brought you to CBU?
I decided to come to CBU for my undergraduate degree because I am a home body and did not want to be away from my family! CBU has so many great opportunities to offer so I knew it would be a smart choice.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am taking the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. As I have just finished my first year of the program, I have not started any nursing courses yet. However, I really enjoyed the psychology courses I took in my first year!

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I see myself doing something in the health care field.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
I wish I was not as stressed as I was about the idea of starting university. I was so worried about balancing university classes with the rest of my life but once I started at CBU I came to realize that with hard work and good time management, it can be easy to manage!

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
This is my first year as a peer success coach. I was interested in becoming a peer success coach because I felt like after completing my first year at CBU I had so much advice to give! Starting your first year of university can be super stressful and I love being in a position where I can help students.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
I believe that peer success coaches are a great benefit to students as it is so helpful to be able to receive advice from upper year students and to learn about their experiences in university!

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
The best part about helping other students is feeling like I am making a positive impact on their university experience. I love to share tips and talk with students!

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Michaela Epifano

Where are you from?
Sydney, NS

What initially brought you to CBU?
CBU has small class sizes so I had the opportunity to connect with my professors and ensure that I got the help I needed. Also, the fact that I didn’t have to give up being close to my family for a quality education was a large selling point.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts Area Major, and what I like most about it is that my area major is in marketing, communication, and psychology. This allows me to focus on marketing while taking other subjects which compliment it [marketing] and give me a competitive advantage in the field.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
Perhaps something in the field of public relations, event coordinating, or a marketing manager. Whatever I do, I promise myself that someday I will be my own boss and strive to come out on top.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
How much opportunity there is to get involved, and to not be afraid to put yourself out there. University is a time to discovered your full potential, so take a deep breath and push the limits.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
This is my first year as a Peer Success Coach. What interested me about the position is that I get to help new students adapt to university life. I was once in their shoes-we all were. There are things that I wish I could have done differently throughout my first year, and perhaps I can offer guidance which will help the students to see all that CBU has to offer, and all that they themselves are capable of. In my personal opinion, university is some of the best years of your life. I want to help new students to see that, I want them to explore opportunity and go for greatness. Cheesy, but so true.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
Peer Success Coaches are there for students, just a simple email away. If you pass us in the hall we have no problem helping on the spot. We love our job and will do our best to fulfill the needs of the students because we care. Students benefit by us being an outlet in which they can turn to for almost anything. We glow when students reach out to us, and we do our absolute best to answer any questions they may have.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
It’s a rewarding feeling when a student asks you a question and you’re able to answer. It is even more rewarding when they show how appreciative they are that you relieved them of worry, or told them about an opportunity they, otherwise, would not have found out about until it was too late. I am just happy to be here for them, and to share my experiences with students to ensure that they get the most out of their time here at CBU

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Madison Goodliffe

Where are you from?
Toronto, Ontario

What initially brought you to CBU?
Soccer initially brought me to CBU! I play on the CBU Women’s Soccer team.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am in Political Science. I really enjoy it because the professors at CBU are amazing and are always there to support you with academic endeavours!

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I would like to be lawyer or work with an international NGO.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
I wish I had known how easy it would be to make friends and get involved with extra-curriculars.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
This is my first year as a Peer Success Coach and I’m looking forward to making new friends and helping to make the university transition a comfortable one for incoming students.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
Peer Success Coaches can really help students get to know the campus, the extra-curriculars offered and activities/events happening around the school.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
I enjoy helping other students because it is nice to see others feeling comfortable at CBU and excited to pursue a new academic journey!

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Harry Kaur

Where are you from?
North India (Chandigarh)

What initially brought you to CBU?
The beautiful diverse and Multi-cultural environment and also The Public Health Program, as CBU is one of Six CIPHI accredited institutes and I must say the best university to pursue the program.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
Public Health (2 years accelerated program). I enjoy participating in Labs and field trips as they provide me with a great hands-on experience.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I see myself as a future Public Health (Food Faclility) inspector

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
Initial time management for the first semester as its really hard to come to a new country and settle in the new environment along with studies.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
I love helping students who are new to CBU, so being a PSC gives me the opportunity to be able to help them through a proper channel.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
It’s really great to have someone as a personal guide in a new university. It makes the students more comfortable and open to discuss the areas of interest or conflicts. I would say that PSC acts as a reliable pillar for the students.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
I enjoying seeing them happily merging and being an integral part of our big Capers Family.

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Kuljit Kaur

Where are you from?
Tanzania

What initially brought you to CBU?
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Transfer)

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
Bachelor of science (Chemistry-Honours) Great faculty and research opportunities, one-to-one interaction with my professors and great opportunities to interact with outside world with respect to chemistry careers and related fields

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
Environmental/Industrial Chemistry

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
Proper Career counselling for required courses

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
Just wanted to share with the freshmen with my CBU experience and guide them for what I missed out on and wished I knew when I was in their shoes. I have been a peer success coach for a successful year and want to do it again this year.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
Peer success coaches are already doing the best, more events and one-to-one interaction with the new incoming students would be beneficial. Use of EC is also a great idea.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
It makes their transition to University life much easier and they get to make new friends, who have more experience in that university than them.

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Aaron Kenny

Where are you from?
Sydney Forks

What initially brought you to CBU?
It’s the local university and it has smaller class sizes which was mandatory for me.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
BA, I enjoy how interested the professors are in the success of their students.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
Social work, hopefully something related to child welfare or working in group homes for at risk youth/adolescents.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
I wish I knew how many resources were available before I started at CBU. As well, I wish I knew that I should wait until after the first day of classs to buy my textbooks because I could have saved a lot of money.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
I became interested in becoming a peer success coach because I thought it would be a good way to force myself to socialize with other students and it would push me to be involved in the endless number of student based events throughout the school year.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
Peer success coaches benefit students by providing support that students may not be comfortable approaching staff and/or faculty about. It’s important to have a support system that is at a similar level to the person reaching for support because it can making asking questions and seeking guidance a lot less stressful if you’re talking to someone who was just recently in the same shoes.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
I enjoy knowing that students are comfortable reaching out to me for guidance. I enjoy providing answers to students about questions that I had when I first started school because I can use my own experience to help steer others in the right direction.

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Arielle McCabe

Where are you from?
Sydney, Cape Breton

What initially brought you to CBU?
The ability to stay close to home and still have the opportunity to get the education I need.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I’m in Bachelor of Arts, looking to apply to the four year Honours in Psychology. I like how out of the box some courses in the Arts can be, how you are taken out of your comfort zone and still get the valuable education.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
The absolute goal is to be a child psychologist with my own business, but to start out I would like to work in the school board, either doing counselling or being some sort of mental health nurse.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
I wish I knew that just because you were smart in high school and didn’t have to put in all the effort to get good grades, that it would fly in university. It was a huge change for me to get used to because I never truly learned how to study because I didn’t have to. So the first few months were rough but by the end of my first year I had a handle on things and I can’t wait to tackle my second year.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
I knew as soon as I started struggling my first semester I wanted to apply. I know for a fact that there will be other students that will come their first year and think it’s just a little harder than high school, like how the jump from junior high to high school wasn’t a huge adjustment. I want to help other students learn the tips and tricks on how to have a successful first year. This is my first year in this role.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
Peer success coaches can benefit students by being their backbone. The stress of the first year is a lot to handle, so having someone there to give you tips and to reassure you that you are not alone is great, especially while adjusting to university life.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
It’s rewarding knowing that a simple email could take all the stress off someone. I have the caring nature, so to have so many first years coming in and having me as their guide is such a good feeling.

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Katelyn McPherson

Where are you from?
I am from Sydney, Nova Scotia.

What initially brought you to CBU?
Both of my parents attended CBU and had positive experiences, so it was naturally a right choice for me. Attending CBU also allows me to stay close to home and family. 

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am in the Bachelor of Arts Program, majoring in Communication and minoring in Marketing. I enjoy taking classes from the amazing professors that teach within the Communication department. They know how to make the material come to life and create interest within the classroom.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do before coming to CBU. The various experiences I’ve gained over the past 3 years have helped me find what I am interested in pursuing. I can now see myself going into the marketing field, in particular graphic design. From September to December, I will be completing a Co-op placement with the CBU Marketing and Communications Department. I’m hoping this position will help me further discover that this is truly the path I wish to go down.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
One thing I wish I knew before starting at CBU are the amount of opportunities the school presents to students. Since CBU is a small school, there are so many activities and groups to get involved with such as: Peer Success Coaches, joining a society/club, volunteering for campus events or working for the Students’ Union. I highly recommend that students coming into their first year at CBU keep an eye out for these opportunities. Getting involved with your campus plays a huge role in your overall university experience.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
I’m a bit of a last minute addition to the Peer Success Coach team. I’m so glad that I was asked to become a Peer Success Coach because I would love to have the chance to make a positive impact on a student’s experience.  

How can Peer Success Coaches benefit students?
Peer Success Coaches are an amazing resource CBU offers to first year students. Whether you have a question about university life or are looking for a friendly face to talk to, Peer Success Coaches are always willing to help.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
I enjoy helping other students because I have an opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s university experience. Over the past 3 years, I have been highly involved around campus and I can’t imagine my experience being the same if I were not. I want to make first year students aware of some of the opportunities around campus and encourage them to get involved.

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Timea Peter

Where are you from?
Romania

What initially brought you to CBU?
CBU basketball team

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
BACS Double Major in Psychology and Spal. What I most enjoy about it is the way I can combine the two and how it fits my personality.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I see myself working in a field where Psychology is required, maybe something that is combined with sports.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
How much I would miss home.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
This will be my second year as a Peer Success Coach. What made me interested in being a Peer Success Coach is the opportunity to get involved in so many things, meeting a lot of people from different cultures and learning new things.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
Students can benefit from their Peer Success Coaches in a lot of ways. We are the students with different insides from the school, little tricks that help you throughout the semester, and helping other students feel like they belong here, especially those who are away from home, because we can put ourselves in their shoes and help them get through different things.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
What I most enjoy about helping other students is that encounter in the school after you figured out an issue that has been pressing the student, and you get that smile on their face, a relief, and the hope you see in their eyes because the issue that they believed was big, was resolved and they get to breathe again.

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Jasmin Price-Pierro

Where are you from?
Wagmatcook

What initially brought you to CBU?
What initially brought me to CBU was it is a smaller university so I felt like I could get a lot of one on one time with professors if I needed help with anything.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
BBA. I enjoy the challenges that I faced and learned how to overcome them.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I see myself doing finance.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
One thing I wish I knew before starting at CBU was that it’s okay to make mistakes.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
What made me interested in becoming a peer success coach was the fact that I get to meet new people and make friends and help them through their first year at CBU because I know it’s not the easiest transitioning to somewhere new. This year is my first year as a peer success coach.

In your words, how can peer success coaches benefit students?
Peer success coaches benefits students because the new students coming to CBU will have someone they know and are friends with that will help them with anything they may need help with.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
I enjoy helping other students because it makes me happy and the students I help are also satisfied. I enjoy it also because it’s a great way to make some new friends.

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Kennedy Semple

Where are you from?
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

What initially brought you to CBU?
I did a tour of CBU with a friend who was interested in the Nursing program. I loved the small campus community, as well as the small class sizes.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am in the Bachelor of Science program here. I enjoy the one-on-one time, and the personal connections I get to make with my professors and lab instructors. I feel like I have a better understanding in all of my classes because of the tight bonds you make with both your classmates and your teachers.

What type of a field/ career do you see yourself in ? 
Science has opened up many doors for me. I hope to continue with my science studies, hopefully in the healthcare field.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU ?
I wish that I took advantage of all the tutoring and help the school has to offer. The Math & Science Centre, as well as the Reading & Writing Centre, are wonderful resources to help you in your courses. They really help you stay on top of things, or even if you just need someone to proof read an essay. Worthwhile for all first year students to check out.

What made you interested in becoming a Peer Success Coach?/ How long have you been in that role?
I am currently in my second year of being a Peer Success Coach. I was fortunate enough to have a great Peer Success Coach during my first year (Thanks Justine) who helped me with all of my questions and concerns, even if they were above her jurisdiction. It was really nice to be able to talk to someone who has been in your place, and is eager to help.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
Peer Success Coaches benefit students by building relationships and being their key link to the school when a concern arises. Having a student connection is great for people who feel more comfortable talking and asking people their own age, and who have been in the same situations as them.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
The thing I like the most is being able to make connections and relate to the other students and their concerns.

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Lanxi Wang

Where are you from?
I’m from a lovely inland city in China, a place very different from here. My hometown Szechuan is famous for panda and spicy food.

What initially brought you to CBU?
I was going to apply for Hospitality and tourism management and I heard that CBU is famous for this program. Besides, I was attracted by the beautiful natural landscape in Cape Breton.

What program are you in and what do you enjoy most about it?
I’m in my third year of Psychology and the more I learn about it, the more I love it. One thing I really enjoy is that we get to know many interesting psychological phenomena during classes, which could also be applied to our daily life. I’m glad that I took the courses of abnormal psychology, and hopefully someday I could learn more about it and be able to help people with mental disorders.

What type of field/career do you see yourself in?
I want a career in psychology, probably in counselling or clinical. However I understand how much effort I have to put in, and that it will take a lot of time and money for future study. Before I could afford that, I’m willing to try different jobs in different fields.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started at CBU?
I wish I could get my driver’s license before I came to Canada.

What made you interested in becoming a peer success coach? / How long have you been in that role?
I felt that I went through a hard time when I first started at CBU, especially being in a very different place. I want to share those experiences with new students and help them as much as I can. I started this role in May.

How can peer success coaches benefit students?
First of all, we could provide general information about CBU and answer their questions, to make them feel less confused when first arrived. Second, we could share our experiences at CBU to help them get used to their new life faster.

What do you enjoy most about helping other students?
It makes me feel happy to see them going through less troubles when they get here because of my help. I also find that doing this job is a way to help myself and gain experiences. I like to talk to different people and to see different ways of life.

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