Your success coach is your go-to person.
For help during your first year at Parkside. Topics like...
BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT
get insider info on literally anything that comes with being in college
what they are, how you can benefit from them, and how to use them
someone to offer advice when you aren’t sure what to do next in a situation
tips for studying and making time for school and everything else you do
Meet the success coaches!
Your assigned success coach will contact you prior to the start of your first semester. (Keep an eye out for communication from one of these friendly faces!)
TYLER'S FAVORITE QUOTES
“I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that were in my life.“
“Don't let others box you into their idea of what they think you should be. A confined identity is a miserable way to exist. Be you and live free. Trust that in living true to yourself, you will attract people that support and love you, just as you are.”
I was born in Racine, WI. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music and Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I have over five years of experience working with college students.
During my free time, I enjoy connecting with the local artists in my community and creative collaboration. I write, record, and perform my own music as well. I enjoy traveling and learning about world cultures.
As your success coach, I am most excited about our partnership! I will be someone you can meet with for guidance and support as you navigate your first year of college.
I look forward to this amazing opportunity to be able to assist you as we work together in shaping YOUR UW-Parkside experience! Go Rangers!
CHARMAINE'S FAVORITE QUOTE
“Life’s most persistent question is, what are you doing for others?”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m from Kenosha. I served in the United States Army Reserves and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Alverno College. I have over 25 years of human services experience, which include health care, social work, advocacy, mentoring, and various education and training roles.
During my free time, I enjoy bike riding, walking, reading, journaling, attempting to create art, and spending time with friends and family.
I enjoy being a student success coach because it provides me the opportunity to meet and work with all students, and assist with decision making, as it pertains to academic and life goals.
I’m excited about you and for you! I look forward to the opportunity to work with you throughout your UW-Parkside experience.
TRENT'S FAVORITE QUOTE
“The magic of any story begins with first having the conviction to share a piece of your truth with someone else.”
My name is Trent Niesen, a UW-Parkside alumnus, achieved cosmetologist, former zoologist, do-it-yourselfer, lover, teacher, learner, creator, with a knack for sharing the knowledge I have gained in life so far.
A human resources director told me once that my life’s experiences are “colorful.” I liked that.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a certificate in Mental Health Skills, and a minor in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Why coaching? I am an empathetic, assertive listener, who seeks to bring out others' strengths. I enjoy helping individuals explore what they find valuable in life, so we can create an in-line approach with achieving their personal and academic goals. My hope is to support students with what they decide their “successful journey” looks like. I am excited to be your guide.
BRANDON'S FAVORITE QUOTE
"Be Water, My Friend. Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."
I’m originally from Whitewater, Wisconsin. I migrated to Kenosha for college where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Marketing and a minor in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. During my time at UW-Parkside, I was very fortunate to have a well-rounded and fulfilling experience. I was heavily involved with leadership opportunities through student organizations, as well as engagement in on-campus employment with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA). In OMSA, I served as a student success coach and as a peer advisor. In these roles I gained a deep passion for helping people, specifically assisting students in identifying and conquering their challenges and barriers and ultimately successfully achieving their academic and personal goals.
I am grateful I have been given an opportunity to continue my passion for assisting you through your academic/personal journey and maximizing your experience at UW-Parkside.
Remember I am here for you and I look forward to speaking with you.
Do I have a success coach? If so, who?
You have a success coach if you are in your first year at Parkside. That means if you are just starting out in college, or if you transferred to Parkside from another college, you have a success coach for your entire first year here.
You can find your assigned success coach by logging into the Navigate app. Check out the box titled "Your Success Team." Your success coach is listed there.
Is my success coach also my advisor?
Easy answer: nope! Your success coach is your go-to person to help you navigate your transition into Parkside.
Success coaches are experts at partnering with you to build a solid foundation that supports your ability to be a successful Ranger—in ways that work best for you.
Academic and career advisors help you to focus on taking the right courses and gaining the best experiences to earn your degree and transition to life after Parkside.
What can my success coach do for me?
Think of it this way: your success coach is your go-to person for your first year at Parkside. They provide individualized, one-on-one support with:
- school resources
- decision making
- healthy social skills
- school-life balance
- study strategies and organizational skills
- transitioning from high school to college
- developing life skills
...and so much more!