Our College Access Coaches are made up of OSU student volunteers dedicated to creating equitable college access learning opportunities for Oregon’s youth. Coaches can videochat with students in pairs or by themselves, sometimes even reconnecting with grade schools they’ve previously attended.

Meet the 2016-2017 coaches. Want to join our team for the 2017-2018 year? Apply now!

 


Sarah-Cate Antoine

Sarah-Cate is a returning post-bacc graduate student working in her MS, Bio/Pre-med. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I would like to be a Beaver Hangouts coach because I really enjoy teaching and helping students understand that there is no one correct path to their goals. I took a very creative (and long) route to get to where I am today, but I believe that if I had had someone to discuss university life with, I could have taken advantage of more opportunities to try new things and to discover my passion earlier in life. If I can help someone venture out, try something new, and discover their passion by reducing the apprehension associated with joining the University lifestyle, then I will have been able to pay forward a gift that was given to me. With any luck, others may figure it out sooner than I did!"

 


Ana Aranda

Ana is a sophomore majoring in Bioresource Reseach: Bioenergy. When asked why she wanted to be a college acces coach she replied, "I hope to be able to connect with youth and give them guidance to getting a higher education. Not only that but answer any questions they might have about how to go to college and what college life is like, and the struggles I've overcome."


Swechya Banskota

Swechya is a senior majoring in Honors Biology/Pre-Med. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "College has been such an integral experience in my life; I cherish the opportunities I have received by coming to OSU. I was not so eager about college in high school; being an immigrant, I always struggled to make meaningful friendships and connections with my teacher. Therefore, I doubted in my ability to feel I would belong in college. It has been the exact opposite, and I do not think I would have ever truly discovered my self and my abilities if I didn't come to college. I know that the Beaver Hangouts program has been established to inspire young kids, especially kids that come from families that have never attended college and may not see the value of it, and I think I can act as a strong agent in inspiring and motivating students. I have received so much support to be where I am today, and I would like to join this program to pass on the knowledge that I have gained and to act as a role model for young students. I hope to make my last term in Oregon State be very meaningful through this experience."


Christina Bui

Christina is a senior majoring in Biology with plans to attend medical school, specialize in pediatrics, and subspecialize in neonatology with inspiration from her grandmother along the way. "I wanted to be a college access coach because I know how hard it is for students to have resources for college, especially in underserved areas. I wanted students to have someone to have their questions answered and to know that we are rooting for them whether or not they decide to attend college." 

 

 


Diana Camacho

Diana is a sophomore in Public Health. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "Being a first-generation student at a university opened up my mind to many opportunities I didn't know I had ahead of me. The only thing missing was having someone to push me and encourage me to take on these opportunities. A best friend of mine helped me reach the point of attending a four year university. Without his support I would have never done this on my own. Now I want students to have someone who will do the same thing my friend did for me. Give them confidence, support and encouragement that regardless of where you come from one can reach any goal. From this experience I hope to build a connection with students and most importantly encourage them to expand their education because, after all, it is one of the most essential things in life."


Trisha Chau

Trisha is a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She wants to become a physician for underserved areas. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I was a mentor a couple years back. I missed helping those who needed help, and I thought this was a good opportunity to mentor again." 

 

 

 


Nate Coddington

Nate is a junior majoring in Chemestry with a Pre-med option. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I especially enjoy helping people, and I believe that the Beaver Hangouts program will grant me the opportunity to help our youth by alleviating the fears that they may have about college. Preparing our youth to be excited about coming to college will make it seem like less of something that they need to do before getting a job, and more like an opportunity to discover themselves through a bastion of learning."

 

 


Cynthia Carvajal

Cynthia is a junior majoring in Political Science. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "Every student has untapped potential, and I want to be able to convey that and act as a representative for members of underserved communities." Cynthia also expressed that Beaver Hangouts is a great program that she wished she have had at her High School or Middle School.

 

 

 


Marisol Cervantes

Marisol is a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts coach because I want to impact students in a positive way by providing advice from a person who attends OSU. I hope to become a better leader for other individuals in the near future and communicate with students as a group."


Blake Day

Blake is a a junior majoring in Chemistry. When asked about why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I really enjoy interacting with youth when it comes to education because so often we can be their greatest champions and informants. I think Beaver Hangouts in an amazing place to do so and allows us to reach a wide variety of kids.What I hope to gain from the experience is a more acute understanding of how children of all ages perceive higher education, what it takes to succeed in academics, and how they perceive their own abilities in relation to their individual aspirations."

 

 


Keanah De Leon Guerrero

Keanah is a junior majoring in Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology. Her career goal is to obtain a master’s degree in education to be a teacher and make reforms in education towards language preservation and restoration of indigenous peoples. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a resource and a form of support for students to know that post-secondary is available for anyone." 

 

 


Theresa Dinh

Theresa is a junior studying Biology. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I like being a mentor and positive influence to other kids, and I believe that post secondary education is important. I would like to help others reach their goals of going to college and aid them in that process."

 

 

 

 

LilyAna Folk

LilyAna is a sophomore majoring in Biology/Premedicine. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "Hangouts coach would give me the opportunity to better understand a demographic that I hope to serve in the future. I would hope that this would give me the opportunity to connect with the youth and inspire them to fight for their future."

 

 

 


Sabrina Gadbury

Sabrina is a senior majoring in BioResource Research and Pre-Medicine. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I would love to become a Beaver Hangouts coach in order to share my experience getting into college and transferring from community college despite many obstacles in my path."

 

 

 


Miguel Gaspar

Miguel is a junior majoring in Computer Science. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "Because I am a minority student in this country, and English not being my first language, I received a lot of help from many great instructors and mentors who guided me from high school to OSU, I am really thankful for this, and I believe that joining this program would be a way of giving back what I received."


Ashley Gese

Ashley is a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Elementary Education. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I would love to be a Beaver Hangouts coach to gain some more experience with children in a different way. I think this is a great way to use technology to connect with all age groups. I hope to gain some online teaching experience from Beaver Hangouts. I have consider becoming an online teacher in the future and think this would help me decide if that is something I would truly consider doing."


Gregory Heinonen

Greogory is a sophomore majoring in Public Health. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I believe in the importance of a college education and think it is imperative the barriers to obtaining a higher education are decreased. I hope to answer questions that interested students may have about attending college and inspire students to continue to further their education and be as successful as they can be."

 

 


Thomas Hellman

Thomas is a senior majoring in Political Science and Education and he aspires to become a high school teacher and/or author. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "It might be good experience leading up to becoming a High School Teacher." 

 

 

 


Sydney Henderson

Sydney is a senior majoring in Natural Resources with a focus in Education. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangout coach because I believe in sharing knowledge amongst the greatest number of people. I have a perspective to share that is overall, unique. From this experience I hope to enjoy how my time is being spent. Also camaraderie."


Sefanya Hope

Sefanya is a senior majoring in Anthropology, Education, and a French minor. She hopes to work with issues related to child welfare in Indonesia, primarily in increasing access to quality and equitable education as well as healthcare. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "To help share my experience and build connections with students, hopefully in such a way that helps them think more about their future and/or make sense of college prep and process." 

 

 


Megan Huber

Megan is a senior studying Microbiology and is in the Honors program. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "My last term doing Beaver Hangouts was fantastic. I loved being able to work with children of all ages (from my 4th grade class to the 12th grade seminar) and help them understand their options for the future. As a kid, I would have loved to have someone that could answer my questions about college. Even now, as I'm applying to graduate schools, I have an appreciation for the mysteries of education and the choices that are available, and I want to be able to make it clear for future students."


Wes Johnston

Wes is a junior majoring in Engineering. He hopes to work as a design engineer in the aerospace industry after college and eventually make his way to project management. He is inspired by John Wooden. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I wanted to coach because I’ve been extremely fortunate in my upbringing and on my way to college; I want to take some time out of my week to help others realize just how life changing a college experience can be—and to help them find a way to make it happen." 

 

 


Trenton Joiner

Trenton is a sophomore majoring in Bioengineering and Kinesiology. He is involved in the Black Student Union, Distinguished Scholars Initiative, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Trenton's career goal and aspirations are creating prosthetics, artificial limbs, and artificial organs, owning a professional athlete performance gym, and starting a chain of non-profit community centers across the nation. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I wanted to show young people what a successful black man in college looks like, to inspire them to understand what they can accomplish." 

 

 


Kadie Kakumitsu

Kadie is a junior majoring in Psychology with a Sociology minor to become a clinical psychologist. She is inspired by her mother. When asked by she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I wanted to be able to get students excited about attending college!" 

 

 

 


Gina Kim

Gina is a sophomore majoring in BioHealth Sciences. She wants to be a community involved Pharmacist. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts coach to relay my college experience to younger students to encourage them to aim for a post-secondary education. Looking back now, I would have appreciated having a mentor that exposed me to the college experience. I hope to gain the reassurance that I am able to give back to my community and leadership skills. I wanted to be a college access coach to interact with students and share my experiences on a personal level to raise the awareness of post-secondary education."

 

 


Josey Koehn

Josey is a sophomore majoring in Speech Communication. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I am interested in becoming a Beaver Hangouts coach because I have always wanted to get involved with peer mentoring, but never found a program that fit with my schedule. I think the system that Beaver Hangouts uses would be ideal for my time restrictions, but would also allow me to provide guidance to young people who I can identify with."


Khiem Lam

Khiem is a senior majoring in BioResource Research. After graduating he will be going to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to do a two-year post-bacc research experience. Khiem hopes to enter an MD/PhD program to become a physician scientist after his post-bacc. Khiem is inspired by his parents. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "To share my personal experiences and path in the hopes of helping others achieve their goals." 

 

 


Arisa Larmay

Arisa is a junior majoring in Microbiology. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I would like to be a Beaver Hangouts coach because I think it is important to share experiences with others. If students can learn from other people's experiences or be inspired by them I think that it is beneficial. I like the idea of talking about college and the importance a secondary education has."


Joseph Le

Joseph is a senior studying Biology Education. He currently does Precollege tours and mobile summer camps. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I was a coach last year, and Beaver Hangouts was such a great opportunity for me personally. I want to work with students in the future, and Beaver Hangouts is something that I feel will further my skills, and I believe in the program's mission."

 

 


Mai Le

Mai is a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Biophysics. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts coach to share my experience navigating through the college application process in the hopes of helping students gain some clarity and confidence. I hope to improve my public speaking and communication skills, as well as reinforce my enthusiasm for service and social justice in education."

 

 


Vu Le

Vu is a senior majoring in Biology and Education. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I'm close to graduation and considering to advance my education at Oregon State, by applying for the Master of Science Education program. It has been some time since I've worked with students directly since I took a bulk of my education classes early in my education. I hope to be able to shake off some rust, and just be comfortable with creating a dialog with students and to help them understand that the curiosity to learn is a wonderful thing."

 

 


Jessica Lozano

Jessica is a senior majoring in Civil Engineering. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts coach to encourage students to get excited about going to college. I want to make a difference and impact in their lives. I hope that I can use my previous knowledge and past experiences to provide useful tips about the college life. From this experience, I hope to gain more experience with outreach programs and ideas on how to stimulate the young mind."

 

 


George Luker

George is a senior majoring in Bio-Resource Research. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I want to be involved in community outreach programs that help relay the message to other students about the information necessary to get into a school or major that feeds their personal passion. I myself have experienced the pitfalls and stress of not knowing of the future outcome of my life and career and would like to help others understand the difficulties that do and do not exist. As well as guide them on a successful path towards their life goals."


Osbaldo Magdaleno

Osbaldo is a senior majoring in Pre-Pharmacy. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I hope to make the college path for high school students easier while at the same time improving my communication and public speaking skills."


Brittney Main

Brittney is a junior double majoring in Math and Education. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I would like to be a Beaver Hangouts coach because it was a great experience the first time. It gave me insight into my future job and allowed me to help others. It was important to me to show all students that college is a possibility and worth it. I hope to gain more experience working with students. In addition, I hope to gain further insight of my aspects of my future job and the rewarding feeling of help others."

 

 


Ameyalli Manon-Ferguson

Ameyalli is a senior majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Science.  When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I am hoping to be able to encourage more Native students to pursue higher education and to mentor youth who have been historically oppressed and marginalized."

 

 

 


Frida Mata Marquez

Frida is a junior majoring in Public Health. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I've been a Beaver Coach Coordinator in the past. I loved the experience of talking to students about the college application process/college experience in general."

 

 

 


McKenzie Meyer

McKenzie is a freshman majoring in Physics and she wants to become a physicist. She is inspired by her dad. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I like working with kids." 

 

 

 


Aimee Miller

Aimee is a junior majoring in Public Health. This school year she will be the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Assistant for the Health Youth Program within the Linus Pauling Institute.

 


Ivy Murphree

Ivy is a junior majoring in Finance and hopes to work in sustainability in rural communities. She is inspired by her grandfather. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I was looking for a way to get involved at OSU and I received an email about BH. I thought the program sounded interesting and I thought I could do something to help students that don’t have the same opportunities, information, and experiences that I had at their age." 

 

 


Lupita Nuñez

Lupita is a junior studying BioHealth Sciences. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I would like to be a Beaver Hangouts Coach because I really enjoyed working with students last year, as I was a coach last academic year. I hope to gain more experience where I can teach students in a creative, excited, and fun way to learn about post secondary education."

 

 

 


Maria Nuñez

Maria is a junior majoring in Psychology and Pre-Occupational Therapy.  When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I am interested in becoming a Beaver Hangouts Coach because I want to educate students in the importance of attending/seeking post secondary education. From this experience I hope to gain and understand more about K-12 educators and students knowledge about post-secondary education and what I can do to inform them about this option. As well, I hope to gain better ways in communicating information about post-secondary education option in certain ways that people understand."

 

 


Jocelyn Orellana

Jocelyn is sophomore majoring in Psychology. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I came from a high school that didn't provide the best help when it came to preparing us for what life after high school was going to be like. Though we had a program that allowed students to take college classes, actually going to a university is something completely different. I want to be able to give that help to students who otherwise wouldn't have it, as well as learn how to give tangible advice and help in a 'classroom' type setting. I want to learn to communicate to students as not just a student myself, and to just better my communication skills."


Shaylin Pfarr

Shaylin is a junior studying Chemical Engineering. When asked by she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "College has been a fundamental experience for me, so I aim to enable all students who aspire towards higher education." 

 

 

 


Gina Phipps

Gina is a senior majoring in Computer Science. She wants to work in software development. When asked by she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts Coach because I didn't go through a traditional college experience due to health problems occurring in high school, and I want to use my experience to encourage others to believe that you can still get to go through higher education even without going down the same road as others. I wanted to be a coach because I took a more unique route to college, and I wanted to share it as a way of showing that there is more than one way to get to college." 

 

 


Margaret Preston

Margaret is a junior at OSU. When asked by she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I really enjoy working with kids and I think Beaver Hangouts is a great way to teach kids about the different options they have for when they graduate. I hope to gain more experience with different types of education for when I become a teacher."

 

 

 


Mackenzie Raschko

Mackenzie is a senior majoring in Kinesiology Pre-medicine. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I hope to understand the barriers of getting into a university or post-secondary education while coming from an under-privileged background."

 

 

 


Scott Reichelt

Scott is a junior majoring in English. When asked by he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I want to have an opportunity to help students and get more experience in teaching others."

 


Amanda Reiter

Amanda is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. When asked by she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I was a coach last year and really enjoyed interacting with the students and I felt like in the end I made a meaningful impact on the students and their decision to attend college."


Lauren Reyes 

Lauren is a sophomore studying Bioengineering. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I have been a Beaver Hangouts coach for three terms and have enjoyed every day of it and hope to continue doing it. I hope to be able to give other kids knowledge of what college is like and know myself that by doing this I can help those other kids."

 

 

 


Yuridia Reyes

Yuridia is a junior majoring in HDFS/Public Health.

 


Alex Ruiz

Alex is a sophomore majoring in Construction Engineering Management. When asked why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I would like to become a Beaver Hangouts Coach because I see it as another opportunity to giving back to the community and connect with people that come from, or are facing, similar situations I had to go through to get to where I am. What I hope to get from the experience is being able to make an impact in someone's life. I am the first of my family to go to college, and I have gone through many situations in my life to get to where I am today. Growing up, I would have liked to have someone in my life in the past to guide me through my journey to college, it would have make my life a bit easier, and I would like to be that person for someone else who aspires to reach greater things in life, and help them in any way accomplish their goals."

 


Stephanie Schulden

Stephanie is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Biophysics with goal of communicating science to the general populace. She is inspired by her advisor, Indira Rajagopal, and Michelle Obama. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I remember how scary and exciting the idea of college was, and I really wish I had had someone to talk to and to ask questions about college." 

 

 


Lucy Shaffer

Lucy is a junior majoring in Bioresource Research and Pre-med. When asked why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "During last summer, I had the chance to work with incoming freshman with the transition from highschool to college. It was a wonderful experience trying to get them accommodated with subtle and big differences. I would like to pass on the information I learned from them to the younger students so that they realize the importance of information."


Delaney Smith

Delaney is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Education. She hopes to be a biomedical researcher and practice emergency medicine in the future. She is inspired by Bill Nye. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a college access coach because getting to college is much easier when there is someone who’s done it before to help you." 

 

 


Teresa Sorensen

Teresa is a sophomore majoring in Biohealth Sciences with option in Pre-Pharmacy. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I hope to gain more experience working with young adults. I came from a less funded school and saw a lot of classmates fall behind and hope to support students to prevent that. I also feel like I have a lot of knowledge about how to succeed in college because I am a Resident Assistant, and hope to be able to offer it to underserved k-12 students."

 

 


Zorri Tate

Zorri is a freshman majoring in Merchandising Management with option in Fashion. Zorri's career goal is to found a literacy and fashion magazine for teens, as well as an international fashion designer with her own line of boutiques. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to ensure kids that education is possible coming from any background and become a beacon of hope for those from communities and financial problems like my own." 

 

 


Dana Taylor

Dana is a sophomore majoring in Public Health. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts coach because I have a passion for helping people. College is hard, and even harder first going into it. I want to be able to guide those who are about to begin college and help to make their transition easier, and less scary. I want to provide answers to the many questions about college that incoming freshman have. I would really like to gain some leadership experience from this. I love helping others and being able to see that I have made a difference in someones life, even if it is a small one."

 

 


Gabi Tinoco

Gabi is a freshman majoring in Bio Health. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts Coach because I want to share my story with other students and motivate them to push hard with their education and facilitate their way into college."

 

 

 


Vinayaka Thompson

Vinayaka is a sophomore studying computer science. When asked about why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I like working with people."

 


Andy Tsai

Andy is a sophomore in Microbiology. When asked about why he wanted to be a college access coach he replied, "I want to pass on any knowledge I have accumulated over the years regarding school and the whole education process. I also want to gain experience being a leader for a larger community and expand my abilities in communication and interpersonal relations."


Nancy Vargas

Nancy is pursuing a PhD in Public Health. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "We need more members of my community to obtain a higher education in order to elevate the socio-ecomic status our community. More knowledge about the needs of Oregon youth."

 

 

 


Saddie Vela

Saddie is a junior majoring in Botany and Plant Pathology. Her career goal and aspirations are to go to graduate school, get her MS or PhD in Mycology, and travel the world. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I wanted to be a college access coach because I want to influence students to pursue their passion regardless of obstacles." Saddie is inpired by her parents.

 

 


Shelby Versteeg

Shelby is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Pre-Education. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I want to work with Beaver Hangouts because I think it is important to show younger students that college is accessible. Many students don't believe they can afford to got to college, or that a four-year university is the only option for education after high school. I believe that more students should know about their options and learn about the benefits of further education."

 

 


Brenda Villanueva

Brenda is a sophomore majoring in BioResource Research and she aspires to be a physician and researcher with inspiration along the way from Sonia Sotomayor and Barack Obama. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I hope to encourage students to attend college and achieve their own success." 

 

 

 


Abraham Villasenor

Abraham is a senior majoring in Biology.



Raven Waldron

Raven is a senior majoring in BioResource Research. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I really want to gain experience being a mentor, especially for students who don't necessarily get to see older, non-family mentors that look like them and share a similar heritage. I want to be there to answer students questions and help them feel like they can succeed in their futures."

 

 


Lauren Young

Lauren is a sophomore majoring in Biohealth Sciences Pre-Pharmacy. When asked why she wanted to be a college acces coach she replied, "I want to be a Beaver Hangouts coach because I believe that education is very important. I feel incredibly fortunate that I am able to pursue an undergraduate degree at OSU, and I would like to help provide that opportunity for others as well. Having college students available as a resource for younger students to ask questions is very valuable and through peer interaction, it will be a more relatable and personal experience. Beaver Hangouts is an incredible way for OSU students to reach out to people that are unsure about their path in higher education. Within our own individual majors and interests, we can encourage other students, provide them with more information and help them with what they need so that they are able to pursue their own goals. Utilizing my own background and knowledge, I believe that I would be a great coach because as a sophomore, I am knowledgeable about what being a college student is like and I have a lot of experience interacting with youth. From this experience, I want to gain a deeper understanding of Oregon's diverse communities and improve my interpersonal skills through student interactions. I believe this experience would be valuable in gaining a better perspective by learning from students in different communities and situations. Overall, I hope to be able to both develop more social responsibility as an individual and make a difference for the students."


Naderah Zarei

Naderah is a sophomore majoring in BioHealth Sciences Pre-Pharmacy with a minor in Public Health. When asked about why she wanted to be a college access coach she replied, "I am interested in continuing my participation as a Beaver Hangouts Coach as I highly value community interaction with underrepresented minority groups. As a result of myself being a student of minority descent who attended a college-preparatory charter middle school and high school, I would ultimately like to encourage and replicate the message I received in the same, if not more advanced, manner that I was exposed to for fellow youth. This central message that I passionately advocate for is that pursuing higher education is a viable, reachable, and exciting option for all. Thus, I would like to help Beaver Hangout participants in the uplifting manner that I was assisted and welcomed during my preparation and exposure to college. Coming together as strangers and leaving as supportive friends and colleagues is very positive, thus, I would like to gain and earn these impactful connections and make a difference in other’s lives via participation as a coach."