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Current TOUR Academic Coaches

 
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Shireen Bhullar

Lead Coach

    Hi! My name is Shireen Bhullar and I am a senior majoring in Financial Economics with a double major in Psychology and American Sign Language. I was born and raised in India and moved to the US for higher education. My most endeared passion and hobby is dance. I am a former member of UR Bhangra and the current Vice-President of Sihir Bellydance Ensemble. I love to participate in diverse activities and part-take in organizations that offer varied opportunities. Current roles on campus: CA for Riverview Apartments, TOUR Lead Coach, and the Project & Office Assistant for ASL department. Fun facts about me: I love dogs, desserts, purple and am quadrilingual.

     


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    Jaspreet Kaur

    Lead Coach

      Hi everyone! I am a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, my major will most likely be Public Health and I am a minor in Dance. I have had experience in tutoring before because I really enjoy working with people. I am also the business manger of People's First Initiative, where I first had the chance of meeting TOUR students. I have truly enjoyed being a part of PFI and am really looking forward to be an academic coach and working with everyone.


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      Rachel Allison

      Academic Coach

        Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am a senior double majoring in Economics and French with double minors in Business and Classics. This will be my third year working with TOUR and I am excited to be back! I also work as a campus tour guide and recently returned from a semester abroad in Nantes, France. In my free time I enjoy movies, photography, animals, and music. Being an academic and social coach with this program has been a huge part of my experience at U of R, so I look forward to reconnecting with the students for my senior year!

         


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        Samantha Aube

        Academic Coach

          Hi everybody! My name is Samantha Aube and I am a new TOUR academic coach this year - I am really looking forward to the new school year and beginning this new position! I am a junior from Avon, CT, and am majoring in Psychology with the hope of potentially becoming a counselor or therapist in my future career. On campus, I have been an active member of the Newman Catholic Community for the past two years, singing in the mass choir for the first and serving on its E-Board last year. Helping others is truly my favorite thing to do, so being an academic coach will truly be perhaps the happiest experience I will ever have. Outside of academics, I enjoy listening to jazz music, sparkly shoes, dancing and coin collecting!

           


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          Sofia Azmal

          Academic Coach

            Hello TOUR and non-TOUR goers! My name is Sofia Azmal, and I am a junior majoring in Public Health. In Rochester, I have been and am currently involved with The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and the Westside Farmers Market, both located in the southwestern Rochester community. This past year I was on the social committee for TOUR and acted as a social coach. I look forward to learning more about being an academic coach this year.

             


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            Anne (Xiaoan) Cheng

            Academic Coach

              Hello everyone! My name is Anne Cheng and I am currently in my Take 5 year, studying contemporary art and consumerism. I previously majored in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, listening to music and good reads. I am also involved in UR Rock Climbing Club, UR Debate Union, and Refugee Student Alliance (RSA) on campus. Tutoring students from all age ranges and backgrounds in RSA really inspired me to join the TOUR team. I am very excited to get to know you all, let's have a great year learning together!

               


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              Lauren Cowden

              Academic Coach

                Hi! My name is Lauren and I am a sophomore studying Public Health and Spanish. On campus, I am a member of the Special Olympics club and the Phi Sigma Sorority. Some of my favorite things to do are sing, explore New York City and hang out with my two dogs. I am so excited to be a part of the TOUR program and I can't wait to meet you all!

                 


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                Jasmine Han

                Academic Coach

                  Hi guys! My name is Jasmine and I am a senior studying Molecular Genetics with minors in Spanish and Psychology. I'm aspiring to become a pediatrician one day and am researching in the Pediatrics department at the Medical Center and working with kids with asthma. Outside of school and work, I love to go camping, hiking, and exploring as well as eating food and hanging out with friends! I was also previously a LEAP tutor and a team leader and am so excited to work with TOUR this year and to meet all of you!

                   


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                  Karyssa Harris

                  Academic Coach

                    Kay, a Los Angeles native, is a sophomore majoring in Public Health. Some of her hobbies include biking, reading, laughing, and hanging out with friends! A fun fact about Kay is that she loves koalas and desires to hug one in Australia one day.

                     


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                    Audrey Kelly

                    Academic Coach

                      Hello, my name is Audrey and I will be a rising sophomore this year. My majors are Psychology and Anthropology and my minor is Spanish. I love to stay involved on campus and am a member of Greek Life in Phi Sigma Sorority. Besides this, my interests involve art and I sometimes like to attend the Art Club meetings on Friday afternoons. A big part of my life, however, does involve helping and supporting people in any way I can and that is why I am happy to be apart of the TOUR program where I am meeting fellow students.

                       


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                      Rui Ting Liang

                      Academic Coach

                        Hi friend! My name is Rui (pronounced like Ray) and I am from Toronto, Canada and I am planning on majoring in cell and developmental biology. On campus, I am involved in research at the Medical Center, a Bio Lab TA, She's the First, and Agape Christian Fellowship. I love watching movies, exercising, and fashion. I am excited to work with all of the TOUR coaches and students!

                         


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                        Huan Liu

                        Academic Coach

                          Hi, my name is Huan Liu, one of the TOUR mentors. I am a sophomore, and taking two majors: Digital Media Studies and Religions. But, I am glad to chat around any topic you want to talk about. As well, I am glad to assist if you have any problem.

                           


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                          Keon Lum

                          Academic Coach

                            Hello, my name is Keon Lum and I am a fourth year at the University of Rochester. I am double majoring in both biology and psychology. I am really excited to join as a new TOUR coach. This year I am also working as a LEAP tutor and lab assistant at the Werren lab. I am also a POSSE and Kearn's scholar. During my free time, I enjoy playing video games and spending time with my friends. I look forward to being a TOUR coach this year and working with everyone. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

                             


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                            Stephanie Mendez

                            Academic Coach

                              Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am a senior majoring in Biology. Not only am I a mentor for TOUR, but I am also a mentor for Eye to Eye, a national organization that helps students with learning disabilities.

                               


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                              Alexa Miller

                              Academic Coach

                                Hi everyone! My name is Alexa and I am a rising sophomore this year. I plan on majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) and minoring in Social and Emotional Development. On campus I am involved in research at the Medical Center and I am also a member of Greek Life in the Chi Omega sorority. I enjoy art, movies, and traveling as much as I can.

                                 


                                Kaley Renslow

                                Academic Coach

                                  Hi! My name is Kaley Renslow, and I am a senior this year at the University of Rochester. I'm a double major in American Sign Language (ASL) and Psychology, and have some experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) as well. I was born and raised in Florida, but I actually prefer the cold weather - I love the snow! I'm a huge Disney nerd, enjoy traveling as much as I can, and love to meet new people! I look forward to working with TOUR this year. :)

                                   


                                  Hannah Serfling

                                  Academic Coach

                                    Hello friends! I'm Hannah Serfling, and I'm going into my second year of study at the U of R. I'm a double major in Psychology and Linguistics, and I hope to one day be able to teach in Special Education! You might have seen me around campus working as a barista at Starbucks or an audio technician for ECM. It's been a very busy year but I'm really looking forward to working as a coach for TOUR! Some fun facts about me: I'm from the state of Oregon, I love animals (sloths and elephants are my favorites), I am bilingual in English and Spanish, I love to sing and play instruments, I write music, I love to dance, and I'm very passionate about socks. I'm looking forward to a great year working with y'all and making this campus an ~ever better~ place to be!

                                     


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                                    Skylar Schutter

                                    Academic Coach

                                      Hello everyone! My name is Skylar Schutter and I am a rising sophomore intending to major in Biochemistry and minor in Environmental Science. On campus I am a Super Ecorep and Volunteer Coordinator for Habit for Humanity! I love anything outdoors and enjoy learning how to be more environmentally conscious in my day-to-day life. I am excited to join TOUR as a new academic coach and look forward to meeting everyone!

                                       


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                                      Ashley (Gamuchirai) Sibanda

                                      Academic Coach

                                        I am a Chemical Engineering major and am slightly obsessed with East Asia (hence the cluster in Korean). I am Zimbabwean and currently reside in England. Two years ago I committed to completing my undergraduate studies in the USA at the U of R. It's safe to say that I greatly value global awareness.

                                         


                                        Jessica Zhang

                                        Academic Coach

                                          Hi everyone! My name is Jessica and I am a sophomore. I'm pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, watching movies, playing piano and flute, and meeting new people! I look forward to working with everyone!

                                           


                                          Mythea Mazzola

                                          Academic Coach

                                            Hello! My name is Mythea and I am a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business. During Fall 2018, I studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium, and interned with an international project centered around inclusivity and education called PeaceJam. On campus I work as a Tour Guide and I am a member of Trebellious A Cappella. Some fun facts about me: I love chocolate covered coffee beans, dogs, and if I'm not on-campus, you can almost always find me at a vintage store or a coffee shop!

                                             


                                            Shareef Alwarasneh

                                            Academic Coach

                                              Marhaba, my name is Shareef Alwarasneh and I am a senior pursuing a Linguistics major with a triple minor in American Sign Language (ASL), Dance, and Psychology. I'm from Philly with a deep passion for dance and language (both voiced and signed) and hope to work in bridge building between individuals and communities through dance and language! I currently dance with Sihir Belly Dance Ensemble and have danced with UR Stylez, RICE Crew, and Rochester Bhangra. Some fun facts about me: I was born and raised in the US and am bicultural in US and Palestinian cultures, I've learned and know 8 languages at different fluencies, and Reese's is my addiction!

                                               


                                              Prerna Vasta

                                              Academic Coach

                                                Hi guys! My name is Prerna Vatsa, and I am a Junior from Singapore (originally India). I am majoring in Biochemistry with a triple minor in Studio Arts, Clinical Psychology and Chemistry. This is my first year with TOUR and I am really excited to be a part of this program as a social and academic coach. Other than being busy with academics, I am a part of 2 dance teams, Rochester Bhangra and Indulgence. I love to read, paint, and play sports like badminton and volleyball in my free time. I also absolutely love dogs and so I started volunteering at Rochester Animal Services this year. Fun facts about me - I grew up on a ship, I loveeee to travel and meet new people and you can always find me in the library!