Meet the Academic Coaches

Misha Faerovitch

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Welcome! I am a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. Rutgers University has given me tremendous opportunities to enrich my academic and professional skills. As your coach, I hope to work with you to develop fundamental and transferable skills that will aid you in becoming the exceptional student you wish to be!

Throughout my time at Rutgers, I have been involved in both academics and research. I have been a non-traditional member of the Rutgers Honors Program, where I have worked with first-year students to combat the challenges of beginning college. I have been an active advocate for the academic community by being a General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Learning Assistant, and enriching the student-learning experience. Also, I have partnered with the Division of Life Sciences where I was a General Biology Study Group Leader and an Undergraduate Genetics Teaching Assistant. Regarding scholarly work, I conducted undergraduate research with both the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for three years of my undergraduate career.

As a first-generation immigrant, and the first in my family to enroll in a U.S university, I found college to be challenging at times. However, with the right mindset and academic tools it was completely feasible and extremely rewarding.

Sarah Kravits

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Greetings! My name is Sarah Kravits and I am an educator, writer, and academic coach. I have a B.A. in English and Drama from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. Over the last couple of decades I have made a winding journey from working as an actor to writing a series of texbooks (Keys to Success, published by Pearson Education) to teaching student success (most recently at Montclair State University) to academic coaching (here at Rutgers and also with LifeBound Academic Coaching based out of Denver).

My particular interest is in motivation and self-management. I want to help you figure out how to get motivated to learn, organize your life so that your energy goes toward your priorities, manage your devices (rather than having them manage you), and keep growing in your self-knowledge. Currently I am pursuing a Master of Education degree here at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education so that I can learn more about how to help students realize their potential.

Because I wear many hats as a student, a coach, a writer, an educator, and a parent of teenagers, I bring many perspectives to my work with students. Each of you is a unique universe with individual strengths and challenges, experiences, obstacles, and visions. Within you are the tools to build the learning and working life you envision for yourself – my job is to help you identify and access those tools and then put them to work. I look forward to getting to know you and to being a part of your Rutgers experience as you build your one-of-a-kind "toolbox for success."

Gopika Sharma

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Hello! My name is Gopika Sharma and I considered becoming a doctor, until I fell in love with education. Growing up under the Asian stereotype of success, I struggled to claim my own passion as an educator. I'm so happy I did. Today, I am an enthusiastic secondary educator with over six years of experience currently teaching psychology. Succeeding in college requires not just learning content, but also mastering your own mind. As a previous student at Rutgers, I deepened my interest in yoga, meditation and mindfulness to help manage my academics, career exploration and extra-curricular activities. I earned my bachelors degree in biological sciences and psychology followed by a masters degree in education from Columbia University. I credit my success to a combination of hard work, reflection and meditation and I carry these practices to my work as an educator today. You cannot be at your best if your mind is not at your best. After working with hundreds of students between ages 12 and 22, I realize that there is no uniform toolkit to success and wellness. Today, I draw upon knowledge of science, psychology, education, yoga and a large range of learning strategies to help my students craft individual plans to support their achievement. College is a special time in life to pursue your passion and develop the skills you need to reach your greatest potential. I am grateful to be part of the RLC team and would be honored to support you on your unique journey to success!

Carle Wirshba

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Ahoy fellow learners! My name is Carle Wirshba and I am a Ph.D. student in music here at Rutgers University. My personal path in academia was certainly not a traditional one, but a path I believe has shaped me into the person I am today. I walked into my undergraduate career just another anonymous, anxiety-ridden pre-medical student, tuning out the world with oversized orange headphones.  It took time, but through practice I was not only able to succeed academically, but was able to navigate through disciplines and find the field that motivated me, not satisfy a desire by family and friends. Through my shift from pre-med, to clinical psychology, to eventually music composition and theory, I have invested much of my college career overcoming senses of inadequacy in new disciplines. It is how we persevere and push through these difficult challenges that define us. It is accepting uncertainty and new experiences that allows us to learn and grow.

As an academic coach my goal is to make every student-session welcoming, judgment-free, and open to all no matter where they are on their academic journey.  I hope to explore strategies and techniques and find what works best for you!  Everyone learns differently, and not every study strategy, reading tip, or lifestyle change will work for everyone either. Our sessions will be an exploration of different strategies in hopes of finding the right tools you need for success here at Rutgers. It would be an honor to be a partner in your academic journey and hopefully we can squash some of those feelings of inadequacy that I used to feel myself.

Caroline Guirguis

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Welcome to Academic Coaching – I am so happy you are here!
My name is Caroline Guirguis and I come to the Rutgers New Brunswick Learning Centers with a background of working with students on the collegiate levels in roles that help enhance student academic experiences.Rutgers is near and dear to me and has been my old stomping ground since undergraduate studies. I have earned a bachelor's degree in History and Education from Rutgers Newark, as well as a Masters degree in Public Policy with a concentration in education from the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
 
I have been fortunate enough during my academic and professional experiences to have been given access to resources and individuals who have helped me ask the right questions and invest in myself and my life long learning journey. It is my belief that everyone can attain success and have an effective educational and learning experience when given the proper tools and resources for their personal journey. At Rutgers, there are many opportunities and services available to ultimately provide students with multifaceted support towards their personal and academic success. I am excited to meet you and work with you through Academic Coaching to work together and identify resources and opportunities for your personal journey.