Melanie Anderson, Junior, Academic Coach

Hi! My name is Melanie Anderson, but you can call me Mel. I grew up in Michigan, about 15 minutes from the University of Michigan. I am concentrating in Biology because I am interested in learning more about how the human body functions in different atmospheres. I am planning to take my concentration in Biology further after Brown to medical school or physician's assistant school. Other than being an academic coach, I am a member of the Women's Ice Hockey team here at Brown. In my free time, I love to explore Providence and spend time with my friends.

As an advisor, I want to cater to each person individually. I understand that every person learns differently, and sometimes some guidance is needed to find it. I have personal experience struggling in academics in my first three semesters. I would love to help others find their path at Brown, not only in academics, but also in the community as a whole!


Alanna Brown, Senior, Academic Coach

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I concentrate in Literary Arts because I love to read and write poetry, but my other interests include medicine, biology, and yoga. Outside of being a coach, at Brown I work with the Love in Action tutoring program, Black Christian Ministries, and the Community Health Advocacy Program. My favorite spot in Providence is Sakura Restaurant on Wickenden Street. They have some of the best sushi I’ve ever had and I have many great memories there with my first year roommate. My favorite class so far has been my Poetry II workshop. My professor pushed me to create many pieces I am proud of, and I grew extremely close with my classmates by the end of the semester. My coaching style is an exploration of different study methods suited to each advisee’s academic needs and goals. My decision to be unafraid and to try new things at Brown has shaped me most. I have been able to learn so much about myself and find opportunities I never would have before. My best advice for a new Brown student is to not compare yourself to others, but to be your best self!


Kevin Chen, Second-Year Medical Student, Academic Coach and Graduate Student Coordinator

Hi, my name is Kevin, and I am from San Marino, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. I am currently a second-year medical student, but when I was an undergraduate, I studied Public Health and Statistics. My hobbies include browsing Reddit, watching basketball, playing video games, reading, and eating sugary goods. My favorite spot in Providence is India Point Park; the waterfront can be a nice place to walk around. My favorite class I have taken at Brown is Social Psychology (CLPS0700) because the class presents a lot of research that is relevant to our daily lives. My coaching style focuses on a student’s individual needs, as I recognize that we all have different priorities, strengths, and weaknesses. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling coursework and finding success at Brown — we all have to find what “works” for us. The decision I made at Brown to serve as a Group Tutor has allowed me to not only better engage with the course material but also further develop my passion for teaching. One piece of advice I would give to Brown students is to keep an open mind and explore. Just because you have your heart set on studying one field does not necessarily mean you will not find another you find just as compelling.

Jasmine Gibson, Senior, Academic Coach and Research Intern

Hello! My name is Jasmine, and I am a senior from Georgia. I am concentrating in Public Health because I enjoy learning about the social determinants of health. Moreover, public health allows me to explore health from both a clinical and non-clinical perspective. My favorite class at Brown has been Healthcare in the United States because it enabled me to learn more about the healthcare system in America and how it compares to other healthcare systems around the world. Outside of academics I am involved with the First-Generation Underrepresented in Medicine (FURM) Committee and volunteering. Some of my other interests include traveling, watching sports, and trying new foods and restaurants. My favorite spot in Providence is a little coffee shop called “The Shop". My coaching style is tailored to the student’s needs. I work to develop a plan that fits with the student’s current academic course load, extracurriculars, schedule, and social life. The decision I made at Brown to get involved with volunteering organizations has shaped me significantly because I enjoy making a positive impact in other people's lives and giving back to my community. One piece of advice that I would give to a new Brown student is for the student not to be afraid to ask for help. Everyone wants you to do well, and that is what we are here for!


Benjamin Homer, Junior, Academic Coach

Hello! My name is Benjamin (Ben) Homer and I am from right here in Providence. As a rising junior, my concentration is Medical Engineering under the "Special" Engineering Sc.B., which is a combination of biomedical engineering, computer science, and computer engineering. So far, my favorite class at Brown has been Biomechanics (ENGN 1210). Outside of class, I am a Brown Design Workshop Monitor, serve as a Medical Curriculum Committee Representative, am a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor, have directed a committee in the Brown University Simulation of the United Nations (BUSUN), am a part of the Brown Ultimate Frisbee Club, and am a research assistant. When I want to relax, my hobbies of choice are playing video games, watching YouTube, and woodworking/building computers.

In my role as an academic coach, my focus is flexible. I do believe that an organized mind helps set the stage for one to accomplish their goals. My advice to new Brown students would be to not take yourself to seriously. You don't have to be perfect, you just have to try your best.


Amber Parson, Junior, Academic Coach