Melanie Anderson, Fifth-Year Masters Student, 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, Second-Year Medical Student, 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, Fourth-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 fourth-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.

Marina Du, Senior, Academic Coach


Hi! My name is Marina and I'm a senior from Upstate NY/South Dakota concentrating in Applied Math-Economics. Some of my favorite classes at Brown so far have been Studio Foundation (VISA100), Behavioral Economics (ECON1830), and Creative Nonfiction (ENGL930). Outside of class, I'm an ESG chair for the Brown Socially Responsible Investment Fund (SRIF), a Strategy Team Lead for the Future of Sustainable Investing Conference (FSIcon), and a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis and exploring new restaurants and bakeries. One piece of advice I would give to Brown students is to seek out academic and social opportunities that they're passionate about! 

Gia Finear, Senior, Academic Coach


Hi! My name is Gia and I am a senior from Southern California concentrating in Applied Math - Computer Science and Economics. My favorite class so far at Brown has been APMA 350 and is the reason I decided to concentrate in APMA. Outside of class, I am an undergraduate teaching assistant, a part of the Collegiate Consultant Group, an academic tutor, a part of Women In Business, and a research assistant. During my free time, I love to bake and play card or board games with friends. My favorite coffee shop in Providence is Small Point Cafe and my favorite local event is WaterFire. As a coach, I like to focus on developing strategies for time management and sustainable work methods that can help you in all your future endeavors. One piece of advice I would give to Brown students is to try something new and explore all the activities that Brown offers as there is something for everyone.

Trevor Ing, Senior, Academic Coach


Hey! My name is Trevor and I’m a senior from Seattle, Washington concentrating in Computer Science. Besides CS, I have a wide-ranging set of interests that has drawn me to courses in Cognitive Science, History, Architecture, Economics, and Engineering. My favorite class so far at Brown has been HIAA 0860: Contemporary Architecture because each of the lectures felt like a mini TED Talk complete with slides and super interesting context! Outside of academics, I'm a co-captain for Brown’s club baseball team, a software developer for Full Stack @ Brown, a PAL tutor for the Swearer Center, and a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor. When I have some spare time, you might find me solving and making crossword puzzles (if you ever want to try one of my puzzles, let me know!), messing around in Photoshop, or playing Spikeball. As a coach, I like to focus on promoting self-efficacy with my coachees and helping them develop sustainable learning and organizational systems that they can rely on even after they leave Brown. One piece of advice I would give to new Brown students is to be proactive and go after any academic and social opportunities that interest them!

Yannie Lam, Senior, Academic Coach


Hi! My name is Yannie, and I am a senior from Northern California concentrating in Biochemistry. I want to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry to eventually research disease therapeutics as a career. My favorite class at Brown has been Principles of Immunology (BIOL 530) because it has many applications in disease treatment and understanding the current pandemic. Outside of classes, I am the violist of a quartet through the Chamber Music Program at Brown and have played in the RISD museum. I also am part of Dr. Xian's Lab in the chemistry department where I use chemical biology techniques to study the detection of Hydrogen Sulfide in biological systems. When I am free, I really like going to Amy's for spontaneous brunches and taking walks on the Pedestrian Bridge. My advice to students is to never be afraid to reach out to professors and TAs. They are there as resources to help you succeed and can be a source of encouragement. 

Jasmine Lee, Senior, Academic Coach


Hello! My name is Jasmine and I'm a senior from Bremerton, Washington. I am studying neuroscience and pursuing a data fluency certificate. Some of my favorite classes at Brown have included Social Psychology (CLPS0700), Neurobiology (NEUR1020) and Computing Foundations: Data (CS0111). Outside of the classroom I am a co-captain of the Brown Gymnastics team, a research assistant in the Burwell Lab, and a member of the Gen-Z Project, a newly developed personal finance education program. In my free time I love to bake and spend time exploring the outdoors!  As a coach my goal is to help to build confidence and foster independence. One piece of advice I would give to new Brown students is to lean on the many resources available to you and don't be afraid to ask for help! 

Juliette Woodcum, Senior, Academic Coach


Hi! My name is Juliette Woodcum and I am originally from Lapeer, Michigan. I am part of the Class of 2023 and I study Literary Arts and Entrepreneurship. My academic interests lie in pushing the boundaries of poetry and its many forms, as well as increasing the accessibility of the arts and creative professions to first generation and low income students. My favorite class at Brown is Against Genre. Outside of class, I am involved with Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Brown Women's Pre-Law Association, XO Magazine, The Intercollegiate Finance Journal, and the LitArts DUG. I'm excited to be joining the academic coaching team because I want to see my peers thrive, and I strongly believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to the academic experience. Can't wait to connect!

Keyana Zahiri, Senior, Academic Coach

Hi! My name is Keyana Zahiri, and I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana. I’m currently a senior concentrating in Health and Human Biology and Cognitive Neuroscience. My favorite classes at Brown are PHP 310 Healthcare in the US, BIOL 1120 Biomaterials, and PLME 800 Wilderness, Disaster, and Global Health! Other than being an academic coach, I am a TA and a leader in the First-Generation Underrepresented in Medicine (FURM) Committee. I am also on the Brown Shotokan Karate Team and enjoy spending time exploring Providence with friends! I’m looking forward to connecting and supporting other Brown students to success in their academic journeys!