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Student Academic Resource Center

The Academic Coaching and Engagement (ACE) Program facilitates academic success among undergraduates by providing FREE one-on-one, ongoing peer coaching. Academic coaches help program participants develop important academic and life skills such as organization, time management, goal setting and study skills, which are necessary to ensure satisfactory academic progress. Coaches also guide participants to take advantage of the academic resources such as tutoring, supplemental instructions and learning consultations, which are also provided by the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC). In addition, coaches will encourage the full use of academic support provided through various offices that comprise the Knights Academic Resource Services (KARS).

Our Academic Coaches are students who have been at UCF for at least one academic year and have a 3.0 or higher UCF GPA. They have received intensive training as well as learned from their own experiences! Coaches are available to meet with students regularly throughout the semester to provide them the opportunity to check in on your progress, as well as help keep you accountable for the goals and action plans devised in previous sessions.

Sessions begin with your coach helping you assess your strengths as well as areas for growth, followed by a collaborative effort to develop academic strategies personalized to your classes and learning style. Whether you are a freshmen or a senior everyone needs a little help here and there. Each semester brings new classes and new instructors with new teaching methods, which call for new skills and strategies for success. Let us help you conquer the new semester!

Schedule an Appointment

PLEASE NOTE: The ACE program only runs during the fall and spring semesters. If you would like to meet with someone one-on-one during the summer to discuss academic strategies you may schedule a Learning Consultation with one of SARCs Learning Skills Specialists. For more information please visit:

When we return in Fall 2017

All UCF students are welcome to make an appointment with an Academic Coach and meet as frequently as twice per month. When fall semester begins, we will add a link to this page for the ACE Appointment form, which students can submit online to request an appointment. Students can begin scheduling sessions the second week of classes.

Scholarship Opportunities

UCF Students who participate in the ACE program and other campus resources may be eligible for scholarship opportunities. Please download the ACE Program Scholarship Application document to learn more about the scholarship opportunities for Spring 2017 program participants.

Kristina Guzman

Major: Health Science

Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: Access Peer Mentor

Career Aspirations: Physician Assistant

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: scrapbooking, journaling, arts & crafts

Favorite UCF Memory (so far): receiving my first on-campus job as a peer mentor!

Favorite Quote: “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Tyler McGregor

Major: Writing and Rhetoric

Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Business Administration Coordinator for the National Residence Hall Honorary, Sponsorship Chair for SAACURH 2016, Student Ambassador for the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Resident Assistant, Access Peer Mentor

Career Aspirations: I would like to attend graduate school to study Higher Education. After obtaining my M.A. in Higher Ed, I would like to go into student affairs or eventually become the Director of a Universities Housing Department. My long time goal is to eventually become the president of a university.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: I love to read and write. I also enjoy playing beach volleyball, going to the gym, watching sports, and playing video games.

Favorite UCF memory (so far): As a member of the executive board for the National Residence Hall Honorary, I was given the opportunity to go to a leadership conference held at Delaware University. It was by far the most amazing experience I've had at UCF. I left with about 9 other members of the Honorary, who were more or less strangers, and came back to Orlando with 9 best friends.

Favorite Quote: "Life is locomotion. If you're not moving, you're not living. But there comes a time when you've got to stop running from things and you've got to start running towards something. You've got to forge ahead. Keep moving, even if your path isn't lit. Trust that you'll find your way." - The Flash, from Nora Allen, The Flash (New 52) Vol 1. #1

Matt Chisholm

Major: English Education

Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars Academy Athletic Director, Burnett Honors College member, Knightmare Advisory Council member, previous Knight Watch Peer Mentor

Career Aspirations: high school basketball coach and English teacher, social change activist, educational policymaker, college basketball coach

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: playing basketball, football, soccer, and pretty much every other sport, hanging out with my friends

Favorite UCF Memory (so far): linking arms with my friends and singing the alma mater after UCF beat Tulane

Favorite Quote: "Begin each day, as if it were on purpose." –Hitch

Mala Nath

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Year: Senior

Campus Involvement: Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, Burnett Honors Congress, Undergraduate Research

Career Aspirations: Attend medical school and go on to practice as a physician.

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: video games, reading, weight-lifting, and watching Netflix

Favorite UCF memory (so far): Sitting out on Memory Mall to watch the Homecoming fireworks!

Favorite Quote: If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. -- Bruce Lee

Kristen Waldorf

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Year: Senior

Campus Involvement: Perl Research assistant, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Knight Thon Dancer and Volunteer, Homecoming Volunteer, Knights Go Pink, SLS 1501 Peer Mentor

Career Aspirations: Medical School and hope to specialize in pediatrics

Favorite hobbies: Singing/preforming and color guard

Favorite UCF memory: UCF has given me so many new experiences, but the friends I have made are definitely irreplaceable. The friendships I have made in college are the people who have helped me through hard times and even pushed me to continue going. The friends I have made here will be the people I rely on from here on out.

Favorite quote: She was unstoppable not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on in spite of them.

Katie Tutt

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Year: Senior

Campus Involvement: Honors Congress, PURE, biomedical sciences peer mentor

Career Aspirations: Family Practice Physician

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: reading, painting, spending time with friends.

Favorite UCF Memory: Going to my first ucf football game with all of my new friends freshman year.

Favorite Quote: "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." - Maya Angelou

Kate Cousins

Major: Psychology

Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Honors Congress member, former Junior Achievement volunteer, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society member, Peer Advisor for First Year Advising & Exploration

Career Aspirations: Elementary School Counselor

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: watching cartoons, reading, playing with greyhounds, traveling

Favorite UCF Memory: Light Up UCF and Service Learning

Favorite Quote: "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously." - Sophia Bush

Danielle Dickey

Major: History and Interdisciplinary Studies- Women's Studies Track

Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: She's the First, Honors Congress, Young Women Leader's Program

Career Aspirations: I would like to work for a non-profit organization advancing gender equality on a global scale.

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: I like to play ukulele and guitar, write songs, read, and bake cookies.

Favorite UCF Memory (so far): My favorite memory at UCF is the entirety of my study abroad experience in South Africa. South Africa was such a beautiful, magical place, and I got to share the experience with wonderful friends.

Favorite Quote: "When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." -Malala Yousafzai

Brysson Phan

Major: Biomedical Science

Year: Senior

Campus Involvement: Intramural Basketball, Filipino Basketball Association, Knights Help Knights Pantry, Burnett Honors College, RWC Yoga & Meditation, & Chess Club

Career Aspirations: Physician then entrepreneur then hedge fund manager.

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: Basketball, Chess, Comedy, Music, Aquariums

Favorite UCF Memory (so far): Placing second in the UCF chess tournament.

Favorite Quote: “All that matters is how you see yourself.” –Conor Mcgregor

Brian Muni

Major: Mechanical Engineer

Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Collegiate Mathematical Society

Career Aspirations: I know there are a few things I would love to accomplish in my career. Such as, I want to get a master’s degree in mathematics possibly even a PHD in math. Then, do some work in the renewable energy industry. At some point I want to get my pilots license as well.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: A few of my favorite things to do include cheering for the Eagles on Sundays, going to the movies, reading anything about upcoming movies, and cruising around on my nickel board.

Favorite UCF memory (so far): My favorite UCF memory so far, would be getting to see Bill Nye in person at the presentation he did back in March of 2016. It was a really inspiring experience.

Favorite Quote: “If one allows the imagination free reign many future possibilities appear.”- Unknown

Britney Civil

Major: Marketing

Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Volunteer UCF

Career Aspirations: I would like to further my education by obtaining an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing.

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: I love to volunteer, cook, watch YouTube videos, and listen to music.

Favorite UCF Memory (so far): 2015 UCF Homecoming Week

Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”- Maya Angelou

Thalia Romero

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: Global Medical Brigades

Career Aspirations: My career aspirations are to become a Pediatric Neurosurgeon and one day be a part of doctors without borders.

Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: One of my favorite hobbies is running because I was on the Track and Cross Country team in high school for three years.

Favorite UCF Memory (so far): My favorite UCF memory so far would be attending the comedy night on homecoming week.

Favorite Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world" by Mahatma Gandi

Victoria Marquith

Major: Elementary Education

Year: Sophomore

Career Aspirations: Career Satisfaction, values, making a change, and being able to inspire my students.

Favorite Hobbies: spending time with my friends and family or going to Disney.

Favorite UCF Memory: Being apart of UCF’s Love Your Melon and getting to help make pediatric cancer patients a fun, eventful day at Disney.

Favorite Quote: Life is tough my darling, but so are you. ~Stephanie Bennett-Henry