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Ryan Burt, He/Him

Ryan Burt, He/Him

Director
(206) 685-5347

About me

Hi there! I was born and raised in Eastern Washington before moving to our lovely Emerald City to study at the University of Washington. The UW was big, but I was lucky to have friendly professors and inviting programs that made me feel connected and at home. For me that is a great goal for us in Academic Support Programs: to make every student feel supported and at home.  

I loved my undergraduate experience, where I studied English and the Comparative History of Ideas, and decided to continue my studies. In graduate school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how American universities can better welcome a diverse student population and offer classes that reflect an equally diverse curriculum.  Graduate school was difficult, but truly rewarding. In 2008 I received my PhD in the English Department at the UW.  

Over the years I have studied in Italy and Spain and taught for two years at a large public university in Southern Morocco. As I know how exhilarating, mind-opening and challenging it can be to live and learn in a country and culture that is not your own, I am grateful to be part of a team in Academic Support Programs committed to helping our students from all corners of the world succeed.  

Outside of school I love playing and listening to all kinds of music (I’m a drummer), checking out art, cooking, and getting into the beautiful Washington State out-of-doors. I love hanging with my family and friends.  After seeing some amazing parts of the world, I can say that Seattle is one of my favorite places to be.  

Please come visit me in ASP and let me know how I can help you at the University of Washington!

Alli Botelho, She/Her

Alli Botelho, She/Her

Academic Success Coaching Program Manager
206-543-5755

About me

Growing up I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i which taught me about the values of community and family. From a young age, I learned so much from the community around me and strive to bring a compassionate heart everywhere I go.

I decided to move to Seattle to pursue higher education and learn from a new community of people. I went to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) where I studied psychology and learned about subject areas that I was passionate about. My college experience taught me that in order to be successful in higher education, I needed the community of people around me. From being involved on campus in many different organizations that sparked my passions in sharing my culture, service, and event planning, I learned about the field of Student Affairs.

From there, I decided to continue my educational pursuit at Seattle University where I graduated with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Student Development Administration. During my time in the program, I had the opportunity to intern with Academic Support Programs. I am thankful to continue working with ASP and support the Academic Success Coaching Program. I continuously learn and am inspired by our peer Academic Success Coaches who work to support students and create intentional spaces for students at UW. 

I value community, collaboration, and compassion where I believe that each person has their own strengths and that working together to achieve our goals truly makes a difference. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends, trying new food places, watching tv shows, and working on new art projects. 

Please feel free to reach out, and let me know what I can do to best support you at the University of Washington! 

Jessica Simon, She/Her

Jessica Simon, She/Her

CLUE Program Manager

About me

Hi! I grew up on the east coast and then moved to California to study bioengineering at UC San Diego. During undergrad, I worked as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and Tutor at the Teaching and Learning Commons. I focused mostly on calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, but I occasionally tutored chemistry and physics when needed. 

After graduating, I immediately drove up the coast to Seattle to begin graduate school at UW.  I spent the first 2 years focusing on taking classes and research, but I realized that I missed education and working with students. I graduated from UW in 2024 and am excited to be working with CLUE in a more permanant role.

In my role at Academic Support Programs, I support the entire CLUE team and work closely with our Subject Lead Tutors. Stop by if you want to chat or have any questions!

Success Coaches

Aagney, He/Him

Aagney, He/Him

Sophomore, Computer Science

Project areas

902079742

I'm excited about

Dining out, journaling, driving with the windows down, going on runs, watching YouTube documentaries, and all things football/soccer.

Ask me about

In my time at UW, I've learned that students' efforts, headspace, and time are all split among many different commitments. They often juggle three or four difficult classes, part-time jobs, living independently, involvement in sports and extracurriculars, advancing their careers, and even grappling with personal issues. I hope to support students in finding a proper balance between all their commitments. My goal is to connect students to all the resources that UW provides and help them realize all the powerful strategies that they are capable of.

Notable academic challenge

Though I always knew the phrase ""comparison is the thief of joy"" to be true, I could never stop comparing myself. I'd be over the moon about my improved exam score, for instance, until I overheard my classmate boast their perfect 100%. These sorts of comparisons can become very demotivating and stressful. Over the past couple years, I've discovered new perspectives and thought processes to help mitigate this type of thinking. I still have a ways to go, but I'd be happy to chat with anyone who feels that self-inflicted pressure.

Francisco, He/Him

Francisco, He/Him

Senior, Bioengineering

I'm excited about

I like going to the IMA ! I also tried to get into reading, but I only read 2 books over the summer.

Ask me about

I am from Yakima which is in eastern Washington. I'm a middle child (out of 5) and have a chihuahua. I am first generation, both my parents are from Oaxaca (Mexico), and I come from a migrant working family.

Notable academic challenge

I think one of my hardest challenges here at UW was starting the core classes for my major. They were definitely a step up and required more time, effort, and built a lot on previous knowledge. This was especially difficult as I did not know anyone in my major, so it was hard to find a support system. However, once I found a good group of friends in the major I was able to get help and bounce back to do better in my courses.

Gracie, She/They

Gracie, She/They

Third Year, Law

Project areas

599678481

I'm excited about

When I am not studying (which is all the time) I like to bake, go on bookstore dates with my partner, watch silly TV shows, do and watch ballet and play with my cat Paprika!

Ask me about

As a first generation college student, I believe that students need to support each other and learn from one another. As a success coach I want to create a space where you can share about your academic experiences honestly and learn more about yourself and what success looks like for you.

Notable academic challenge

My most notable academic challenge was during my first quarter of college when I failed 2 classes. These failures were not due to a lack of academic understanding but rather a result of lack of prioritizing myself and my health. Once I focused on my self care and trying out different academic paths I learned what worked for me and was able to get back on track!

Ibrahim, He/Him

Ibrahim, He/Him

Junior, Intended Business (Information Systems)

Project areas

902356642

I'm excited about

Traveling, anything and everything related to soccer, watching YouTube videos

Ask me about

I'm a first-generation college student, and I'm naturally passionate about everything I undertake. Whenever I decide to dive into something, I give it my all, pouring in 100% effort. For as long as I can remember, I've been most drawn to the worlds of business and technology. Fun fact, I ran my own shoe reselling business from middle school until my sophomore year of high school. Beyond my academic and professional pursuits, I firmly believe in the saying, 'It's not about how you start but how you finish.' I've faced more obstacles than one can imagine, but I've reached a point in my life that brings me immense happiness and pride. My goal is to support every student I encounter in achieving success in whatever they set their sights on.

Notable academic challenge

Everyone faces academic challenges, for me one of my biggest ones early on was struggling on exams and tests. I still struggle with this till this day, but I do feel like I have improved after adopting new study strategies and test prep tips.

Jeewon, She/Her

Jeewon, She/Her

Sophomore, Computer Science

Project areas

902084822

I'm excited about

Tennis, crochet, reading, watching movies, piano, playing with my dog

Ask me about

Hi everyone! My name is Jeewon, and I'm a sophomore studying Computer Science. I'm pursuing a minor in Business Administration and Interdisciplinary Honors, so my degree plan includes a lot of non-CS classes as well! Finding community and a strong support system has been really important to me as a college student and something I hope to offer to others at UW. I'm involved in Allen School leadership, the Honors Program, and other student activities at UW, and I'm happy to talk about how to engage in different ways at UW. For example, something fun I did this summer was study abroad in Vienna working at a semantic AI company! Feel free to schedule a session to talk about classes, studying, extracurriculars, and anything else!

Notable academic challenge

Last spring quarter, I began taking my upper-level CS courses and found that it was a big jump from the intro series. Balancing my course load with extracurriculars, family, and other priorities became difficult, and I struggled a lot mentally because I felt like I didn't belong in the career path that I'm on. A challenge that I continue to work through is committing to too many things because there's a lot of areas that I'm interested in, then feeling overwhelmed when things get busy. Maintaining good time management and being intentional about how I spend my time is how I work through these challenges!

Kate, She/Her

Kate, She/Her

Senior, Education, Communities, and Organizations & Psychology

Project areas

792341074

I'm excited about

Reading, baking, embroider, scrolling through Tiktok

Ask me about

As a person and academic success coach, I am all about compassion and helping a student find what their strengths are so we can use those to work on areas that could use improvement. Being a student at the University of Washington is hard, there are a lot of expectations to manage and I know personally how difficult it can be when you are feeling like you aren't meeting and exceeding those expectations. My hope is to help any student who comes in and is feeling like they are struggling to see that they already have the tools for success within them, they just might need my help bringing them out and learning how to use them.

Notable academic challenge

Up until about half way through my sophomore year I was feeling really down because I was getting good grades but felt like I was missing something. In winter quarter I figured out what I was missing: I was good about memorizing information and then taking a test but I was not actually retaining information. Once I came to this discovery, I became really hard on myself but since then I have been striving to actually understand information instead of just memorizing it for the short term. Ways I have been working on this is using my free time to find more information on aspects of what I am learning that confuse and/or interest me, talking with those around me about what I am learning, and working in study groups. Now, I am actually retaining information that will help me in my future profession.

Nariman, She/Her

Nariman, She/Her

Senior, Public Health-Global Health

I'm excited about

My hobbies mostly revolve around my love for nature. I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors; hiking and sightseeing are my go-to's. There's nothing quite like the feeling of exploring new trails or going for a cool swim surrounded by the beauty of nature's wonders. Recently, I've also embarked on a journey to relearn the violin which has been both fun and challenging!

Ask me about

Hi everyone! I am a senior completing my final year as a transfer student. I am looking forward to making the most out of this year as I continue my academic journey at the University of Washington. I am truly excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and look forward to collaborating with like-minded individuals who share a passion for public health and making a positive difference in the world!

Notable academic challenge

One significant academic challenge I faced was in my chemistry prerequisites, where I encountered difficulties that led me to dropping a class and subsequently retaking. This experience taught me that failure is not a roadblock but a steppingstone to personal growth and resilience. I believe as humans we have the incredible ability to learn from our mistakes and persist through adversity in order to find personal success and fulfillment. Embracing these challenges has made me a more determined and adaptable learner, and I believe discussing and normalizing such experiences can inspire others on their academic journeys.

Rahael, she/her

Rahael, she/her

Senior, Sociology

I'm excited about

Journaling, Binging TV series, Reading, and Traveling

Ask me about

As someone who values cultivating togetherness, I have a passion for working with others and community development. In my role as an Academic Success Coach, I plan on implementing my community-oriented mindset into each session. Every student deserves a support system in their corner to help them navigate hardships, access resources, and simply cheer them on which is what I hope each student is able to receive after meeting with me!

Notable academic challenge

I have faced many academic challenges, but one of my most recent obstacles took place spring quarter of my junior year. I had been struggling with overall motivation and I was specifically having a hard time in my Accounting class. I couldn't seem to keep up, and I had become so disheartened I contemplated dropping the course which meant that I would also be dropping my Business Admin. minor. While I had almost dropped the course I decided not to, instead I chose to stick through the course. In the end, I passed but with a beyond-mediocre grade. In the moment I had been a bit disappointed in myself but looking back on it now I am so glad I stuck through with the class, because if not I wouldn't have had the opportunity to continue in my minor. This experience taught me that every obstacle we go through won't always leave us with the best outcome but it is important to view our challenges as growing experiences rather than failures.

Toni, He/ Him

Toni, He/ Him

Senior, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project areas

901715520

I'm excited about

When I'm not immersed in the world of technology and engineering, I have a few hobbies that keep me balanced: I watch a lot of soccer, I am a big Arsenal fan, I also spend a lot of time with Enzo my lively 90lb German shepherd, and I love trying new dishes and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Ask me about

I'm a tech enthusiast and I'm passionate about technology and innovation. Beyond the tech world, I enjoy soccer, quality time with my German Shepherd, Enzo, and exploring diverse cuisines. As a college student, I understand the importance of connecting with peers, learning from one another, and continually seeking knowledge. I look forward to sharing experiences, insights, and a passion for technology with all of you.

Notable academic challenge

As an electrical engineering student, I faced many challenges throughout my academic journey. One experience that stands out to me was my experience in the Signal Processing (SP) class. This class covered a wide range of topics, from Fourier transforms to digital filters, and required a deep understanding of both theory and application. In the beginning, I struggled with the complex mathematical concepts involved in DSP. I found myself spending countless hours trying to understand the material and working through practice problems. However, as the class progressed, I began to grasp the fundamental concepts and gained confidence in my abilities.

Yonas, He/Him

Yonas, He/Him

Junior, Education, Communities, and Organizations (ECO), Law, Societies, & Justice (LSJ), and Sociology

Project areas

792397445

I'm excited about

I enjoy playing competitive soccer and watching the Priemer league. I also enjoy reading historical books as-well watching documentaries on historical figures.

Ask me about

I am a first generation student, born and raised in Eritrea. I am passionate about learning deconstructing historic racism towards minorities, In the future I hope with my work ethic, passion, and wanting to build a better world I can help lead a change.   

Notable academic challenge

Everyone experiences challenges in different forms. My Academic challenge comes in the form of failing Math 124 my first quarter at the UW. However, we must not let failures keep us retained so one thing I learned was to simply retake the class and try your absolute best.

CLUE Tutors: Biology

Ryan, Biology, he/him

Ryan, Biology, he/him

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry

I've taken

Equivalent of CHEM 162, 237, 312, 530, 531, 532

Ask me about

Trail running and playing classical piano!

Notable academic challenge

The weekly problem sets in CHEM 530 (Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry) required both creativity and a deep knowledge of organic reaction mechanisms. By working on them with my peers, however, I gained an appreciation for collaborative problem solving that I hope to share with fellow students while at CLUE.

Joel, Biology, he/him

Joel, Biology, he/him

Senior, Biochemistry, Minor:Japanese

I've taken

Bio 180 and 200

Ask me about

Reading, Cooking, Playing Music

Notable academic challenge

Time-management

Ethan, Biology, he/him

Ethan, Biology, he/him

Junior, Bioengineering

I'm excited about

Reading, running, sailing, bouldering, D&D, video games

I've taken

Bio 180, 200, and 220

Notable academic challenge

Struggling to get help when I need it in larger classes (looking at you Phys 122)

CLUE Tutors: Chemistry

Ryan, Chemistry, he/him

Ryan, Chemistry, he/him

Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry

I've taken

Equivalent of CHEM 162, 237, 312, 530, 531, 532

Ask me about

Trail running and playing classical piano!

Notable academic challenge

The weekly problem sets in CHEM 530 (Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry) required both creativity and a deep knowledge of organic reaction mechanisms. By working on them with my peers, however, I gained an appreciation for collaborative problem solving that I hope to share with fellow students while at CLUE.

Joel, Chemistry, he/him

Joel, Chemistry, he/him

Senior, Biochemistry, Minor:Japanese

I've taken

General chemistry, organic chemistry, 241, 242, 452, 453

Ask me about

Reading, Cooking, Playing Music

Notable academic challenge

Time-management

Ethan, Chemistry, he/him

Ethan, Chemistry, he/him

Sophomore, Bioengineering

I'm excited about

Reading, running, sailing, bouldering, D&D, video games

I've taken

General chemistry, organic chemistry, 241, 242

Notable academic challenge

Struggling to get help when I need it in larger classes (looking at you Phys 122)

CLUE Tutors: Computer Science

Alicja, Computer Science, she/her

Alicja, Computer Science, she/her

Junior, Electrical & Computer Engineering

I've taken

CSE 373, CSE 414

Ask me about

Swimming, playing video games, getting boba, reading

Notable academic challenge

In my freshman year, I made the mistake of thinking I didn't have to put time outside of class to learn the material. The first couple round of midterms made me realize I made careless mistakes that I would not have made if I spent extra time to really understand all the concepts. After this rough period, I adapted a new study routine that prepares me for all my exams.

CLUE Tutors: Math

Hemkesh, Math, he/him

Hemkesh, Math, he/him

Junior, Computer Engineering

I've taken

MATH 206, 207, 300

Ask me about

Keyboards, Computers, Reading

Notable academic challenge

I would say it has been the transition into higher level CS courses where I was surprised by the difficulty increase and time commitment I needed, but near the end I was able to settle in a bit more.

Kamiar, Math, he/him

Kamiar, Math, he/him

Senior, Mechanical Engineering

I've taken

MATH 207, 208, 224

Ask me about

Playing guitar, watching movies, and hiking

Notable academic challenge

The notable academic challenge I faced during packed and busy quarters was time management. I had to plan and dedicate adequate time to excel in my classes, participate in the social groups I was part of, and ensure I had enough time to rest and refresh to avoid exhaustion.

Sriram, Math, he/him

Sriram, Math, he/him

Graduate/Professional Student, Mechanical Engineering

Ask me about

Badminton, Photography

Notable academic challenge

Time management and focusing for long hours.

CLUE Tutors: Physics

Lauren, Physics, she/her

Lauren, Physics, she/her

Junior, Physics, Applied Math minor

I've taken

PHYS 224, 225, 227, 228, 322 

Ask me about

Baking, hiking, pottery, reading

Notable academic challenge

PHYS 123 was the first real college physics class where I was learning brand new material. When I got to the first midterm, I realized that I hadn't learned any of the material very well and had to relearn everything in a few days. After that, I spent time adjusting my note taking and studying habits, and made sure to find out about all the resources available to me.

Sriram, Physics, he/him

Sriram, Physics, he/him

Graduate/Professional Student, Mechanical Engineering

Ask me about

Badminton, Photography

Notable academic challenge

Time management and focusing for long hours.

Kamiar, Physics, he/him

Kamiar, Physics, he/him

Senior, Mechanical Engineering

I've taken

PHYS 121, 122, 123

Ask me about

Playing guitar, watching movies, and hiking

Notable academic challenge

The notable academic challenge I faced during packed and busy quarters was time management. I had to plan and dedicate adequate time to excel in my classes, participate in the social groups I was part of, and ensure I had enough time to rest and refresh to avoid exhaustion.

CLUE Tutors: Writing Center

Hayley, Writing, she/her

Hayley, Writing, she/her

Junior, Linguistics, Data Science, Music

I've taken

ENGL 289, ENGL 298, LING 461, LING 462, LING 203, COM 200, SOC 225, SOC 360

Ask me about

I love listening to music, making Spotify playlists, memorizing lyrics, and obsessing over film scores and soundtracks! I also enjoy spending time outdoors, building legos, singing, doing puzzles, going to concerts, being around kids, taking pictures, analyzing movies, and hanging out with friends. I'm looking forward to meeting new people this year!

Notable academic challenge

In high school and coming into college, I struggled with narrowing down my chosen career path, being interested in and involved with both humanities/social science and STEM related fields, courses, extracurriculars, etc. It was difficult to confine myself to one area of study and commit to a binary that could not encapsulate everything I wanted to do. This made it harder to focus on one specific aspect to pursue. However, college is the best time to expand and explore, as well as take advantage of all of the outlets and opportunities we have available, and so with the help of campus resources, I have been able to embrace the dichotomy and manage taking all the classes I want to. The versatility of my various programs allows me to feel like I am tackling more subjects pertinent to me without spreading myself too thin to still maintain a good balance with the rest of college life!

Maya, Writing, she/her

Maya, Writing, she/her

Junior, Music and Law Societies & Justice (LSJ)

I'm excited about

I love listening to music and discovering new songs and artists! If you have any recommendations, please let me know! I also love traveling, shopping, and meeting people.

I've taken

LSJ 200, LSJ 322, POL S 201, POL S 368, LSJ 377, LSJ 375

Notable academic challenge

After high school, I was convinced I was going to work in the medical field. However, after taking an introductory chemistry class, I realized I didn't want to continue on the pre-med track. I then decided to register for LSJ 200, and that served as a catalyst for my interest in law, criminal justice, and human rights. I took POL S 368 and LSJ 377, and both of those classes only solidified my interest in the law, societies, and justice departments. I am now double majoring in music and LSJ, and I'm excited to see where this takes me!

Yoojin, Writing, she/her

Yoojin, Writing, she/her

Graduate/Professional Student, Linguistics

I'm excited about

I like to explore coffee shops, play piano, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends!

Notable academic challenge

Writing was my worst enemy for a long time--I was a second language speaker of English and essay writing was almost fearful for me. But in high school, I took AP Language and Composition and AP Literature to strengthen my weaknesses. Doing so forever changed my attitude towards writing. With the right organizational skills and motivated mindset, writing became so much approachable and somewhat enjoyable! Eventually it became one of my strong suits and here I am in a Ph.D. program, writing all the time!