As Student Success Coach at the a GRCC Lakeshore Campus, Arianna Fikse helps students adjust to college. She assists students with time management, goal setting, stress management, overcoming barriers, study skills and understanding how college works. She supports each student based on their individual needs, and connects them with resources to help them succeed.
College can be overwhelming to a new student, or to someone who has not taken college level classes in a few years. When students don't understand how things work, or who to ask for help, Arianna and her colleagues are the place to start. "There are no dumb questions," said Arianna. "Ask me, and I'll answer your question, or help you find the answer. We all really want to see you succeed at GRCC so don’t be afraid to connect."
Arianna loves seeing students grow in confidence and self advocacy, and take steps toward their big goals. This could look like many different things, such as improving their grade in a specific class they were struggling with, or finding a program they are passionate about. Success looks different for everyone and being a part of a student's success story is what excites Arianna most about her job at GRCC.
Arianna earned her bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University where she majored in recreation and event management. While at CMU she was very involved on campus with student organizations, college events and on-campus jobs. It was then that she realized she wanted a career working on a college campus. So she attended Grand Valley State University, and while working there as a success coach she earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education. She enjoyed working one-on-one with students at GVSU and is thrilled to continue that work here at GRCC on the Lakeshore Campus.
Use a planner or app to keep track of your assignments. There can be a lot to keep track of and having a place to write everything down can be a lifesaver.
Going for walks/hikes with my dog, swimming, reading, playing board games and cards, traveling, spending time outside, and quality time with friends and family.
Favorite Place at GRCC
The new Lakeshore Campus because it offers a centralized location for all Lakeshore students to gather, connect, get resources, and attend class.