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Learning Consultant Profiles

Nic Voge

My background is in the field of university reading and learning and what is called achievement motivation. I investigate and analyze the unique educational expectations of elite research universities such as Princeton. Recognizing the variety and complexity of learning demands students encounter when studying in different disciplines and courses, much of my work focuses on assisting students as they adjust and adapt to unfamiliar learning situations. When working with students I account for each student’s strengths and the specific tasks they face. I also frequently work with students on issues of motivation and engagement and helping them understand and overcome challenges such as procrastination by using motivation theory and various techniques, including but not limited to, time management methods.


Jalisha Braxton

Hey everyone! I'm Jalisha Braxton, a current Psychology major from Dover, Delaware pursing certificates in Neuroscience and Teacher Preparation. One of my primary interests in the field of psychology is how the brain learns, and so I'm really excited to be working for McGraw this year! On campus, I am involved with Students for Education Reform (SFER), the Princeton Black Student Union (BSU), Princeton Faith & Action (PFA), and am currently the Vice-President of the Princeton HighSteppers. I'm completely aware of how difficult it can be to balance school with a million extra curricular activities, so feel free to meet with me if you're seeking advice on managing your time here at Princeton! I'm looking forward to chatting with you all :)


Sukriti Chadha

Hi! I am Sukriti, a senior in the Electrical Engineering department, pursuing certificates in Finance and Engineering Management Systems. I am involved with different campus organizations including the Entrepreneurship Club, the Keller Center as a fellow and the South Asian Students Association. I have been involved with the McGraw center for the past tow years, and have learned a great deal about time management, learning strategies and ways to balance things during the academic year. Being an international student, I have first hand experience adjusting to a completely different way of teaching and learning. I have taken a wide variety of courses ranging from engineering and economics, to philosophy and near eastern studies. Outside schoolwork, I enjoy cooking, reading and traveling.

We at McGraw follow a student-centric approach, recognizing and working on challenges faced by students not just academically, but holistically. I look forward to meeting you, sharing my experiences, listening to yours, and seeing happier faces on campus! 

Lindsay Eysenbach

Hi all, I'm Lindsay Eysenbach, a junior from just outside of Boston.  I'm in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursuing a certificate in Global Health.  However, I'm also pre-med, so I've taken a broad range of natural science, social science, and humanities classes (and learned lots about different teaching and learning styles in the process)!  I'm also an RCA in Mathey (best residential college) and I run varsity cross country and track.  I'm excited to be working for McGraw this year, and hope I can share my experiences maintaining balance within the orange bubble.


Mary Gilstad

Hello! I am Mary Gilstad, a senior in the Comparative Literature department. I started with Japanese in high school, but since being at Princeton have expanded my studies into Classical Greek and Pre-Modern Japanese. My thesis research is all about poetry anthologies. Beyond academics I play trombone and am the Drum Major of the Band for the football season. I also copy edit for the Princeton Journal of East Asian studies, go to the Japanese language table, and do peer tutoring. I feel like I have done a lot of exploring at Princeton and really believe in what their language programs can do. Having moved a bit growing up, I am interested in figuring out, no matter where one finds oneself, a way to not just survive, but thrive. I hope to help others and myself to do this while here at Princeton. 


Christopher Gordon

¡Hola! I¹m Chris, class of 2015 and a Chemical and Biological Engineering
major. I¹m a member of Engineers Without Borders, Club Archery and
Princeton Faith & Action; my interests include taking pictures and
playing piano. Given my major, I happen to have taken most of the
introductory science and math courses on offer here at Princeton. From
these I bring a wealth of accumulated knowledge on how to excel. I offer
you a safe space - together, we will carefully optimize your academic
approach. I love listening, asking questions and synthesizing
information; I¹m looking forward to working with you to realize your

Lindsey Heigh

My name is Lindsey Heigh and I’m a junior from Fairfax, Virginia. I am majoring in the Sociology department and pursuing a certificate in the Program in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, in addition to being a McGraw consultant, I am on the women’s soccer team, a member of the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) Student Advisory Board, and a member of University Cottage Club. Learning to navigate Princeton and taking a huge variety of classes has exposed me to many different academic experiences and challenges, and being an athlete has given me insight into the difficult but rewarding balance of academics and athletics. I am interested in the unique culture of Princeton and its academic structure, as well as the diverse ways that students work. I am excited to collaborate with other students to figure out the best ways to succeed both academically and otherwise!


Erin Kim

Hi! I’m a senior from Lexington, MA majoring in East Asian Studies, with a focus on Korea and education. Specific topics that interest me include positive psychology, character education, and negative byproducts of modernity (e.g. busyness, aimlessness, isolation). Outside of McGraw, I’m a PAA in Rocky and a small group leader in Manna Christian Fellowship; I also used to be involved in PUO and KASA. My time at Princeton has been an eventful one- I started out as a pre-med/Psychology major, switched my major three times, took a year off and spent time in five countries in the past four years. In addition to all this, McGraw has transformed my Princeton experience by helping me not only to navigate through but also to make the most of the academics here. I know that Princeton can be challenging, academic and otherwise, so don’t hesitate to reach out!


Theresa Meyer

Hey there! I’m Theresa and I’m a junior from Durham, North Carolina. I’m currently majoring in Computer Science as a B.S.E. student and am also working to fulfill pre-med requirements. As someone who has switched from B.S.E. to A.B. and back and considered quite a few concentrations, I have an array of knowledge about different types of courses at Princeton. Along with being a McGraw Consultant, I’m an EMT, co-President of the Women in Science Colloquium (we host informal dinner discussions with female scientists), an Outdoor Action leader, a member of the 2 Dickinson street co-op, and a Student Technology Consultant. With such varied activities and academics, I have adapted to a wide array of demands and know how to get the most out of prerequisite classes and distribution requirements. I really enjoy helping other students practice effective time management, learn to work more efficiently, and figure out how to get the most out of the classes they’re taking. I want to help students develop their own personalized strategies and techniques to reach their full potential. I love the McGraw center and I hope I get the chance to share my experiences with you!

Andrew Nelson

Hi all! My name is Andrew, and I am a junior studying philosophy and intellectual history in the German department, with certificates in Values and Public Life, French, and European Cultural Studies. When I'm not napping in that weird time in between afternoon seminars and dinner or working with students at McGraw, you can find me conferencing with students in the Writing Center, playing the saxophone, or helping out at the PACE Center for Civic Engagement. I'm also an RCA in Forbes College for the 2014-2015 school year.

I've taken a lot of - and struggled with a lot of - reading intensive courses, beginning with the Humanities Sequence my freshman year, but I'm most looking forward to is sitting down and talking with you about your experiences, and developing individualized solutions along the path that conversation takes us. Having these conversations at McGraw has helped me tremendously, and I hope you find McGraw helpful, too!

Cody O' Neil

I am currently a senior pursuing the track in German Philosophy and Intellectual History in the Department of German alongside a certificate in the Planets and Life program in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. As is likely evident from this combination, the shared territory between astronomy and philosophy is central to my research interests. 

With my coursework spanning the humanities and natural sciences, I hope to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the learning consultation table at McGraw. I am particularly excited about the development of study strategies that are sensitive to the specific discipline at hand, while entertaining mutual modes of learning that are at play across all departments. The countless means of then individualizing these strategies is something I look forward to learning from each student during conversation. 

My extracurricular involvements include acting, club ice hockey, the Human Values Forum, Más Flow Dance Company, and a shot of stand-up comedy every now and then. You may also spot me during the day on campus as an Orange Key tour guide speaking in a strange accent or at night with my head tilted to the skies should they be starry. If so, don't hesitate to say hi. Otherwise, I hope to have the opportunity to meet you over a learning consultation at McGraw during the course of the coming year. Swing on by with your syllabi.  


Brian Reed

Hi there! I’m Brian, a senior from Connecticut. I’m majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering, with certificates in Values and Public Life, Sustainable Energy, and Environmental Studies. I chose to concentrate in ORFE because I love to work with numbers, but I’ve made sure to take a number of politics, Woody Woo, and philosophy courses, too. My thesis will focus on ways to channel investments towards impoverished nations. Apart from working as a consultant for McGraw, I’m an Engineering Interactor and a Leader Trainer for Outdoor Action. I’ve also spent some time with the skiing team, the cycling team, and the Human Values Forum. 

Since coming to Princeton, I’ve worked hard to attain a more sustainable balance between my studies, my social life, and my extracurricular activities. I’d love to help you discover how you can thrive at Princeton, both inside and outside the classroom!

Sophia Robertson-Lavalle

I am very happy to have joined the McGraw Learning Consultant team and look forward to meeting and working with you to create efficient and effective learning strategies! 

Here’s a bit about me: I am originally from Argentina but now live in New Jersey about an hour north of Princeton. I am studying Chemical and Biological Engineering, concentrating in Biotechnology, but am also very interested in French and the intersection between technology and society. As for extracurriculars, I am involved in various community service initiatives, am the captain of the Ski Team, a Peer Academic Adviser, and a member of the Alumni Student Ambassador Program and Sympoh (the breaking dancing group on campus!).
Balancing challenging schoolwork with extracurriculars has been far from easy, but with the help of McGraw I have been on a path of continuous improvement since freshman year. I would love to share that which I have learned and hope that you too will decide to make McGraw a part of your Princeton career!

Matthew Shackelford

Hi everyone! I’m Matthew, and I’m a senior from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering as well as pursuing certificates in Finance, Applications of Computing, and Engineering and Management Systems. I have experience in a broad range of courses from Politics and History to the Woodrow Wilson School and Economics, and I’ve definitely discovered and applied many different learning concepts and strategies in these courses. I enjoy serving on the College Community Council and playing snare drum in the Princeton Band in my free time. I’d be happy to share my expertise and experiences with you in working towards concrete strategies that you can apply in your academic and extracurricular work! I’m here to help!


Pavithra Vijauakumar

Hi guys, I’m Pavithra and I’m a junior from New York. I’m premed and concentrating in Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in the Global Health and Health Policy program. I started training as a McGraw Consultant in Spring 2013, and I’ve been tutoring high school students for a few semesters. I am also president of the South Asian Students Association, layout director for Tiger Magazine, a volunteer at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, and a member of Terrace Club. I’ve taken courses ranging from big science lectures to small philosophy lectures, and through McGraw I’ve become interested in developing different strategies to meet the diverse needs of these courses. I also like to focus on time management, especially the difficulty of balancing schoolwork, extracurriculars, and other parts of life. McGraw has helped me find this balance, and I hope we’ll be able to help you too!


Nick Williams

Hey there! I'm Nick from Cleveland, Ohio and I am a senior in the History Department, pursuing certificates in Gender & Sexuality Studies and American Studies. I’m interested in the ways in which women at the end of the 19th-century used food as a means for social reform, particularly when it comes to the family.  My thesis explores these themes in the New England Kitchen, a publickitchen in Boston in the 1890s, which eventually led to the Home Economics Movement. In addition to being a Learning Strategies Consultant for McGraw, I’m also an Assistant Archivist in Princeton’s Rare Books and Special Collections so I'm always learning lots of new things, which is really awesome! When I’m not working, you can usually find me in various cafés around town and campus, drinking too much coffee and hanging out with friends. I am also Independent, live off-campus and never get less than 8 hours of sleep a night so I’ve gotten really good at time management and would love to help you figure out the best way for you to balance Princeton, too! If you see me around, feel free to say hi!


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