Coaches Corner Part 3: How Success Coaches Connect Online Students to Sun Devil Nation

February 11, 2019 · 3 min read · By ASU Online

Pursuing an education with ASU Online means you will be enrolled in a flexible degree program designed to fit your needs and lifestyle. With students enrolling from all over the world, Sun Devils join a network of non-traditional students who are continuing their education or starting it for the first time. Either way, students can count on success coaches like Hannah Mejia to guide them through the process starting from day one all the way through graduation.


Hannah, a fellow ASU graduate, believes that success coaching means helping students leverage their education to get plugged into their dream careers. Hannah is tuned into a student’s “hopes, dreams, and desires,” and prides herself on helping students “achieve those things.”

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Every ASU student – whether they’re in the Phoenix area or across the globe – should feel connected to their community. That’s why students are supported by several networking opportunities that connect them to fellow students, professors, success coaches and even alumni.

“We try to connect them to [the national alumni] chapters,” says Hannah. Once a student graduates, they are automatically a member of the ASU Alumni Association, joining more than 400,000 Sun Devils around the world. Hannah helps newly graduated students attend events hosted by local chapters to build a personal and professional network of off-campus support. Additionally, students are granted lifetime access to webinars, career fairs, career development events and more.

Hannah also urges students to connect across ASU’s social media channels and contribute their own #SunDevilNation, stories about their time at ASU. “It’s awesome that we are promoting anyone who is a student here – whether it’s online, in person, around the world, here in Phoenix – to really feel connected,” she says. Students can also connect with the community using ASU’s Pitch app.

At ASU Online, students can create the educational experience that’s right for them – and if a student runs into obstacles, our success coaches will guide them to the best available resources. “Success coaching is all about what the student needs to succeed,” Hannah says. Success coaches are equipped to handle anything from resume building to work-life balance.

Hannah’s coaching style is informed by the tips and tricks that worked for her as she pursued multiple degrees; she also takes inspiration from (whom she kindly refers to as) “her successful seniors.” These new graduates have excelled under her mentorship and entered the workforce or graduate school with the necessary tools for success. Gleaning from these students’ experiences, Hannah prepares new students for the challenges ahead.

Hannah's parting advice for students?

Do your best to stay one step ahead by prioritizing your time. And if you happen to fall behind, reach out to your success coach, professor and classmates for help with catching up.

Ready to learn more about how Success Coaches make a major difference for ASU Online students? Check back soon as we share the fourth and final installment of our Coaches Corner series featuring Carlos Taveres.

Being an online student, one of the largest hurdles to overcome is feeling…like you are a true Sun Devil.

Hannah Mejia

ASU Online Success Coach


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