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Academic Resource Mentors


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 Our Mission

As ARMs, we encourage residents to balance academics and everyday life.  With the assistance of our peers and campus resources, we create opportunities that support ongoing success. 

button logoWhat will you find here?

Welcome to the ARM Academic Success Spot. As you know, each of your buildings has at least one ARM, or Academic Resource Mentor. But there are lots of you, and they can’t be everywhere at once, so we’ve created this page to provide you with some resources that you can access when your ARM isn’t there to help.

Beginning Monday, March 30, your Academic Resource Mentors will be available online to assist you in a number of ways.  If you’d like to contact them, their email addresses are listed on their profiles below.

Some of the services you’ll have access to are:

  • Academic Coaching (individualized meetings) on subjects like evaluating your midterm grades, planning strategies to finish strong, Blackboard/WebEx/Zoom questions and concerns, transitioning to online classes, changing your study habits for home, connecting with faculty remotely, overcoming difficulties to working at home (working longer hours to help your family out, sharing computers, slow/weak wifi, helping out with younger siblings, etc.)
  • Online study sessions
  • Weekly video tips

We hope that you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to connect with help, or use one of the many other online resources now available through the TRC, Math Clinic, Writing Center, Pre-Collegiate Service, and Ancell Commons, for example!

button logoWho and what are the ARMs?

ARMs are Academic Resource Mentors — peers whose goal is to help you find the information, locate the resources, and connect you to people who can help you in your academic endeavors. They provide academic and life skills programming, too. More importantly, they serve as academic coaches, and working with them, you can identify issues that may be making your studies difficult, and begin to use strategies that will give you the ability to change the outcomes you want to change.

 ARMs have office hours in your halls, when you can see them to get assistance. They are students, just like you! They can also help you touch base with PASS members, student volunteers who offer tutoring or assistance in subjects they do well in.

We’re sure you’ll see your ARM around in the building, but just in case, here are the ARMs for 2019-20 (scroll down!):

 Who Am I?

 Where Am I?

Gabrielle Christofor




My name is Gabrielle Christofor. I am a sophomore majoring in Theatre Arts with a concentration of Performance and a possible minor of Biology. My strongest academic areas are classes under the umbrella of the liberal arts and sciences, but I am willing to assist in any field. If I do not have an answer to a specific question, I will point you towards a person with more experience. I also transferred to WestConn after a year at UConn, so I am able to assist with any challenges- academic or personal- related to adjusting to a new school. 

I am so excited to join the team of ARMS and to meet everyone! 






Hi! My name is Maggie and I am a junior here at Western. My major is Music Education with a concentration in secondary chorus.

Academically, my strongest subjects are writing, music theory, and a little math. If I had a superpower I would be able to control the energy in a room.

I can’t wait to see what this semester brings!






Hi! My name is Sara and I am the ARM for both Fairfield and Newbury Hall! I am currently a junior here at WCSU, and I am majoring in Nursing. Academically, my strongest subjects would be math and science, however I am available to help in all subjects!

I am excited for this semester and I can’t wait to meet you all!






Hi!  My name is Caitie, and I am a senior, double majoring in Psychology and Political Science.  I love meeting new people, volunteering and staying busy in a few different extracurriculars!  Some organizations I’m involved in are Fraternity and Sorority Life, WXCI, and PAC.  If you are ever looking for something to do on campus, I can always point you in a good direction!

I am super excited to be Grasso’s ARM this academic year!  I will be available for academic coaching and any questions you might have. If I don’t have the answer, I promise to try my hardest to find the person who does!!

I wish everyone their best semester yet! 🙂






Hey!  My name is Tamia and I am the ARM in Litchfield Hall.  I am a junior here at WestConn and I am majoring in Justice and Law Administration with a concentration in legal studies.  You should know that I love going to movies and hanging out with my friends.

Academically my strongest subjects are English, history, a little bit of science, and a sprinkle of math.  I am always around on campus, so if you need any help, I am here.  Also, if you see me don’t be afraid to say hi.






Hi! My name is Sara and I am the ARM for both Fairfield and Newbury Hall! I am currently a junior here at WCSU, and I am majoring in Nursing. Academically, my strongest subjects would be math and science, however I am available to help in all subjects!

I am excited for this semester and I can’t wait to meet you all!






Hi! My name is Angela Nicastro, and this will be my second year being an ARM in Pinney Hall. I am currently a senior majoring in Audio and Music Production, with a concentration on clarinet. I currently play the bass clarinet in WCSU’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and small ensembles throughout the year!

I am a sucker for horror movies, my favorite being Scream, and I hope to have a career in film scoring in the future, as I honestly listen to nothing but movie soundtracks with How to Train Your Dragon being my all-time favorite.

I can be very outgoing and will help you with anything you need to the best of my ability, from academic issues to personal problems, I am here for you. Don’t hesitate to knock on my door or stop me if you see me to say hi, as I’d love to hear from you! 






My name is Audrey, but you can call me Red if you see me around. I’m a Journalism major pursuing a minor in JLA. I hope to get my graduate’s degree in Investigative Journalism and work on the crime beat at a newspaper after graduation. I love horror movies and narrative beat ‘em up games like God of War.

I originally dropped out of WCSU after struggling – and failing – my first semester, but I came back and fought for a strong GPA and great relationships within my department. My focus is on coaching and ‘academic first aid,’ so please reach out to me if you’re struggling with a class or feeling overwhelmed. My strongest areas are Writing Intensive courses, Computer Science, and History/Political Theory.