Brenaia Blue

Job title: 
L&S College Adviser
Biological Sciences

Title: L&S College Adviser

Neighborhood: Biological Sciences

Specialty: Pre-Med Advising

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About Brenaia

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
August 2012

M.A., Counseling at St. Mary’s College of California
B.A., Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles

What is your approach to advising?
My approach is student-centered coupled with providing excellent service to students to ensure that I answer all of their questions, provide support, guidance, resources, and LOVE. Also, I encourage students to be self-directed to help them achieve their goals.

How did you get here?
I have always been a helper. My passion for supporting students and interest in the field of education blossomed while I worked with high school students at a non-profit, college-access program called College Track. There, I witnessed how providing love, support, resources, and dedicated staff makes a positive difference for underserved students to prepare for and get accepted to colleges. This led me to want to support the academic success of college students and enter a graduate counseling program to achieve my career goal of becoming a college counselor.

What's the best class you've ever taken?
I completed two communication classes for my graduate counseling program where I developed and applied my competencies in counseling skills. It was transformative for me learning the helper/counselor role and sitting in the “hot seat” sharing my very personal real-life business to the class. It was a tumultuous time in my life when I experienced heartache and challenges all while training how to help others. I never cried so much in school before that class. I came out as both a changed person and more determined as a work in progress to accomplish all things and make a positive difference in the lives of students.

What's your favorite part of your job?
I love working with students! I enjoy supporting them and helping them figure things out.

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
“Closed mouths don’t get fed.” That is, be proactive, nourish your mind, body, soul, and ask questions (yes, in your classes too!). Explore classes and opportunities inside and outside of Berkeley’s campus. This is your time to figure out a lot of things and learn more about yourself. Although it is your experience, you do not have to live it alone. Take advantage of a plethora of resources, study abroad, support, friends, community, and fun that Berkeley has to offer. Additionally, take healthy risks to venture out of your comfort zone, and have a healthy balance between school, home, and work.

About me:
I am from “Oaktown”, the “Yay-area” - Oakland, California. I grew up very athletic, but I never wanted to play ball in college (I was very good). Back then as a high schooler, I made up my mind that I couldn’t play NCAA basketball while pursuing pre-med. Wrong! I can do anything my heart desires with faith, hard work, and being a good person. I give my all to my children.