Darshani Alahan

Job title: 
L&S College Adviser
Department: 
Social Sciences B
Bio/CV: 

Title:  L&S College Advisor

Neighborhood: Social Science B

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About Darshani

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
Previously in September 2017 to August 2018, and back again since June 2020!

Education:
MS in Counseling, specialization in College Counseling and Student Personnel Work, San Francisco State University
BA in Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Certificate in Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), Diablo Valley College

How did you get here?
In general, I have come to realize there is no linear path to any one thing. My journey through both careers and education have been winding, sometimes intertwining, and with no current end in sight. More specifically, as a first generation college student, I struggled to understand higher education and how to navigate it as I was going through my undergrad. I slowly started to figure out the many resources and people there are to help, and began working as a peer advisor in many different departments. When I learn something new I want to share it with those around me, which has ultimately led me to being a College Advisor here at L&S!

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Don't forget to live in the now! Yes, think about the future, make plans, but also give yourself the flexibility that those things might (and most likely will) change. Also, get to know the people around you! Talk with your teachers, advisers, peers, everyone! Lastly, don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes a mistake can be the best learning experience, or jumping off point to the next thing!

About me:
Bay Area Native! I have lived and worked all over the East Bay and I absolutely love the outdoors. if I can get away for a quick (or long) bike-camping, river walking, mountain climbing, -you name it- trip, you best believe I will!