Jacqueline Chang

Job title: 
L&S College Policy Analyst

Title: L&S College Policy Analyst 

About Jacqueline
Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:

April 2019

BS Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology - UC Berkeley, 2015
MPH, RD - UNC Chapel Hill, 2018

How did you get here?
I have what some might call Irrational School Spirit (#gobears), and when I finished grad school I thought it would be cool to look for jobs at UC Berkeley. Even though this job isn't technically within my fields of study (Nutrition and Public Health), the role called for transferable skills that overlapped quite a bit with my training, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to not only rejoin the UC Berkeley community that I love so much, but also use my skills and training to help give back to the Cal student experience.

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
I would encourage students to stay curious about themselves and be okay with uncertainty; when I was an undergrad, I put a lot of pressure on myself to figure out my entire future by the time I graduated, but 21-year-old me could never have guessed that I would end up in the job I have now, or that I would even want the job I have now. The older I get, the more I realize that life is kind of like one never-ending game of "trial and error," and it's okay to make some "errors" along the way - they aren't a "waste of time" but simply part of the journey! 

About me: 
I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles, which means that I crave boba constantly and my standards for Chinese food are exceptionally high. I also enjoy coffee, chocolate chip cookies, and biscuits and gravy (a gem I discovered during my time in Chapel Hill, NC). Though I'm not formally practicing as a Registered Dietitian, I love helping others find eating patterns that work for them and will gladly have a conversation with anyone about their nutritional questions and/or goals!