Javier Garcia

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

Title: L&S College Adviser

Neighborhood: Social Sciences B  

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About Javier

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in: 
January 2020

Education: 
M.S, Career Counseling, San Francisco State University
B.A, Sociology, University of California, Davis 
A.A, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Hartnell Community College 

How did you get here?
Such a great question. I strongly believe that your life, personal, and professional experiences lead you to where you are supposed to be… and that’s right here.

What is your approach to advising? 
My counseling and advising philosophy consists of a holistic approach and meeting students where they are. I take into account the student’s perspective, life experiences, and their individual value systems.  Students bring a wealth of perspective, values, and world-views as well as their own needs to the session and institution. Students may come from a similar background, but their experience may or may not be the same. Thus, it is critical for me to meet students where they are in order for them to succeed academically, personally or professionally. 

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
It’s great that you can focus on your academics and excel, however, it is also important not to forget about the career aspect. It’s important to possess a combination of work, volunteer, or internship experience on top of academic success, because you can become more marketable if you possess skills, knowledge, and experience to land a job.

Most unusual job you ever had?
Caregiver/companion for Seniors.

About me:
I was born and raised in Mexico and came to the U.S to work. My desire to learn was the driving force that motivated me to pursue education as an adult and achieve my goals. The journey has not been easy but the most important thing is that I have learned and enjoyed the ride thus far.