Title: L&S College Adviser
Neighborhood: Social Sciences A
Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
M.Ed., Student Affairs, UCLA, 2014
B.A., Psychology, UC San Diego, 2013
B.A., Human Development, UC San Diego, 2013
What is your approach to advising?
Rather than being transactional, I try to get to know you and your interests, so I can personalize each advising session. I listen to everyone with and open mind and heart because everyone is on their own (potentially difficult) life journeys.
How did you get here?
I knew I wanted to work in education, but did not know specifically if I wanted to go into student affairs or the elementary/high school route. I met a career counselor along the way (later to became one of my college mentors!) and pretty much got me hooked on a career in student affairs. During my undergraduate years, I was highly involved in a lot of extra- and co-curricular experiences outside the classroom, like being involved in student government, doing undergraduate research, sitting on a student conduct board, being an orientation leader, etc. These experiences helped me enter graduate school at UCLA right after UC San Diego. After a few years working in residential life, I decided to venture into the academic advising world!
What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Do not take your time here for granted – it will fly by! Take advantage of the excellent faculty here by going to office hours, explore and try out some undergraduate research opportunities, and other extracurricular activities like clubs and sports. Personally, one of my regrets in college is not studying abroad, so if you have the means to do it, do it!
I was born and raised in Sacramento, California, and obtained both undergraduate and graduate education in the UC system. I am happy to work in the UC system that has given me so much. I am also a first-generation college student. I speak English and Spanish fluently (or at least I like to think so), and am trying to re-learn French at the beginner-intermediate level. I love taking walks and hiking, exploring new coffee places, binge-watching Netflix/Hulu shows, going out to movies/hanging out with friends, board games, video games, politics, exploring new cultures, etc. You can usually find me in my office – feel free to get to know me in person or through email!