Madalyn Morris Huerta

Job title: 
L&S College Adviser
Math & Physical Sciences

Title: L&S College Adviser


Math and Physical Sciences

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Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:

October 2021

M.Ed. Counseling/Student Affairs, Northern Arizona University
B.A. Psychology, California State University San Bernardino

What is your approach to advising?
My approach to advising is student centered and holistic. As an advisor, I have the privilege to empower, support, and guide my students through their journeys here at UC Berkeley. I aim to assist students in obtaining their definition of success and to thrive as global citizens.

How did you get here?
My experiences as a first generation, biracial college student really set the foundation for my career in Higher Education. As a freshman I felt completely lost, alone, and embarrassed to ask for help. Thank goodness for the "life lines" and resources provided at my undergraduate institution. After mustering up courage and allowing myself to be vulnerable, I was able to meet with an advisor to discuss my goals, passions, and fears. In partnering with my advisor, we created an academic plan that worked for me and gained connections to leadership opportunities on campus. I then became a Resident Assistant and flourished. My RA experience really shaped my passion in helping other students thrive during their academic journey. As graduation neared, I did not want to lose touch with the transformative experience higher education provided. After consulting with my mentors, I decided to pursue a masters degree in Counseling and Student Affairs to continue my practice in supporting and guiding students. After completing my graduate degree I began working for Cal in the Housing Department and eventually with L&S Advising. I truly enjoy working with Cal Students. Their tenacity and passion inspires me to continue doing what I love- supporting students and their academic journeys.

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
I have two tips for all students. 1) If you need help, ASK! Asking for help requires vulnerability and that can be difficult. But there is no shame in asking for help, particularly when navigating your academic career. You and your experience are important and worthy of support. Help us help you by reaching out. I promise we don't bite! 2) Get involved and take advantage of all the cool extracurriculars UC Berkeley has to offer! Yes your academics are important, but so is your holistic experience as a student. Often graduate schools and employers are looking for students who not only get good grades, but are well rounded and can speak to their lived experiences during their time as a student. So get involved, try new things, meet new people, and look for ways to discover Berkeley outside of the classroom.

About me
I was born and raised in SoCal and currently call the East Bay home. I am an extroverted introvert who really enjoys watching netflix, grabbing coffee/food with friends, visiting family, and snuggling with my dog Daisy.