Title: L&S College Adviser
Neighborhood: Biological Sciences
Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
Originally in May 2016, Again in June 2020
Ed.M., Higher Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.A., Sociology and Media Studies, University of California at Berkeley
What is your approach to advising?
My advising approach is to play a supporting role in helping students during their progression to and through the university. I see my job as ensuring students have the campus resources and lifelong tools needed for navigating both the hurdles of higher education as well the victories
that an education can provide, inside and outside of the classroom. I hope to also help you with the grappling of new ideas and values, consideration of alternative ideas and decisions, and making confident commitments to your choices.
How did you get here?
When I was an undergraduate student at Berkeley, I was caught in a constant cycle of comparison. I thought that pursuing “glamorous” careers like marketing and business would allow me to use my love for people and connection. After an unrewarding marketing internship, though, I was forced to rethink what roles would truly allow me to flourish. I was constantly thinking about my time working as a Peer Advisor in L&S Advising, and knew that a career in higher education would provide the connections and values I was seeking. After three years on the Cal campus in varying student services roles, I decided to continue my education. Post graduate school, I was brought back to L&S Advising - the place that started it all!
What's the best class you've ever taken?
The most fun class I took while an undergraduate was Media Studies 180: Television Studies,
taught by Professor Josh Jackson. We literally watched episodes of different shows, and then
talked about the cultural implications, filming strategies, etc. While watching TV for a grade was
awesome, I also appreciated the critical lens employed in the course when discussing important
topics like representation.
What's your favorite part of your job?
The piece of advising that has kept me excited about my career are the relationships. Both between myself and the students I work with, but also the relationships I’m able to build with my team.
What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
YOU BELONG HERE! It took until my junior year at Berkeley to feel I had a strong community and supportive network, but it eventually came when I decided to surround myself with like minded individuals. If you are still searching for that community, let’s talk about the resources and opportunities the campus has to offer.
I was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, but have never felt more at home than I do when I’m in the East Bay. When I’m not working, I’m cheering for Bay Area sports teams like the SF Giants, SF 49ers and, of course, the Golden Bears! Cheering next to me are my partner, Ivan, and our cocker spaniel, Ziggy.