Alicia Mandac

College Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
July 2016

What is your approach to advising?
While my main role is to advise on degree requirements, I am equally concerned with your personal growth and development during your time at Cal. There is much more to college than the classes you take and the grades you earn. As your adviser, my goal is to provide you with the support and guidance you need to make sure you have a fulfilling college experience inside and outside the classroom.


Education:
Certificate in Health Coaching, Georgetown University, 2015
MSW, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, 2007
BA, Communication, minor in Education and Applied Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004


How did you get here?
I am originally from the Bay Area (San Jose), but I found my way to Cal after nine years in Washington, DC. I was first introduced to the world of academic advising and student affairs during my time at UCSB as a peer advisor and orientation leader. In those roles, I discovered my passion for advising/counseling and decided to pursue a career in higher education. After taking a year off (one of the best decisions I've made in my life, I highly recommend taking time off after graduation!), I moved to Michigan for graduate school and decided to head east after finishing my MSW, which led me to DC. Ever since leaving California, my goal was to return to the UC system and build a life-long career with the institution. In 2016, I bid farewell to our nation's capital (after a handshake from Obama: true story), and moved back to fulfill my dream of working at Cal!


About me:
I am a yogi who loves a quotable quote, green smoothies, and making playlists. I am also a Health and Wellness Coach, primarily focused on helping people manage stress through mindfulness. When not at work, you can find me on a yoga mat or exploring the Bay Area food scene.


What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Your major is what you study, not what you do. Find what makes you happy and do that. Every day.