Briana Chavez

Education
B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Film, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

What is your approach to advising?
My approach to advising is to be an active listener and an empathetic supporter. I've learned that the best way to support an individual is not only by listening to what they're saying, but also to make an effort to understand them and how they're feeling.


What is the best class you've ever taken?
The best class I have ever taken has to be my Film class from one year ago called Romantic Comedy. It was taught by one of my most favorite professors here and involved a lot of watching famous romantic comedies in history, analyzing how they've changed over time, and having conversations with the class about love, romance, marriage, and just being able to share our own experiences. In this class, I actually wrote a 7 page paper on why 50 First Dates is an awful movie (never thought I'd do that).


What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Ask questions! Even if we don't know the answer, we'll help you look for one or refer you to a department that does. We want to be as helpful as possible, so even if you just need to talk things over that you're not 100% sure about, we can help you out! I also recommend taking as many classes as you can that interest you; you may find an undiscovered passion you have in something completely different from your intended major.