Darlene Mergillano

College Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
December 2014


What is your approach to advising?
I strive to be a resource for students in order to empower and assist them as they work to reach their ambitions.


Education:
M.S. Counseling, emphasis in Career Counseling, California State University, Sacramento
B.S. Child Development, California State University, Fresno


How did you get here?
After receiving my Bachelor's Degree, I moved to Sacramento to start my graduate program. Throughout my time in graduate school, I worked and interned in roles where I was able to provide academic advising, mentoring, and career counseling to students. I interned at the Career Center here at UC Berkeley during my last year of grad school and fell in love with this campus. After graduating, I worked as a major advisor for American Studies and Religious Studies. I am excited to now be a part of the wonderful team of L&S.


What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part is when students have "aha" moments of realization or insight!


About me:
I'm originally from the Central Valley. I love coffee, dogs, traveling, dancing, trying out new restaurants, and photography (although I'm still fairly amateur).


What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Make use of the many resources that the university has to offer. Also, enjoy the journey and make your time at Cal memorable!!


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