Edward Free

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
July 1994

What is your approach to advising?
I believe there is a difference between a degree and an education.
I try to help students find that difference and make that difference. My goal is to assist students to ask questions of themselves, of Cal and the world and to find answers.
As a first generation college student, I'm especially concerned about helping students move beyond assumptions and towards making a plan of action, exploration and application.
I am unrepentantly enthusiastic about the opportunities individuals will discover once action and reflection are given a persistent trial.

M.A. Education, Counseling and Student Personnel, San Jose State University, 1996
B.A. Social Science, San Jose State University, 1983

How did you get here?
By BART...
I started working with Developmentally Disabled adults and then worked with the San Jose Job Corps doing vocational assessment.
In 1986, I found a job as a house parent for an elementary boarding school while pursuing my graduate education. I additionally worked as a Resident Adviser while in grad school at SJSU. Later I was an admission/recruitment officer for a professional health college.
I worked for 10 years at CSU East Bay's branch campus as an academic adviser and eventually as the Coordinator of Academic Services.
In 2004 I began work at Cal. I have worked as a College Adviser in Letters and Science as well as a Career Counselor in the Career Center.

What's your favorite part of your job?
Helping students figure out how to help themselves identify and actualize their goals.

What's the best class you've ever taken?
Social Psychology

About me:
Come and find out.

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Live a life of daring adventure (H. Keller), adaptability is essential for survival (C. Darwin) and do good (J. Wesley)."