Elizabeth Olin

College Project/Policy Analyst


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
2004-2009, 2012-present


What is your approach to advising?
I believe that every student has the potential to succeed at Berkeley. I am here to help students find their strengths and passions, and to guide them through their educational journey at UC Berkeley.


Education:
BA, Anthropology & History, UC Berkeley


How did you get here?
I stumbled on my student affairs career path by becoming an L&S student peer adviser for a couple of years while working during college. Since then, I have held a number of positions at the College, worked at the UC Berkeley Academic Senate to round out my experience with campus regulations and policies, and returned to the College to work more with students.


What's your favorite part of your job?
My primary job is an analyst to the College and I love the opportunity to explore new ways to connect with students and to improve their College experiences. When advising, I enjoy helping students succeed. Sometimes college can be a rocky path, but seeing students overcome those challenges is highly rewarding.


Most unusual job you ever had?
This is not particularly unusual, but my only other job outside of student affairs was working at See's Candies all throughout high school. I could eat all the chocolate I wanted while working since it helped us describe the candies and figure out what customers wanted. To this day, I can still identify most See's Candies chocolates in the mixed boxes.


What's the best class you've ever taken
I loved all my classes at Berkeley! I would narrow it down to my top three: Anthropology N133 (Archaeological Field Methods) where I participated in an archaeological excavation on the campus where the Starr East Asian Library now sits, Anthropology C160 (Forms of Folklore) taught by the famous and hilarious late Professor Alan Dundes, and History 101 (Research, Writing) where I wrote my History thesis and learned to engage in original research as an undergraduate student.


About me:
I am a SoCal native who loved Berkeley so much that I stayed here after graduating college. In my spare time, I like to cook and go bird watching. You will often find me walking around campus staring up into the trees looking for birds. I also enjoy gaming since I grew up on the 80's and 90's Nintendo consoles. Lately I have been more involved in PC gaming and am always trying to keep up with the latest gaming experience.


What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
1. Take care of yourself. Remember to sleep, eat well, and exercise.
2. Use those office hours! We have amazing faculty and graduate students, and you have the opportunity to work with the most brilliant minds in all subject areas. Take advantage of this and make those valuable connections while you can.
3. Enroll in a class outside your comfort zone that interests you. One of my more memorable courses was not in my major, but was taken as a breadth requirement. The knowledge I gained from that experience still serves me well to this day.