Heidi Church

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
November 2017

Education:
B.S. in Recreation Administration, CSU, Chico, 2010
Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2017

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Have the courage to explore the random things that interest you. Explore your interests both inside and outside of the classroom; so much of the value of college comes from the learning experiences you'll have outside of the classroom. Get to know people that are different from you; you'll find they aren't so different. Don't compare yourself to others; just do you.

Most unusual job you ever had:
After college I worked for an environmental education program in Bangkok, Thailand. I led field trips for school groups aboard an old rice barge that was converted into a floating classroom. During our busy season, I lived aboard the boat five days a week, teaching school groups about the riverine ecology of the Chao Phraya watershed. I loved the adventure of it, but sharing the living space on the boat with 25 school children was a challenge.

How did you get here?
My path has been non-linear and full of detours to explore my many varied interests. Studying abroad in college was really transformative for me and led me to opportunities as a student to work for my university's study abroad and international student services offices. It was those experiences that helped me realize how much I enjoyed helping students get the most out of their college years and connecting them to people and resources that made our campus feel like a more welcoming community. I've lived, studied, and worked abroad in Italy and Thailand, worked in education settings from kindergarten to college, and worked as an international student advisor in the Bay Area for 4.5 years. In 2016, I left my position with the Berkeley International Office to pursue graduate studies exploring big questions about the future of higher education and the intersections of technology and education. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be working with Cal students yet again and looking forward to supporting you in exploring your own big questions and educational goals!

About me: I'm a proud NorCal native from Yuba City, California. I'm a multi-passionate person who still doesn't know what her major is. I love exploring new places, cultural exchange, language study, and geeking out on all things related to teaching, learning, and our educational systems. When I'm not on campus, you'll find me hiking, biking, yoga-ing, and traveling around the Bay Area and Northern California.
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