Jean Nguyen

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
January 2015

What is your approach to advising?
I have a holistic approach – I like to get to know students and what their goals and motivations are to see what I can do for them beyond just advising them academically. I also believe humor can go a long way (in appropriate situations of course).

B.A. Psychology & Social Behavior, UC Irvine
M.A. Higher Education Administration, New York University

How did you get here?
I was a staff member on UC Irvine's orientation staff for two years and thoroughly enjoyed working with both incoming and current students as well as the professional staff. After graduating, I sort of stumbled upon the graduate program at NYU while I was job hunting and decided to give the application a shot. I worked with undergraduate student activities at both NYU and Pratt Institute during my program, and then after graduating, I advised graduate business students at Pace University in NYC. I wanted to get back into working with undergrads (and back to the west coast!), so here I am today at L&S.

What's the best class you've ever taken?
I would say it’s a tie between Drugs & the Brain and a history class on Latin America & the Caribbean

About me:
I'm from southern California but spent most of my post-college adult life in NYC, so the Bay Area is a happy medium. I drink iced coffee year round, have a German Shepherd mix mutt named Murray, and have a ton of trivial knowledge in my head like being able to recite all the US states in alphabetical order (learned in elementary school).

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
In the first half of my undergraduate career I took classes all over campus in different departments just to get a taste of everything and to see what I really enjoyed. I encourage students to explore any areas that interest them because you never know what you may be really drawn to or naturally skilled in. It also doesn’t hurt to just keep learning.

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