Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in March 2019
M.Ed., Student Affairs, UCLA, 2014
B.A., Psychology, UC San Diego, 2013
B.A., Human Development, UC San Diego, 2013
What is your approach to advising?
Rather than being transactional, I try to get to know you and your interests, so I can personalize each advising session. I listen to everyone with and open mind and heart because everyone is on their own (potentially difficult) life journeys.
How did you get here?
I knew I wanted to work in education, but did not know specifically if I wanted to go into student affairs or the elementary/high school route. I met a career counselor along the way (later to became one of my college mentors!) and pretty much got me hooked on a career in student affairs. During my undergraduate years, I was highly involved in a lot of extra- and co-curricular experiences outside the classroom, like being involved in student government, doing undergraduate research, sitting on a student conduct board, being an orientation leader, etc. These experiences helped me enter graduate school at UCLA right after UC San Diego. I completed the master of education in student affairs program there and that helped me land a full-time job in residential life (i.e. managing college dorms and RAs) at Johnson & Wales University at Denver, Colorado. I continued that for 2 years before moving to Chico, California doing a similar full-time job (with a student conduct focus) at Chico State for another 2.5 years. I decided to venture outside the residential life world and into the academic advising world which landed me with my current employment at UC Berkeley!
I am born and raised in Sacramento, California and obtained both undergraduate and graduate educations in the UC system. I am happy to return to the system that has given me so much. I was also a first-generation college student which informed how I first navigated the UC system. I speak English and Spanish fluently (or at least I like to think so), and trying to re-learn French at the beginner level. I took one-year at UC San Diego. Once you get to know me, some adjectives people use to describe me are: patient, kind, empathetic, quirky, attentive to details, conversational, and humorous/facetious. Other than those adjectives, I love taking walks and hiking, exploring new coffee places, binge watching Netflix/Hulu shows, going out to movies/hanging out with friends, board games, video games, politics, exploring new cultures, etc. You can usually find me in my office – feel free to get to know me in person or through email!
What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Do not take your time here for granted – it will fly by! Take advantage of the excellent faculty here by going to office hours, explore and try out some undergraduate research opportunities, and other extracurricular activities like clubs and sports. Personally, one of my regrets in college is not studying abroad, so if you have the means to do it, do it!