Sara Veverka

College Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
August 2007


What is your approach to advising?
A student-centered approach that emphasizes each individual's academic success and personal development.


Education:
M.A., Counseling, St. Mary's College
B.A. in Liberal Studies, CSU Chico


How did you get here?
My passion for working with students began during my time as an undergraduate. Preparing for a career in Special Education, I was given the opportunity through various paid and internship positions to mentor and provide support to students with a broad range of physical, psychological and learning disabilities, ages k-12. Upon completion of my Bachelors in Liberal Studies and exposure to the post-secondary school population through a position at a local college counseling center, I made the decision to instead pursue a Masters in Counseling, integrating in coursework that addressed counseling and instructing students with disabilities. Over the course of the past six years, I have advised students at the community college, undergraduate and graduate levels. I also taught, and continue to teach courses within the community college system in topics related to College Study Skills, Orientation to New Students, Career Planning and Assessment and Academic Probation. In a non-academic setting, I have counseled dislocated workers and individuals seeking a career change in the field of Workforce Development and served as Lead Birthparent Intake Counselor for a private open adoption agency.


What's your favorite part of your job?
I have especially enjoyed advising the re-entry and transfer student populations. My admiration and appreciation of this group of students originate with my mom Sherry, who over the course of several years of attending community college part-time, transferred to Berkeley and completed her bachelor's degree at the age of 50.


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


What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson