LS Advising

Academic Difficulty

Factors That Can Contribute to Academic Difficulty

Whether the difficulty is an isolated incident involving a disappointing grade or personal circumstances that greatly impacted their academics, students need to address the factor(s) below that contributed to their experience and seek immediate help from resources and support on campus.  The following list, in addition to the Office of Undergraduate Advising, has some resources that can be utilized by students.

Clarissa Mark

Intake Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
October 2013


Education:
B.S. Psychology, Minor: Sociology, University of California, San Diego


What's your favorite part of your job?
Working at the front desk, I get to meet and interact with lots of students, parents, Peer Advisers, and L&S Staff every day!

Tavi Clark

Graduate Student Intern


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


Education:
Masters Candidate at San Francisco State University, MS in College and Career Counseling
BA in Theater and Psychology, Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts

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

Sonya Scott

College Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
1999


What is your approach to advising?
I approach each advising moment as a teachable moment.


Education:
MA, Career Development, John F. Kennedy University School of Management
BS, Business Administration, University of Southern California


How did you get here?
I've been working in higher education since 1990, as an Admission Counselor, Student Activities Coordinator, and Adviser at local colleges and universities.

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

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).


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

Darlene Mergillano

College Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
December 2014


What is your approach to advising?
I strive to be a resource for students in order to empower and assist them as they work to reach their ambitions.


Education:
M.S. Counseling, emphasis in Career Counseling, California State University, Sacramento
B.S. Child Development, California State University, Fresno

Paige A. Lee

College Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
March 1992


What is your approach to advising?
I have a student-centered approach. I like to encourage students to take control of their education. My job is to be their academic support and to help them realize their dreams.


Education:
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology
Ed. M., Counseling & Consulting Psychology, Harvard University
BA, Psychology, UC Berkeley