Assistant Director/Academic Counselor
What is your approach to advising?
My primary goal is to help a student succeed academically and graduate from SF State. That said, how useful is a degree to a student who is lost personally and professionally? I therefore like to help students come up with action steps to make progress in all facets of their lives.
UC Davis, Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Psychology, Rhetoric and Communications
SFSU, Master of Science in Counseling, Dual Concentration: College and Marriage, Family, Child Counseling
How did you get here?
I always had a passion for helping people. It was about finding out which field I would work in. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, I did peer advising and have never left the counseling field.
What's your favorite part of your job?
I love to talk to students and see them grow, not only academically, but also in all aspects of whom they are.
What's the best class you've ever taken?
I don’t know if I would say it was the best, but it was memorable. At UC Davis, Professor Dean Keith Simonton taught a Genius and Creativity psychology class. The topic was interesting. He was an excellent professor and I took it with a good friend. What else could you ask for in a class?
Most unusual job you ever had?
I haven’t had any really unusual jobs. I have worked as front desk at a fitness center and cashier at the SFSU bookstore.
About me (likes and hobbies)
Go Giants and Warriors! I love sports and the Bay Area teams, including our poor 49ers. I like to play basketball the most and try to fit that in once a week on top of spending time with family.
What advice do you have for SF State Gators?
Try and make time for everything. College isn’t just a time to work on your degree. It’s the time to grow personally. You learn about yourself, what is important to you, what you want in life and maybe where you want to get to in life. You don’t do this by studying all the time. You do need to study, but also make some time to hang out with friends, try new activities, work or volunteer in a field that might be interesting and so on. Your options are unlimited!