Arman Liwanag

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Academic Counselor

More about Arman Liwanag

My approach to advising is centered in fostering meaningful relationships with students, understanding their unique needs and aspirations, and equipping them with the tools to promote their holistic development as students, professionals, and change agents. I see advising as a collaborative process in which I will listen to you, support you, and hold you accountable to your goals and your overall wellness and success.

As a first-generation college student, navigating a large university was challenging at times. I wasn't clear on what requirements I had to satisfy, which office I needed to talk to, what resources were available to me, or how to pursue opportunities that would help me explore my academic, professional, and personal interests. As an Academic Counselor, I hope to be a "guaranteed human" on campus for my students, in which they feel like they have a trusted person to turn to when they have questions, are experiencing issues, need a reminder of their brilliance, want to explore resources and opportunities, or are just unsure of where to start. If I am not the best person to support them directly, then I will collaborate with them to identify the appropriate resource.

There is a long history of student and community activism at SF State. I am honored to support the success of these movers, shakers, and change-making Gators!

Learning from students! Our diverse Gators come with a wealth of knowledge, experiences, and cultural assets. As I support students in their growth, I am also growing in the process.

A class on Filipinx/a/o mythology—taught by another college student! SF State has similar classes taught by undergraduate students through the Experimental College (EXCO) program. Take an EXCO class or teach one of your own!

First and foremost, you belong here! College can feel overwhelming at times, and that is very normal. You are not alone! There are so many resources available to support your success. Ask for help and build your community!

Perfecting my mom's recipes; exploring cities through their food, hikes, cultural spaces, and public transportation; and listening to throwback and contemporary R&B.