Eliot James Watson

Retention Specialist
College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Eliot Watson

Joined SF State in Oct 2017

What is your approach to advising?
I approach advising as a team effort. My role as the advisor is to provide the student not only with the information they seek, but also the resources and skills to find future information on their own if they prefer it. I always encourage students to utilize any and all advising resources on campus whenever they need to, but I also strive to empower students to think critically so that they can find their own answers as well. 


B.A. in Psychology, CSU Sacracmento
M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy, CSU Sacramento

How did you get here?
I long-board to work when the weather permits me to. Otherwise, I walk or take the Muni. 

What's your favorite part of your job?
As a Retention Specialist, my primary role is still to help students begin their college experience successfully. I get to work with primarily freshman and sophomore students to ensure that their transition to and through college is smooth so that they can ensure their eventual graduation. I help students plan future courses, find key resources on campus such as tutoring and self-care services. and eventually to apply for graduation. It is incredibly rewarding to help students attain a goal they have worked so hard to achieve. 

What's the best class you've ever taken?
During my undergraduate years I took a psychology course entitled "Stress Management." This course not only examined the psychology and physiology of stress, but also different types of stress (good and bad), techniques for limiting and managing stress in your life, and lifestyle practices which can contribute to a happier, less stressed life. My professor told us two of the biggest changes you can make to reduce stress in your life: exercise and meditate. I need to do both more. 

Most unusual job you ever had?
I once spent a day spinning a sign advertising a car sale.

About me (likes and hobbies)
I enjoy long-boarding, hiking, backpacking, camping, traveling, playing the piano, and Magic: The Gathering. My favorite TV show is Danger 5 and my favorite movie is Flash Gordon

What advice do you have for SF State Gators?
Get out there and get involved! In addition to providing fun and exciting new experiences, there is research that shows that more involvement on campus can make students more likely to stay in school, graduate, get better grades, and enjoy their college experience more.

email: eliotwatson@sfsu.edu