Academic Counselor/Coordinator for Students in Transition
More about Joe Benjamin
B.A. Interdisciplinary Science (a mix of Astrophysics/Earth Sciences—modelled after the S.E.T.I. Project), San Francisco State University
M.A. Education: Educational Technology Leadership Emphasis, CSU Hayward
I believe in meeting students halfway—meaning that advisors may show them the tools, resources and strategies for success, but the student has to also invest in their own success by learning and comprehending those methods.
Started off as an SFSU Orientation Peer Advisor (AKA "GatorAider"), taught high school chemistry and biophysical science, then came back as a full-time academic advisor for the UAC and Orientation Office once more—making a complete circle!
Sharing my years of experience makes me feel that I am teaching and/or sharing something that a student can immediate use to further their success-whether it would be a tip, a strategy or a resource that is otherwise overlooked by others. At times when I notice that spark ignite in a student's eyes indicates to me that something "clicked" at the moment- possibly redirecting a critical life-choice or pathway.
Working one-on-one with the students—building a rapport with them over time, seeing them through the rough spots when needed, and finally, receiving the declaration that they are about to graduate. I still hear from a lot from my former students on social media that have moved on and have shared many career and family successes.
A "Space, Time & Relativity" physics course I took from Dr. Posin—a professor that not only borrowed Einsteins teachings, but also his hair style! Dr. Posin actually met Einstein and may have studied under him for a time.
Running a pen and paper role-playing game with eight kids full-time for a week in the summer. Or, working on an assembly line at the NUMMI car factory (Fremont, CA) for two summers while as an undergraduate.
BUILD YOUR SUCCESS TEAM! Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive individuals—but DO NOT create a "bubble"! At the same time, venture out of your comfort zone to explore ideas and experiences would normally pass you by. GET INVOLVED! Immerse yourself in whatever you have passion for—this is the fuel you need to carry you through a successful career and a happier life.
Science, cosmology, conscience and existential philosophy, life hacks, inspirational quotes, alternative education, game development, industrial design, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres, and pen & paper role-playing games (inquire, if interested!) I am also interested in making YouTube videos on Keto recipes.