Psychology and Social Behavior, Education Sciences
La Puente, CA
CampusWide Honors Program Volunteer, Dream Scholars Mentor, Dreamers Advocate Program - Gala Committee Communications Intern, Higher Education Through Peer Empowerment for Undocumented Students (HOPE.4.US) Mentor, Kappa Delta Pi Vice President (New Chapter on campus), Mt. San Antonio College High School Outreach Intern Specialist, Peer Academic Advising, SOAR Center Outreach Advisory Committee (OAC), SOAR Pathways Peer Educators Coordinator, SOAR Student Initiative Mentorship Program (SIMP) Coordinator, UCI SOAR Center Retention Coordinator, Undergraduate Teaching Assistance, Undocumented Student Programs Intern
Who is someone that has had a positive impact on you?
At UCI, I have been Impacted by my Professor Dr. Joanne Zinger from the School of Social Ecology. She was one of my first professors at UCI and immediately made me feel engaged and connected to the material. Dr. Zinger is always so helpful and available for her students and goes above and beyond to help. She has helped me grow as a student and a professional by giving me the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for one of her courses. This position allowed me to realize the passion I have for teaching. She has also impacted me by guiding me and mentoring me through my Honors Senior Thesis.
How has UCI helped shaped your aspirations?
UCI has blessed me with so many amazing opportunities to grow as a student and as a professional. There are so many opportunities that UCI has to offer that allows you to grain such valuable experience. The Peer Academic Advising Program is just such a wonderful program that has given me the opportunity to counsel and meet with students individually and help them meet their academic goals. This position has allowed me to discover the passion that I have for counseling students and has sparked my interest in pursuing a Master’s Program in Academic Counseling. UCI also offers such unique and amazing majors. I specifically chose to come to UCI because of the unique Psychology and Social Behavior Major and Field Study Component. I was able to gain professional experience and find my passion in Student Affairs while completing my Field Study for the School of Social Ecology. Additionally, the SOAR Center on campus has shaped my passion for battling the issues we face on campus and in higher education related to retention! Being a Retention Coordinator allows me to play my part in combating the issue of low retention rates for our underrepresented and underserved communities by creating, implanting, and running two new programs.