Where are you from and what do you miss most about home?
I was born in Gilroy, California of immigrant parents from Mexico. What I miss most about California is the beach and being closer to my family down there.
What is your field of work and how did you choose this path?
As a First-Generation, non-traditional, and transfer student, college was always an adventure for me. I started my college education at Central Community College (CCC) with a specific major in mind and knowing that I wanted to help people, however after going through some time of career exploration I decided to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a degree in Psychology at the University of Nebraska Omaha. My goal has always been to help people, so I decided to take my Psychology major into and an advising and counseling role, so I continued my education and completed a masters in Higher Education Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Now, I get to work with college students in their career development and help them make informed decisions about their career pursuits.
What experience has helped you grow the most?
As a college student I was heavily involved in student organizations. This helped me get out of my comfort zone, gain leadership skills, and make connections on campus . I joined a Latina based sorority and took leadership roles within that organization. I also was part of the executive team for the Multicultural Greek Council on campus where I worked closely with other student leaders. These experiences allowed me to gain confidence when making connections on or off campus as well as develop a professional work ethic that I now carry on to my career.
What is one piece of advice you would give to international students around career development?
Be patient and persistent. While finding career opportunities as an international student can be challenging, it is not impossible. Start early, stay organized, make connections, and allow yourself the time needed to be successful in your search. Get connected with a career coach early and meet with them often to help you better prepare and stay on track to achieve your career goals.