University of Hawai'i & San José State University
My career path to SF State:
I have always known that I wanted to help others. Since graduating from the University of Hawai'i and San Jose State University (SJSU), I have held various roles working with students from kindergarten to universities. I initially wanted to be a teacher and after two years of high school teaching, I realized that my preference was to work with students 1-on-1. You would be surprised to learn that I never thought of a career in higher education until I landed an internship with the Student Life Center at SJSU. I was working towards a masters degree to become a high school counselor and discovered the world of student affairs. The internship led to a full-time Activities Coordinator position and my career path pivoted. Subsequently, I have held positions in student life, alumni relations and for the last 11+ years in career services. I started my time at SF State in Nov. 2016 when I was hired as your Associate Director for Career Services & Leadership Development (CSLD).
First Job/ Weirdest Job/ Worst Job:
I landed my first job when I was in high school because of my mom. Her client owned T&C Surf Design and asked her about job opportunities. A month later, I applied, interviewed and landed a Customer Service Associate position with the surf shop. Lesson learned: even mom's have a network.
What I like to do on the weekends:
In addition to walking Haukea (my dog), I enjoy dancing Hula & Tahitian, reading, watching reality shows, sewing and finding new DIY projects to do around the house.
Top Advice For A New Student:
Learn to appreciate networking and don't wait until you graduate to build one. Start TODAY! No one said it was easy, and many say it's even a little scary. Networking has many benefits from opening doors to new opportunities to developing mutually beneficial, long-lasting relationships. Stay active on professional social media platforms like LinkedIn and make it a part of your weekly schedule to connect with others. What do you have to lose?
Top 5 strengths:
Responsibility ∙ Achiever ∙ Maximizer ∙ Individualization ∙ Arranger
NACE - National Association of Colleges & Employers & Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California