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First Year Experience

Meet the FYE team!

Academic Counselors

John Noyola

 

Full Name: John Noyola

College/University/Grad School: Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD); California State University Long Beach (CSULB); University of Southern California (USC)

Major/Degree Associate of Arts- Liberal Arts: Behavior and Social Sciences; Bachelor of Arts: Political Science; Master of Education in Educational Counseling.

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE Student: Think outside the box! Embrace your new educational journey, new challenges will arise that will lead to personal growth. Lastly don't be afraid to ask for help, you will need a support group (friends & Family) to get you through the tough times. 

 

Coordinator

Tatevik

Full Name: Tatevik Melkumyan

College/University/Grad School: Glendale Community College (GCC), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC)

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE Student: Get involved on campus and utilize campus resources!

 

 

 

 

Success Coaches

Albert Alas

 

Full Name: Albert Alas

College/University/Grad School: University of California Irvine (UCI), University of Southern California (USC)

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Drama, Masters of Education in Educational Counseling (In Progress)

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE Students: The path that you start will change and grow the same way you will throughout your experiences. Give yourself the benefit that the choices you’re making are for your best and support will always be available to you whenever you need it, all you have to do is ask.

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Full Name: Emily Menjivar

College/University/Grad School: Glendale Community College (GCC), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC)

Major/Degree: Associates of Arts in Sociology, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies, Master of Education in Educational Counseling (in progress)

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE students: Be kind to yourself. Remember that this is YOUR journey. This is not a race and it doesn’t matter how you get to the finish line. Accomplishing your educational and career goals should come at your own pace. Utilize your resources and if you are unsure about what resources are available to you, ask us. You have a support system here ready to help you achieve your goals!

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Full Name: Brian Castillo

 

College/University/Grad School: CSU Northridge, CSU Los Angeles

 

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o Studies & Sociology, Master of Sociology (in-progress)

 

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE students: Everyone goes through their ups and downs, some more severe than others, but the fact that you remain dedicated to school shows how devoted you are. Acknowledge that you are able to overcome barriers, envision your success, and manifest your future! Only you can decide what you want for yourself. Make connections in school, utilize the resources offered, practice self-care, stay focused & strong! Motivate yourself, become your own support, but let’s not forget, WE ARE HERE TO HELP TOO! Remain Diligent Students!

 

Aylin Solis

 

Full Name: Aylin Solis

 

College/University/Grad School: 

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Southern California (USC)

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, Master of Education in Educational Counseling (In progress)

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE students: Remember this is YOUR journey, which is unique to only you. You will have ups and downs but what matters is that you keep trying. This is the time to explore what you want to do with your future, it might click right away, or it may take some time. The important thing to remember is to do what is best for you. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help because we are all here to help you along your journey. 

 
GEAR UP Success Coaches

Claudia

Full Name: Claudia Montalvan

College/University/Grad School: LA City College, CSU Dominguez Hills, Mount Saint Mary's University

Major/Degree: Associate of Arts in Psychology and Human Services, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Maser of Science in General Counseling (in progress)

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE students: The secret to getting ahead is getting started. Don't leave things for last minute and don't give up. Stay close to your professors and make friends so you all can create study grouups. Reach out for help!

 

Student Workers

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Full Name: Jose Chavez

College/University/Grad School: LA City College

Major/Degree: Computer Technology (AS)

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE students: Take advantage of the resources available. Do not be afraid to ask for assitance, we are here to help you!

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Full Name: Edder Garcia

College/University/Grad School: (Current) Los Angeles City College, (Transferring) CSU Long Beach

Piece of advice for FYE/SYE students: College is more than achieving academic excellence; interacting with people, and making connections is crucial. Employees are looking for people that have superb communication and social skills along with being a person that can work well with others. Strive to improve every day.