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Academic Advising Student Interns


Major: Social Work
Minor: Inter-Disciplinary Minor in Global Development Studies

Hometown: Hamilton City, CA

After many years in the workforce, Anna had the opportunity to change paths and return to school to finish her education.  Anna is currently a senior at Chico State working toward finishing a B.A. in Social Work. Her goal is to continue into the Graduate Program in Social Work and apply her experiences in a career that would be focused on assisting returning, non-traditional students, much like her to be successful in higher education.  Along with joining the Academic Advising Programs in January 2014 as an Intern, she has also been involved in many clubs and organizations on campus.  Two in particular, L.E.A.D. (Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers) and the Student Association for Social Work have allowed her to work with diverse student populations where she has had the opportunity to advocate for students in helping them achieving their educational goals.


Major: Anthropology
Minor: Food Studies

Hometown: Ventura, CA

Dana is currently a second year at Chico State.  She joined the Academic Advising Programs as an intern in the spring of 2015 and hopes to obtain a BA in Anthropology.  Since being here at Chico, she has been involved in Up 'Til Dawn, LeadCat, and C.A.V.E. programs, such as Special Pals and weekend emersion trips.  Dana’s hobbies include volleyball, listening to music, arts and crafts, hiking, and spending time with friends outdoors.


Major: Recreation Administration: Event Management
Minor: Photographic Studies

Hometown: Redding, CA

Jessica is a 4th year student at Chico State. She is the first person in her family to attend college and hopes to be the first to graduate from college. She is majoring in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Event Management where she hopes to work in large scale events. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority on campus and has held many leadership positions within her sorority. She loves Chico's many opportunities for outdoor activities. When she isn't at work or in class she is hiking with her puppy in Upper Bidwell. Some of the things that she can't live without are peanut butter, cheesecake, and adventure. She hopes to become a helping hand for students of all variations through Academic Advising and be able to learn more about advising.


Major: Psychology
Minor: Child Development

Hometown: Olivehurst, CA

KaoLee is a transfer student from Butte College. With a junior standing class level here at CSU, Chico, she is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. KaoLee joined Academic Advising as an intern in Spring 2015. She is eager to help students excel and achieve their academic career. With the help and support that she has received from many advisers, KaoLee is inspired to assist students and help them achieve their goals in education.  KaoLee is striving to become a school counselor because she wants to make a positive difference in students’ lives. Outside from school, KaoLee enjoys going on hikes and hanging out at coffee shops with her family and friends. She also is optimistic about joining the Peace Corps one day.


Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Health Promotion

Hometown: Benicia, CA

Kendall transferred to CSU, Chico and is currently in her final year. She chose her major because she loves interacting with others and strives to promote the strengthening of communication skills and a healthy lifestyle. Coming to Chico as a first-generation, low income transfer student, she felt lost and alone. Taking initiative, building relationships, and becoming involved is her best advice. Her educational experience has driven her to guide students in a successful direction with her motivational attitude and knowledge of campus resources. In the last year she has been involved and served leadership roles in many organizations on campus including REACH, First-Year Experience, and Upward Bound. Through her educational experience, she has developed skills working with a diverse population of students. Her future goals are to attend graduate school and ultimately snag a career where she can explore the Pacific Northwest and record her travels. After travelling, she would love to instruct or advise at a college. Kendall enjoys trailblazing, stargazing, yoga, and crafting. She is passionate about helping others succeed academically, emotionally, and physically.


Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Lauren is currently in her second year at CSU, Chico and joined the Academic Advising Programs as an intern in Spring 2014. Her goal for the future is to obtain a masters or doctorate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and work with children in a clinical setting. Lauren is an absolute animal lover and coffee connoisseur. She also loves hiking, spending time with friends and family, baking, and dancing.


Major: Sociology

Hometown: Orland, CA

Robert is a first generation college student and is a part of EOP.  His inspirations come from the advisors that he met during his Summer Bridge experience, and during that time, it sparked his interest in helping other students.  He strives to be an advisor in the future to help students find their paths in college.  Since working in Academic Advising Programs, he has found passion in working in higher education and hopes to one day to pursue this passion after earning his undergraduate degree.  In September 2014, his passion for helping students led him to sit on the council for Diversity Affairs. His hope is to promote diversity on our campus and to get students to become more involved.  His short term goal is to graduate and continue on helping people in any way shapes and form.


Major: Communication Studies, Option in Public Affairs
Minor: Ethics, Justice, and Policy Studies

Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe

Thembi is a senior at Chico State.  She was born and raised in Africa and still follows the values and traditions of her culture.  She is majoring in communications and has goals of becoming a host on ENews!  Along with broadcasting, she has a niche for the law.  She was the Vice President for CSU Chico’s African Student Union, and sits on the Associated Students’ Diversity and Affairs Council.  Thembi joined the Academic Advising Program as an Intern in Spring 2015 and loves the friendly environment of the office, as well as her co-workers.  Her favorite pastimes include reading, swimming, dancing, and hanging out with friends and family.


Major: Liberal Studies and Child Development

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Savannah joined Academic Advising Programs as an intern in January 2014, and is currently in her third year at CSU, Chico. She is involved in many clubs and organizations on campus including First Year Experience, For Kids at The Turner, and Up ‘til Dawn. Her future goals are to attend graduate school to complete a Master’s degree, and ultimately become a college professor. Savannah enjoys learning, traveling, yoga, hiking and animals.


Major: Psychology & Spanish

Hometown: Willow, CA

Viviana is a first generation college student who is a TRIO student as well as an EOP student. Being part of these programs has inspired Viviana to work with college students and help them succeed and achieve a higher education. She plans to graduate from Chico State with a degree in Social Sciences, Spanish, and Latin American Studies and continue her education in Higher Education. Viviana became an intern at Academic Advising Programs in January 2013. Viviana is involved in many different clubs and organizations on campus. She loves meeting new people, learning about different cultures, as well as being involved on campus and the community.