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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: M.A. in Psychology - Applied Psychology/School Psychology (Pupil Personnel Services Credential)

Hometown: Gridley and Oroville, CA

Throughout his college experience, Doua has worked with CSU, Chico's Upward Bound as a Resident Advisor and the Student Office Assistant. With his experience working with first generation/low income high school students within Upward Bound, he developed an interest in being a part of helping college students succeed in higher education. He completed his B.A. at CSU, Chico in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. He is currently a graduate student for the School Psychology/PPS program at CSU, Chico. His career goal is to become a school psychologist or school counselor. Doua's hobbies include outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, camping and sightseeing.


Major: M.S. in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy

Hometown: Originally from Oroville, CA but considers Chico her hometown

Jane completed her B.A. at CSU, Chico in Social Science with emphases in Child Development and Family Relations. She is excited about interning with Academic Advising because she is able to combine her two passions of counseling and education. She loves helping others and is looking forward to gaining experience toward her career goals while helping other students work towards their own academic and career goals. When not busy with school and homework, Jane enjoys spending time in the park with her fiance and their 2 dogs. She also loves spending time with family and friends, hiking, reading and watching movies.


Major: Psychology and Multicultural and Gender Studies

Hometown: Valencia, CA

Jordan is a third year student at Chico State. She is double majoring in Psychology and Multicultural and Gender Studies with an option in Women’s Studies. Jordan is a passionate activist and feminist. She interned at the GSEC for two semesters. Jordan is a current member of the Event Funding Allocation Council and the Multicultural Affairs Council and has ran both cross country and track for Chico State. Jordan joined the Academic Advising team because she wants to help students on campus thrive throughout their education.


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: Business Administration, option in Accounting

Hometown: born in Chico, CA; raised in Statesville, NC and Oroville, CA

Samantha has goals of attaining her CPA license after graduation to further her future career path as an accountant. She is also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization to financial information students and professionals. Samantha joined Academic Advising Programs as an Intern in January 2013. She enjoys helping and seeing her peers succeed by providing resources and guidance to help them achieve their educational goals. Aside from being a part of Academic Advising Programs, she also works for the Student Learning Center. Samantha studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand in fall 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.


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: Sociology

Hometown: born in Red Bluff, CA; raised in Gerber, CA

Vanessa was born in the small town of Red Bluff, and raised in an even smaller town known as Gerber. She is the oldest of two. She began CSU, Chico in Fall 2010, and found the right major for her in Fall 2012. She hopes to obtain a BA in Sociology and then go on to receive her master’s degree and work as an Academic Advisor, or within the student center. She has now entered the first semester of her senior year and looking back she has enjoyed every moment at CSU, Chico. Since being here at CSU, Chico, she has been involved in C.A.V.E, and holds the social chair position for ETSA. She has had opportunities to also work for C.A.V.E as a tutor to K-12 students, the Marketplace Café, and she is also working for the Office of Admissions as a Public Contact. She has been enjoying every opportunity and resource that CSU, Chico has given her.


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.


Major: Business Administration, option in Human Resources Management

Hometown: Gilroy, CA

Yanina is the first in her family to go to college, making her a first generation and low income college student. Through her experiences, she understands many difficulties students like her may face. Yanina chose to be an advising intern to provide help and support to many of her peers. She is also a student of the Educational Opportunity Program. Yanina's ultimate goal is to be the first in her family to graduate from college.