Taylor Colunga

TaylorM.A. in Education (Counseling and Student Personnel), San José State University



What is your approach to advising?
My approach to advising is situational! This allows me to change my advising style to meet each individual student's needs. I try to make advising sessions not just about academics, but rather an opportunity to discuss any aspect of the student's life. 

What's your favorite part of your job?
By far, the best part of my job in the Center is watching students achieve their goals. Although the size of the goal may vary, and one of the most common goals is graduation, it is always rewarding to watch students accomplish what they set their mind to. Achieving goals is not always easy, so being able to watch individuals grow is by far my favorite. 

What advice do you have for SJSU Spartan Undergraduates?

  • Get involved, especially if you live off-campus. 
  • Come in for academic advising! We are here to help you with any challenges you may face while at SJSU, both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Be punctual. Being late to class is unacceptable. Being late to an internship may get you fired.
  • Avoid watching TV, especially binge watching (unless it is Game of Thrones). 
  • Build yourself, not your resume. 
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help! We all need help in some way or another.
  • Get familiar with the campus' resources.
  • Lastly, you are amazing. Just remember to tell yourself that. 

What’s the most unusual job you've ever had?
Although this job is not unusual, I used to work at an ice cream shop and scoop ice cream all day! It was a great job because free ice cream is always wonderful. 

What's the best class you've ever taken?
It is a three-way tie between "Quantitative Research Methods", "Trauma Counseling" and "Education and Career Plan.”  

About me (likes and hobbies)

  • Chocolate 
  • Cooking Clean (meal prep)
  • Hanging out with friends (other people energize me - I am a huge extrovert) 
  • Ice Cream
  • Conversations
  • Learning (it should never stop)