Jessica Shillings

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Riverside.

M.S. in Educational Counseling from California State University, Bakersfield



What is your approach to advising?
I truly believe you are the expert on your own life. You are the only one who can educate me about your unique goals, successes and challenges. I simply add my listening ear and knowledge of university policy/resources to the conversation. This is your college experience and you are the only one who can earn your degree. You don’t have to do this alone though!

Working as a team, I will help you break down obstacles and identify a tailored list of resources that can best serve you. I also want to celebrate your victories with you and help you take advantage of all the opportunities this campus has to offer.

You will walk away from our office with a clear roadmap for success that is in balance with the other aspects of you life and gets you to where you ultimately want to be when you leave us.

What advice do you have for SJSU Spartan Undergraduates?
Whatever you do with your time here at SJSU, remember that college is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that goes by so quickly! Make the most of everything this incredible university has to offer. Be brave! Meet new people, try new experiences, challenge your beliefs and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Your classes must come first, but don’t forget to seek out multiple internship/volunteer opportunities that speak to your interests. This kind of experience is one of the best ways to meet potential employers and land that job after graduation.

The most unusual job I’ve ever had…
Immediately after I graduated from college, I was hired as a reporter for a very small community newspaper. My job was to write about the activity of the local city council. Having to attend city council meetings about road repair and recycling service might sound boring, but I quickly realized that it is our local elected leaders that make many of the “small” decisions that most directly impact our lives. Moral of the story: Don’t forget to make your voice heard at the local level! Make sure you know who your council members are and don’t forget to vote!