Student Retention & Graduation Specialist
Probation Program Co-Lead
Bio: Sophia received her B.S. in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with minors in Ethnic Studies and Asian Studies, and her M.A. from University of the Pacific in Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. She began her higher education career as an undergraduate student, having experience in TRIO/Student Support Services, multicultural affairs, career services, and academic support programs. Prior to joining ACCESS, Sophia was a retention specialist at a local community college supporting working adult students. Sophia comes from San Jose, CA and is excited to serve the members of her community by helping them achieve their academic goals.
Q and A
- What was your favorite class in undergrad?
I’ve had a couple of really great classes, so it’s hard to choose one. Most of my favorite classes had to do with my minors in ethnic studies and Asian studies. But outside of that, one of my favorite (GE) classes revolved around the origin of myths and the purpose of storytelling and mythology. We learned about the basic structures of myths and had to analyze modern stories for these patterns. I remember writing a paper on Tangled!
- What is the most unusual job you have ever had?
I was a public relations intern at an animal shelter while in college. In addition to handling their social media presence, I also wrote biographies for adoptable cats to post on the shelter’s website. The unusual part? Everything had to be in first person, as if I were the cat. It was probably the strangest, but most amusing and enjoyable thing I had to do!