Advisor Profile - Elvia Sornoza

Elvia SornozaElvia Sornoza
IB Academic Advisor

Hometown: Pasadena, Ca

UC Riverside:
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Administration and Spanish
Northeastern University:
M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling

What I did/experiences before Cal? After college, I served two years with City Year Los Angeles and Boston. My first year as a corps member I did a lot of tutoring and mentoring for 6th grade students. As a senior corps member, I led a team of 9 corps members in their daily service. What I loved about this position was helping my corps members figure out their plans after their year of service. I enjoyed the conversations I had with them and the relationships I was building. This started my passion in advising, which then led me to get my masters from Northeastern University. During grad school, I worked at Babson College and Boston University. There I worked with students on academic probation, first generation students, and advising students on course plans. Once I graduated, I moved back to my home in California and started my job search. My job search led me to being the Intake Advisor for IB and MCB here at Cal! 

What you love about Cal and working in the USSO? It's been great that I have been able to work at Cal for a year and a half as the Intake Advisor. It really helped me learn a lot about IB, MCB and Cal in general. I chose to pursue a role in IB because I really enjoyed working with my colleagues in the USSO and have enjoyed working with IB and MCB students. I look forward to getting to meeting faculty and supporting IB students throughout their college careers.

Interests: Cooking, exploring new places in the Bay area, dancing, spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, hiking, Netflix, traveling and dreaming of it, listening to music, and reading a good book!

Life Motto: You do you!

Advisor Tip: Challenge yourself as much as possible. It's important to do well in college academically, but's it's also important to improve, grow and develop yourself throughout the process. Don't be afraid to do things you have never done before. If something doesn't turn out how you thought it would, brush it off and keep going. That just means there's something better out there waiting for you.