Jessica's Story

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My name is Jessica Pineda and I am a graduate student in the M.S. School Counseling Program at Sacramento State. Upon graduation, I hope to obtain a job as a high school or community college counselor. As a counselor, I want to give back to the community, especially those students who are first-generation college students. Sacramento State has played a large role in making me who I am today through various opportunities such as: being a mentor for two undergraduate psychology students through the Prospects mentoring program; an advisor to students in the DEGREES project;  and now a Student Ambassador for the Admissions and Outreach Office. All of these experiences have offered me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and become the person I am today. 

I have two pieces of advice for incoming students. The first is to find your support group. A support group is essential to your college experience because they will be there to help you when life throws curve balls at you. Your support group can be your friends, family, professors, mentors, or fellow students who will be there throughout your college journey. My second piece of advice would be to make the most of your college experience. Don’t miss out on experiences like meeting new people, studying abroad, or joining a fraternity or sorority.