Vanessa Solorio '25
Hometown: Oxnard, California
CSUN activities: Outreach Internship Program
Hi there! My name is Vanessa and I am a graduate assistant with the Student Outreach and Recruitment center at CSUN. I graduated from Oxnard Community College in 2020 with my Associate Degree for Transfer in 2020. I then transferred to CSUN to complete my bachelors in psychology and graduated in 2022. Currently, I am part of the College Counseling and Student Services master’s program at CSUN and am expected to graduate in 2025. My goal is to become an academic advisor in a community college or California state university. As a first generation college student, I understand how difficult navigating college can be. Therefore, I want to be a support to students and help them the same way counselors helped me throughout my college career.
My favorite part about CSUN has to be the Oasis Wellness Center. Balancing school, work, family, and personal relationships can get pretty stressful. So, I love stopping by the Oasis to relax in a massage chair, study in their essential oil infused study room, or take a seat outside in their garden.
I chose to apply to Student Outreach and Recruitment because I wanted to learn more about CSUN while honing in on my counseling and interpersonal skills. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I had very little experience on campus. Therefore, I saw working at SOAR as the perfect opportunity to learn more about what CSUN has to offer. I also wanted to improve upon my interpersonal skills through college fairs and presentations. I aim to learn more about different student populations and their motivators for achieving higher education by participating in college fairs, high school and community college visitations and presentations.
Overall, I believe SOAR’s positive work environment and CSUN’s diverse student population will provide me with the opportunities needed to improve upon my skills as a future academic counselor. I am confident in my growth throughout my time as a graduate assistant and look forward to helping students achieve higher education.