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First Year Experience

Meet the FYE team!

Academic Counselors


JessicaJessica Cerda

College/University/Grad School: Fullerton College, CSU Fullerton, University of La Verne

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Educational Counseling

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Favorite snack/food: Pappardelle Pasta and CHEESE!!!!

One interesting fact: I use to Hawaiian Dance for 8 years. 

Piece of advice for FYE students: Make sure to utilize the resources on campus, ask lots of questions and build relationships with students, professors and staff.


Eric Romero Professional PictureEric Romero

College/University/Grad School: Cerritos College, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Long Beach 

Major/Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master of Science in Counseling, option in Student Development in Higher Education

Hometown: South Gate, CA

Favorite food: Egg (any style!)

One interesting fact: I have double vision so I have to wear glasses to see singular images.

Piece of advice for FYE students: Whenever you have a question, make sure to get up and ask for help. Also, don't forget to get involved on campus so you can make amazing memories!

Success Coaches 

Sasha PictureSasha Davila

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College/University/Grad School: San Diego Mesa Community College, UCLA, CSU Dominguez Hills

Major/Degree: Associate of Arts in Art & French, Bachelor's of Arts in Art History, minor in Chicana(o) Studies, Master's of Science in Counseling, College Counseling (in progress) 

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite snack/food: Sushi, chilaquiles, pad thai, and anything from Trader Joes's

One interesting fact: I have 1 cat and 20 plants in my apartment=plant cat lady

Piece of advice for FYE students: I like the quote "Luck favors the prepared" so the more prepared you are the more successful you will be. If you need help with preparedness find the people that will guide and help you stay on track! Use a planner and always stay on top of deadlines and activities to have a healthy life balance.


CaisyCaisy Giron

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College: Los Angeles City College, CSU Los Angeles

Major: Child Development 

Hometown: Los Angeles CA

Favorite Food: Salvadorian and Mexican food 

One interesting fact about me: I’m a mom of one furry monster named Max (the bunny) 

Piece of advice for FYE Students: Everyone struggles at some point through out college, but learning how to overcome those challenges will definitely help you throughout your life. Never give up, it’ll all be worth it at the end! 



irmaIrma Figueroa

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College/University/Grad School: University of California, Santa Barbara, California State University, Northridge 

Major/Degree: Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology and Chicano and Chicana Studies. Minor in Applied Psychology, Master's of Science in College Counseling and Student Services (in progress).

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite snack/food: Pizza, Tacos, Lasagna, Enchiladas, Sushi, Chocolate Shakes, Hot Cheetos, Ice-cream

One interesting fact: I went skydiving without having ever been on a plane before, so the first time I went on a plane, I jumped out of it!

Piece of advice for FYE students: Always ASK QUESTIONS and reach out for help! It's okay to not know everything or anything at all, however what is not okay, is to not ask questions. People are always willing to help, college is not meant to be achieved alone, support systems exist for a reason ....make the most use of the tools available and create your own personalized toolbox to navigate through the system successfully! 


ClaudiaClaudia Montalvan

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College/University/Grad School: Los Angeles City College, CSU Dominguez Hills, Mount Saint Mary’s University

Major/Degree: Associate of Arts in Psychology & Human Services, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Masters of Science in General Counseling (in progress) 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite snack/food: Sushi, Ceviche, Pho, and deserts.

One interesting fact: I have a sweet tooth

Piece of advice for FYE students: The secret to getting ahead is getting started. Don’t leave things for the last minute. When things get hard, don’t give up, keep going. Stay close to your professors. Make friends that you can do study groups with. We all view and understand things differently. Learning and working in groups can provide you a better understanding of things.  Remember that where there is a will, there is a way! Reach out for help.  

 Office Hours

During COVID-19, our hours have changed:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

 Contact Us

Student Services Building, 2nd Floor
(323) 953-4000 ext. 1264 


Jessica Cerda

FYE Counselor/Coordinator
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2266

 Get in touch with FYE Today!

Here are three ways that you can meet with an FYE counselor:

  1. Contact the FYE program by sending an email to
  2. Connect with your Success Coach
  3. Use Cranium Cafe Live Chat and connect with a team member

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Phone: 323.953.4000


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