Christina Orzechowski

Christina Orzechowski
SRC Counseling Intern Advisor

What is your approach to advising/working with students?

I take a person-centered, holistic, and strengths-based approach when working with students. Students are more than just students. They hold many roles and responsibilities and are therefore the experts on their own lives. I’m simply here to talk things through and support students in making the best decisions for their unique situation. My favorite part of this work is learning from and collaborating with undergrads!

How did you get here?

I grew up in Southern California and received my B.A. in Sociology and Communication from UC Santa Barbara. After working four years as a major advisor, I decided to go back to school for a master’s degree in Counseling. Graduate school, and the desire to live somewhere new, led me to the Bay area where I am now in my final year of the Counseling program at SF State.

Most unusual job you ever had?

I didn’t have a job lined up after graduating college, so I needed to find work quickly. Through an employment agency, I got a job moving books from UCSB’s old library to the new one. For 40 hours a week, I took books off the shelves, vacuumed them, then carted them to the new library where I stocked those shelves. Not the fanciest job but it helped me make some money while I continued searching for a more ideal job opportunity (which eventually happened about a month later).

About me (likes and hobbies)

I am an extrovert, so I love building connections with people and hanging out with my family and friends. I enjoy good food and traveling. I am also quite adventurous as I like to try new food, explore new places and add nature excursions to my bucket list. Lastly, I recently became a cat mom so that’s a big part of my life now too!

What is your favorite book?

I love getting lost in the world of Harry Potter!

What advice do you have for SF State Gators?

You always have something to offer, and there’s always more you can learn.