Meet Your Advisor
Title/s: Graduate Assistant
Adessa is a graduate of San Jose State University (SJSU) and has moved to Chicago to pursue her M.A. in Higher Education here at Loyola University! During her time at SJSU she was involved as a Peer Mentor, Orientation Leader, and ran the “Strive for College” mentoring program. Soon after she graduated, she landed a job with Strive for College as their Bay Area Regional Director followed by their Director of Programs. Working with college students and assisting in their development, growth, and advancement is where her passion lies – primarily with first generation and traditionally underrepresented populations. Every student is capable of succeeding and she is here to support that process. When not in the office, Adessa enjoys exploring street art, dancing, attending anything music related (hip-hop primarily), being involved in her community, finding the best chocolate chip cookie in the city, and taking in all that Chicago has to offer!
“Anything that's not growing is dead.”
-Lauryn Hill “Interlude 5” off of her MTV Unplugged album (highly recommend to take a listen).
First year Memory:
As a commuter student, it was very difficult for me to see the university as a second home in the beginning. I went to class and home, vice-versa, because I thought that’s just what commuter students did until I unknowingly took a service learning course that required me to complete community service hours. I then began to get involved with the community action center on campus (and later ended up getting hired to work at), which became the biggest blessing and allowed me the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people. Soon after, I caught the “involvement bug” and got involved with everything that interested me on campus! I realized that being a commuter student didn’t mean that I couldn’t be equally as involved if not more involved than the students who lived on campus. It just meant I had to find my niche and work out my schedule in a way that would still allow me to be connected. If you have also felt this way, let’s talk.
B.A. in Behavioral Science and Sociology, San Jose State University