Meet Your Welcome Center Staff and Tour Guides

Meet Your Tour Guides!

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Krisstina: Ambassador Lead

What’s up everyone!

My name is Krisstina Caro, and I’m a first Gen Filipino student majoring in Human Development with a concentration in adolescent development! I hope to go into academic advising after receiving my degree. My top two favorite music artists are Olivia Rodrigo and Bruno Mars. I’m also a huge matcha lover! I chose East Bay because it was close to home. I was born and raised in Hayward, CA. I’m a huge believer in “everything happens for a reason.” I made my way to the Welcome Center because I was having trouble connecting to campus since the majority of my first year was virtual. However, I’m excited to continue my journey at East Bay and help everyone out!

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Sarah: Tours Lead

Hey Everyone!! 

My name is Sarah Bedoka and I am currently a fourth-year majoring in Sociology and History. I am from Rohnert Park, CA, and decided to come to East Bay for its diversity and ideal location. I hope to become a teacher because of the immense amount of support. I've received it through my high school and at East Bay. My college experience was a little hesitant to start due to the pandemic, but I have found a sense of friendship and family here on campus. East Bay offers so much for its students to feel supported and safe on campus. I am so excited to be at the Welcome Center offering my help to anyone that comes by! I love going out and making the most of the day. #livelife

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Isha: Office Lead in Training

Hi Guys!

My name is Isha! I am a third-year student majoring in Criminal Justice. I'm from Sacramento, but I was born in Mountain View. I chose to attend East Bay because I wanted to be a part of a school that was big on representing diversity and supporting students with different backgrounds. My goal is to become a child attorney, along with pursuing my passion in cosmetology. I am a huge coffee lover! My top two artists who I listen to the most at the moment would be, Durk and Summer Walker. A quote that I love is, "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." I'm excited to continue my journey here at East Bay, and meet all of you amazing people! <33

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Ashley

Hey y'all!

My name is Ashley Medeiros and I am a 4th year Human Development major with a concentration in Adolescence. I was born and raised in San Jose, California, and loved the fact that East Bay was my little home away from home. I am able to commute to and from campus while still being able to connect with friends and family back home. My dream job after I graduate is to work in education possibly as an educator or an adolescent counselor. I am a huge Post Malone fan and a quote from him that has stuck with me is that "You don't gotta be perfect, just keep it real" and I completely agree. I hope that I can continue exploring my passions here not only here in the Welcome Center, but also on campus! <3

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Jessica

Hi, my name is Jessica Armendariz I am from Southern California and I am a fourth-year Health Science major with a concentration in Public Health. My dream is to become a cardiologist and have my own office in Los Angeles. I chose East Bay because I love the diverse community and it made me feel like I belong here. It’s my home away from home!  A quote that I recently came across was “it’s not how you start it, it’s how you finish it!”  If the road to your success starts off bumpy, keep striving there is smooth pavement ahead. If you can dream it you can do it. I am excited to see how much I’ve grown not only at the welcome center but as a Pioneer!!
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Melanie

Hi, My name is Melanie, I am a fourth-year communications major. I am a first-generation student originally from Southern California. My hope is to either work in publishing or sports marketing once I am officially graduated. I chose East Bay not only for its diversity but for the love the school has for its students and faculty. I chose to apply and work for the Welcome center because of the people and their amazing personalities, and also as a way to feel more connected to our campus. I am a big Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny fan, I love reading and horror movies, and I am a big believer in the idea that what you put out will always come back bigger to you. I am excited to see what my last year here at East Bay holds and even more so for what is yet to come. 

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Karina

Hi! My name is Karina, I’m a first-year construction management major. I’m also the first generation! I was born in Castro Valley and live in Union City so I’ve been in the Bay Area my whole life!! I chose Cal State East Bay because it’s close to home, everyone here is so welcoming and there are so many opportunities to grow here! After receiving my degree, I hope to become a project manager. A quote that I love and go back to especially now in college is “everything happens for a reason” I truly believe that wherever you right now have its purpose. :)  I hope to not only grow as a student but as a person during these next 4 years at CSUEB!

Diya

Hi everybody! <3

I am Diya, an international freshman here at CSUEB. My major is statistics, and I intend to be a data analyst once I am done with my bachelor's degree. I chose Cal State East Bay because of the cultural diversity held by the campus and the exposure it has to the entire bay area. I love talking to people and learning about different people’s perspectives. So, feel free to talk about literally anything to me and I’ll be more than happy to listen & interact! I love listening to Indian music, however, One Direction is my go-to band for English songs. I am very excited to spend the next four years of my life here at CSUEB, and also at the Welcome Center, helping you guys out and showing off our wonderful campus!

Welcome Center Staff

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Jorge: Welcome Center Advisor

Jorge was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Union City, CA. He attended James Logan High School and Los Medanos College.  He earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Cal State East Bay. As a first-generation college graduate, he strongly believes in the importance of post-secondary education and the power it yields toward the betterment of society. After more than two decades of working and coaching in high school, he continues to volunteer as a youth football coach. He thrives in mentoring high school and transfer students in their pursuit of higher education. 
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Maria: Office Manager

Maria grew up in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area in Hayward. She entered Cal State East Bay as a first-time freshman and was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her BS in health sciences in 2015, with a focus on administration and management. The affordability and close commute made Cal State East Bay an ideal choice for her. The campus’s beauty is what Maria enjoys most, from the beautiful landscape to the hilltop view of the Bay. When not working, she enjoys spending with friends and family or cuddling on the couch with her 70-pound lap dog and binge-watching Netflix.   Maria is the Outreach and Recruitment Office Manager for Student Outreach and the Welcome Center.  She is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations for the offices.