»Veronica Alvarado

Veronica AlvaradoAdmission Counselor
vealvara@chapman.edu


Biography in Brief

Veronica recently graduated from Biola University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. For four years, she worked at her alma mater in undergraduate admissions, gaining experience in the field and developing a passion to help and serve high school students applying to college. As an undergraduate student, she was also involved with student orientation services, multi-ethnic programs and development, and served as a student tour guide. She is a Los Angeles native, originally from the city of Hawthorne, where she grew up with a passion and awareness to engage in relationships with people of all walks of life. Veronica plans on obtaining her counseling degree in organizational leadership focused on student development in higher education sometime in the future.  

Advice from Veronica:

Be yourself from the get-go. If you don’t know who that is, give yourself time to figure it out, and find friends who will let you figure that out and love you regardless. Be vulnerable, allow yourself to make mistakes, and be patient in discovering who you are. College is a time to discover what your professional calling is, but do not forget to dive in knowing who you are personally and what makes you happy. College is supposed to be fun! Figure out how to balance working hard with playing hard, as you learn how the multiple aspects of your identity shape you as the incredible person that you are.

Favorite spot on campus:

The Fish Interfaith center is beautiful. I love Chapman’s desire to develop students’ spiritually and the fact that it provides a safe space to look within yourself and understand others too. It’s a great place to reflect and think about your own spiritual journey and faith.

Best admission memory:

While in college, my relationship with my admission counselor shifted from my advisor, to a mentor, and eventually into a friend. She poured in so much wisdom about the school, but also about life, which as an incoming college student was exactly what I needed. I never would have thought that I would develop such a meaningful relationship with my admission counselor, but I am so happy that I did. She is definitely a person I could not have imagined my college experience without, or even without her in my life. I am so excited to have the opportunity to pay forward what my admission counselor did for me.

Fast Facts

Three Words to describe myself: Intuitive, story-teller & affectionate.

Favorite Subject: It's a tie between psychology and sociology. Both subjects have taught me how to appreciate and care for people so much better, and to take care of myself, too.

Role Model: My father. He worked extremely hard and overcame tons of adversity to provide for our entire family. I was able to learn from him that working hard is never in vain.

Favorite Musical Performer/Band/Composer: Sam Smith. Yes! But also, totally love me some Louis Armstrong. His Pandora station is on-point.

Most Prized Possessions: A box of letters, cards, and postcards that I have had since my freshman year of college. I love words of affirmation, so when a person writes me encouraging words, I like to keep them and read them on days that I don't feel so special.

Favorite Summer Activities: Spending much needed time with friends and family. That may mean going on dessert adventures, or parking the car somewhere, literally anywhere, and talking all night for hours. Also, writing. Summer is the only time that I have to write about anything whether it is journaling, blogging, or writing poetry. I love it all.

Book You Would Read Again: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers and anything by Shel Silverstein.

Best Movies of All Time: Anything from the classic Disney era, and usually movies that are in black and white. 

Favorite Quote (and by whom): “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” by Maya Angelou and “You do you boo boo, cause I’ma do me” by Kevin Hart.

Dream Job: If I could have, I would have graced many a wedding with my musical stylings as a wedding singer. Didn’t happen. Not bitter at all. In all seriousness, my dream job is working with college students and journeying with them as they grow to understand who they are.

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