Meet the Advisers
The Southern California College Advising Corps is pleased to introduce our three College Advisers for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Please welcome Rebecca Alonzo, Jessica Garcia, and Makiah Green as the three newest USC CERPP staff, who work in the Garden Grove Unified School District high schools as full-time college advisers.
Rebecca Alonzo (B.A., University of Southern California) is a College Adviser for the Southern California College Advising Corps. She graduated from Walnut High School, and immediately pursued higher education at Mt. San Antonio College. It was there that Rebecca enriched her educational foundation with 3 Associate degrees (A.A. Social & Behavioral Sciences, A.A. Natural Sciences & Mathematics and, A.A. Language Arts & Communications). From there, Rebecca continued her education at the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. She continued her passion by helping others pursue higher education by joining the Joint Educational Project (JEP) as a volunteer. Through JEP, she taught subjects such as geology and yoga to underprivileged youth in USC’s surrounding community. Rebecca later became an integral part of the JEP staff to continue promoting service learning and assisting others in enriching the lives of local students through education. Rebecca is excited to be joining Los Amigos High School to help advise students regarding their college concerns and interests. She looks forward to getting to know each student’s individual goals and aspirations so that she can help turn dreams into reality through education and the college application process.
Jessica Garcia (B.A., University of Southern California) is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. Jessica Garcia was raised in Santa Fe Springs, California. She graduated from Santa Fe High School in 2009. After countless conversations with her high school counselor, teachers, and parents, she decided to take an untraditional route to USC—opting to go to community college and transfer. She enrolled at Rio Hondo College, where she realized her passion for working with students while running a Physics workshop for the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program. After transferring to USC, she continued to work in education as a research assistant for the Spanish Preschool Early Literacy Assessment (SPELA) Project. She is thrilled to continue working to better the lives of students as a College Adviser with the Southern California College Advising Corps and Santiago High School.
Makiah Green (B.A., University of Southern California) is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. Makiah Green majored in English-Creative Writing for the sole purpose of increasing college access for underrepresented students. Currently a graduate student in the USC Master of Professional Writing program, she plans to transform the world through television, film, and the written word. Makiah is a longtime proponent of educational equity and is eager to serve the students of Garden Grove High School as a College Adviser with the Southern California College Advising Corps.