Communication Advising Office

Undergraduate Advisors: Valerie Ky and Ekaete Udoh 
Location: Media Center and Communication Building (MCC) 124B and 124C

Week 1 - 2:

  • Walk-In Advising: M - Th from 10 - 11:30AM and 1:30 - 3:30PM 
  • No advising on Fridays.

Week 3 - 10: 

  • Walk-In Advising: only Monday & Thursday from 10 - 11:30AM and 1:30 - 3:30PM
  • Appointments: only on Tuesday & Wednesday
  • No advising on Fridays.

Finals Week:

  • Appointments only. 

**Please check the calendar below for office closures during typical advising hours. 


Academic Advising Contact - Three Options

UCSD enrolled students can meet with an advisor in person or submit a question through VAC. The COMM Advising Office does not answer advising questions via email and phone due to confidentiality reasons. 

Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Current UCSD students can submit a question through the Virtual Advising Center. We encourage students to contact us through VAC as much as possible for quick questions, if you can't stop by in person or the advising office is closed. 


Walk-In Advising

10-15 minutes walk-in advising are available throughout the quarter to help with simple questions such as:

  • Degree check 
  • Current quarter planning (not a 2 or 4 year quarter by quarter plan) 
  • Academic petition review (study abroad, double major petition, AIP 197/COMM 198/COMM 199 petitions) 
  • Late add card

Scheduled Appointments

Appointments are 30 minutes and are available to address more detailed and complex questions such as: 

  • Long-term quarter by quarter plan
  • Career Counseling
  • Academic Probation/Disqualification Concerns
  • Readmission Forms
  • SAP Appeal Forms
  • Options for majors
  • Questions and referrals to other campus resources

To make an advising appointment, please sign up using the COMM Advising Google Appointment Calendar. Students must log into Google Mail using your UCSD account. If you are experiencing trouble, please contact commugrad@ucsd.edu for help.

To cancel an appointment slot you've already booked, please contact commugrad@ucsd.edu


Prospective Students 

Please contact us at commugrad@ucsd.edu before coming in for advising. Our main prioritiy is advising our current students. 


Advising Office Calendar

Please note for office closures happening during typical advising hours. Click on the time listed to see how long the office is closed for. 


Meet Your Undergraduate Advisors 

Name: Valerie Ky

About Me: 

I grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. I enjoy doing yoga and have a huge guilty pleasure for reality TV shows.

Education

San Francisco State University, M.S. in College Counseling

UC Irvine, B.A. in Social Science for Secondary School Education

How did I get to UCSD:

During my time at UC Irvine, I discovered my passion for working with students, college advising, and higher education. As a peer academic advisor and college advisor at an Orange County high school, I felt a great sense of joy and fulfillment in working with students. After graduating from UC Irvine, I moved to San Francisco to begin my graduate program. Throughout my time in graduate school, I interned as a graduate advisor at San Francisco State University and a college advisor at UC Berkeley. Afterwards, I made my way back to Southern California and landed at UCSD!

My Advising Approach

I am here to help students navigate through the academic and life complexities college brings. My role is to encourage students, cultivate learning, and help students figure out their next steps in order to pursue their academic and career goals. While I won’t tell students what to do, I am happy to help students think out their options to make the best decision for themselves.

Fun Fact

I've lived in the best cities in California (and the world) - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and now San Diego! 

 

Name: Ekaete Udoh

About Me

I am a Nigerian American, Cali native. I love my family, enjoy weight lifting, food, and long naps.

Education

San Diego State, M.A. in Postsecondary Education - emphasis in Student Affairs
CSUB, B.A. in Communication

How did I get to UCSD:

While in my master’s program I had the opportunity to work in various units on different campuses.  One role in particular kept me from constant interactions with students.  There I realized just how much I love working with students and my hope to serve them directly.  I recently moved over to Communication from the Black Resource Center (BRC).  I have a passion for supporting and serving students in their educational and life endeavors.  

My Advising Approach

I truly value being able to guide and direct students.  Equipped with the proper tools and resources, UCSD students acquire all they need to succeed.  I am here to support and assist students in navigating their educational journey.  I am honest, approachable, and encouraging and I bring these qualities to our advising sessions.

Fun Fact

I attended boarding school in Nigeria!  Not because I was a bad child, my dad wanted my older brother and I to experience being fully immerged in our Nigerian culture.