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Shawnnie White

Undergraduate Affairs

Pronouns: she/her

About Me: 

I am a Bay Area Native. I have recently relocated to San Diego Area. I love basketball. Go Warriors! I love eating delicious foods such as pizza, burritos, burgers, etc.  My perfect day is going to the movies and watching every action or romantic comedy movie. 


Saint Mary’s College of California, M.A. in Counseling

Saint Mary’s College of California, B.S. in Social Psychology 

How did I get to UCSD:

I graduated from Saint Mary’s and had no clue what I wanted to do career wise, thus I decided to become a receptionist. However I ended up hating my job, which made me reevaluate what I wanted in a career. I decided that I wanted to aid students in attaining their academic goals. I felt like it was an excellent homage to my entire support system who helped me through my academic career. After attaining my Master’s, I became a substitute teacher at an alternative high school, and then I found employment at De Anza College. I worked within the Transfer Center, aiding Community College students transfer to their desired institutions. I moved to San Diego and started working with the SDSU Upward Bound program. I helped low-income, first-generation students learn about and eventually apply to colleges. Now I work within the Communication Department as an Undergraduate Advisor.

Fun Fact

I wanted to be an actress when I was younger.

My Advising Approach

I am student focused. I think of myself as a resource on campus that can be utilized by students in accomplishing their academic goals. I know first hand how difficult college can be especially when you are not aware of pertinent information. Therefore I aim to be a source of support to students in any way I can be, whether as an ear to listen or referring the student to services that will meet a specific need. 

Please visit our Undergraduate Academic Advising page for more information on how I can help you succeed as a Communication scholar.