Kelvin Lee

Kelvin Lee

Admissions Counselor - Campus Visit Coordinator


University of California, Irvine - Office of Undergraduate Admissions


It's important to network and build relations to get your foot in the door because you never know who will be able to help you find a job.

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
The first step in the right direction was choosing to go to UCI instead of UC Berkely. A lot of people questioned this decision but I always knew that this is where I would be most successful.
The 2nd step was becoming a Campus Representative for UCI and giving campus tours. This was my first taste of the Admissions world and I was mentored by someone who helped me get my first job.
Then, I decided to become a mentor myself. This was a defining moment because I realized that helping someone made me feel like a part of something bigger and I knew I wanted to keep doing this.
The final step was becoming a Coordinator for Campus Reps. Being in this para-professional leadership position as an undergrad introduced me to a world that I could envision myself in.

Education

High School
C.K. McClatchy High School
Bachelor
Psychology and Social Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Career

Admissions Counselor - Campus Visit Coordinator

Manage UCI's campus visit structure and help prospective students with their applications to the university.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Travel
Helping People

Day to Day

On a typical day, I attend meetings and presentations. I draft budgets and agendas for events and have lots of personal interactions with students. Additionally, I oversee the front desk of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and answer nuanced admissions-related questions.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Being able to talk to large crowds and individuals with equal ease is crucial. Guest service skills and being able to say "no" nicely are also important. Empathy is a required quality because applying to college is stressful and it helps to be able to put yourself in the student's shoes.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I would recommend undergraduate students try to work in Student Affairs as much as possible. It's important to network and build relations to get your foot in the door, because you never know who will be able to help you find a job.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology OR Communications OR Public Service
graduate
Graduate
Student Affairs

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

""Why would you go to UC Irvine instead of UC Berkeley?" , "Why would you study a soft science?""

Challenges I Overcame

Perfectionism

Q&A

Is there any one person that inspires you?

Asked by Lubaina Cementwala at University of California, Irvine

My personality and values are incorporated from various people I've encountered. There is no one single person I wish to be like because I'd rather incorporate the best from everyone I meet.

Interviewed By

Lubaina Cementwala

at University of California, Irvine