Hello, Anteaters! My name is Bianca Angeles, and I am an Academic Counselor in the U/U office and the instructor for University Studies 1. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education from UCLA. I am excited to finally be an Anteater, as I am the only one out of 5 siblings who didn’t come to UCI! In my spare time, I enjoy watching basketball, Jeopardy!, and competitive cooking shows. I am also a licensed Japanese tea ceremony practitioner.
I became passionate about the field of higher education when I was in college. With my peers, I went out to high schools and community colleges to talk to first generation, low income, and underrepresented students about the value of a college education. Since then, I’ve been working in the education field – previously as an admissions counselor, a program coordinator, a Filipino language teaching assistant, and even an English teacher in rural Japan.
My 2 cents for you on your college adventure: 1) Whether your passion is sports, anime, or community service – make sure to find your people! In a university of 29,000 undergrads, you’re bound to find a community who will support and challenge you in your time at UCI. That includes faculty, professional staff, and your peers. 2) Explore! Try something new every day – whether it’s boba, an intriguing GE class, or a club that gets you out of your comfort zone. There’s no better time or place to explore and learn more about who you are.