Adrian Flores

College Transition Coordinator

Carmen High School of Science and Technology: Southeast Campus

1. What did you study in college?  Was your plan to enter the school counseling world?

I studied Public Affairs Management and Business Management. Initially, I just knew I wanted to work with people rather than sit at a desk crunching numbers, but that was it. I wanted to help others see long term goals for themselves and families. I never knew that Counseling/Higher Education was an option until my Senior year of college where my internship was with the admissions department at my school. That really sparked the light in me that pushed me in the field I am in today.

2. What inspires you most about your job?

The best part of my job is seeing the growth in my students. At first, the college process is overwhelming for them so to see them start with an anxious mentality to feeling confident enough to talk to admission professionals and other Higher Education professionals really inspires me to keep teaching not only the skills necessary to succeed in college but also beyond.

3. How has being a member of WACAC helped you?

It has helped me connect with other professionals at different levels in their career trajectory through different networking events and networking opportunities. Connections create positive change in the field for the families we serve.

    4. What is one piece of advice you would give a new admissions counselor or high school counselor?

    The biggest piece of advice would be to make genuine connections. This could lead to new job prospects, partnerships, and other impactful things that will help you understand the "why" behind the career path.

      5. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

      I love breakfast food. So definitely pancakes, eggs, with a side of bacon!

      6. What's an interesting fact about you that has nothing to do with admissions counseling?

      I am a total dog dad. I have 3 dogs that I can talk about non stop. Winnie is my queen and she's an 8 year old mini dachshund, Oso is my LA Dodgers watching buddy and he's an 4 year old mini dachshund, and Cali is my LA Lakers girl and she's a 3 year old Pitbull. They each have their own personality, but they are all my babies.

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