ASI Senator Profile: Amber Yoshioka

ASI Senator Profile: Amber Yoshioka


Amber Yoshioka, CEIS Senator

Major, year in school, expected graduation date
Fifth-year, liberal studies student, Winter 2014

What are some ways that you have been involved on campus?
Since my sophomore year, I have been involved with BEAT. Since my junior year, I have been involved with the liberal studies club.

What are some of your favorite campus-wide events at Cal Poly?
I love Midnight Madness. That’s always been a great one. Since I started with BEAT, I would always help out. Valentine’s Day things are always fun. The puppy days are good. I took a million pictures of the little doggies. Billy Bronco’s Birthday was good last year. They told the results of the election. I would say those are my top four.

What are some of your favorite places on campus?
The senate office [is one of my favorites.] I go there when I need a break or just to hang out with the other senators. Before that I would say the library or the food court downstairs.

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What has been your favorite memory so far as a senator?
One of the first ones was retreat right before it all started. It gave us a chance to bond and met all the other senators, Chris and Christine, Cora [Culla] and Barney [Peake], which was awesome. It was a two-day thing of just meetings and hanging out with each other.

Just working with all the other senators in the office is always a blast. We always stay really late until the Bronco Student Center (BSC) closes and just hang out, do our homework. A lot of us are best friends, so it will be really sad when we all graduate.

Have you planned or been involved with any events as a senator? Do you have any coming up?
We’re doing a pizza with the dean this quarter. I’m trying to open a computer lab in building 5 for student use because now it’s just used by faculty who are teaching classes.

Are there any unique challenges faced by students in your college? How do you aim to help them with those challenges?
Once you get to upper division it’s more going out into schools along those lines like working in a classroom and seeing what it’s like. Then you have the choice of deciding that’s for you  because you go into schools your second or third year. Another unique challenge is finding a school that is willing to work with your needs. `

What are some of your hopes and goals for after graduation?
I plan on working for a little bit and coming back for teaching credentials, most likely at Cal Poly Pomona. I want to teach probably kindergarten or through second grade. Then after that I want to do special education, but in my future because that’s a really hard area to get into.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?
Form friendships and get involved. Be as active as you can. I feel like when you meet new people you’re able to make new friendships that could last a lifetime. They could eventually lead to jobs or internships or your future.

What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?
I like to go out with friend, watch movies and travel. I have been to Hawaii, a bunch of states on the East Coast because I’m from New Jersey, I’ve been to the Bahamas, Canada and Mexico.