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Meet Edgar Barrera, Career & Academic Advisor
Meet Edgar Barrera, Career & Academic Advisor

What brought you to PSU and how long have you been a SBA advisor?

I wanted to stay close to my family, so I enrolled as an undergraduate at Portland State University. I started my position as an SBA advisor in October 2016. 

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

Portland State University. I earned a Bachelor's in Communication Studies, Sociology and Social Science. I also earned a Master's in Post Adult & Continuing Education (PACE). 

What's your favorite thing about PSU's School of Business?

The students! 

What’s your best advice for students to make the most of their SBA student experience?

Follow what you love learning about the most. 

What should students expect in an advising appointment and how should they prepare?

Ask questions about anything in SBA. Your advisor will be able to clarify SBA's policies and procedures.

What do you like to do when you’re not advising students?

Watch a movie at the Hollywood Theater (Portland's only non-profit theater).


Make an appointment with your academic advisor at least once every other term. You will need to reserve a time a few weeks in advance. Be sure you are on track to graduate and learn about academic opportunities you may not have considered. Students who meet regularly with advisors are more likely to graduate on time and avoid problems with course availability.

Stop by the Undergraduate Programs Office at UCB 486 or call 503-725-3712 to make an appointment.

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