• Admission Counselor Jamie Garcia
Undergraduate Admission

Meet Your Counselor: Jamie Garcia

» Jamie Garcia

Assistant Director of Admission 


Jamie's bio

Jamie is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but has made Southern California her home since graduating in 2019 from Chapman University. Jamie graduated with degrees in both Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies. 

During her years as an undergraduate student, she was heavily involved on campus and felt extremely connected to the campus community. This led to her passion for helping students find their true fit on a university campus. When she's not working with students, Jamie can be found reading a new book, watching a musical, or dog sitting all of her colleagues' pets!

Advice from Jamie

Be honest about what you want out of your college experience. Look at every aspect of what a college offers and determine if you can see yourself fitting into that space. We want to see who you are as a person, not who you think we want you to be. Be real and genuine throughout your application; it will really show through. This process can be overwhelming but remember to stay calm and enjoy time with people you love.

Favorite spot on campus

I love the Starbucks patio: It’s a great place to get some fresh air, study or socialize with your friends. As a student, I loved being able to check out Attallah Piazza and people-watch during the day. I found myself working with peers or even meeting with professors here as well.

Best admission memory

While I was a tour guide during my senior year, I had the opportunity to travel with some of the Admission Counselors to the Bay Area and present at an admitted student reception. A student told me that he remembered me being his tour guide — and that I was the reason he wanted to attend Chapman. Being able to make that connection was very meaningful to me, showing me that the work I was doing mattered.

Fast facts

Three words to describe myself: Empathetic, positive, funny (I try).

Favorite subject: Psychology and mental health.

Role model: My Social Psychology professor from Chapman. She cared so deeply about every one of her students and made each student feel loved and important.

Favorite musical performer/band/composer: I love show tunes and most musicals. Also Justin Bieber.

Book you would read again: Anything by Jodi Picoult.

Favorite summer activity: Sitting by some form of water while reading and sleeping in.

Best movie of all time: Mamma Mia (both versions).

Favorite quote: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game" - Babe Ruth, A Cinderella Story.

Dream job: Puppy sitter or baby holder.