Throughout your time at the Leonard Davis School, there are individuals standing ready to help you explore ideas, choose classes and programs, handle life’s difficult and unexpected moments, plan for graduation, and get ready for your first job or graduate school.
I’m Jim deVera, the student advisor for the USC Davis School of Gerontology! My job is to help you successfully navigate your studies here.
I’ll do everything I can to assist you or to refer you to the proper individual or office, but when it comes to university guidelines and policies, ignorance is not an excuse. Communication is key! Just remember: while I’m here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have, it is ultimately your responsibility to complete all degree requirements.
I will frequently email students with announcements of upcoming events, scholarships, job openings, enrichment opportunities and additional USC and USC Davis School news. Please make sure that you check your USC email often, or provide me with the address that you will use instead.
I know being a student means you’re going to be busy, but I suggest that you consider staying in regular communication with me as well as with our faculty and staff.
The better we get to know you and your unique skills, passions and goals, the more likely we are to be able to help you reach them, suggest you for award nominations or to connect you with like minded colleagues or professional opportunities.
The USC Davis School of Gerontology is full of people who share your wonderful dream of improving the quality of life for older adults, and it’s never too early to start building a vibrant, supportive academic, personal and professional network. We’re so glad you’re here, and we want to do all we can to help you succeed. I look forward to hearing from you!
Jim deVera, Student Advisor