Paola Portabales

URCA Peer Mentor


My name is Paola and I am a transfer and international student. I transferred from El Camino College to the University of California Santa Barbara in 2020 to pursue my undergraduate degree in communication studies with a minor in translation studies. Currently, I work at the Transfer Student Center as a Lead Peer Educator. I am also a Teacher's Assistant (TA) for the department of communication and work as a Research Assistant (RA) for the Department of Communication and the Department of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology.  Most of all, I am a peer mentor for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies department. I decided to work at URCA because of my passion for research and helping others. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have or even just to chat.