It’s been a long time, friends! We’ve been away from the blog, busy getting Spring Quarter off the ground, but we’re back today with our ongoing feature, Meet the CAPS Staff. Today we’re featuring Dr. Audrey Kim, one of our longest-running psychologists on the CAPS staff. She is a wealth of information and experience! Audrey is also one of our Let’s Talk counselors, so you can drop by and meet her at Baskin on Thursdays between 2:30-4:30 for a quick, anonymous chat.
Audrey Kim, Ph.D.
What is your position at CAPS, and how long have you been working at UCSC?
I’ve been a Staff Psychologist at UCSC since 2001. It’s kind of weird feeling for me to have been here for so long. . . . I moved around a lot when I was growing up and then moved every few years for schools and jobs. But it’s hard to leave once you land in Santa Cruz!
What is your favorite part of your job?
I really appreciate hearing each student’s unique story– it’s amazing how everyone is so different, and yet we are so similar in the ways we struggle. When you’re in the middle of your
own crisis, it can be difficult to have enough perspective to make sense of what’s going on, and it’s easy to feel stuck. I love helping students piece together the puzzle of their life, and figure out new ways to address their problems and become unstuck.
Tell our readers about one of your favorite spots on campus or in Santa Cruz.
I love the view driving down from campus. The view of the ocean in the background and the clouds above is just breath-taking!
What do you do to take care of yourself and relax?
I love hanging out with friends, especially while enjoying good food. I practice yoga regularly and like being outdoors. I am also a movie buff and love both action movies and obscure independent films.
What is one thing you wish you knew as a college student?
Not to sound self-promoting, but I really wish I had known about counseling services! I had no idea such a thing existed and I would have experienced a lot less angst as a college student if I had gone to counseling. I also wish I had not believed all the hype about college–there is so much pressure to have college be the “best years of your life”–but that’s just not the case for many of us. College can be a really exciting time, but it’s also very stressful and challenging, so don’t hold yourself to these unrealistic expectations.
Audrey Kim is a staff psychologist at CAPS, affiliated with College 9.