Paola Portabales

Lead Peer Educator (2021-2022)


Paola is a senior majoring in communication and minoring in translation studies. She is an international student from Brazil that moved to the United States in 2017 to pursue her education at El Camino College. At El Camino College, she was an international ambassador as well as the founder and president of the communication club. Later on, she transferred to the University of California Santa Barbara and she truly loves the campus atmosphere and people. In her spare time, she loves to play tennis, travel, and try different types of food. 


Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Campus Involvements: Lead Peer Educator at the Transfer Student Center, Vice-President of the Communication Association, Secretary of the Brazilian Association & Member of the International Advisory Board (ISAB). 

Major(s)/Minor(s): Major in Communication Studies with a minor in Translation Studies

Advice for Transfers: As an international and transfer student, I acknowledge that moving to a new environment can be overwhelming. However, we are here to help you throughout this process. My best advice is never be afraid to seek help and take this opportunity to make connections with other people on campus. Taking advantage of resources on-campus can really help you to enhance college experience and make things smoother. Also, there are so many organizations on campus, never forget to do something you're passionate about.