M.A. in Higher Education Leadership
I was born in Vietnam but have lived here in San Diego for most of my life. I also received my Bachelor’s degree from USD, so it’s safe to assume that I know a thing or two about USD, to say the least.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I would like to continue working with students in the higher education field, as this is a wonderful time for these emerging young adults to learn, explore and make an impact as leaders. Though I’m not certain at this point which specific area I’d like to focus on, I find passion working with college students and enjoy building relationships within a community of ambitious individuals. My degree would allow me to facilitate, counsel, and foster a sense of empowerment in these young adults so that they would be inspired to become responsible leaders in the future.
How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?
I heard a lot of good stories about SOLES from friends and had done research about it through the SOLES website. Of the many reasons, from small classroom size to the endless opportunities to get connected, I was specifically drawn to SOLES because of the noticeable time and care invested by the staff, faculty, and administrators.
Are you currently working?
I’m a full-time counselor at the One Stop Student Center. I enjoy working with students from all backgrounds and take pride in counseling and providing support to them throughout their years here at USD.
How has your SOLES education impacted your career?
My SOLES education has not only allowed me to approach my future endeavors from different angles, it has really fostered my sense of self-awareness and career passion in higher education.
Which class has impacted you the most?
I took Gender and Leadership as my very first class in the program. I came into it not knowing what to expect, and frankly, a bit unprepared. There was just so much to learn and so much to do. Though it was definitely a struggle managing my school and work schedules while cramming the class into a 3-week session, I walked away with so much from it. The professors of the class not only constantly challenged me to think beyond my own limits, they also provided guidance throughout the course.
Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success?
I feel that SOLES overall, and especially the staff team are superb at reaching out to current students and always keeping us informed and as well as constantly providing support.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?
I would advise prospective students to really invest the necessary time in researching for your graduate school. It doesn’t necessary have to be USD, as it may work wonderfully for some, but not for others… Stay open-minded as well as open-hearted in what you may come across. Your education and experience in higher education is, largely, what you make of it!