Nicole Paragas

MA Counseling, specialization in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential


Murrieta, CA

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2019

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

After graduating, I hope to work in San Diego, Temecula, or Murrieta as a high school counselor.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

USD was always a school I had my eyes on, so when I discovered SOLES offered the graduate program I was looking for, I was immediately intrigued. In comparison to the other programs I was thinking of applying to, I chose to enroll because I felt the components of the program would challenge me to become an effective school counselor, rather than one that merely fulfills the job’s description. As someone who has not traveled much, I was thrilled for the international experiences and opportunity to enhance my multicultural competence. So far, the program has been nothing short of my expectations.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Without a doubt, my counseling skills course with Dr. Rowell was incredibly beneficial. The opportunity to practice my counseling skills in such a hands-on manner is a component of the program that I truly appreciate. Dr. Rowell did well to provide very honest and useful feedback that I believe will only help me throughout the rest of my graduate program. This class provided a great foundation prior to beginning practicum.

Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success? How have they helped?

Every interaction I have had with SOLES faculty, staff, and administrators has been nothing but positive. I constantly feel supported in my journey through graduate school. I really appreciate how willing the faculty has been in providing such useful feedback in our assignments. Every professor genuinely cares for every student’s education and points every student towards the resources they need.