Paige Iglesia

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


San Diego, California

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2018

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

I hope to use my degree and credential to work with students from K-16. I am a first generation college student and now I am also the first in my immediate and extended family to pursue a Masters degree. I understand firsthand how important it is to have a support network when pursuing your educational dreams, so I would like to be a part of that network for other students in the San Diego area!

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?

Currently, I am a Graduate Assistant for SOLES working in the Operations/Event Management department and I also work as a College Peer Advisor with Cal-SOAP, a local non-profit that works with low income high school students. Both of these are part-time jobs, so I work less than 30 hours per week.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

In your second semester in the School Counseling track, you get assigned a practicum site based on your preferences. I’m looking to do the bulk of my experience at an elementary school, so I spent my practicum semester at O’Farrell Charter School, a high school in southeast San Diego. It was an incredible experience working there! We were placed with 4-5 other School Counseling students and it was such a great group to do guidance lessons with and to workshop cases with. It was a great place to be able to reflect and learn with my peers.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Basically any class with Dr. Cameron. I’m not sure how she does it, but she blows my mind each class! She is always asking the seemingly easy questions but making you look at it from another side.