Ariela Canizal

MA in Higher Education Leadership

What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?

I grew up in East Los Angeles, California. I am an alumni of Marymount Manhattan College and I have a BA in Communication Arts. During my undergraduate experience, I had the opportunity of being a resident assistant, which lead to my ten year work experience in residential life. I worked as a residence director in three different colleges and universities across the U.S. Working in various residential life offices within private and state school universities, I was able to learn and gain tools I use everyday within my graduate assistantship, my classes and interactions.

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

I am currently working as the graduate assistant in the University of San Diego's Office of Graduate Student Life. I work 20 hours per week and my primary tasks revolve around providing support and programming services to our graduate and law students on our campus. I love my job because I get to do programming, student advising, serve in various committees and supervise our graduate students in the Graduate and Law Student Commons.  

When did you begin your program, and when do you anticipate completing it?

I began the MA in Higher Education Leadership program in July 2015 and anticipate graduating May 2017.

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

Mariann Sanchez, interim coordinator for Graduate Student Life, has invested so much in my success within SOLES and across campus. She is committed to my academic, professional and personal growth. I am truly lucky to have a supervisor who understands the value and importance of the work we do in higher education.