Aubrie Cook

MA in Higher Education Leadership

Hometown

Orange County, California

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2018

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

After graduating from the University of San Diego I hope to work in a Gender Equity Resource Center at a public university. Eventually I will return to school to work toward a PhD in Library and Information Science in hopes of working in a university library.

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?

I currently work part time on campus as a graduate assistant in the Student Leadership, Involvement, Changemaking space (SLIC) through SASC. This has provided me with the opportunity to put the theory I am learning in SOLES into practice. In my role I work as a course administrator for the Emerging Leaders program, a 2-unit undergraduate course focusing on leadership, the social change model and its application on social justice. Working with undergraduate students in conversation with leadership has been a life changing experience and continues to reshape my own understanding of leadership. This summer I will be transitioning into a graduate assistantship in the Women’s Center on campus and cannot wait to work with students utilizing feminism to create positive change here at USD.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

LEAD 569 has deeply impacted the ways in which I understand my own identities in conversation with student development and my current work in higher education. This course provides you with the theoretical foundation needed to be a great student affairs practitioner. LEAD 569 gave me the language needed to describe and understand where my students are developmentally and how I as a student affairs practitioner can better meet my students where they are at.

Is there anything specific you would like to share with prospective students?

This program has continuously challenged me to deeply reflect on what type of student affairs practitioner I want to be and how I want to bring myself to the work I do. Alongside the professional growth I have experienced here at USD,  I have created relationships I know will last a lifetime.