Candace Torrey

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 attended University of San Diego and earned a BA in Communication Studies. While at the university, I was a resident assistant for three years, a tour guide for the Undergraduate Admissions Office, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. After graduation, I worked for a corporate event planning company in San Diego and when a space became available at the university within the Department of Residential Life, I took the opportunity. I am glad I pursued the position because I found my true career passion working within higher education. 

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

I work full-time as the placement and billing coordinator for the University of San Diego Residential Life. I manage room changes and assist the assistant director with the placement and billing of all students that live on campus.

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

Professor Jeff Bolster confirmed that I picked the right program through his dedication and experience working with students in his professional role at a local university. He was the professor of my favorite class, Making Meaning of the Collegiate Experience. Professor Bolster still inspires me to integrate self, theory and others in order to create long term development opportunities for the students I work with.

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

I heard about SOLES from my colleagues within Residential Life at the university. They were strong advocates for the MA in Higher Education Leadership program and I saw firsthand how their academics were enhancing the office.

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

The university creates the perfect balance of a supportive cohort and riveting academic schedule where discussion is plentiful.