Monica Schnapp

MA in Higher Education Leadership

About Me

My hometown is Newport Beach, CA. I graduated from University of the Pacific in May of 2014.  At University of the Pacific, I was involved with my sorority, served on the Student Conduct Board and as a student ambassador.  I chose to take a year between graduating undergrad and beginning grad school.  During that year, I worked for Florida Institute of Technology as an administrative assistant for their hybrid masters program in Behavior Analysis.

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

I serve as a graduate assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life at USD as the panhellenic advisor.   I advise an executive board of eight women and serve as an advisor to the eight NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) organizations and the two culturally based organizations on campus.

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 serve as a graduate assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life at USD as the panhellenic advisor.  I advise an executive board of eight women and serve as an advisor to the eight NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) organizations and the two culturally based organizations on campus.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

I have really enjoyed the class Making Meaning and the Collegiate Experience.  It helped me better understand where my students are in their development.  I feel like I go into advising meetings and even meetings with colleagues and friends with a new mentality.  I also enjoyed our LEAD 550 class, which requires students to become introspective thinkers and better observers of the world around them.  It took me out of my comfort zone and shaped my learning style a lot.

What are your plans for after graduation? What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work at a university as a student conduct officer in a position where I can also work with fraternity and sorority students.

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

If I could give anyone applying to student affairs programs advice it would be to keep steadfast to your values and not be afraid to go off the “normal” path.  I never would have imagined I would take a year off, but I can honestly say now that it was the best decision for me.  Also, remember how valuable you are.  There is a place for you at a university that will honor and treasure the valuable skills you possess.  Don’t settle for something that feels comfortable.  Take a risk and see where you end up!

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

After I graduate, I would like to combine two of my passions; working with fraternity and sorority life and student conduct.  My dream job would be working with Title IX or fraternity and sorority life compliance.