Andrea Medina

MA Leadership Studies

Hometown

San Antonio, Texas

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2018

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

With my degree, I hope to create, implement, and facilitate public speaking and leadership development programs and workshops for high school and undergraduate students. There is so much power in communication. Learning to use one’s voice, environment, and entire self to communicate effectively is an empowering process, but is often overlooked in traditional classroom settings. Developing these skills young is crucial, and is why I seek to ensure that immersive opportunities for this type of learning are readily provided and made more accessible for all.

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

I first heard about SOLES through a National Hispanic Institute summer leadership program college fair. I was 19 at the time, and thought it was fascinating that there was an entire school and graduate program dedicated to the study and art of leadership. The SOLES master’s program was something I always had in the back of my mind, and after doing some more research, I fell in love. I was drawn to the program’s emphasis on experiential and immersive learning, and also took the opportunity to experience moving away from my hometown for the first time.

Tell us about any research or independent study you have done at SOLES.

I have been doing research for my capstone project in making connections between improv comedy and its relationship to public speaking and leadership development. I am currently taking classes at Old Town Improv Co. to really immerse myself in the learning, and incorporate some of the concepts into the programs, workshops, and consultations I am working on for high school and undergraduate students.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

The Foundations of Leadership Coaching course with Dr. Green has been one of the most powerful classroom experiences I have had to date. I wasn’t entirely familiar with leadership coaching, and did not know what to expect. Dr. Green pushed us to break out of our comfort zones, learn to embrace uncertainty and ambiguity, and provided us with tools to navigate the emerging dynamics presented in one-on-one coaching relationships. This course challenged me to begin to see myself as an instrument of inquiry and interpersonal awareness, and allowed me to tap into addressing areas of personal growth that I hadn’t ever named or identified myself.