MA Leadership Studies
San Jose, California
Expected Graduation Date
What do you hope to do with your degree and why?
I'd like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeve. People love to tell you to stay inside the lines, but something's better on the other side. I want to scream at the top of my lungs “I just found out there's no such thing as the real world! Just a lie you've got to rise above.”
I want to help people be “the world’s greatest” to be standing in the “hall of fame” in their own lives in their own terms in their personal and professional life.
Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?
I am working as a freelance program manager at various organizations (both volunteer and professional). I also consult a leadership development youth group remotely. I have facilitated and/or guided leadership retreats and training for high school students to working professionals.
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?
One of my areas of growth at SOLES was in Leadership Coaching. From that work, I have learned more about myself and how I function in relation with my clients, friends, family and the general world around me. It was through this I became aware of my own shortcomings and how to overcome it. With each challenge, I may come out mentally and emotionally bruised, but I come out with a deep profound gratitude for these life changing moments.
Which class has impacted you the most? Why?
If you can, take LEAD 550 (Integral Leadership Theory) with LEAD 533 (Foundations of Coaching). If Mindfulness is available, I recommend that as well. While it takes up a lot of your electives, I found this combination of classes was the most holistic work I’ve done. You will be challenged. You will be called into why you react a certain way. You will find understanding in yourself.