Molly Patrick

MA Leadership Studies


Coronado, California

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2019

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

I am leaning towards consulting, but that may change!

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

I currently work full time in the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) department here at USD as the Senior Program Assistant in Enrollment and Student Services.  We offer support for all of our programs (there are A LOT!!) We have Business, Engineering, Education, Healthcare and Paralegal certificate programs as well as the English Language Academy, test preparation courses, youth programs in cyber security, and countless others.  We are the office on campus that has recently rolled out the only online degree programs the university as a whole offers; including, Masters in Education online, Masters in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership, Masters in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership and the Masters in Cyber Security Engineering (on campus).  We cover a wide range of topics so I have to be well versed in all of them.  Not many students know about PCE and I have made it my mission to tell as many people as possible about what we offer!  

Any outside obligations (family, military, volunteer work, student organizations, etc)?

I am on the sustainability committee for SOLES and frequently volunteer at Kitchens for Good, a local non-profit.  I am passionate about food security/insecurity locally and globally and I am totally obsessed with cooking, eating, growing and otherwise experiencing what food has to offer.  I believe sharing a meal with someone is an innately special and intimate thing and that we can all benefit from.  And I firmly believe that slowing down and enjoying a well prepared, nutritious and locally and organically sourced meal can make a difference for our planet.  I am hoping to integrate my passion for food with my leadership practice to cultivate programs surrounding this integral topic, although I am still working out the kinks and I am definitely open to suggestions! I grew up here in San Diego, and know the area well, so if you need suggestions about where to eat, I am your girl!

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

LEAD 559- Organizational Theory & Change with Dr. Zachary Green, was the most hands-on experience I have had to date in a course.  We came together as a class to form what is called “class-as-an-organization” to provide consulting services to a real life organization within the greater Linda Vista community.  I not only was challenged to push myself academically, but the concrete real-life situations we dealt with were crucial in preparing me for what to expect if I were to pursue a consulting career.  I learned so much in such a short amount of time, the impact will be a long lasting one.