At many times, San Diego feels like paradise-lush palm trees, beautiful sandy beaches, and clear blue skies. What more could a Seattleite ask for? In early August, I packed my bags and embarked on an exciting adventure to pursue my Masters in Higher Education Leadership at USD and begin my graduate assistantship with SOLES Admissions & Outreach.
Prior to relocating to San Diego, the thought of leaving an established life in Seattle was daunting. Yet something about SOLES felt right-even prior to my campus visit earlier this year in February. Maybe it was their personal, caring approach in our initial interactions, but I was sold. I actually confirmed prior to visiting the campus! Upon admission to the program, I was immediately met with the warmth and kindness of SOLES students, staff, and faculty. Based off my experiences so far, I firmly believe that I could not have made a better decision.Not only does this campus radiate physical beauty with its breathtaking Spanish architecture and phenomenal landscaping, but USD’s core values speaks volumes. The desire to provide a compassionate, diverse, and inclusive environment for students has deeply resonated with my personal values and I eagerly look forward what these next two years with SOLES will bring. I hope to carry that into my work following the completion of the program.
Reflecting on my time at USD, my transition to SOLES has brought forth tremendous growth opportunities. This past month in San Diego has proved to be a humbling, thrilling, and rewarding experience. Not only have I discovered a new found responsibility and independence, but I also have been challenged to incorporate leadership in the classroom, work force, and everyday life. From the task of learning a new job to learning about USD’s culture-I feel so incredibly blessed for this opportunity to pursue my goals as a Higher Education professional.
So cheers to new friendships, experiences, and perspectives!
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