“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.”- Albert Einstein
My name is Monica Gonzalez. I am a first-year in the Master’s in Higher education (MAHE) and a first-year in Student Affairs/SOLES Collaborative (SASC) cohort. SASC is a partnership between the Department of Leadership Studies and USD’s Division of Student Affairs for students who applied for a graduate assistantship (GA).
I am currently at the Community, Leadership, and Development department at USD under the leadership of Ariela Canizal and so far, this is my favorite part of graduate school! I can see the connections between the student development theories I am learning in class and real practice by supporting students, creating community, and implementing programs. As suggested in the opening quote, a theory is an abstract practice while practice is theory and when you are well-versed in both, one learns what theory can provide value to the practitioner. As a rising profession, both are important to understand and validate students, especially underserved, non-traditional, and diverse students. I also get to experience the administrative side of student affairs, such as supervising our student leaders.
I love the community of students and the team I get to work with. I am so thankful for this opportunity to share my experience as a GA at USD. I am open to any questions new students or potential applicants have! Please find my contact information on the USD SOLES Ambassador website and look at the SASC website if interested.