Representation Matters as a First-Generation College student

Donna and a group of MA in Higher Education Leadership Students

A blog post from SOLES MA in Higher Education Leadership Ambassador Donna Soukantouy I am a first-generation, Laotian-American college student in the Master’s program of Higher Education Leadership. When I first started out the master’s program in SOLES, I pretty Continue reading

Balance is Beautiful

A blog post from SOLES MA in Higher Education Leadership Studies Ambassador, Mariana Ortega “Balance is Beautiful”- Miyoko Ohno Imagine waking up 15 minutes before work, you brush your teeth, get dressed and your commute to your office is 1 Continue reading

Be Selfish

A blog post from SOLES MA in Marital and Family Therapy Ambassador, Gloria Saldana. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”– Banksy As a graduate student in the field Continue reading

Owning My Imposter Syndrome

A blog post from SOLES MA in Higher Education Leadership Studies Ambassador, Meredith Mendez. When I was accepted into USD, I thought the admissions committee had made an error in my acceptance. As I walked into my classes, I was afraid Continue reading

Laying out the welcome mat: Behind the scenes with a SOLES Ambassador

A blog post from SOLES MA in Leadership Studies Ambassador, Kalie Sabajo.  Hi everyone! My name is Kalie Sabajo and I am an ambassador here at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD. I am about to enter the Continue reading

SOLES International Experience: How to Make it Your Own

A blog post from SOLES MA in Leadership Studies Ambassador, Molly Patrick Where should I go for my SOLES International Experience trip? I immediately asked myself this question after I was accepted into the SOLES Masters in Leadership Studies program.  I Continue reading

Finding a New Identity

March Madness is quickly coming to a close and as I reflect, I realize it has already been over a year since I last wore my own college basketball jersey. For as long as I can remember, when someone asked Continue reading

Living in the NOW

Spring Semester, 2013 – my last semester of graduate school.  For the next 3 months, it’s going to be a balancing act of completing my action research project, my work obligations, and my studies.   The energy of the campus is Continue reading

San Diego has seasons! Sort of…

Fall in San Diego is nothing short of spectacular.   The summer crowds have thinned and temperate, sunny days are followed by clear, crisp nights.  Throw a couple of rainstorms into the mix and it’s downright stunning.  It is also the Continue reading

Melting Fences: A GA's Perspective on Community Service Learning

I am a first year Doctoral student and Doctoral Graduate Assistant at the Center for Community Service-Learning here on Campus. I would define the Center as… a hub for learning by making sense of oneself and the world through the Continue reading