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

Apartment Hunting

Coming from the Midwest, I was a little shocked with apartment prices here in San Diego. However, I would describe myself as “creatively frugal”, so I was determined to find an apartment within my tight budget. Although most people told Continue reading

My Advice for Incoming SOLES Students

I graduated in May from USD with my M.A. in Counseling, with a School Specialization. I am currently living at home in Orange County, working as the director of a summer program, but will be moving back to San Diego Continue reading

End of Year One and the Start of Summer

I am amazed at how quickly the first year flies by.  A lot has changed since the first day of school: I’ve changed my research interests (and methodologies) at least twice, I’ve made some great friends, I’ve found a mentor, 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

Spring Has Sprung

Spring fever is upon us and the warm weather is slowly creeping in.  What better time to take advantage of the great city of San Diego than now?  Explore the exciting activities taking place in your city this spring season! Continue reading

Detoxing and Eating Clean

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the different “diet” fads that are going on right now… Eating clean, juicing, detoxing, etc…  But what does it all really mean??  According to the Huffington Post and Livestrong.com, “Clean eating is a diet 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

The great thing about SoCal

One great thing about living in Southern California is the ease of access to a wide variety of landscapes.  Ocean, deserts, rolling hills, coastal plains, mountains, and valleys all lay within close proximity.  Where else can you go surfing in Continue reading

Staying active in San Diego

Staying Active in San Diego For me, part of self-care means staying active. I’ve lived in southern California for my entire life and I am completely spoiled by the amazing weather we have, so I try to take advantage of Continue reading