Higher Education & Student Affairs MA

Maria Barragán De Luna

Maria Barragán De LunaEmail: mdbarragandeluna@dons.usfca.edu
Academic Program: Higher Education & Student Affairs MA
Hometown: Jurupa Valley, CA

Why USF?

I chose USF because of two things the social justice and equity component to the program, but most importantly because of the diverse faculty that SOE has. I knew I wanted to learn from them as an emerging Student Affairs professional. This allows for more open conversations and perspectives on experiences within higher education and within our lives.

What has been the highlight of your program so far?

Being able to actively participate in class discussions alongside my cohort has been an amazing experience. While learning and having hands-on experience within my internship in Student Affairs.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Do not hesitate to contact or connect with current students within your program of interest and faculty. Everyone is very welcoming and understanding that this is a big step into accomplishing your dream.

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant:

Brenda's Soul Food, San Francisco

Isaiah Antoine

Email: ijantoine@dons.usfca.edu
Program: Higher Education & Student Affairs MA 
Hometown: Antioch, CA

Why USF?

USF's commitment to social justice really transforms the program and education you'll receive into something meaningful that can inspire change.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

Being able to actively work via in my desired field via the internship component of my program.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Find what ignites your passions in education. The work is a lot easier to do when you love it.

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant:

Brenda's French Soul Food

Zayna Seyedi

Zayna SeyediEmail: zseyedi@dons.usfca.edu
Program: Higher Education & Student Affairs MA 
Hometown: San Jose, CA
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Why USF?

The highly educated and experienced faculty really make USF special. I couldn't have asked for more intelligent or approachable professors. I'm really impressed by both their research and their service to the community.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

The people that I've gotten to learn from and build community with. My cohort consists of an amazing group of individuals from all different backgrounds and experiences. I know I will continue to look to them for guidance and support long after I graduate from my program.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Make yourself a priority by taking the time to practice self care and by doing things that bring you happiness. Mental wellness is incredibly important and often taken for granted in this day and and age where we are constantly on the go. Also, don't be afraid to reach out for support - you are your best advocate!

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant:

Hog Island Oyster Co. by the Ferry Building or Picaro in the Mission District