173: Post Master’s Program Transitions with Ariana Aparicio Aguilar and Patricia Ayala
This week our special guests are Ariana Aparicio Aguilar and Patricia Ayala, who you may know as co-hosts of the Xicana Code Switchers podcast and today they discuss their post master’s program transitions.
Ariana began her educational journey at Santa Rosa Junior College and transferred to Sonoma State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with distinction. She also holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy at UC Riverside.
Patricia pursued her Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Latino Studies with a minor in Spanish and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Sonoma State University. She also obtained her Masters of Arts in Education; Educational Leadership and Administration at CSU Fresno and she has worked in a variety of educational support programs to help students transition into college.
In this episode we cover:
-Their friendship and podcasting origin story and how it all rooted back to a graduate course assignment
-How they made the decision to each pursue a master’s degree and why they did (Ariana) and did not (Patricia) go on to pursue a PhD
-How their personal circumstances (location restrictions, legal status, pandemic, etc) along with the changing landscape of higher ed have impacted their career trajectories
-And advice for students and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree
You can connect with Ariana and Patricia in the following ways:
IG @xicanacodeswitchers; Twitter @xcodeswitchers
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