Ali Moss, NASPA Region IV-West Graduate Student Representative
January 1, 2019
Hometown: Hawthorne, California
Graduate Institution: University of Denver (DU)
Degree you are working towards: Master of Arts in Higher Education
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
Why you chose your graduate institution: I chose my graduate institution because of the assistantship I was offered. I had received much information about how challenging yet rewarding the Graduate Resident Director (GRD) position was from previous CSUF supervisors who attended DU and were also GRDs. Additionally, I wanted a new experience and Colorado, especially Denver, seemed like a great location for me to experience outside of California.
Why you wanted to go to graduate school: Primarily, I knew I had to pursue graduate school to ensure I had more opportunities to excel in my profession. Nonetheless, the most important reason why is because out of my family, both immediate and entire, I have been the first individual who has been granted an opportunity to go past a Bachelor degree.
What area(s) of Student Affairs interest you most and why: First year programs, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Student Government. Because of the first-year program at CSUF, I found my passion and motivation to excel in academics. It was in that same program where I began the friendships that I still hold until this day. Within student government, I experienced event planning and gain the knowledge that post-secondary education has much to offer outside the classroom. Fraternity & Sorority Life is an area I had always been interested in learning about but wasn’t ready to experience until my very last year of undergraduate. So, now that I am affiliated myself, I would like to work within the area to support the FSL community.
A memorable moment working with your students at your assistantship: My most memorable moment is when my RAs bought me a cake and card for my first birthday away from home. They brought it and sang to me. I felt loved and they had all just met me about a month or so prior to that.
What are your hobbies?: I enjoy shopping and participating in heels dance classes.
If you could take a year off from work/school what would you do: With money? Visit my home countries El Salvador and Guatemala. Without money? Learn and become more active but mostly sleep and wake up late.
What is your dream job? Student Affairs BUT if I always thought being an OBGYN would be cool because I’d be helping to bring babies into this world. Yet I don’t do well with all the bodily liquids and stuff.
The best gift you have ever received? That’s very hard to think about but I’d say my overall gift now is being an older sister.
Who would play you in a movie of your life and why? I’d say Kevin Hart. Even though I identify as a female he is hilarious and authentic and when I see his videos on Instagram, I laugh and think “I’d do something like that.” Especially his dancing and laughing videos.
What you would like to be remembered for? Making others happy, whether that’s a simple smile or stomach-hurting laughter.
What advice do you have for undergraduate students pursuing student affairs? Make the most out of each experience and remember to value the professional and personal relationships you make within each! They can really help, guide and support you moving forward in the profession.
What has NASPA meant to you? NASPA provided me the opportunity to learn about and grow within the student affairs profession. It has also taught me to be confident in my abilities and skills to move forward in the profession.
NASPA Region IV-West Graduate Student Representative
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