Graduate Student Spotlights

Daniel Esquivel

Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration

Why I went back to graduate school:
I spent two years working at a college in California and realized that in order to advance my career, a Master’s degree was necessary. I was ready to be a student again, focusing specifically on the field of higher education.
Why I chose this graduate program:
I chose the NYU program because as a California native, I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone and experience living and working in New York City. I was really drawn to the global focus of the program and the university as a whole. At the recruitment event, I was able to get to know the current student body and learn about the program from a student perspective. Overall, I decided it was a good fit.
NYU involvement outside of class:
I joined the Association for Student Affairs Professionals (ASAP) at NYU, and was recently elected Executive Chair. The group focuses on professional development, recruitment of new students, alumni relations and academic advocacy. We also have social events, community service work, and social justice activism.
A book from class I would never sell back:
Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam, which I read for the class Campus Communities and Student Subcultures. The book focuses on the trends in American communities, comparing and contrasting the significance of community now and throughout the past 60 years.
The professor who influenced me the most:
Ann Marcus. She has had an amazing career not only here at NYU, but throughout the higher education sector. The course Foundations of Higher Education was interesting and rewarding because she drew from so many of her own relevant experiences and made the class more enjoyable.
Daniel Esquivel PhotoWhat I am most looking forward to during my time as a graduate student:
I am studying abroad in South Africa this summer, taking the course Educational and Social Reform. I’m excited to learn about and experience the differences in culture and academic systems between South Africa and the United States.
If I had a blog it would be about:
I actually have a blog titled From Orange to the Big Apple, about my move to New York City from Orange County, CA. It’s a reflection on social and cultural differences I encounter as I continue to have new experiences and chronicle life here in NYC.
What I do to de-stress:
Good music and a cup of tea, or a night out with friends.
The best job I’ve ever had:
As an undergraduate, I was a Resident Advisor in the residence halls. I’d call it both the best and worst job, but ultimately, it was very rewarding as it led me to where I am today.
My favorite place to have coffee around NYU:
Think Coffee. It’s a great spot to hang out, study and people-watch.
If I could take a year off, I would:
Travel, travel and more travel.
The best invention in the last 10 years:
Lady GaGa.
After I graduate, I:
want to work abroad for a higher education institution, counseling American students on both personal and academic issues, as well as helping them with transitional issues.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Orange County/Los Angeles, California
Graduation Year:
April 2008: Recipient, Marketing Award & Star Performer, Windsor Communities, Spring 2007: Graduated Cum laude, Sonoma State University, Spring 2007: Graduated with Distinction from Communications department, Sonoma State University, Spring 2007: Recipient, Outstanding Student Org. Member of the Year, Sonoma State University, Spring 2005: Recipient, Mover & Shaker Award, Outstanding Leadership Ability, Sonoma State University.
Volunteer Experience:
Journal of Student Affairs Editorial Board at NYU, Contributing Coordinator of an AIDS benefit concert at Sonoma State University and a Peer Mentor at Sonoma State University..
Work Experience:
Resident Advisor, Summer Orientation Leader, Programming Advisor for Residential Life, Editor of the student newspaper, T.A. for a University leadership course at Sonoma State University, Marketing Representative for Windsor Communities, Admissions Specialist at Dominican University of California, Program Board Advisor in Student Activities at Pratt Institute..