Recent Graduate Daelyn Moon Pursues Masters at Loyola University Chicago
Class of ’17 political science and Spanish double major Daelyn Moon will head east this fall to pursue a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. A native of Pasadena, Calif., Daelyn’s passion for student affairs grew through her involvement with LMU’s The Learning Community (TLC), a program devoted to first-year African-American student success. She is currently the program’s resident director.
“LMU was the first campus I walked on and could visually see myself,” Daelyn said. “I came from a small school setting that had a real sense of community and I could see that sort of inherent support system present on the bluff.”
Daelyn added that LMU’s support-system goes beyond its people, present in the many resources available to students – including its easily accessible office of Career and Professional Development (CPD).
“I would highly recommend starting to utilize CPD your freshman year,” Daelyn said. “I was able to receive helpful advice on everything from my resume, networking and graduate schools – not to mention getting a headstart on internship opportunities.”
A particular highlight of Daelyn’s LMU experience was taking a core creative class called “Theatre in LA.”
“Our class got to travel all over LA and see different plays at a variety of theatres,” Daelyn said. “We would see them, critique them and learn all about what goes into a production. It was great to get an academic understanding of all that goes into a show -- and the experience really made me fall back in love with the magic of LA.”
In addition to her rigorous coursework, Daelyn is a member of Delta Zeta sorority, Phi Delta Phi (pre-law society), interned for the non-profit organization Bet Tzedek, campaigned for assemblyman Prophet Walker and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Looking to the future, Daelyn is eager to start the next chapter of her academic career and hopes to publish research from her graduate studies within the next few years.
As for what advice she has for incoming Lions?
“You will have your college experience,” Daelyn said. “It just may not be what you’re expecting – just be open to your journey and don’t compare it with someone else’s experience. Trust yourself and do what you think is best for you always.”