Shannon Hutchison Caraveo

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

What do you consider your hometown(s)?

I grew up in Glendale, Arizona, but I’ve officially lived in San Diego longer than anywhere else!

What did you study in college?

B.A. in communication from PLNU and an M.A. in higher education leadership from USD

What's the best San Diego restaurant?

Although it’s probably a 20-way tie (we have so much good food here), I’ll say Shades Oceanfront Bistro in Ocean Beach. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner — and all with an ocean view? Perfect. Let me know if you’re going there; I have a lot of recommendations.

Where's the best shopping in San Diego?

No question: Fashion Valley Mall. It has EVERYTHING. But we also have a lot of fun thrift/vintage stores all over Hillcrest, and some amazing outlet shops up in Carlsbad. I could go on, but it would be embarrassing. I really like shopping.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who's choosing a college?

Visit campus, and take advantage of EVERYTHING — go to a class, speak with a professor, take the tour, meet with study abroad, eat in the dining hall, talk with your admissions counselor; it’s your chance to see what life will be like for you as a student there, so do it all!