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Adam Stern '03

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
I moved back to Northern California a year after graduating USD in 2003. I started and stopped many different careers, including in real estate, investments, project management and public relations/marketing, yet until I started working in documentary film, I didn't find my true calling. Being able to tell stories for a living and being exposed to a diverse group of people from all different backgrounds is what makes my job fulfilling and exciting. I never would have imagined the friends I've made and people I've met through this work, all while doing what I love, which is telling untold, true stories that connect with audiences on many levels. Check out my latest project at You can buy tickets to the World Premiere on April 28 at the Newport Beach Film Festival.  Also to support the project check out

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
For me the fondest memories are those I shared with lifelong friends. From long nights in Maher Hall freshman year to walking across the graduation stage at the JCP senior year, I cherish the friendships developed along the way.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
I had two favorite places on campus. One was the outside balcony at Maher Hall looking out over the canyon and Mission Bay in the distance. From freshman year on there was no better place to be at peace than looking out over the beauty that surrounds the campus. My other favorite place doesn't exist any longer. West Point Field, where the IPJ is located now, was a favorite place for my friends to play football, throw a baseball around or just relax on the lawn.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
My favorite and most influential professor was Dr. Ken Keith, my psychology advisor and professor. He showed me there was so much more to learning than what was in a book, to always strive to learn about other people and the different cultures and backgrounds we all come from. And always be open-minded.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Since I moved away from San Diego my involvement has been mostly through keeping up with friends and supporting the athletic teams whenever they are close. I saw the football team play at UC Davis and I've been to a few basketball games in the Bay Area, always wearing my Torero blue.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
My advice for current students would be to never waste a day and never regret not doing something. You only go to college once so take advantage of all USD has to offer, both academically and socially. Meet as many people and make as many friends as you can, there will never be a time in your life when the possibility of making meaningful, life-long relationships and friendships is more available.

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