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Cowas Jehangir '12
Cowas came to USD from Mumbai, India. He graduated from USD in 2012, double-majoring in Real Estate and Business Administration. While he was at USD, Cowas was involved with various student and academic organizations. He was the president of the International Student Organization, the co-chair of the Real Estate Society, a team-member of the USD Real Estate team for the 2012 NAIOP University Challenge, and on the Torero Board for New Student Orientation. Cowas lives in San Diego and has been working with a private real estate firm for the last two years. He is on the verge of moving back home to pursue his real estate career.
1: What have you been up to since graduation?
Since graduating last year (2012), I have been working in San Diego with a private real estate firm called Darnell Capital Management. I started working there as an intern over the summer after my junior year. I continued to work there over my senior year and it eventually became a full-time job after I graduated. I plan to move back home to India in a few months to further my real estate career and planting my feet back home.
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
I've had a lot of fantastic memories at USD so it's hard to pinpoint one. However, if I had to choose one, my fondest memory would be when I was a part of the new student orientation team (the first time I was on it in 2009). The friendships I made there became the strongest I've had.
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
My favorite place on campus would have to be the canyon path from the valley up to the main campus. It used to be my everyday walk to class and with such an incredible view, I always looked forward to it.
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
I've been really lucky with my professors at USD, I've had some fantastic professors over my four years there. It really is hard for me to pick one...so I'll pick two! John Demas was my first real estate professor and he really ignited my passion for real estate. His wisdom and knowledge on real estate and everything beyond was staggering and incredibly thought-provoking. Also, to top it all, he is a great human being with a fantastic personality. Anyone who has taken a class with him knows that no class with him is ever boring. The other professor that stood out to me was Dr. Del Dickson. I first met Dr. Dickson on a bicycle ride that he organized for new students! Taking his political science class was probably my hardest yet favorite class at USD. He taught us through the Socratic method of constantly asking provoking questions. His ability to get me to think about an issue on so many different levels and from different angles was fantastic. Dr. Dickson's class (which I luckily took my freshmen year) was perhaps the turning point of my academic life on how I approached classes thereafter.
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I've stayed connected with all the organizations that I was very involved with by providing advice or support in any way I can. I also connected with the Alumni Association by participating in panels for incoming students, parents, and even grandparents.
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Get involved with anything that interests you; that is where the spark for passion will grow from. There will never be another time in your life where there are so many like-minded people having similar experiences. Take full advantage of all the opportunities that USD offers in the classroom and especially out of it. Finally, stay connected with the connections you made and the alumni family - that's how I got my job here!
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Elisabetta Colabianchi '09
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