Featured Torero Archives
Jessica Morris ‘05
1. What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduation, my husband and I spent a few years traveling around the world and living part time in Mexico. We have since settled down in San Diego and started a family with the addition of our beautiful daughter in 2012. Looking for the flexibility of working part time from home, I took advantage of my passion for all things handmade and started Little Partridge (http://www.littlepartridge.com/.) The shop features custom children’s clothing, and ready-to-give gifts for welcoming new babies. My signature cupcake burp cloths were recently given away to celebrity moms at an Emmy’s gifting suite and business is booming!
2. What is your fondest memory of USD?
I remember feeling grateful to be attending an outstanding school in such a beautiful location. Just walking through campus every day and seeing students who genuinely loved being there was really something special.
3. What is your favorite place on campus, and why?
I was lucky enough to be able to attend classes in the Shiley Center for Science and Technology my senior year when it opened. Aside from the beautiful views of the ocean out its windows, it was amazing being able to use state of the art equipment for Marine Biology labs.
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
My advisor, Dr. Michel Boudrias, taught several of my classes with such enthusiasm that you couldn’t help but get excited learning about even the tiniest microorganism.
5. How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Living in San Diego, it’s always fun to follow Torero athletics. It was particularly exciting last year when the football team played my husband’s alma mater, Harvard.
6. If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Challenge yourself with classes that are outside of your major. You never know how you will be inspired by something new! Don’t ever feel guilty if your career path detours from your original plan. I never imagined myself designing clothing for a living, but I couldn’t imagine a happier life right now.
Interested in connecting with Jessica? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trenton Mendenhall '14
Trenton received his bachelors degree in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2014. Soon after graduating, he began his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji promoting health and wellness to local communities.