Featured Torero Archives
Nylie Afuyog '92
1) What have you been up to since graduation?
After I graduated from USD in 1992, I continued my career as a legal and executive assistant for several leading law firms in San Diego. Many of these law firms allowed me to the opportunity to serve as a volunteer for various causes that affected disadvantaged women and children in San Diego and Mexico. I took a 6 year break from my legal career and became a jewelry designer, a voice over talent and a volunteer Director of International Relations for the International Humanity Foundation, an organization that has schools and orphanages in Africa, Thailand and Indonesia. I also created a project called Framed with Hope that connected lives through the art of digital photography. I returned to my legal career 4 years ago while continuing to design jewelry and volunteering for various charities in San Diego. I've given presentations to schools such as USD about corporate social responsibility and volunteer opportunities. My current volunteer work with Fan for Life is working to promote the gift of life through organ donation and education in San Diego. You can learn more about this organization at http://www.fanforlife.org.
2) What is your fondest memory of USD?
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offered some great classes that I will never forget. Many of these classes always started off with a burst of enthusiasm from our professors followed by numerous debates and sharing of thought-provoking ideas with mixed humor and laughter.
3) What is your favorite place on campus?
The old soccer field, now the back of the IPJ Center, has always had a beautiful view of San Diego. However, it has also been wonderful place to meditate throughout the years.
4) Who was your favorite professor or class?
Dr. Pace, was one of my favorite professors because he always brought in his personal experiences to make the subject matter more interesting. He was also one of my first professors who used email to communicate to his students, a novel idea at that time.
5) How have you been involved with USD since graduating?
I've enjoyed mentoring USD students and offering presentations on corporate social responsibility while also sharing my experiences in working with local and international charities.
6) If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
If I could offer a current USD student advice, it would be to remember that life is about opportunities that you create, experience and give to others. Don't underestimate the power of what you can do in life. Harness that power and allow it to take you on an incredible journey.
Sonya Sparks '05
Sonya graduated from USD in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration. Since her days in Alcala Park, she opened an art gallery in downtown San Diego representing contemporary artwork to support the local art community.