Pavlovic spent his undergraduate years building meaningful connections with his classmates, whom he describes as “some of the brightest and most talented individuals” he has ever met. He said he believes that any one of them could have earned the award, which honors one male and one female graduate for excellence in academics, leadership and service.
Pavlovic’s admiration for his peers inspired him to serve in student government. He ran for office and was elected President of Associated Students for the 2011-2012 academic year.
“One of my biggest advantages in my campaign for AS President was the connections and friendships I've fostered over the years at USD as an outgoing, friendly guy,” Pavlovic said. “I had a healthy social life; one that enabled me to meet and connect with almost every peer of mine in the Class of 2012.”
Throughout his undergraduate career, Pavlovic maintained a strong presence in the campus community. He was especially active with Lambda Chi Alpha and PRIDE, an organization of undergraduate students who are members, and/or allies of the LGBTQ community. He said his greatest challenge as AS president was time management—no small task for a man with high academic standards, a bubbling social circle, and the responsibilities of an elected position.
“That's what this incredible leadership experience taught me,” Pavlovic said. “As we grow up, our responsibilities and commitments change, and it's our job to decide whether we are up to the task of changing with them.”
During his time in office, Pavlovic advocated for diversity and community, and encouraged students to make the most of their undergraduate years. He said just a few of the perks of getting involved are: lifelong friends, a safe and welcoming community and eye-opening encounters with new world-views.
“When you're in college, refuse to be complacent,” Pavlovic said. “There are endless opportunities out there; you just need to be brave, step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Each adventure you embark on, no matter how small, will be a new experience.”
Pavlovic begins his career in San Francisco, as a recruiter with Global Insight, Inc. While he certainly has some dreams for the future—like raising a family and continuing to advocate for LGBT human rights—Pavlovic looks forward to enjoying the surprises of life as they come.
“What are my plans for the future? To be courageous and take risks, never lose my adventurous spirit, and continue to treat everyone I meet with respect. Everything else that happens while I stick to that is just a part of the mystery of life. Bring it!”
- Anne Malinoski ‘11