This reflection is part of an ongoing series highlighting notable 2012 University of San Diego graduates. Alex Tubbs is a political science and international business double major. With a passion for community service, she was the Mortar Board president, a student leader for the Center for Awareness, Service and Action (CASA) and the Center for Community Service-Learning (CSL), and participated in the Honors Program, Political Science Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha and Kappa Kappa Gamma. She plans to work for E&J Gallo Winery in the Management Development Program.
Attending college at the University of San Diego is not your typical college experience — it is more than you can ever imagine. It is hard to describe my time at USD in just one word because it is more of a story.
Freshman year is exciting, and everything is new. You struggle to find your place and you are just beginning to discover your values. By sophomore year, USD is familiar and you start to find your place on campus and where you fit: you find your stride and declare your major.
During your junior year you study abroad — or at least I did, and I learned more about myself in that semester than I have in a lifetime. Junior year is when you find your passions. Then comes senior year. Senior year has been about growth and, most importantly, reflection. It is the time when you are looking to make your next step, and that is when you realize how much you have learned at USD.
You gain more than just an education at USD. You forge relationships that will last a lifetime and you find mentors that shape you into the person you are today. Most of all, you become equipped with the tools and afforded opportunities to change the world.
My advice for future USD students is that there are no limits to what you are capable of doing. This may sound corny, but it is true. Choosing to attend USD provides you with a rare opportunity to get involved, learn, and create change on the micro and macro levels and truly become a Changemaker. If you can dream it, you can make it.
There are so many opportunities when you are a USD student that it can be overwhelming. But college is about finding where you fit, what makes you tick, and what lights passion within you. Ultimately, USD is only what you make it.
— Alex Tubbs
Photos by Nick Abadilla