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Aaron '97 and Katie (Selfridge) '98 Gonzalez

Aaron and Katie met while in school at USD, have since married and have two beautiful children together. Meet Katie and Aaron...

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
Aaron and I were married in July 2003 at Founders Chapel. We have two sons: James (age 6) and Nathan (age 2). Aaron is currently the 8th grade teacher and Middle School Chair at St. John of the Cross Catholic School in Lemon Grove and is the Head Coach for the Academy of Our Lady of Peace Girls Golf team. I have been working as a Paralegal for the last 14 years and recently started my own business as a Professional Photographer (kate • james • photography on the side.

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
Aaron: Meeting my wife Katie (Class of 98) and my best friend John Kitchingham (Class of 97), got to know them both while pulling marathon study sessions for Dr. Dickson’s exams.

Katie: First, meeting my husband Aaron (Class of 97). And second, getting to attend and be a volunteer to work at the Presidential Debate held on campus in 1996 between Bob Dole and Pres. Bill Clinton. At the end of the debate (after cameras stopped rolling) I watched Reporter, Sam Donaldson heckle Bob Dole from the crowd. It was hilarious.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why? 
Aaron: The quiet room in the Camino Stacks... great place to study and it’s where I discovered Mr. Miles Davis.

Katie: I spent the most time in Serra Hall. It always felt like home. I also loved “The Grill,” although I know it isn’t called that any more. It had the best chicken strips and ranch dressing on a tight budget.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Aaron: Not one but two... Judicial Behavior with Dr. Del Dickson and Mexican-American History with Dr. Michael Gonzalez. Both professors represent the best that USD offers, teacher-scholars.

Katie: Hands down... Dr. Del Dickson. My first year at USD I took his Intro to Political Science class. I struggled and cried every night. But it was not long before I figured out his teaching methods were exactly what I needed and I learned so much from him. I will always consider him one of my greatest mentors. My favorite classes were Constitutional Law I and II and Judicial Behavior.  I would take those again for fun in a heartbeat. Dr. Dickson’s cult-like belief in the Socratic-method made for late night study sessions with our fellow classmates and challenged us to evaluate our “cognitive paradigms” (ways of thinking). {wink}

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
We were married at Founder’s Chapel and both of our sons were baptized there. On special occasions we attend mass at Founders as well. We contribute to fundraisers and try to attend sporting events. Sometimes we just visit the campus to see the changes and see our former professors. We both have USD banners in our offices and are quite proud of our alumni.  Go Toreros! We still sport the USD gear.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Do not forget that you are there to grow and learn as a person. Do not let the social demands of college life interfere with your academic responsibilities. IF you do it right... you should be a better version of yourself when you graduate than when you were accepted into the University. Oh! And walk up the Valley stairs at least once a week!

photo by Grin & Share it Photography

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