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Adam Tydingco '10
Adam graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He currently lives in the San Diego area and works as a REALTOR ® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating in May 2010, I have had two main focuses surrounding the development of business opportunities and the residential real estate market in San Diego. First off, since I was born and raised on the U.S. Territory of Guam, there are many opportunities to develop business between our local markets here in the mainland U.S. and the Asia/Pacific region via the island of Guam. Due to its strategic location and the different/friendlier business climate, I have had the ability to work with friends and family on several projects and am always looking for more possibilities. In addition, I have been working with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage since the beginning of 2012 and have been enjoying working with families and investors alike to assist in the sale of their homes or assist in the purchase of a new property. It’s been a great time as my current occupational pursuits allow me the chance to travel and try to get involved in community events. I also have the time to start taking on some goals; e.g. learning Mandarin, trying to play golf, and probably getting to grad school at USD.
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memories of USD revolve around my classmates and the different events that would be held on campus. I remember going to a few good concerts at the JCP, always going to the Sports Center for basketball games, and just hanging out around campus with friends to work on a presentation or study for an exam. There was also the opportunity to present in front of the President of the Nixon brand, a Senior Executive from the Wynn Hotel and Casino, and a few other big names throughout this Business Plan Competition that I will never forget.
3: What is your favorite place on campus, why?
As I was completing the undergraduate program, my favorite place on campus was Olin Hall. I remember spending time in the lounge studying or just relaxing, waiting for classes by sitting in the halls outside and catching up with classmates, or doing anything during the countless hours I spent there. Once I stepped across that walkway into the building, I always got this really relaxed feeling because things were simple and easy. These days, my favorite spot is O’Toole’s for any happy hour.
4: Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
My favorite professor was Helder Sebastiao for the ‘Business Plan Competition course’, the ‘Executive Strategy’ course, and the ‘Entrepreneurship and New Ventures’ course. These classes provided the greatest and most applicable lessons and challenges towards developing businesses. My classmates from these courses are still some of the most intelligent and interesting people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Helder was also a great mentor and teacher that was always available to provide classroom and real world direction. He made everything an intriguing challenge that would leave you better or wiser than when you started.
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I recently started getting in touch with the USD Alumni Association and have not looked back since. If there is ever an event I can volunteer for or some program I can be of assistance to, I would not mind participating at all. Whether it’s spending time getting to know fellow alumni, volunteering at a USD event, or trying to help students it’s all a good time.
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Take the time to figure out what would really make you happy and then work towards that reality. Regardless of what your majors and minors are, eventual careers will be, or where you end up living, you will always find a way to pay the bills and survive the daily grind. As long as you continue to work hard, there should be no reason not to have some fun. So, if your goal in life is to travel or to create something, then at least ensure that your 9 to 5 supports that goal and stay committed to that continued happiness. Also, never get complacent!
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.