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Amanda (Thoday) O'Rourke '03

Amanda (Thoday) O'Rourke graduated from USD's School of Business Administration in 2003 with an emphasis in accounting. Amanda now lives and works in Seattle as an accounting consultant for non-profits and small businesses.

1: What have you been up to since graduation? 

I believe they told me at USD that I would have an average of 9 careers in my lifetime... well I have already tried out 3 of them!  After spending sometime in public accounting I moved to the non-profit sector as the Finance Manager for a local Seattle festival, Seafair. My work at Seafair and other non-profits led me down my current path which is principal and founder of Avo Accounting & Consulting, PLLC, an accounting practice specializing in non-profit and small business accounting.  In addition to starting a business this year I also got married and spend my spare time working on our fabulous little house in Ballard.   

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?

One of my fondest memories was waking up on Saturday mornings my freshman year to head down to the Beach for my surfing class.  My parents still don't believe that I earned credits (they don't need to know was only half a credit) for that class!

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?

I have some fond memories of La Palmoa... I spent a lot of time there studying, maybe cramming, for a lot of my accounting classes!

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?

Mark Judd- Accounting Professor

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?

I recently joined the Seattle Alumni chapter and attended my first event a few weeks ago.  My husband and I went to a Mariners game and enjoyed beer and baseball with fellow alums.  It was a great event and I definitely think the Seattle alumni committee is gaining a lot of momentum.
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?

Take advantage of the mentorship/career center opportunities available on campus... internships and other opportunities you can experience before you graduate are the best way to figure out what your passion will be!

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