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Carlos Pineda '01

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
I graduated from USD in 2001 and right out of college I worked for the YMCA where I ran an after school program. I did that for a year and then moved on to work for Harmonium Inc. running its after school program. In 2004 I started working for Barrio Logan College Institute as the middle school coordinator and have since moved up to become the Director of College Prep programs.

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
I would say my fondest memory at USD is my involvement with some of the student clubs. Two of them come to mind right away - SEARCH through University Ministry and ALPS. I really enjoyed my time getting involved with those two groups and I grew a lot through both. I was able to get out of my shell and become a better person, a leader and someone that could make a difference. I have a lot of memories from both with the activities that we did and still keep in touch with some of the members that were involved with it.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
My favorite place is the University Center. I actually worked in the UC for all five of my years at USD so it was a big part of my college experience. It has changed a lot since I graduated but it is still one of my favorite places. 

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
My favorite professor was Dr. Kim who taught a couple of my engineering classes. I really liked him because he was always willing to help me when I struggled, was fun and spent time connecting with his students. 

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have remained involved in different ways but the main one been through Torero athletics. I have been a big supporter of the USD teams and attend many of their sporting events. Also, through the work that I do right now, I promote the school and have worked with some prospective students to apply and get accepted to USD. 

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
My advice to current USD students would be to explore, get out of your comfort zone and try new things: join new clubs, meet new people. The years that they will spend at USD will be fullfilled with memories that will last a lifetime. Take advantage of it!

Thanks to the partnership between the Office of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships and Entravision Communications,  USD is proud to sponsor Hispanic Heritage Month on Univision, Telemundo, Mundo Fox and UniMas.  One of our featured alumni, is Carlos Pineda ’01 – Director of College Preparation at the Barrio Logan College Initiative.  To learn more about the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit:

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