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Grecia (Gigi) Garcia '09

Grecia (Gigi) Garcia graduated from USD in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Since graduating, Gigi has been living, working and volunteering in Orange County, CA.

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from USD, I have been working full time with Redhill Group, Inc, a Market Research Firm in Orange County California, supervising field and in house projects. I have also dedicated my extra time to raising money for the Homeless World Cup Foundation. A few friends and I have planned a few garage sales, pub nights and even a Soccer Tournament in less than 2 months! It’s been amazing being involved with an internationally known and extraordinary charity. We intend to raise $5,000 by the end of August so we can join the select few to volunteer at the tournament in September.

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
I have many great memories of USD like making amazing friends, traveling abroad to Spain and Mexico, volunteering in the community and being the first in my family to graduate from college. One moment that I’ll never forget is the moment I met my best friend in the UC right before an art show in 2006.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
My favorite place on campus would have to be the garden behind the IPJ because it is the most peaceful and quiet place on campus. Whenever I had time to spare, I would have lunch and take a quick nap in the warm sun on a beautiful afternoon.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
My favorite professor was Evelyn Diaz Cruz, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Evelyn is one of the few professors who really “keeps it real” and is able to connect with her students. She has given me sound advice and she made Theatre and Community a fun and exciting class! You’re awesome Evelyn!

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have been back to USD many times visiting friends and attending various events throughout the year. I could not miss events like the popular Salsa Night and of course Chicano/a Latino/a Graduation. I’ve remained involved with multicultural organizations and I was happy to make a donation to Chicano Grad of which I was a participant in 2009.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
If I could offer current USD students advice, I would tell them to get involved and study abroad. I would also share with them my experiences and how I learned from them. And to remember that time management is very important in their college career. Go Toreros!

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