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Kristin (Collins) Watkins '93

1. What have you been up to since graduation?
It was great to see so many friends at our 20th reunion. How has it been that long since graduation? In the those twenty years I have had a career in online project management & marketing, started a non-profit foundation in memory of my brother, bought and sold 4 homes, had 2 children, traveled the world, survived breast cancer and started a wedding planning and event company, Stephanie Rose Events (http://stephanieroseevents.com/).
 
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory of USD is the time spent with friends. My parents moved to Japan while I attended USD and I had so many friends who supported me and invited me to their homes. I always felt very blessed.
 
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
While attending USD my favorite place on campus was along the canyon behind the Immaculata. The sweeping views of the canyon to the ocean was peaceful and calming. Now my favorite is the view of Mission Bay from Hill Hall.
 
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
I always enjoyed classes with Randy Willoughby in the political science department. He taught through class participation and pushed me to think about things in ways I hadn’t before.
 
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
My dad and I have season tickets for USD men’s basketball, so we are regulars on campus during the season. I also started an MBA program through the school of leadership that has yet to be finished. As a wedding planner, I also love helping couples who are getting married at Founder’s Chapel. It holds a special place in my heart and is one of my favorite wedding venues anywhere in the world.
 
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Don’t be in a hurry to “grow up”. Jump at opportunities to travel the world, meet new people, create memories and live a life worth admiring.

Interested in contacting Kristin? Email her at kristin@stephanieroseevents.com.

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