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Mike Zimmerman '03
Mike Zimmerman graduated from USD's School of Business Administration in 2003. Since then he has spent his time acting, being a contestant on reality TV shows and has started his own business.
1: What have you been up to since graduation?
I have accomplished a lot since I graduated USD. I was one of the founders of Xflagfootball, and now I am 50% owner. We started in 2007 with 31 teams and today we have over 215 teams in Southern California and Hawaii. I have also been on two reality TV shows, Pros vs Joes on spike TV, and Estate of Panic on the Sci-fi channel. I won both shows, and won a little over $32,000 on Estate of Panic. I have also done some acting and have been on shows such as Monk, General Hospital, a Side Order of Life to name a few.
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
I loved my time at USD! I grew up in San Diego, and wanted to stay here for college. I loved being a member of the USD football team from 98 to 02. I loved the campus, and most all my classes. I would have to say my fondest memory would be getting my diploma, I was the first ZIMMERMAN to graduated college, and my whole family was there to see it, a great feeling!
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
As I said, I loved all of the campus, such a beautiful school! This might sound weird, but the place I miss the most would be the football locker room. For a football player putting on the pads and getting ready for a game is very special, and I really miss that feeling! I got to put on pads on Pros vs Joes, but that was the last time I got to experience getting ready for battle!
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
My favorite class was Entrepreneurship. I really liked this class, and I think taking this class really did help me become a successful Entrepreneur!
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have been back to watch at least one football game every season since I have been gone. And now most importantly my company is playing games at USD. So I am bringing my business back to my Alma Mater, which I feel great about! I hope to play game year around at USD, and have USD become one of my company’s best locations in San Diego.
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
My advice would be to stay focused and never ever quit even when things get really hard. I believe people can achieve great things through hard work, and being able to overcome adversity. Also to fallow your dreams, and don’t listen to people that say they are impossible!
Elisabetta Colabianchi '09
Elisabetta graduated from USD with a degree in Biology. Since graduation, she served in non-profit organizations and now runs her own business empowering women in Mozambique through entrepreneurship.