Hopes, Dreams (and Fears)

It’s been a wild ride for members of the class of 2011. They entered USF in the fall of 2007 when the economy was booming. They’ve seen a near collapse of the world’s economy, a modest recovery, the election of the country’s first African-American president, political upheaval marked by regime change, and a still shaky job market. USF Magazine polled graduating seniors to ask them what it all means as they head out into the world.

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Dave Andrade

MAJOR: Accounting & Finance with a minor in Music

HOMETOWN: Soquel, CA

IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:

Take 10 days off to spend with family and friends before continuing a full-time internship with Dolby Laboratories during the summer before starting my professional career in public accounting with Grant Thornton in October.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?

As I prepare to graduate, my greatest hope is that USF will continue to provide future students the same amazing learning experiences and supportive community that I was so fortunate to have.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?

My greatest dream is to eventually pursue music as more than just a hobby or side interest. One of my greatest dreams coming into USF was to join an a capella vocal group. Having turned that dream into a reality, I soon realized that vocal music is truly my passion I hope to some day become a semi-professional composer and arranger of a capella vocal music.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

One of my greatest fears upon graduation is that I may get too wrapped up in my professional career to stop and appreciate life or pursue my true passions. I also fear that vastly differing post-graduation plans may prohibit me from seeing many of the wonderful friends I've made during my four years at USF.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?

In five years, I hope to have the flexibility in my work life that I am able to return to USF and participate in activities open to alumni. In particular, I want to begin a trend of USF alumni returning to perform with USF Voices, which is open to alumni in addition to current students.

Ariana Boyd Johnson

MAJOR: Business Administration/Marketing, minor in Public Relations

HOMETOWN:Laguna Niguel, CA

IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:

I will be beginning a retail management training program with Abercrombie & Fitch in San Francisco.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?

My greatest hope after leaving USF is that I will be able to stay on the track that I have planned for myself, and that I will get to travel and experience many new exciting things as well as continue learning in my new job and hopefully begin planning out my career path.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?

As I prepare to leave USF my greatest dream would be to have a job on the business side of a multinational retailer that lets me travel all across the world and see and experience new cultures and countries. In this dream I hope that I will be working for a retail company that I really love and believe in, and that has ample opportunity for me to move up, or create my career path as I discover what aspects of the retail industry I really enjoy and want to pursue so I can focus those interests into a specification for when I choose to go back to school and get my MBA.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

I feel so lucky to have a job right after college graduation, and therefore my greatest fear would be the fragility of the state of the economy and where it will go in the future.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?

I hope to be at the corporate level in a retail company and have my career path more defined and be in the midst of getting my MBA!

Kate Matsumoto

MAJOR: Graphic Design

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA

IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:

My first trip to Europe, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. I saved up all year to do backpacking for a month and meet up with some good friends in a few different countries. Afterward, I plan to return to San Francisco to look for a job.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?

I hope that I'm happy; that I haven't become a corporate sell-out, and that I enjoy my job. I also hope that I can recognize when something isn't making me happy and have the courage to pursue something completely different.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?

To own my own design firm or be an art director of one. Also, to see the world.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Becoming a soul-less zombie/robot; working somewhere that requires no creativity and gets me into a boring routine.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?

Living in New York or abroad, observing a new culture or way of looking at life.

Bryce Sawin

MAJOR: Asian Studies, International Studies

HOMETOWN: Lake Oswego, OR

IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:

Find a job ASAP and complete the USF MA in Asia-Pacific Studies.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?

My greatest hope is that I will be in a financially stable position with a career I enjoy.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?

My greatest dream is to find a niche for myself in the world.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

My greatest fear is that I will waste my potential.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?

I am still undecided about what I want to do with my career, but ideally I want my loans to be paid off by then.

Yuliana P. Quintero

MAJOR: International Studies and Latin American Studies with a minor in Legal Studies

HOMETOWN: San Francisco, CA

IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:

I will be relocating to New Orleans as I will be teaching secondary mathematics in the greater New Orleans region with the Teach For America program.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?

I hope to take what I have learned at USF and apply it as I become a citizen of the world. I also hope to attend law school in California after my two-year commitment with Teach For America.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?

My greatest dream is to be able to affect the world in a positive way through my professional and personal life. I hope to become a well established lawyer in the Bay Area, and some day affect educational policy in California to enforce equality for all students.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

As I leave USF I fear the economic challenge that the world is currently facing, and the challenges of applying to law school. With that said, I am prepared to work hard and overcome any obstacle that may come my way.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?

In five years I hope to have my juris doctorate and be practicing law somewhere in the Bay Area.

Karina Fernando

MAJOR: Accounting

HOMETOWN: San Jose, CA

IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:

After graduating, I will study for and take the CPA exam. I will also be starting my position as an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?

My greatest hope is that I will fulfill my career goals of becoming a CPA and ultimately sharing my professional experience with students as a business professor.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?

My greatest dream is to be in a strong financial position in the near future so that I can pay it forward. I want to contribute to the cause of making college attainable for all deserving students.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

My greatest fear is the uncertainty that the future may bring.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?

I hope to be in graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in accounting.

Lucas Paul Hendrickson

MAJOR: Philosophy

HOMETOWN: Huntington Beach, CA

IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:

My aim is to work in San Francisco and put away some money so that I can capitalize on the loan I was recently granted to open a bike shop/bakery. Whats more I plan on grabbing up some great bike repair specialists in the area and finding some local artisans willing to impart their expertise in baking.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?

My greatest hope as I leave USF is that one day my business will be running smoothly enough that I can make my way to law school and work in local government.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?

My greatest dream is to be established financially and have found someone with whom I can spend the rest of my life.

AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Not living up to my standards of excellence that I've set for myself.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?

I hope that in five years I will have made a name for myself within San Francisco as the proprietor of a premier bike shop and a must-see bakery.

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