What were your favorite philosophy courses at UCLA?
Wittgenstein and Meta-ethics
Are there any philosophical issues, readings, or topics that have stayed with you since graduation?
I gravitate towards reading Plato, applied ethics, and religious texts
Have you read any philosophy recently that you would recommend?
Anything by Plato.
What was your first job or endeavor after UCLA?
I worked at my old job as a bus boy/server back home to pay off my debt. Then I took a job selling and leasing commercial real estate.
What lessons or skills from philosophy do you use in your career?
Finding causes. Generally, knowing how to sift through information to find golden nuggets.
Helps me tackle projects in a creative way, by taking several different ideological approaches.
It also gives me awareness of my internal state to decide what is best to do. Basically, philosophy has helped me find peace. This peace helps me operate consciously in a multitude of environments.
Do you have advice for current students or recent graduates about how to take advantage of and continue their philosophical education?
Why yes I do.
I wrote an advice piece here for students: