What were your favorite philosophy courses at UCLA?

Philosophy of Psychology, Descartes, & Kant (Critical Reason)

Do you have a good story or two about the department?

Yes, I always got lost in the hallways trying to find my class almost spilling my coffee as I ran to and fro. Miss the fun times at Dodd. Sure learned a lot.

Are there any philosophical issues, readings, or topics that have stayed with you since graduation?

I worked in the insurance industry for more than 4 years. After having learned about the risk management of business there, I decided to focus in the finance aspect of business which is accounting. Working with numbers sure is fun and it’s the best way to tell a story. Numbers always tell story. Also, learned to stay away from social apps (Facebook, Insta, etc.) as privacy is currently being sold on the market. In a world of consumerism, we tend to be the product of these social tech giants. The greatest ethical dilemma now is how much privacy are we willing to forgo and at what cost?

Have you read any philosophy recently that you would recommend?

The meditations of Marcus Aurelius. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

What was your first job or endeavor after UCLA?

I worked in the litigation of insurance industry and commercial insurance. Now, I work in the finance industry (operations).

What lessons or skills from philosophy do you use in your career?

Always analyze not only what’s obviously there, but ask yourself what’s missing in the picture. These analyses will add value not only to your life but to your career & business.

Do you have advice for current students or recent graduates about how to take advantage of and continue their philosophical education?

Always be a critical thinker & analyst. Always take seriously whenever you communicate a thought and write clearly, concisely, and coherently. Make sure to graduate UCLA proficient in Microsoft excel and writing.