Merrick Fisher"At USD, I had a voice and wasn't just a number."

Merrick Fisher - Rapid City, SD
Major: International Studies

I chose USD because of the affordable tuition rates and I can't imagine a better choice. Being involved with local and state politics during high school I spent my first two years at USD pursuing a degree in political science. However, after spending a year abroad in Spain, I became more interested in global politics and changed my major to international studies and added a double major in Spanish.

After switching my major, Prof. Timothy Schorn was assigned as my advisor. He helped me find my niche within international relations and guided me in choosing classes that were beneficial to me. Professor Schorn encouraged me to do more and with financial help from the Farber Fund, I was able to present my research at two conferences.

My favorite part about USD is the people and the great support system that comes with a smaller school. I was able to make strong connections with many professors and students and felt like I was part of something great. At USD, I had a voice and wasn't just a number.

With the large number of organizations and groups USD has to offer, I took part in Big Pal/Little Pal, Adopt-A-School, was a Spanish language tutor, completed a graduate assistantship and had the opportunity to be a research assistant for Heidepriem for Governor.

As an alumna of USD, my best advice to you is to explore your options, take all the opportunities that come your way and travel whenever possible. I'm currently a native speaking English teacher and living in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Charlie Steward"USD does have a lot to offer and the best way to spend your time in college is to try a lot of different things." 

Charlie Steward - Yankton, SD
Majors: International Studies, French

I chose USD because the tuition and the education you receive is a great value. My professors definitely inspired me to pursue my majors. If I had different professors I can say, with certainty, that my majors would not be what they are today.

The faculty in the international studies program are fantastic and they have a way of making the studying enjoyable. It always helps to have a sense of humor in the classroom. Timothy Schorn was definitely one of my favorite professors. His ability to teach with a good spot of humor and sarcasm went a long way with me.

My favorite part about USD is the student body. It's big enough so you can't meet everyone, but small enough to run into friendly faces on often occasions.

In addition to my regular studies, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Pau, France. The time I spent in the south of France was truly awesome. I would do it again in a heartbeat.