"Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to professors and build a meaningful relationship with them; they are an incredible resource that should not be ignored."
Katie Kammert – Rapid City, SD
Majors: Spanish, Biology
I chose USD because their generous academic scholarships surpassed any other school that I had applied for. This granted me the freedom and opportunity to pursue more adventures.
Prof. Angela Helmer's enthusiasm and encouragement inspired me to pursue a Spanish degree, in addition to biology. I am grateful that I had her as a professor, mentor, and friend because at a larger university this relationship would not have been possible. Angela cares about her students and diligently works to make the Spanish department a better place to learn.
Due to Prof. Helmer's passion for her country Peru, I chose to travel there in the summer of 2012. After volunteering, researching, and traveling around Cusco, I chose to write my Honors thesis about Andean culture which received the Distinction Award.
My favorite part about USD is the small class sizes and friendly atmosphere which fostered close student-professor relationships. These connections continued to help me even after the semester was over.
I am currently working in Rapid City and volunteering at Rapid City Regional Hospital and the Dahl Arts Center. In January I will use my Spanish degree as I travel to Guatemala to help artisans create fair trade projects for a non-profit organization.
"Learning a second language is a valuable skill that can help set you apart as an applicant to any position."
Aaron Clem – Sioux Falls, SD
Majors: German, Chemistry
Besides being a family tradition, I chose to go to USD because of the numerous academic opportunities in the liberal arts and sciences. USD also provides an excellent education for a comparatively low cost.
Prof. Istvan Gombocz was extraordinarily helpful and influential during my education at USD. He spent countless hours outside of class helping me and others develop German language abilities and planning for me to Study Abroad.
I had the opportunity to study abroad for six months in Jena, Germany. This was, without a doubt, the most amazing experience of my undergraduate years. I made great friends from Germany and around the world, traveled extensively, learned a new lifestyle, and had an absolutely unforgettable experience.
In addition to my studies, I participated in the German Club and Honors Program.
I am currently in my second year of medical school at the Sanford School of Medicine at USD.
"I loved the sense of community I found at USD."
Brock Schardin – Marion, SD
Majors: Spanish, Secondary Spanish Education
I chose USD because I wanted a challenging educational experience combined with extracurricular activities. The summer after my sophomore year I participated in USD's Study Abroad program and the experience changed my career path completely.
With help from the Office of Global Learning combined with the support of the Spanish department I was able to find the program that fit my specific needs and could dedicate myself to learning the language, culture, and history of the Spanish-speaking world.
I loved the sense of community I found at USD. The faculty, staff, students, and alumni come together to form an incredibly tight-knit group. Faculty members in the Spanish department have been influential in my development. Through them, I was able to visit several Spanish-speaking countries, attend various conferences, and make countless connections, both personal and professional.
Participation in the Spanish Club, AWOL, Sigma Delta Pi Honors Society, Marching Band, Pep Band, Program Council and South Dakota Governor's Camp allowed me to become an engaged member of the community.
Don't be afraid to open your mind to change. Enjoy the well-rounded educational opportunities offered at USD. Take classes that interest you, not just the ones that fulfill the requirements for your degree.
Brock was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 2012. Read the Press Release.