"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.