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Cody Littlefield '11
1: What have you been up to since graduation?
Since graduation, I commissioned as a Transportation Officer in the U.S. Army. Just six months after graduating, I deployed to Afghanistan with a Cavalry Squadron as a contracting officer. While deployed, I worked with local businessmen and their employees while they provided services necessary to operate in the mountains of Afghanistan. I have since returned to the US.
I am now stationed in Alaska, and I work as the Executive Officer for the Forward Support Company of the same Cavalry Squadron. I married my wife, Emily, in December of 2012 and she continues her theatre career in the Anchorage area.
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory of USD would have to be the time I spent as the Company Commander for the USD Army ROTC Company. I had the privilege to mentor and develop the younger cadets, as well as participate on-campus as a leader of a student organization. Outside of ROTC, though, I would have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the month-long summer study abroad program in London; in which I participated in the summer of 2010. I made so many new friends and spent an entire month taking in a seemingly endless supply of culture and new experiences.
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
Living 30 minutes from campus, I spent a lot of time studying between classes, because what else would I be doing!? I spent most of that time in the Map Room in the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) building. I am somewhat of a cartography nerd, so when I needed a moment to clear my mind, I would stare at the massive map on the wall. It was a good place to meditate! It was also where I met my favorite professor, Dr. John G. Stoessinger, who happened to be asleep on the couch while I studied at the other end of the room!
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
I was fortunate enough to be enrolled in a one-unit course, one hour and fifteen minutes a week, led by John G. Stoessinger. Born in 1927 in Austria, and a Jew, Dr. Stoessinger experienced the German Invasion and occupation of Austria. Over the course of the semester, Dr. Stoessinger retold his life story as it revolved around significant global events from WWII up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Although it was a short class, the small amount of time I did spend listening have impacted me to this day.
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Sadly, I haven't been able to maintain much involvement with USD since graduation! I try to visit the campus when I am in town for holidays or weddings. Other than that, the only time spent with USD since grad has been researching which Graduate Program I want to pursue when I return in 2015.
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
If you are able to, commit yourself to your time spent at USD. Get involved with student organizations, support your athletic programs, make those life-long friendships and stay connected to the USD community after you move on. Looking back, there are so many things I would change about my years at USD. I worked two jobs while also participating in the ROTC program, so my time was fairly packed, but if I could do it over again I would join a club and spend more time making friends on campus. As a San Diego native, it was easy to stick to my high school friends; but it is so vital to reach out, extend yourself, and learn from people who have experiences completely different from your own. It goes by so quickly, make it count!
Interested in connecting with Cody? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miranda Stratton '13
Miranda graduated from USD in 2013 with a degree in Biology. Since her days on campus, she is now pursuing her PhD on cellular and molecular biology at Stanford University.