Over Spring Break 2011, a group of students went to New Orleans. Their journey wasn't about taking a vacation from their education, but rather, deepening it. Community Service-Learning staff led the students on this life-changing, immersive trip. The resonance for participants is no accident: over the past 25 years, leadership has been key, ranging from founder and inaugural director Judy Rauner to former director Elaine Elliott to current head Chris Nayve.
Eleven freshly minted graduates — and one freshman — reflect on their time at Alcalá Park. In part one, meet a go-getter who's proud of the legacy she's left behind at USD; a United States Marine with four combat tours under his belt; an entrepreneur committed to social responsibility; a chemistry whiz with a passion for research; a starry-eyed actor who’s already traveled the world twice-over and a healer who sees ultimate value in flexibility.
In part two of our feature story giving voice to a stellar group of new USD graduates, meet a justice advocate determined to do the right thing; a Naval officer who's determined to relieve suffering through his research; a peace advocate who can't wait to start effecting change in his home country; a legal scholar who leaves campus with renewed faith in the system; an athlete determined to overcome unexpected adversity and a representative from the class of 2014 who can't wait to see what the future holds.