Featured Torero Archives
Brooke (Hoyt) Byler '07
Brooke graduated from USD with a BA in Theatre Arts just a few short years ago. Since then she's been married, has made a career change and is looking to reconnect with USD and fellow alumni. Meet Brooke...
1: What have you been up to since graduation?
I have been trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up! I feel fortunate to have had experiences in several different industries. I have acted in the entertainment industry, done ad sales with a bridal magazine, worked in Group Sales in the luxury hotel industry, and am now in the financial services industry. I have found my niche! I got a phenomenal financial education through Primerica Financial Services, and now own my own business with them. I love helping and educating people, particularly with life-changing concepts, such as getting out of debt and becoming financially independent.
I’ve also gotten married to the most incredible man, and have started a little family…two dogs! They are handfuls!
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
I sang quite a few National Anthems at USD sporting events, and have some great memories of that. I also had a phenomenal experience in the Theatre Department. They provided such a well rounded education. I got to write, direct, produce, work on the technical side, and act. Student Lab (a production of student written plays that are directed and produced by students) were some of the most fun times! It was a blast to work so closely with all of my talented peers.
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
I loved spending time in the theatres and in the Camino/Founders Courtyard running lines. I am sure we disturbed quite a few dorm rooms! I remember getting ready for a Student Lab show, and we were all dressed up as pirates (yes, you are reading this correctly), and we were in the courtyard doing vocal warm-ups, singing, stretching, joking around, and playing hacky sack. Only in the Theatre Department could one get away with this behavior! It was all “work”.
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Sabin Epstein was one of my favorite professors. He took Shakespeare and made it come alive. He taught us how to take Shakespeare’s language and make it natural and understandable. Shakespeare’s language is so rich, and, once I got over being intimidated by it, it was incredible to become one of his characters and bring a scene to life.
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have been to a few plays, and I have actually been to a few weddings on campus! I look forward to becoming more involved with the Alumni Association now that I have a decided career path. I hear that the current students have quite the set up on campus, with new buildings and restaurants, and I need to come check that out! Where was all of that when I was there? Now I’m going to have to say, “Back in my day at USD…” and feel old!
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Study something you enjoy. I started as a Communications major, and then considered changing to Business. Then, I took a Theatre class as a Fine Arts requirement, and fell in love with it. I never would have envisioned myself as a Theatre Arts major before that, but I had the most incredible, fun, and rewarding college experience thanks to my field of study. My Theatre degree has benefitted me in the career world far more than one might think, too.
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Trenton Mendenhall '14
Trenton received his bachelors degree in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2014. Soon after graduating, he began his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji promoting health and wellness to local communities.