I graduated from SVSU in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in International Studies with an Asian focus and a Japanese language minor. Shortly after graduation, I was hired on at Youth for Understanding, which is a non-profit, international exchange organization, and I have been working as a study abroad coordinator.
On to great things! Meet Tere Elizalde, majoring in International Studies and Spanish, with minors in Japanese, History and Sociology. Tere speaks about her SVSU experience in the Modern Foreign Languages Department, and in Fall 2019, she looks forward to attending the University of Michigan to study in the International and Regional Studies Graduate Program.
SVSU draws students who care about changing the world. Take Natasha Riegle, a criminal justice major and Japanese minor with her sights set on serving the federal government abroad. In fall 2017, Natasha earned the highly prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Japan. The Boren Scholarship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. interests. Natasha brought her Cardinal enthusiasm and determination to Japan, committing to serve with the U.S. government for a year in exchange for the experience. Our Red Pride for Natasha runs deep, and we know this is just the start of her unique journey.
As an Elementary Education major with a double minor in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language, Madison Savard mastered a way to combine her love of Spanish and her desire to share that love by teaching others. A winner of the Sigma Delta Pi Undergraduate Study Abroad Award, this Cardinal had the amazing opportunity to spread her wings to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where elementary students there were able to experience her love for both language AND learning!
Haley graduated in December 2017 as a double Pre-Vet and French major. She is currently a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. She is one of only 2 students in the United States who was accepted into the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program this year. The program sent her to France to conduct veterinary research over the summer. Now, she has the opportunity to participate again, applying to a similar program in Greece for 2020. The French vet program's criteria required sufficient language proficiency to be able to conduct research in France, a qualification Livingston well-surpassed. While at SVSU, Haley went beyond what was required of her in the classroom to develop her language skills while also completing a challenging pre-professional program of study.