Shannon Wilde, a member of the 2010 OTL team, is in the process of making a lot of big plans for her future. Within the next two weeks she will be finalizing her plans to study abroad in Argentina for a semester. She will be living in a homestay where she can practice her Spanish speaking skills and hopefully become fluent by the time she returns to the States. During her Orientation experience, she really started to figure out what her true passions are. The OTL experience helped confirm her desire to major in International Business. She is hopeful that her semester in Argentina will be a helpful addition to her major.
After the summer, she started a job as a student assistant in the Office of the Provost. In this position, she works with the Provost’s administrative assistant to organize his calendar. She coordinates his appointments, plans his travel itinerary, and helps wherever else needed. The Provost works a lot with international affairs, so she has gotten to work alongside that department, providing valid work experience for her future. In October, Shannon had the chance to meet Prince Turki Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia. She says that was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences she has ever had!
Being an OTL greatly helped Shannon find many of the resources that brought her to where she is today. She learned a lot about what is available to her when it was her job to teach incoming students about what USF has to offer. Shannon says that, “it was definitely an invaluable experience.”