USF attracts students from all over the world and brings them to campus for a variety of reasons. Some Cougars shared with College Week what made them choose the University of Sioux Falls.
Junior Tanner Mans said that he came to USF because he had a positive experience meeting the faculty and knew that this was the place he wanted to study youth ministry.
Sophomore Richard Guarascio attended USF because of the family environment that the football team showed him.
Paula Curtis, a receptionist in the McDonald Center, has been a part of the Cougar community for over 30 years. “I have a passion for this place, and I just so wanted to be a part of this family and working in this environment,” Curtis said. “And I’m so pleased that God allowed me to be here so I will be here for a while yet!”
Sophomore Daulton Olinger came to USF because of the great people and said that it just fit.
Junior Andrew Kawasaki wanted to study both biology and theology, and really liked the Christian aspect that USF provides.
Sophomore Kalyn Brenner joked that she came to USF to get a man, as that’s a well-known cliche around campus.
“I feel blessed every day I get to come in to work,” said Associate Athletic Director Pam Gohl.
“The first time I came here, for some reason, I felt something pulling me to USF . . . I couldn’t ever really explain it,” said Christian Dick, a senior. “But I just knew that I was meant to come here, and I made my decision and I don’t regret it.”
Whatever the reason for attending the school, the University of Sioux Falls isn’t just a learning institution, but a place where passions are embraced, knowledge grows, and friendships are formed.