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Kendra Moak


Major(s): Human Development and Family Studies
Minors(s): Sociology
Expected Graduation Year/semester: Summer 2012
Hometown: Selby, SD

Why did you choose to attend SDSU?

South Dakota State University had programs that greatly interested me. Although it was further away than some other colleges, SDSU had much more to offer and was still in state. I like that it is close enough to be able to go home for a weekend.

What has been your most interesting class, and what about it did you enjoy?

HDFS 441 - Professional Issues in Human Development and Family Studies has been the most interesting class. This class tied together all of the courses I’ve taken and made me realize how much I’ve learned throughout my four years here. HDFS 441 gave me a chance to sharpen my interviewing skills, update my resume, and develop my professional portfolio. I know I will be able to apply what I learned from this class to job opportunities.

Who has inspired you the most at SDSU and in what way?

All of my professors, my advisor, my family, and the friends I have made here have encouraged me to do my very best. Specifically in my field of study, my professor, Sally Gillman, has been a huge inspiration throughout my time here. She teaches her classes with passion and wisdom which greatly encourage students and makes them feel engaged in their learning.

What is your favorite or most memorable SDSU experience?

My favorite memories are probably a tie between two. One great memory was participating in the Jacked-Up Rabbit Race. This 24-hour scavenger hunt on campus and in the community of Brookings was an exhilarating yet exhausting experience that I greatly enjoyed. My other favorite memory was being a part of service learning experiences through my classes. One of these experiences allowed me to become a community partner with a kind-hearted lady who currently resides at Park Place Assisted Living. I have learned so much from her and about her. This opportunity started as an assignment, but now we consider ourselves friends. 

Where do you see yourself in the future/10 years?

I see myself as a proud Jackrabbit Alumni.

What piece of advice would you give new students?

Try to get involved on campus. The relationships you build with others are extremely important. Joining clubs, playing intramurals, or attending events are great ways to get meet people who have similar interests to you. I’ve met and made my friends through groups I’ve been involved with like Oasis, Fire Starters, or intramural sports.