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Celebrations & Recognitions

On this page: Learn about faculty and student of the month honorees, and other congratulations and celebrations within the Liberal Studies program.


Congratulations to Amanda Sherman for being the 2017 Outstanding Graduate for Liberal Studies. She was honored at the 2017 Liberal Studies Commencement. (Scroll down to learn more about Amanda!)

Congratulations to the following 2017 Liberal Studies seniors who received awards at the Liberal Studies Inaugural Graduation Reception:

  • Mikayla Lacebal (Outstanding Leadership)
  • Amanda Keller (Outstanding Contributions)
  • Virginia Ramirez (Inspiration Award)
  • Kiara Walker (Determination Award - Traditional Student)
  • Danielle Bost (Determination Award - Transfer Student)

Faculty of the Month, October 2017

To be announced.

Liberal Studies Student of the Month, October 2017 

Amanda Sherman

Amanda Sherman grew up in Plano, Texas and decided she wanted to study at SDSU after visiting this city at age 12.

Amanda has been active on campus, participating in the Associated Students her freshman year, teaching dance classes for the Flood Dance Team, being a member of the Global Aztec Alliance, and serving as President of the Flood College Group for 2 years. 

Academically, Amanda earned a spot on the Dean’s List every semester and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in Liberal Studies Elementary Education, with a focus in mathematics. 

Amanda is truly thankful to have earned the honor of Outstanding Liberal Studies Graduate. She plans to move to Orlando to complete a year-long internship at Disney World to learn about leadership and help “make magic for children.” Afterwards, she plans to pursue a multiple subject teaching credential and a master’s degree in Education in order to eventually teach the third grade. 

Amanda studied abroad in Keele, England during the spring semester of her third year. In the 5 months she was in Europe, she traveled to 16 different countries, met incredible people from across the globe, and experienced a wide array of cultures. Amanda will use this adventure in her future teaching by infusing global knowledge into the classroom. 

Amanda's advice to fellow students

Amanda Sherman

While I do not claim to be smarter or wiser than any of the other Liberal Studies students, I would like to share these 5 recommendations: 

  1. Take a deep breath, relax, and take the time to do the things that bring you to life. While the amount of homework and research you must complete can seem daunting at times, remember an engine cannot run if you do not give it fuel.  Make sure to always take a break from scholastics and do something you are passionate about, whether going to the beach, reading a book, watching a favorite show, or just hanging out with friends.
  2. Make lots of friends and be active in organizations. This sounds cliché, but it’s important. In order to not only survive but to thrive, it is essential to have a support system to cheer you on and push you to do your best. My best friends have come from either my classes or my clubs, and the memories I have made with them are by far my greatest memories of SDSU. 
  3. Remind yourself why you have chosen this major. What exactly are you passionate about? And, how will this major help you pursue that passion? When you know the answer to these 2 questions, it doesn’t matter how many late nights you stay up studying or the weekends you dedicate to group projects because ultimately, it is all worth it. I believe that children are much smarter than some people give them credit for and they are extremely moldable during their childhood. So, I earned my degree in order to one day be a teacher who always believes in my students and reminds them that they can succeed at anything they put their minds to. Why do you want to earn this degree?
  4. Know that you can make a difference. Dr. Jane Goodall reminds us that “We have a choice to use the gift of our lives to make a difference. It’s up to us to decide what kind of difference we’re going to make.” Each of you has been chosen to be a student in this program at SDSU for a reason. You matter. Teaching is one of the most important professions there is because educators have so much influence on their students. You could one day teach the future president or a future criminal. It’s your job to help lead your students on the best path. Teachers can make all of the difference for a lost child. 
  5. Finally, experience the world. Travel as much as you can and interact with as many different people as you can. The best way to learn about different cultures is by experiencing them first hand. You can use what you learn in your future profession. An insightful Italian physician and educator named Maria Montessori advises educators to, “not tell [students] how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.” So, let’s show our future children the importance of not only accepting, but respecting different cultures by showing them how incredible and important it is to experience them. 
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