Also at Saturday morning’s commencement, Clara Mengolini of Buenos Aires was receiving her master’s degree in Spanish. She has spent two years in Columbia, and will now head to Vanderbilt University to purse a Ph.D. in Latin American literature. She hopes to eventually pursue a career as a college professor.
Her friend, Gregor Rehmer of Essen, Germany, was receiving his master’s in German studies.
“The professors here are really great. I’ve also been able to teach German (at USC) and that has been a wonderful experience,” Rehmer said. He will head back to Germany for his Ph.D. in American studies and media studies.
Natalie Vereen of Charleston was receiving her master’s in English, after receiving her undergraduate degree at Clemson.
“I wanted to stay in-state. I feel too many people leave,” Vereen said. “And USC has one of the best English graduate programs in the nation. Why not stay here? And I got in-state tuition.”
Vereen is in the job market, hoping for an English teaching job at a technical college.