Lucas Wyss

Lucas Wyss

Lucas Wyss

Colorado-native Lucas Wyss loves sports and knew he wanted to play baseball in college. He focused his search on universities in his home state as well as the Chicago area, where he had family.

One visit to the USF and he stopped searching; he found his home for the next four years. USF had a strong baseball team and an excellent accounting program. He loved the university and all it had to offer him.

Fast forward two years. Wyss is a junior student, and while he no longer plays for the baseball team, he follows his love for sports in his new major: Recreation, Sports & Tourism Management.

“My mom has a career in recreation management, and I took the time to talk with her and job shadow some of her colleagues,” said Wyss. “I knew I could combine my love for the outdoors, sports, and people by switching majors; and I was thrilled USF offered me that option.”

Wyss’ hopes to be an executive director of a park district one day. He is already getting his feet wet at his summer internship at the Westminster, Colorado, Park District.

“I am working for the outreach team this summer, and I am coming up with new ideas to better promote and market what the park district has to offer to the community,” said Wyss.

He credits USF for exposing him to new ideas and giving him the tools to succeed.

“With such a small environment on campus, everyone—from the president to seniors to the professors and coaches—wants you to succeed and will help you along the way,” said Wyss. “The program at USF is amazing and has given me hands on experience and projects that matter.”

It’s not just the classroom learning that has made an impact on Wyss. He said the university’s focus on service has opened his eyes to the future.

“USF helped me see the value in service,” said Wyss.” I want to provide underserved populations with opportunities that may not be available to them.”