Alexis Konstant

Nicole Griffith

Commercial Projects and Broker Associate, Lloyd Companies
Sioux Falls, SD
B.B.A. Management, 2011

"Take care of yourself – physically, mentally, spiritually – so you can be fulfilled and contribute greatness to your community. And don’t forget to keep cheering on the USD Coyotes!"

Q&A with Alexis:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

Learning something new daily tends to be in the front of my mind. In addition to career-specific certifications, taking part in a variety of community classes from city planning to mixology keeps my mind working. To date, I am completing my 2018 continuing education classes as a licensed broker associate and putting the final touches on an application for International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) designation. Future educational pursuits include professional designations, personal supplementary classes (i.e. cooking classes), and enrolling in an MBA program.

My desire to discover a variety of cultures has created goals, such as traveling to all 50 states by the age of 30. As of today, I have achieved 43 of the 50 states. If all goes as planned, I should be able to cross off all 50 states by the end of 2018. Continually trying to expand boundaries by experiencing diverse situations drives me to discover my full potential.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

Being educated in South Dakota where Midwestern values, such as honesty and hard work, are the driving force to maintaining one’s reputation were apparent in my academic pursuit and continue to be part of my everyday life. Reflecting on my experience at USD and the Beacom School of Business, a solid baseline was achieved, giving me the assurance to pursue a wide array of business-related career paths. Classes through the Beacom School of Business boosted my critical thinking skills, involvement in the classroom and extracurricular activities enhanced my leadership abilities, and internships assisted in delving into career fields. Even after graduating I feel security in tapping into the extensive resources provided by the University of South Dakota. Collegiate friendships and connections lead me back to the Sioux Falls area, and the continued support gives me confidence in achieving my aspirations.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

As mentioned earlier, I was highly encouraged to study abroad while studying at USD. In the fall of 2009, I took a leap of faith and studied at a university in Central London. My biggest fear was being alone with no plans of going home for an entire semester. Although I had traveled nationally and internationally before, the study abroad experience gave me confidence in my education, developed me personally, and provided countless life experiences.

Memories were created, like taking the Underground, sipping high tea in London, tasting French baguettes and wine in front of the Eiffel Tower, enjoying Belgium chocolate in Brussels, and relishing the sunshine and beaches of Barcelona. Classmates came from all around the world. I studied money and banking down the street from one of the most prominent financial districts in the world. Unfamiliar foods, sites, and smells came in abundance.

My semester in London was a pivotal moment in discovering myself and made traveling a more evident passion. The journey was a growing experience; I learned how to navigate the transportation systems of Europe, recognized multiple languages and continued to tackle challenges on my own. Overcoming the fear of being alone in a foreign land and truly having the time of my life is an achievement I am proud to have accomplished.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

I took on leadership roles with Kappa Alpha Theta, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). As an active member of KAO, I held elected positions for assistant finance officer, risk manager, member development council, and VP of education. Being a member of Greek life bettered me scholastically and socially, and further encouraged me to be a well-rounded individual and contributing member of society. SIFE provided me the opportunity to serve as VP of operations for Vermillion Apartments and VP of production for U. Coyote Gear. The members of NSCS elected me VP of planning for college success, followed by president. While serving in the presidential role, the members of NSCS nominated me as a candidate for Dakota Days royalty where I was honored by the student body as one of seven candidates for Miss Dakota.

I was involved in academic organizations, such as Order of Omega. Volunteer activities included raising money for Children’s Miracle Network through Dance Marathon and partaking in Martin Luther King Jr. service days. 5k challenges and fundraisers for organizations such as CASA and Relay for Life broadened my horizons to many causes. I also had the opportunity to study abroad in the London neighborhood of Kensington for one semester. 

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