The first incoming freshman ever invited to participate in a study abroad program in Panama the summer before starting classes, Ryan Spellins earned his first USF credits overseas.  During the intensive program, he studied Spanish and international business, earning six credits with fellow students in the Bulls Business Community.

In Tampa, Spellins served as Rocky the Bull, USF’s mascot, during his freshman year.  He also participated in nearly every professional development program, community service activity, and networking opportunity offered through the BBC.  He was named “Resident of the Year” in 2009, an honor which eventually led to his appointment as a resident assistant in 2010.  A student assistant in the College of Business Dean’s Office, Spellins was a finalist in the 2008 Elevator Competition.   In addition, Spellins was selected to represent the university as a USF Ambassador, a prestigious honor he has enjoyed for two years.

Spellins recently applied to Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps.  After graduation, he will enter the USMC as a second lieutenant and aims to become a pilot for an FA-18 squadron in Miramar, California.