Expectations are high for Alexis Drees, especially after a summer semester spent studying abroad in Qingdao, China. The USF senior successfully completed eight credit hours at Ocean University there, where she maintained her cumulative grade-point average of 3.82 and advanced her Mandarin Chinese.

While in Qingdao, Drees and her classmates were challenged with assimilating into a completely new city and she learned the critical skills of independence while developing a vision for her future with an international business degree.

Her GPA has proven to shine light on her success, earning her a place on the Dean’s List for five consecutive semesters, as well as having been awarded three private scholarships through the Muma College of Business in the last two years.

Along with maintaining her academics, Drees serves as a third-year member and vice president of finance for the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Delta Delta since November, where she’s developed leadership skills and has succeeded in helping raise over $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In addition to her involvement in Greek Life, Drees is a member of the USF Chinese Club to supplement her studies relating to her Chinese minor. This summer, she will be interning abroad as a Sage Corps Fellow in Hong Kong, working full time for eight weeks at a global tech startup company.