Tyson Newton is a first-year accounting major from Brandon, SD.
Sara Cappiello: What are you involved in here on campus?
Tyson Newton: I’m in Pi Kappa Alpha and I’m joining Coyote Capital Management. I’m also in Coyote Crazies.
SC: How have you been adjusting to life at USD?
TN: I adjusted pretty easily. I’ve always been a pretty independent person. When I turned 17, my mom was like “you don’t have a curfew, you’re responsible.” It wasn’t too big of a switch for me.
SC: What are some things you’ve learned since you moved in?
TN: I really can’t procrastinate here. I have to get all my stuff done. I’ve also learned to pay attention in class a lot more because in high school I kind of coasted through. It wasn’t too hard but here, there’s a lot of information and a lot of stuff to do. I also have to remember to charge my computer, that’s a big thing.
SC: Did USD end up being what you expected or did anything take you by surprise?
TN: It was a little surprising. It was bigger than I thought it was going to be and it’s strange not knowing anybody. In high school, I graduated with 260 kids but I could still put a face to almost every name. But here, I have no idea who anybody around me is, so that really caught me off guard when I first got here.
SC: What is one thing you miss about home?
TN: I miss having my own room and just being able to have my own space. Sharing is weird.
SC: What goals do you have for the semester?
TN: I just want to make sure I get acclimated and get a routine set. I want to make sure I keep up with everything.
SC: What is your favorite part about USD?
TN: Probably the Chick-Fil-A salads, they’re super good.