At the University of South Carolina, what you learn inside the classroom is only the
True learning extends beyond the classroom. That means taking what you've learned and
connecting it to your own personal experiences.
In order to truly distinguish yourself, we encourage you to think about the experiences
that you'd like to gain during your time at the university. Now stop and think again.
This time dig deeper, and think about how those experiences can influence your academics,
how your academics can enhance your experiences and how both can impact your long-term
goals. This interweaving of learning inside and beyond the classroom is called integrative
learning and at South Carolina we call it USC Connect.
By following the steps of USC Connect, you can create your plan so that your experiences can be applied in a purposeful way. USC Connect partners—faculty
and staff across the university—can show you how to choose your experiences and engage in the ones that are right for you, to reflect on what you've learned
and then how to share what you've learned with others to demonstrate your leadership skills.
The pathways of experience that you choose can lead you to pursue special recognition
through Graduation with Leadership Distinction and ultimately prepare you for life and success beyond USC.
Community as an academic endeavor is interesting and worth review, but to truly understand
and grow from it, I needed to be directly involved.
Connor Brunson, Public Health