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Academic Advising

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Paige McKeown

Title: First-Year Academic Advisor, Darla Moore School of Business
Academic Advising
Phone: 803-777-2191
Office: DMSB 301A


B.A. Education, Wake Forest University
MMS.Ed., MPHil. Ed. Counseling Psychology, University of Pennsylvania


Hometown: Roanoke, VA

About Me: I am an undergraduate Wake Forest Demon Deacon and a graduate UPenn Quaker, so I'm excited to add Cocky to my favorite mascots! I studied education and loved the idea of teaching high school social studies. I adore all things US and Ancient World history, psychology, and geography, but I didn't love the politics of the classroom. I changed my path to school counseling and student services and found my way! I live to help students be and do their best and navigate their own unique paths to success. Outside of work I do Crossfit nearly every day and yes, I love to talk about it! I drink a LOT of iced coffee all year round. I love cooking and eating new foods; I could shop at Trader Joe's and Fresh Market for hours. There is always at least one mystery/suspense/thriller novel on my Kindle, but I am almost always rereading one of the Harry Potter books. My husband is a law student here at USC, and we have a toy poodle named Stella who is the light in our lives. I've seen most of the United States and western Europe but I will never tire of traveling to new places (though I only fly when it's a necessity). I am outgoing and love adventure but I am a homebody at heart. I'm so excited to work with the stellar students at USC!

Areas of Expertise: USC Safe Zone Ally; First-Year Students

Favorite Quote: I love quotes and can never pick just one! Here are a few of my favorites. 

  • "Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -Theodore Roosevelt
  • "You kind of start to believe anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." -from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  • “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” -E.E. Cummings
  • "To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." -Jim Valvano

Advice to Students:  Hold on to what you believe and what you want but don't hesitate to let new experiences and new people help you shape that. There is a fine line between steadfastness and stagnation. Establish and know your support system. They will be invaluable over the next four years. Take calculated chances. Don't underestimate self-care.

Involvement in Carolina Community: Chapter Advisory Board member; (Academic Excellence)- USC Kappa Delta (Beta Zeta chapter)