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Choose Your Experiences

Choose the right opportunities for you!  Try something new or explore your passions.  USC Connect is about making the most of the experiences that are meaningful to you.

Step One

Connect to others with similar interests and get started!

  • Check out the Opportunity Database, USC resource fairs and student organizations.
  • Talk to faculty, staff and your fellow students about your interests.
  • Attend meetings and events, and identify what is intriguing to you!

Step Two

Complete at least one Experiential Learning Opportunity!

  1. Select your experience that applies learning in a real world context.
  2. Engage in a sustained and meaningful way (at least 45 hours).
  3. Receive feedback to gain understanding of the experience and yourself.
  4. Reflect on what the experience means to you, your future Carolina experience, and goals after college. 

Some majors have "built-in" experiential learning opportunities through internships, research, or other requirements. These are important, but always remember to think about what you want to experience - there are many ways you can choose to enhance your studies. Think big! Reach out! You can do it!

Step Three

Consider completing Graduation with Leadership Distinction

Are you engaged beyond the classroom in even more substantial ways? You might be completing a required internship course, research experience or volunteering extensively. Consider engaging in ways that can lead to Graduation with Leadership Distinction

GLD Requires approximately 300 hours of engagement, a public presentation, and an ePortfolio reflecting on what you have learned and how you will apply it.  This recognition appears on  your transcript and diploma.  Learn more!