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McNair Scholars

Amelia Parkes

Madison, Alabama
Russian & French 

 One of the best parts of graduating from USC is that I can't find a photo of just me at USC, because I was never alone; USC is where I found my second family. 

Enjoy most as a TS: 
My favorite part about being a UofSC Top Scholar is the incredible advice and support that I have received from through the Scholars program. 

I entered UofSC as a member of the CIFA international business cohort for the practicality and reliability of the field. By sophomore year, I knew it was not for me. I wanted to focus on my Russian and French studies. I researched career opportunities and sought out much-needed advice from Jan Smoak, Dr. Judith Kalb, and Ali Mathwig. I developed the plan to earn my BA in Russian and French and pursue an accelerated MLIS.  
I have since participated in an NSA-funded STARTALK program and the State Department's CLS program for Russian, and my language proficiencies are near my lifetime goal.  The support I received at UofSC helped me gain the confidence to pursue my passions confidently and led me to where I am today. 

Post-graduate plans: 
My exact plans are still unknown as I am waiting to hear back from several opportunities. I will let you know as soon as possible! 

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