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Nancy Jones

Decatur High School
Decatur, Georgia
International business and economics 

Serving as Executive Director of Gamecock Pantry taught me how much the work I do can recharge me even when it’s demanding, and also to always ensure that my career is making an impact in the world in an arena I care about.  

Impactful experience:
My sophomore spring, I represented the Darla Moore School of Business at the school’s black tie Centennial Gala. As part of the application for the opportunity, I had written a short note of appreciation as if I were addressing Darla Moore, thanking her for her generosity and explaining the impact she had had on me and my peers. At the Gala, Dean Brews read my words aloud to the entire audience, including Darla Moore, who was in attendance. After the event, I was able to meet her. She’s even more impressive in person and is the kind of woman I want to become. I left awestruck and inspired. It was an experience beyond words.  

Enjoy most as a TS: 
Living with Alex Stevens. Truly, the Top Scholar program has given me some of the best friends of my life. It’s a privilege to get to grow and learn alongside these spectacular people.  

I grew up a Dawgs fan and was sure that, no matter how much I would come to love USC, my devotion to the Dawgs could never be matched. Having officially spent my last time in the student section for a game in Willy-B, I can say with absolutely certainty that I was wrong. The roar of the stadium, the electricity of Sandstorm, cheering on the Gamecocks packed shoulder to shoulder with 6,000 other students who love the university as much as I do; there’s nothing like it. That sense of pride and community, not just with other Top Scholars or other honors students but with everyone who attends this university, will stay with me forever.  

Post-graduate plans: 
Nancy will work for McKinsey & Company's Charlotte, NC office as a business analyst.  

Career goals/professional aspirations: 
I intend to work in international development economics, with a focus on promoting gender equality via the economic emancipation of women.  

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