South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
Hilton Head, S.C.
Career plans: Starting this fall, I will be working as a full-time missionary with an organization called FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students). This summer, I will be assigned to a college campus in the U.S. where I will live and work with other FOCUS missionaries. As a missionary, I will be mentoring students, leading bible studies and planning social events. I plan to serve as a missionary for at least 2 years.
UofSC Story: Coming into UofSC, I thought I had a hold on life. Big scholarship, excelling academically
and socially, involved in multiple clubs, big man on campus really. That was until
I was invited to go to a national conference with the local church I had gotten involved
with. We drove 9 hours all the way to Indianapolis for what I thought was going to
be a mediocre church retreat. Much to my surprise, there were over 10,000 other catholic
college students there. It was there, surrounded by thousands of other normal faithful
people my age that I realized that there was something more to life.
Most impactful experience: One of the most impactful and transformative experiences was my study abroad trip
to Peru. During my senior year, I traveled to Peru for two weeks and it was one of
the best experiences of my life. I saw amazing wonders such as Machu Picchu and Lake
Titicaca and found serenity throughout my trip. I was able to broaden my worldview
and experience ways of living I never knew I could. I became more confident in myself
and my abilities and formed meaningful relationships with my fellow travelers.
Best part of the Top Scholars program: Not having to worry about tuition or student loans