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Life at the University of South Carolina is not just about your classes; in addition to your studies, there are opportunities to get involved in student organizations that can enhance your learning and help you to open future career doors.

Cocky’s Reading Express

You can travel the state with Cocky, the USC mascot, and visit elementary schools. You can read to the children as Cocky performs and acts out the stories. This program helps the children in under served public schools learn the importance of life-long reading. And, they all receive a free book at the end of the program.

Student volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year.  Join for a couple of hours or an entire day. It’s up to you! You may also participate in a variety of other activities including: reading out loud to students, organizing book purchasing and distribution, promotion, training new volunteers and assisting with special projects. Contact Christine Shelek at 803-777-1339 or email her at for more information.


This 24-hour event will unite you with other students and professionals to generate creative campaigns for deserving nonprofits. Student teams develop thousands of dollars worth of marketing communications materials pro bono for the selected nonprofits, guided by their team leaders and professional mentors.

CreateAthon@USC provides real-world experience for students — plus the event is a blast! Fun activities throughout the night keep the volunteers going and creative juices flowing. In past year’s there has been live music, contests, games, food and, of course, an abundance of caffeine.