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Student Body President Emmie Thompson aims to tackle 'realistic' goals, represent all students in new role

Emmie Thompson, USC's new student body president, wants to tackle manageable goals during her time in office. According to Thompson, her involvement in Student Government has been a way for her to give back to the USC community.

USC Honors College student balances college life, national modeling career

Since coming to USC, second-year fashion merchandising and retailing student Augusta Roach has had to find balance between her college life and modeling career. While it has not always been easy, Roach said her unique experiences in both environments have helped her grow as a person and find her passions.

USC Honors College students win top Pay it Forward prize

Thrisha Mote, Anusha Ghosh, Jiya Desai and Aastha Arora earned the top prize in the Pay it Forward competition sponsored by South Carolina's electric cooperatives. The competition aims to find solutions to pressing social and economic problems in the state's rural areas.

Building a better world

Tamera Sullivan, a 2019 USC and Fulbright alumna, will now pursue a career as a foreign service officer with the Pickering Fellowship.

From side hustle to startup: McNair Institute prepares future entrepreneurs for success

Brett Nilsen and Sean Powers came to the McNair Institute with a dream of starting their own company. They left the university with strong foundations for their shoe resale startup.

Alumna Jenni Williams lives out her childhood dream

Honors Alumna Jenni Williams discusses how her childhood dream of becoming a news reporter became a reality while attending USC and the South Carolina Honors College.

Dance and political science alumna gets creative to help marginalized youth

How do you combine a creative calling, a passion for politics and a determination to drive social change? Just ask Vivien Toumey. The Arts and Sciences alumna has turned her background in dance and political science into an impactful career in non-profit work, where she has crafted social media campaigns that have led to real policy changes.

Mt. Pleasant junior wins first place in annual state writing contest

Elliott Kate Cooper, a junior at Charleston County School of the Arts, has won the tenth annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest hosted by the South Carolina Honors College.

Four-year Honors ambassador passes along her love for USC

Honors senior Jacqueline Purtell reflects on her time as an SCHC ambassador and the opportunities it provided her as a student.

Some university staff work like dogs

Meet George and Louie, the South Carolina Honors College's very own therapy dogs, and see how they are helping bring positivity to Honors students.

Graduating engineering student looks ahead to career in coastal conservation

Maggie Kemp grew up a five-minute drive from windswept Assateague Island National Seashore on the Maryland coast, and that locale inspired her undergraduate research pursuits and plans for graduate school at USC.

HRSM professor helps grow sport, entertainment management program

SCHC Pearce Faculty Fellow Andy Gillentine was recently named a 2022 Mungo teaching award winner for his impact on USC’s sport and entertainment management program.

Applied Mechanics

December graduate Sarah Anne Livingston didn’t just ace her engineering classes. She also engineered her future by racking up a whopping six internships with three different companies.

Disability in Action program educates USC on accessibility issues on campus

The South Carolina Honors College and CarolinaLIFE created Disability in Action (DIA) during the fall 2022 semester. DIA involves students from both organizations working towards spreading awareness of inaccessibility issues and ableism across USC's campus.

A Letter From the Dean

Dean Steven Lynn takes an in-depth look at the motto of the South Carolina Honors College and how it impacts students.

From the front lines

Explore alumni reflections from an internist/hospitalist, pharmacist, advanced practice registered nurse, and pediatric critical care physician – all of whom are teaching future generations of medical professionals.

'Teaching what history is'

Woody Holton, 2022 SCHC Professor of the Year, details why studying history is so important for American's today.

‘They broke down the barriers so I could be here’

The university’s second Black woman student body vice president, Hannah White, is sharing the influential stories from 21 of Carolina’s Black women leaders who broke down barriers in her award-winning documentary.

First-generation student finds love for journey to USC

Sarah Tra shares her story and experiences as a first-gen student and USC ambassador in the hope that other first-gen students will find their place at the Honors College and the University of South Carolina.

Family firsts - First-generation college students add energy, resilience to USC campus

First- Generation and Honors College student Chris Loftis discusses how attending the University of South Carolina was a necessary step for him reaching his goal of becoming a computer programmer.

Honors class gives deeper meaning to horror films

For author, professor and horror lover Julia Elliott, horror movies have much more to bring to the table than simple jump scares.

Going the extra mile

Honors College senior makes connections from Columbia to Cairo.

'More than research'

UofSC's most recent Rotary Scholar, Layne Scopano, tackles global healthcare inequality.

McNair Scholar discovers passion for government through the U.S. Digital Corps

Trey Gordner ('13) has started his own company, earned his master's in urban planning and now lives in Hawaii with his wife working for a fellowship that is the first of its kind.

Semester at the Coast program helps students find their passion

The South Carolina Honors College's partnership with Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Sciences has provided students interested in science, the environment or health with a one of a kind experience at a top research facility.


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