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South Carolina Honors College

Natalie Ford

Ask me about... the international business program, the Darla Moore School of Business, study abroad and Honors College cool courses!

Hi! I am from Charlotte, North Carolina and am majoring in international business and finance. As a part of the IB program, I studied abroad in Austria during the spring 2023 semester. I am thinking of working in international corporate banking or in the private wealth management area. 

My advice for prospective students: When deciding where to go to college, consider where you can truly see yourself for the next few years, whether it is walking to class on campus, sitting outside with friends or taking advantage of a specific program. If you can’t see yourself there, that’s not the place for you. 

 My advice for current student: Take advantage of all the fun events the Honors College puts on! There’s the Honors Gala, First-Year Flotilla and Bedtime Stories. They are a great way to take a break from homework, destress and make some new friends. Also, go to the less-attended sports games! My freshman year hall went to a women’s soccer game to support one of our friends and had a blast!

 My favorite thing about the Honors College: The cool courses and the great opportunities that come with them. I took a course on the U.S. Constitution and my class got to take a field trip to Philadelphia. It was a lot of fun; I became better acquainted with the students in my class and I learned the course material in an interactive way. There are many unique courses in the Honors College that you will not find anywhere else. Some examples are Philosophy and Knitting, Southern Writers on the West and even a course that examines gender roles in horror films! 

 My favorite things: I love movie nights with friends. I am a big movie buff and have seen more movies than I can count. I also enjoy playing the guitar! I played in a performance program in high school where I learned songs by Paramore, Heart, ZZ Top and more! I practiced with my bandmates, and then performed a live show at the end of each semester. It was such a blast, and I enjoyed learning a variety of genres.

Something I’m proud of: My decision to study abroad! I will be way out of my comfort zone by traveling by myself, navigating a new city, making new friends and attending classes at a new school. However, I know I will grow so much through this experience and am excited to explore and learn more about international business.

Something that makes me laugh: Schitt’s Creek! It is one of my favorite TV shows and I like how it is a good mix between funny and heartwarming. My favorite characters are David and Moira.

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