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South Carolina Honors College

Jhanvi Parvathaneni

Ask me about... being a pre-med student, undergraduate research, pre-professional fraternities and cultural involvement!

Hi there! I am from Anderson, SC, and I’m majoring in Biological Sciences and double minoring in Business Administration and Medical Humanities & Culture. Here at USC, I serve as a University 101 Peer Leader for freshmen students, and I am involved in leadership in a cultural organization. I am also involved in a pre-medical fraternity, and I am currently working on an independent research project! After graduation, I plan on pursuing medical school and becoming a pediatrician, working to expand preventative care in early childhood and adolescence.

My advice for prospective students: Keep an open mind your freshman year! College is a whole new ballpark, and there is absolutely nothing you cannot do! Find things that interest you, whether it be clubs, hobbies, or campus organizations, and take some time to focus on things aside from academics that you enjoy. Trust me, it will help you!

My advice for current students: Get organized! College is challenging with balancing your academics, organizations, work, and social life, but if you do your best to stay on top of these things -- due dates, meetings, and assignments, you’ll find yourself having a lot more wiggle room to take some time for yourself.

My favorite thing about the Honors College: My favorite thing about the Honors College is the family-like feel that I get from it. There is so much diversity: people from different backgrounds, different countries, different cultures. We all come together and learn so much from each other. I love that I always see familiar faces on campus that I know through Honors, and having a group of people whom I can relate to on so many different levels is such a fantastic support system.

My reason for choosing the SCHC: I have always dreamt of going to college at a big university; walking to classes and seeing the campus bustling with so many other students who share the same drive I do. I also value the importance of having a family-like community; supportive and uplifting no matter what. Here at the SCHC, I am able to experience both of these dreams, as well as gain access to a whole new layer of resources, and it is the perfect mix for me!

My favorite things: Spending time with my family and friends, cooking and trying new recipes, waves crashing by the beach and iced coffee!

Something that makes me laugh: Something that makes me laugh is actually someone, and they are actually two people. My niece and my nephew are my two little rays of sunshine. These little toddlers are the cutest little humans I’ve ever seen. My nephew always has the funniest little things to say, and my little niece loves to run around like she owns the place (she basically does).

Something I’m proud of: My confidence. As a kid, I wasn’t very secure in myself, and I didn’t really know much about who I was as a person or what my interests were. Throughout the years, I have been able to get more in touch with myself, allowing me to be proud of who I am. My confident attitude is a huge aspect of my personality, and it has truly given me a better outlook on the world around me!

Favorite study music: I have two favorite genres of study music. When I don’t need to focus too hard, I enjoy listening to instrumental pop; I can vibe with my favorite songs without getting distracted by the lyrics. When it comes to really getting in the zone, however, I enjoy listening to alpha brain waves. My friend introduced me to them my freshman year, and it has truly been a game changer.

Skill I’d like to master: Since the pandemic hit, I’ve been working on improving my cooking skills. Now that I’m living in an apartment, I have so much freedom to experiment and see what I can come up with. I want to keep cooking until it’s something that comes naturally; it’s one of my favorite hobbies and such a great way to destress while also making myself healthy and nourishing meals.

Favorite study music: I actually have two favorite study music genres. When I don’t need to focus too hard, I enjoy listening to instrumental pop; I can vibe with my favorite songs without getting distracted by the lyrics. When it comes to doubling down and focusing on my work, however, I enjoy listening to Alpha Brain Waves. My friend introduced me to them freshman year, and surprisingly, I really feel like they help me concentrate.

Song I could listen to non-stop: Love Story by Taylor Swift. This was the first and only song I had downloaded on my little iPod Nano back in 2010, and I played it over, and over, and over again in those wired Apple earphones that you needed so you could hear the music. I always listen to it when I’m happy, sad, or to bring me comfort when I’m overwhelmed; it makes me feel safe and at home!

Favorite childhood memory: When I was a toddler, my mom used to call me her heart, and I caught on pretty quickly. I remember being around 3 years old, jumping around the couch, and I was hanging off of it at one point. As I was getting close to falling, I yelled “Mama, your heart is falling!” I think this is a pretty good representation of my personality today. To this day, she never lets me live it down!

Something I will always do: I will always reach out to others and stay active in my community. I’m super social and outgoing, and I will never pass up the chance to spend time with others, meet new people and make new friends.

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