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Honors Orientation

Honors Orientation brings together everything you’ve learned so far about joining the Gamecock and Honors communities this fall. At Honors Orientation, you will hear from Honors upperclassmen, find out more about the Honors experience, and learn how to get involved within the Honors community. This is also an opportunity to ask questions after completing Honors advising and taking part in UofSC’s New Student Orientation.

Honors Orientation is incorporated into your two-day New Student Orientation session. The Honors presentation will take place on Day 2 of your registered session. Attendance at the Honors Orientation presentation is required for all incoming Honors freshmen. More information about the Honors Orientation component for Summer 2022 will be available in May.

Summer 2021 Honors Orientation Leaders

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Sami Gudger

Senior | Biological Sciences | Hometown: Atlanta, GA 

Hi, y’all! My name is Samantha Gudger (she/her) and I am a third-year student from Atlanta. As part of the Accelerated Study Program (ASP,)  I will be graduating a year early and officially can say that I'm a senior! Being on the pre-med track, I plan on continuing my studies at medical school. I am part of a service sorority on campus, Omega Phi Alpha, where I get to be involved in a variety of service opportunities. I also volunteer as a member of Give a Dog a Bone, an organization on campus that volunteers at local animal shelters. I look forward to meeting y’all and introducing you to your amazing new home at UofSC!

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Rachel Healy

Junior | Finance & Marketing | Hometown: Yardley, PA 

Hi! My name is Rachel Healy (she/her,) I am a rising junior in the Honors College and I am originally from outside Philadelphia. Being from out of state, the people/community and the opportunities to try new things consistently make UofSC feel more like home each semester. My favorite parts of being at UofSC include spending time outside with friends on the horseshoe, doing intramural sports, tubing down the Congaree River, going to new restaurants in the Vista and Woodbourne, and being on campus working on different projects surrounded by other students.

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Riley Lankes

Senior | International Studies | Hometown: Lexington, SC 

Hey there! My name is Riley (he/him) and I’m very excited to be an Honors Orientation Leader again this summer! Around campus, I’m involved in research in international politics, I’m an Honors College Ambassador and I’ll be working/studying in Washington D.C. next semester as a part of the Washington Semester Program. My hobbies include cooking, fostering animals, gaming and building computers. My goal is to work as a career diplomat, but I can also see myself going to culinary school and owning a restaurant one day.

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Juhi Patel

Sophomore | BARSC-MD | Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

I'm Juhi (she/her,) a sophomore here in the Honors college on the pre-med track. I aspire to be a research physician and potentially work towards an MD/PhD dual degree. But as a pre-med, it’s important to be well rounded outside of just STEM and the pre-med community. The various opportunities across campus remind me of that! I'm involved in neurobiology research, I'm part of a handful of campus orgs (Dean’s Council, Han’Go, CrossTalk, Women in STEM), I'm working to start an org (Medical Brigades) and more! Coming from a person with a pretty random range of interests -- from graphic design to writing, you can definitely find your niche!

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Mahi Patel

Sophomore | Computer Science | Hometown: Lexington, SC 

Hi! My name is Mahi (she/her) and I am a rising sophomore at the Honors college from Lexington, South Carolina. I love spending time with my friends and going out to try new food in Columbia. UofSC really is a great community and I have made so many great friends already! The weekends are always fun with the walking trails around campus and visiting Soda City Market (which is right down the road from the Honors Residence Hall!) I also enjoyed getting involved on campus with the Deans Council, helping to plan events exclusive to Honors Students!

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Laura-Louise Rice

Senior | BARSC: Medical Humanities and Public Policy | Hometown: Lexington, SC 

Hi, I’m Laura-Louise (she/her!) Being from 20 minutes outside of Columbia, SC,  UofSC has been home for me throughout much of my life. However, the Honors college has helped me find my second family. I was able to create my own major based on my interests in health justice reform, but more so, it's where I found my roommate and some of my closest friends. During the year, you'll likely find me on my fourth cup of coffee in the Leadership and Service Center or Gambrell Hall; but this summer, I'm excited to spend my time talking to you guys about my family I have found in the Honors college.  


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