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 at 11 a.m. EST on Day 2 of your registered
session. Attendance at the Honors Orientation presentation is required for all incoming Honors
freshmen. Honors Orientation will be available in both an in-person and virtual format:
Students registered for virtual Orientation sessions will attend this presentation virtually.
No RSVP required. You will be provided with a link to join this session prior to your
scheduled Orientation date.
Students registered for in-person Orientation sessions will have the choice of attending either an in-person or virtual presentation on Day 2.
Please let us know if you plan to attend the Day 2 Honors Orientation presentation
in-person or virtually by completing this RSVPafter registering for your New Student Orientation dates.
Meet our Honors Orientation Leaders
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.