Hi friends! I’m am a junior from Greenville, SC. I am a chemistry major, and I am pre-med. I am extremely close to my family and I had not been on my own before, so I did not think I was ready to come to college. Now that I am here, I love it! My plan is to go to medical school, and I am currently interested in internal medicine. I love to meet new people and make new friends, so feel free to come up and talk to me anytime!
Something I love: My puppy is the love of my life! I am allergic to dogs so I thought I would never be able to have a dog, but last summer my family got a Maltipoo. She is hypoallergenic! Being able to cuddle with a dog is a dream come true for me, and something I never thought would happen. My puppy is always excited to see me and knows just how to cheer me up. She loves me even when I am wearing a t-shirt and leggings, and I haven’t brushed my hair yet!
Something new I’d like to learn: I have always wanted to learn a new language, but I can never choose just one! I am currently obsessed with American Sign Language and know a number of phrases and a couple of songs (my personal favorite is “Best of Both Worlds” by Hannah Montana!). I also like French and would be interested in learning that too. I can never make up my mind.
Something I will always do: I have to make my bed and open my blinds before I leave in the morning. Making my bed is something I can easily do to start my day off on the right foot. I am able to complete a task, and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Having a made bed and a bright room immediately makes the room seem neater and helps my mood improve no matter what! Also, if my bed is made, then I am less likely to climb back into it to take a nap!
My nickname and why: I am extremely close with my younger brother and my name was actually his first word! He could not pronounce “Abby,” so he decided that he would call me “Abba.” He used to coming running to the door shouting my name every time I would come home! He has since learned how to pronounce my name, but he knows that my heart melts whenever he calls me Abba. Now he only calls me Abba when he wants me to do something for him (and it definitely works!).
My advice for prospective students: Do not stress too much about choosing a college! A lot of people (including myself) agonize over where to go to school and apply to a ton of places and that increases the stress. I know that it can be a hard decision, but I suggest going with your gut and not overthinking it. Ultimately, wherever you decide to go to school, you will get involved and will make it your own.
My advice for current students: Follow SCHC, Carolina After Dark, and other USC groups on social media. There are a lot of events going on around campus and this is the best way to stay connected, especially when living off campus. They cover special events such as magicians, paint nights, free bowling, Bedtime Stories, alumni panels, and so much more. Our tuition provides the means to hold these events, so take advantage of them!
My favorite thing about the Honors College: I absolutely love the tight-knit community within the Honors College. It was incredible freshman year to be able to live in the same building as the people in my classes. I formed relationships quicker because the Honors College made the campus feel much smaller. The small honors classes allow me to get to know all of my classmates, and I will often have classes with the same people in future semesters. I love being able to walk into any honors class and see a familiar face! I consider the students in honors to be some of my best friends, and I could not survive college without their companionship.
My reason for choosing the SCHC: All senior year, I was convinced that I was going to attend Clemson (I know, I’m sorry), but I decided to wait to commit until I was able to visit the SC Honors College in April. When I went to a Meet the SCHC event and Scholar’s Social, I completely changed my mind! The atmosphere surrounding the Honors College was so welcoming and friendly; I already felt like part of the family. I felt like SCHC personally wanted me instead of treating my like just another applicant. I could already tell that I would be taken care of at the Honors College and that I would be a part of a great community!