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South Carolina Honors College

Kinsey Besser

Ask me about... changing your major, Public Health, and the best coffee shops to study at in Columbia!

Hey y'all! I'm a junior from Pawleys Island, SC. I was born and bred a Gamecock, as both of my parents attended USC. After multiple major changes, I'm now pursuing a Public Health B.A. degree. After undergrad, I plan to go to law school and practice family law or healthcare administration. I'm always down to grab coffee and chat about my time here at USC, so don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!


I love: making playlists for every occasion, hairless cats (they're cute, don't @ me), and watching the sunset off of the Horizon garage.

Something that makes me laugh: The Office/ Parks and Recreation. I can't pick just one, that's like choosing a favorite child. I’ve watched both series twice and relate to Kelly Kapoor’s scheming and Leslie Knope’s love of waffles on a personal level.

Something new I’d like to learn: How to make pancakes without burning them. I've gotten by with making pancakes in mini-muffin tins but now that I'm 20 I feel like I need to learn the real deal.

Songs I’ve completely memorized: Africa by Toto. There's never not a reason to scream every word to this song.

Favorite movie: Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a quirky film filled with dry humor and a love story-- what more could you want? Also the pastel colored aesthetic is extremely pleasing.

Favorite childhood memory: Putting Webkinz on each blade of a ceiling fan with my three younger brothers, turning the fan on, and seeing whose could last the longest. The game was appropriately named "Wheel of Webkinz."

Most likely to be famous for: Meme-ing, because I have one for every situation. I’m in at least three group messages dedicated explicitly to meme-ing.

My pet peeve:  8:30 AM classes. I am NOT a morning person and only become my true self at 10AM.

I’m motivated by: Seeing others around me support each other. I firmly believe in the motto "you can't do life alone," and to me, knowing you made a positive impact on someone's life by lending a helping hand is the most rewarding thing in this life.

My advice for prospective students:  Keep your options open when looking at schools. As someone who swore I would never go to my parent's alma mater (and actually was sold on attending "that school in the north of the state"), I know it is easy to write off a school you may not know a lot about. Tour around and really try to learn as much as you can. I did, and it led me to my home away from home. 

My advice for current students: Everything is going to be fine! Although it can get hectic trying to balance academics, social life, and lock down a major, you have so many resources at your disposal to allow yourself to breathe and choose the best path for you.

My favorite thing about the Honors College: Definitely the other students. My friends in the SCHC are always down to go to honors events, do things around the city of Columbia, stay in for movie nights, and of course, encourage me to push myself academically. We really have become like a little family.  

My reason for choosing the SCHC: I initially had not planned on applying to honors. However, a few months following submitting my general application, a high school friend told me everything they knew about SCHC-  the small classes, the residence hall, the priority registration, etc. After my last round of standardized tests broke the threshold to apply, I decided (a week before the deadline date) to ask for the application and overnighted it that same week. Thank goodness I did because I have loved every second of it!