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South Carolina Honors College

Shreya Mehta

Ask me about … public health, pre-health opportunities, internships, and study abroad!

I am a current senior from Spartanburg, SC majoring in Public Health and minoring in dance. Becoming a physician has been my dream since I was three, which is why I am on the pre-med track. I hope to incorporate my public health perspective as a practicing physician so that I can not only cure disease but also help prevent illness. On campus, I enjoy talking to students as an Honors Ambassador and being a member of GlobeMed, and Phi Delta Epsilon, a pre-medical fraternity, a pre-health professional community. When I have free time, I love to dance, do yoga, and spend time chatting with my friends on the Horseshoe!


I love: Dancing, yoga, listening to music, eating ice cream, Carolina football and traveling.

My strength: Being empathetic. I always want to understand others’ perspectives, feelings, and thoughts, and that’s why I am interested in a medical career.

My dream job: My dream job is to be a professional dancer, but medical school sounds like a good back-up option.

Favorite movie: Remember the Titans

Currently reading: The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden

Things that make me laugh: My brother. No matter how upset I might be, my brother will always find a way to make me laugh.

Something I will always do: I will always wake up an hour before class and hit the snooze button at least 3 times!

Something I'm proud of:  In my entire life, I have never completed a cartwheel, but at USC I have officially accomplished 80% of a recognizable cartwheel thanks to my friends in the Honors College. In case you are wondering why, I had to perform this for my dance class, but it did teach me the valuable lesson of never be afraid to fail if you want to grow!

My motto: Be grateful! The summer after my freshman year I traveled to Orissa, India with a student organization called GlobeMed. GlobeMed is a national organization with university chapters throughout the United States, and the purpose of GlobeMed is to improve the health of rural communities all over the world. I had the opportunity to visit our partner organization and meet villagers from several places. Meeting them made me realize that I previously did not truly appreciate the opportunities and resources  available to me. Visiting people who struggle to find clean water changed my perspective, and I will always remember to be thankful.

My advice for prospective students: Whether you’re a freshman in high school or a senior who is finishing up his/her college applications, I always like to remind students that your college experience can be as amazing as you want it to be. The more you get involved and engage yourself (within reason), the more you will grow and change in these four years. You just have to seek out those opportunities to step outside your comfort zone as scary as that is!

My advice for current students: Continue to discover your passions. There are so many opportunities to explore various hobbies, careers, much more at USC! It’s never too late to join a new club. And don’t be afraid if your passions change. As we grow and find out more about ourselves, our passions may shift. Embrace that change!

My favorite thing about the Honors College: I have loved the Honors College because I have been challenged by my classes, by my peers, and by faculty and staff. Our motto at USC is #nolimits. For me, this holds true because every time I thought I had been pushed to my limit, someone broadened my horizons and my limit expanded. That person might have been a faculty member or a peer, but at SCHC everywhere I turn, there is a supportive face and a kind smile.

My reason for choosing the SCHC: I chose the Honors College because of the amazing opportunities the college offers. I am able to pursue my interests as a Public Health major while experiencing the amazing curriculum of the Honors College. I have been provided support from many of the Honors faculty and staff, and my peers are always inspiring me to reach outside my comfort zone and to grow as a person.