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Class of 2021: Katherine Kimbrough

Hometown: Blythewood, S.C.
Major: Music performance, voice
Future plans: Graduate school for vocal performance then a career in performance and teaching
Quote: "I quickly grew to love UofSC during those first few days of my freshman year. Somehow, this huge, sprawling campus began to feel small and homey. I found a community within my dorm and my major and student organizations. I had wonderful teachers and mentors who guided me. It was more than I could have expected."

Why music?

I came to college knowing I loved music, and that out of all the instruments I was most talented with the voice. It took me my whole freshman year to find the passion and bravery to finally choose vocal performance as my major, but I've never regretted it. There are a lot of things to fall in love with when it comes to classical singing: the languages, the poetry, the growth — both vocal and personal. It's such a privilege to interact with art in such an intimate way every day, and I hope I can do so for the rest of my life.

How did UofSC prepare you for your future?

UofSC provided me with a wonderful voice teacher and other professors who helped me foster this love of music. Most importantly, it connected me with amazing peers who created a supportive environment where I felt safe to be vulnerable and creative. I am so glad that I got to grow with such dear friends and artists. 

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your career as a Gamecock?

I think my experience was a bit unconventional in the grand scheme of Gamecock experiences. For instance, I only went to two football games my entire undergrad career, but somehow managed to miss only a handful of symphony performances. However, I think that is what makes UofSC so wonderful — this diversity of student life. There is a place, a home, for everyone on this campus.

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