University of South Carolina Honors College

Class of 2021

Cumulative GPA: 4.0/4.0

I am currently a sophomore at the Honors College of the University of South Carolina, studying International Business, Global Supply Chain & Operations Management, Psychology, French, and Business Data Analytics.

Honors: Top Scholar/McNair Scholarship Award Recipient, President’s List (4/4 semesters), Dean’s List (4/4 semesters), Passport Travel Grant Recipient, “I Want Moore” Travel Grant Recipient

Involvements: Resident Mentor, Youth Refugee Tutor, Adult Conversational Volunteer, Top Scholar Peer Leader, Top Scholar Buddy, Top Scholar Host Team Member

Program Ranking: #1 Undergraduate International Business Program | #1 Public Honors College in the United States

 

International Study Experience

SWAZILAND

 

MOZAMBIQUE

 

SOUTH AFRICA

 

NORWAY

Studied the economic effects of Norway’s dominant petroleum sector, renowned social welfare programs, and strict government regulations

 

things that keep me up at night

Other cultures

Sometimes I wonder how my life would be different if I were born anywhere else on the planet. I think it’s incredible how diverse human life is. From remote villages in Oceania to skyscrapers in Manhattan, everyone has their own version of “normal,” and your version is just as foreign to someone else as theirs is to you.

Global complexity 

I often think about and try to have a conscious appreciation for the scale of the world and the infinite number of experiences and interactions that occur at any given time. At this very moment, life is beginning for someone, while ending for another. Right now, someone is falling in love, while someone else is getting their heart broken. When you’re driving on the highway do you ever wonder where each car is going? When you’re sitting on a plane, do you ever think about where everyone else is heading and how your common destination means something completely different to everyone on board? I do. All the time. It’s impossible to truly comprehend how big the world truly is. I find that comforting and discomforting at the same time.

Shared moments

When you’re at a concert or sitting in a coffeeshop, that particular moment is something that you have in common with everyone else in that room. You all have different experiences and backgrounds and completely different lives, but for that time, regardless of how long that moment may be, you share that small sliver of time with them. Everybody in that concert hall has a different connection to that artist and those songs; everybody in that coffeeshop has a different reason for being there and an incredibly complex string of events that led them to that precise moment. I think that’s pretty cool.

 

synopsis of coursework

I never considered myself a language person, so I chose a program that required me to reach an advanced level—and now I want to add another language, too. A few years ago, that would’ve scared me. But now, I use that as a metric to encourage myself that I’m growing. The best, most rewarding, classes are the ones that some time ago you never would have considered taking. My freshman year I took a film class and spent evenings in media lab analyzing Soviet silent films, simply because it was an option. Right now, I’m in a special topics class in the physics laboratory because I was interested in the mechanics of sound waves and room acoustics. Next semester I want to take a class in Russian literature, just because I can, and that opportunity could teach me incredibly insightful things about myself and the world. Don’t take classes that are easy or familiar. Don’t apologize if your interests change, because that means that you’re changing, too, and that’s more than okay.

In my opinion, often the most qualified perspectives are ones from the outside. Many of my favorite professors majored in something other than their current field of expertise during their undergraduate career. When you sit down at a table, you don’t want to be identical to the person sitting next to you. The most invaluable skills that you possess are not things that can be taught to you in a textbook, rather they are things that are cultivated and developed over time and through a variety of experiences—your perspectives, your creativity, your problem-solving, your ability to analyze your surroundings, and the lens with which you view the world and the people in it. Make yourself irreplaceable. Make yourself incomparable. Don’t take classes because you have to, take classes because you get to. If others think that your academic interests are strange, then good—that means you’re getting somewhere. That means you’re challenging yourself in ways that aren’t conventional. That means when you sit down at a table, you won’t be the same as the person sitting next to you.

Freshman Year

Managerial Accounting

Incremental analysis, cost-value-profit analysis, capital budgeting, variance analysis,

Finance

Time value of money, discounted cash flow models, stock options, futures, portfolio strategy, venture capital, start-up financing

Proficiency in French

Continued practice of oral French skills

Computer Information Systems

Various computer softwares and their practical applications in the business world

Behavioral and Mental Disorders

Survey of behavioral and mental disorders as outlined by the diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM), history of psychological treatment theories, brief overview of psychiatric practices, anti-psychotic drugs, stimulants, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Financial Accounting

Statements of cash flows, depreciation, cost of goods sold, inventory cost methods, FIFO, LIFO, asset allocation, amortization, long-term assets, payroll and deductions, stock splits,

Film and Media Studies

Soviet silent films of the 1920s, abstract filmmaking, analysis of mise-en-scène and other components of expression through film

Journalism, Media, and Society

Media responsibilities in the twenty-first century, journalism ethics, media globalization, challenges to the ideal public sphere, baseline/fluctuation effects,

Sociology

Durkheim, modern social stratification, social deviance, looking-glass self, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, personal troubles of the milieu vs. public issues of the social structure, structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, social mobility,

Statistics for Business

Sampling methods, hypothesis testing, probabilities, combinations, permutations, sampling bias

Sophomore Year

Globalization and Business

Globally integrated enterprises, dilemmas of international trade, unintended consequences of fair trade, Thucydides Trap, CAGE framework, multinational competitive strategies, non-market strategies, international labor practices, forces of globalization and localization, ethical dilemmas in value chains, case studies of Russian equity markets

Data Analytics

Access databases, query design, SQL code design, data visualization, Power BI, database management

Operations Management

Theories of supply chain management, capacity planning, theory of constraints, linear programming, inventory management, demand forecasting, total quality management (TQM), Lean Six Sigma, synergistic impacts of supply chain competencies on other functional areas

Physics of Musical Acoustics & Acoustics Laboratory

Perception of sound, formants, diffraction, energy transfer, sinusoidal behavior, mechanics of longitudinal and transverse waves, vibrations, impedance matching, resonances.

French Communication and Culture

Development of interpersonal, and interpretive, and presentational skills through collaboration with native French speakers.

Principles of Management

Organizational structure, leadership theory, group management, conflict resolution, group psychology, personnel administration, performance appraisal, collective bargaining, productivity, communication management

Business Law

Formation of contracts, legal capacity, joint obligation, consideration, assignments, delegation, statute of frauds, contract law, voidable contracts, discharge, legal ethics, corporate social responsibility, environmental law, superfund, product liability, consumer protection law, torts, legal agency, promissory estoppel, authority, jurisdiction

Reading and Written French Expression

Continued practice of reading French texts, grammatical constructions, verb tenses like le futur proche, le subjonctif, l’imparfait, etc.

Professional Communication

Professional communication standards and practices in business contexts

Statistics for Economics

R statistical software, hypothesis testing, one-way and two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), Tukey’s HSD

Survey of Personality

Personality theories in psychology

Rhetoric

Survey of rhetoric beginning with the sophists of Ancient Greece

 

volunteer experience

Youth Refugee Tutor & Adult Conversational Volunteer

Sep. 2018 - Dec. 2018

Link Crew Member

May 2015 - May 2017

FBLA Chapter Officer

May 2015 - May 2017

SouderTHON Committee Lead

Feb. 2017

UrbanPromise Volunteer

July 2016

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Volunteer

May 2015, May 2016

DMC Mentorship Group Member

Oct. 2014 - May 2015

Youth Tennis Coach

Jul. 2013 - May 2017

Youth refugee tutor & adult conversational volunteer—Tutored elementary-aged refugee children from countries such as Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo. Demonstrated mathematical reasoning, verbal communication, and reading comprehension skills through teaching hands-on practice activities. Provided verbal language practice and educational support for adult refugees as they practiced their English language skills.

Link crew member—Served as part of a highly-competitive upperclassmen student group who planned and implemented freshman orientation programming, as well as supported freshman students in small group capacities.

FBLA chapter officer—Served two years as a chapter officer with Future Business Leaders of America in leadership positions on various event planning committees for dozens of community service events. Coordinated promotional activities, created social media plans, distributed important information to student members, and communicated with community members on a daily basis, addressing any questions or concerns and responding promptly to volunteer opportunities for the organization. Oversaw documentation of volunteer assignments, member registration paperwork, meeting minutes, and monthly newsletters, as well as the organization of other pertinent community service event documents.

SouderTHON committee lead—served as on the event committee for a local pediatric cancer dance marathon fundraiser to benefit the Peter Powerhouse Foundation. Responsibilities included coordinating student volunteer assignments, overseeing marketing/public communication with outlets in the community, and logging approximately $40,000 of cash, check, and online donations.

UrbanPromise—Spent a week assisting at a youth ministry summer camp for underprivileged children grades five through eight in Camden, NJ. Served as a buddy to elementary and middle school children, as well as assisting with class teaching, document organization, and facility maintenance.

Special Olympics—Volunteered with the Special Olympics for their events at Souderton Area High School. Assisted setting up events, preparing facilities, timing races, and distributing medals.

DMC Mentorship Group—Worked with a team of students as part of an educational mentorship group to gain non-profit marketing experience through the creation of a pro-bono promotional campaign for Keystone Opportunity Center, a local food bank and homeless shelter. Presented comprehensive final marketing plan for Keystone's largest annual fundraising event to a panel of internship advisors, Keystone representatives, and community professionals.

Harleysville Tennis Club—Supervised and coordinated group tennis clinics and provided skill-based technical tennis instruction to children ages four through twelve.