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Student Spotlight: Doug Elvington

Q and A with Doug

What brought you to USC Sumter and what do you want to do with your degree?

I had a brother come through USC Sumter some years back and he told me how much he enjoyed college and how he really liked the teachers and the atmosphere that the campus possessed. He never really wanted to leave and yet, being a student here for four years, it will be hard to in the coming year.

What is most challenging as a college student?

I think the most challenging part in being a college student is the dedication. If you slack at all, it could mean the difference in failing and getting a degree. While I always believed that college was much more flexible than high school and easier to manage throughout the day, you have to invest the time and stay dedicated to the goals you set to get where you want to be, and this is the first step in doing those things: Dedication

What is one skill you believe every USC Sumter student should possess?

I think every student should possess a good work ethic. The saying is true that hard work pays off and it cannot be more true than when your hard work with studying and dedication to the classes you take shows A's on exams.

What is/was your favorite class?

I think I had several favorite classes! Honestly it is hard to just pick one, but I did like Sociology of Crime, History (Decker), and Criminal Justice. Those were some of my favorites but there were others I really enjoyed.

What are your plans after graduation?

My plans are to become a probation or parole officer and start building up funds to have my own place, get married, and live the American dream. I risk losing all of that without an education. No job, no girl, no dream!

What advice would you give to future USC Sumter students?

Do not give up. There isn't anyone who had the odds stacked against them as much as I did. I had no money, people told me I would never make it, and had legal issues I had to overcome, but here I am a year away from a bachelor's degree. It is also never too late. I am going to be 27 years old next month and I am going to make it, so do not use that as an excuse because excuses get you nowhere. There is an old saying that "there is no knowledge that is not power." You may not know it all and it might get tough, but what you know and what you will learn is power, and power gives you the advantage to achieve anything you set your mind to. Godspeed :)