Alumna uses love of travel, USC to recruit new Gamecocks
By Annie Lambert
Jamie Lynn Black turned an undergraduate volunteer position
with the university into a career.
As a freshman, Black, '10 journalism, volunteered as a
University Ambassador. Now a recruiter for the University
of South Carolina, Black works directly with prospective
students in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware
to help with the college search and application process.
She travels regularly, visiting high schools and college
fairs, representing the university to students and parents.
"My job is to travel around and talk to people about
how much I love USC – what's not to like?"
Though college recruitment may not be the most obvious
career path for a journalism graduate, Black was surprised
at how much her education has helped her in her work.
"My experience interviewing for stories helps me
to have comfortable, constructive conversations with people
I may have never met before," Black said. "Being
able to pick up the phone and quickly figure out who to
talk to for information about a school or event makes travel
planning a lot easier."
Black has a fondness for travel. Her study abroad travels
in China and Rome were her favorite experiences from college. "I
worked in an international newsroom in Rome and, though
it was a challenge, I am still amazed by how much I was
able to accomplish in just a few months," she said. "The
challenge and excitement of working as a journalist abroad
deepened my passion for my studies and motivated me to
explore new career paths."
Her advice to prospective and current students? "Just
get out there. Every out-of-the-classroom experience I
had was valuable – even the ones I didn't like."