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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.

Jamie Lynn Black photoAs 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."

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