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South Carolina Honors College

Katherine Farrell

Ask me about … public health, pre-med and getting involved on campus!

I’m a rising sophomore from Florence, South Carolina. I’m currently a public health major with a minor in political science, and I’m also pre-med. In the future, I hope to go to medical school and pursue an M.D./ M.P.H. dual degree. Afterwards, I would like to be an orthopedic surgeon and get involved in community health by working with the local government on health policies. I hope that in the future I can help low income, high-risk patients receive quality health care.

I love: Bagels, coffee, acoustic music and basketball.

My dream job: My dream job would be to become a world traveling Beyoncé impersonator. Thousands would come see me perform her top hits, and my number one supporter would be Kit Harrington.

My escape: My realistic getaway location of choice is Charleston, South Carolina, but if I could go anywhere in the world, I would want to go to Lucerne, Switzerland. I went in high school, and it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life.

My current reading:  A History of the World in Six Glasses. It is a book that talks about the discovery of some of the most popular beverages today, like coffee, tea, or Coke, and their role in history.

My favorite movie: Either Auntie Mame or The Revenant. They are literally polar opposite movies. However, I think that Auntie Mame is absolutely hilarious and timeless, and The Revenant was a very moving and beautiful film. I really enjoy movies that focus on the depiction of nature.

My favorite childhood memory: I vividly remember having Thanksgiving with my relatives in New York every year as a kid. There would be 17 of us all piled into my aunt’s house, and I just remember it being absolutely crazy. I loved it though. My sisters, cousins and I would create a Haunted House in the basement and have the parents come watch our performance. We would also have intense games of flashlight tag in the backyard. Those were really special times that I still cherish now.  

In a movie about my life, the movie star who would play me would be:  Zooey Deschanel. I absolutely love her in New Girl, and I find her awkwardness to be totally relatable.

My secret: The Twilight Saga fandom hit me really hard in Middle School. That was a dark time for me.

Something I will always do: No matter how old I am, I will always sing really loud and be just a generally awkward person.

Something I will never do: I will never admit that Birkenstocks and socks aren’t supposed to go together.

Something I would change: I wish that I actually had some talent to actually back up my love for obnoxiously loud singing.

My advice for current students: Take advantage of all these amazing opportunities that the school presents to you. It is a short four years here at USC, so really try to get the most out of that time.

My favorite thing about the Honors College: I love the people that I’ve met through the Honors College. They are all so interesting and driven. I really find all of them to be inspiring.

My reason for choosing the SCHC: When I was looking at colleges, I knew that I wanted a school that had plenty of opportunities that would ultimately allow me to reach my professional goals, but I also didn’t want to be lost in a crowd of students at an enormous school. I was impressed with the Honors College of South Carolina because I could tell that it was filled with faculty and staff who care a lot about the students and want them to reach their full potential. I loved that the SCHC community was small and personal despite being at such a large university. Best of all, there are so many research, internship, and study abroad opportunities that I knew would really enhance my student experience.