I’m a sophomore from Morrisville, North Carolina currently majoring in International
Business and GSCOM as well as minoring in Chinese Studies. In the future, I hope to
become a successful entrepreneur and open a BBQ chain in mainland China. I’d like
to use my education to not only operate successful businesses, but also to help make
an impact in global development. I want to spread the importance of sustainable development
and work to make access to educational resources universal so we can create a better
future for all.
My nickname and why: Spence. My mom hates it, but every coach I have ever had insists on calling me Spence. I don’t really care if people call me Spence unless it’s just to make us sound closer when they ask for favors.
Skill I’d like to master: I’d like to become a master breakdancer so I can contribute to dance circles. Also, I’ve never seen anyone frown and watch someone breakdance at the same time because it is physically impossible.
Something new I’d like to learn: I want to learn how to write code. I think it would be really cool to be able to design apps and new video games.
My motto in life: Drive fast and take lots of chances!
Theme song of my life: Can’t Tell Me Nothing by Kanye West. It has been the song for my alarm clock for the past five years.
Favorite movie: The Legend of Bagger Vance
I’m motivated by: I’m motivated to make my family proud and set a positive example for my younger brother. My parents have afforded me so many opportunities and showed me so much love that I will be forever grateful for. I really want to show them that the time and energy they spent on raising me weren’t in vain because I’m going to make an impact on the world.
My hero: My Opa (grandfather). He was a larger than life figure and got me interested in International Business. I always respected his generosity and loved how many stories he had to tell of his experiences all over the globe.
My dream job: My dream job is to be the Owner/GM of an MLB team. I love baseball and I think building a dynasty in the major leagues would be so much fun.
My advice for prospective students: You should pick a school that affords you the most opportunities to experiment. The best memories you have and the most growth you experience are byproducts of doing activities outside of the classroom. Look for chances to do things that are cool, crazy, or even scary. If you bury yourself in books then you won’t be able to take advantage of the access to awesome people, activities, travel and more that you have in college that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else.
My advice for current students: You aren’t as busy as you think you are. For some reason, and I’m as guilty of this as anyone, we make up in our minds that we are too busy to try anything new or do anything different when we really aren’t. You’re never too old to try or learn something new.
My favorite thing about the Honors College: I love every professor I have had so far for Honors courses. They have all been so passionate about their work and were responsive to talking outside of the classroom. Each of them has been in our positions at some point and they really want to help you make the most of your opportunities at USC and in the SCHC.
My reason for choosing the SCHC: I chose SCHC because I’m incredibly indecisive and like Hannah Montana, I need the best of both worlds. I love that Columbia is a city but there is still a true college feel to our campus. There is a great blend between being at a large university but still having the small, personal feel of the Honors College. I love that I am surrounded by so many great, competitive students but there is still a family atmosphere present both on campus and in the greater Columbia community.