Student leads, embodies Carolinian Creed
By Mackenzie Grant
Corrin La Bella refuses to miss out on the diversity of opportunities the University of South Carolina has to offer. The sophomore is involved in all facets of Gamecock life.
With a double major in global supply chain management and finance, and a minor in wellness studies, the aspiring lawyer insists of being active in her community.
“Being inactive is not something I can do. I thrive on getting involved,” says La Bella.
The 19-year-old is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the Arabic language club and the university’s business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.
Growing up in New Jersey, La Bella attended private schools with no more than 50 girls in her class. Her choice to attend Carolina came from the need to step out of her comfort zone.
“I wanted to go somewhere where no one knew my name for once,” La Bella says.
In addition to her many roles as a Gamecock, La Bella is the vice president of the Carolinian Creed Project, an extension of the Carolina Judicial Counsel, serving to create a more accepting campus. She was introduced to the program on a stroke of luck.
While at a pre-law seminar during her freshman year, she had to leave early to make it to her sorority recruitment.
“I wanted to hear what the speakers had to say, but I had to leave,” says La Bella. “So I just walked up and introduced myself to the president of CJC and he told me more about the program.”
Now she is in charge of the counsel’s programming in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Government and Student Academic Integrity. She says her involvement has taught her the leadership skills she hopes to bring to a corporate law firm one day.
Along with her work on the counsel, La Bella makes a point to encourage all students to strive to live a more well-rounded life.
“The world is so diverse. Learning how to adapt is a necessary skill to develop in order to succeed,” she says.
Creed and Diversity Week, the counsel’s main event of the year, aims to teach students those skills. The event comes during National Social Justice Month. La Bella hopes the event will bring awareness to the creed and all that it stands for.
Leadership, acceptance, compassion, integrity and respect, make up the five main components of the creed, something La Bella challenges herself with daily.
“One of the reasons I love CJC is because it gives me the opportunity to interact with the entire campus community in relation to the creed.”
Creed and Diversity week aims to tackle each value for a day throughout the week. Events will focus on the importance of each value and realistic ways to carry them out around campus.
Creed and Diversity Week is March 23-31.
Visit the Creed and Diversity Week website for information about events on campus.
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