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Academic Advising

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Jillian Carey Bigony

Title: Undergraduate Academic Advisor III
Program Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Minor
Department: School of Music
Academic Advising
Phone: 803-777-5651
Office: School of Music, Room 101B
jillian bigony


Education: B.A. Theatre for the Musical Stage, Carthage College
                       M.A. Drama/Theatre for Young, Eastern Michigan University
Hometown: Hillsdale, MI
About Me: I am originally from the Midwest (primarily Michigan) but have found my way to warm sunny South Carolina and am enjoying the much milder temperatures-especially in the winter! I started working in a university setting in 2014 and since then have fallen head over heels for the environment, the people, and especially the students! Carolina may not be my alma mater, but it is fast becoming home to me, and I hope to help make it your home too! I love tea-I prefer hot black tea, with no sweeteners but love to try every kind. My favorite animal is a sloth- I did a study abroad in Costa Rica in ecology and saw them in person. I collect Gnomes-yes, of the garden variety. I am very active in the local theatre scene- come see me in a show or let me teach you a class! I can't live without music to dance to, to sing, to listen to. Puppies are my weakness; I have a grown up one named Pretzel. I prefer the lake to the ocean- What can I say...I did grow up on the great lakes! I am a trivia buff and love to play and be quizzed-if i don't know it, I'll learn it! Nerd is a word I'm proud to use when it comes to my obsession with history and museums. Want to know more? Ask me! I love to talk almost as much I love to listen and learn about others! 
Favorite Quote: "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein
Advice to Students: Take the chance. You may never get some of the opportunities you are offered while here at Carolina ever again, so study abroad, do research, build a community - the possibilities are endless. It may change your life or at the very least, you can say you tried. 


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