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Academic Advising

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Jenny Leist

Title: Undergraduate Academic Advisor II
College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Biological Sciences
Academic Advising
Office: Sumwalt College, Room 317
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B.A. Psychology, Ohio University

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ohio University

M.Ed. College Student Personnel, Ohio University


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

About Me: I am an Ohio native, but my heart truly belongs in the South (mainly because I despise the cold and snow). I moved to Columbia, SC in May of 2018 with my husband and pup who is a lovable, energetic Border Collie named Thor. In my spare time, I like to explore nature trails, try new recipes, and shamelessly binge Netflix series. I am so excited to be part of the Gamecock family and my goal as a first-year academic advisor is to ensure my students feel confident and supported!

Favorite Quote: “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Advice to Students: My advice to students is to be the one to break the ice. Be the one to say "hi" first because more times than not, the other person is just as shy as you are. Also, try something new! College is your chance to explore opportunities you would not otherwise be able to do.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.