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Carolina Scholars

Faisal Lachab

Columbia, South Carolina 
Carolina Scholar General Endowment 
Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

My UofSC study abroad experience in Paris, France provided me the opportunity to further develop a multicultural perspective about the world around us. 

Impactful Experience: 
One of the most impactful experiences I’ve had inside the classroom here at UofSC was during my time in Honors Homelessness in South Carolina. Many of us in the class volunteered at local homeless shelters and organizations around Columbia, and through this I got to develop a deeper understanding of the local community that immediately surrounds our campus. 

Enjoy most as a TS: 
What I enjoyed most about being a Top Scholar was getting to connect with my fellow classmates in the Top Scholar community. It allowed me to form friendships with like-minded individuals that I most likely wouldn’t have met otherwise, and I think I will cherish those memories for a long time to come. 

I think the defining class of my undergraduate career was my Honors Travel and Tourism in Film and Literature class. That class pushed me to reflect on my time abroad in ways I had never thought to consider, while also exploring the complexities of many places and cultures I would never get to experience in person. I often saw a lot of myself in the film/book characters as they went through culture shock, overcame language barriers, and ultimately opened themselves to the unfamiliar. This sort of resilience was essential to these characters’ development, and I hope to demonstrate a similar level of resilience for any future obstacles that may come my way. 

Post-graduate plans: 
Unknown at this time, still waiting on decisions from medical school.

Career goals/professional aspirations: 
I hope to attend medical school so I can pursue my goal of becoming a physician. 

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