Find your fit
The close, personalized attention honors students receive extends well beyond the
Honors College's support staff. For philosophy major Tony Alessi, the ability to build
relationships with his professors helped create a distinct connection to the college
and his academic interests.
"This summer alone, I've corresponded with four or five of my professors, and they're
always receptive to it. I've never had a professor who wasn't willing to talk. They're
willing sit down and to grab a coffee or grab lunch. It creates a lot of opportunities
to discuss your interests and learn more about them."
In fact, Tony's Honors Advisor and faculty member, Ed Munn Sanchez, not only helps
to guide his course decisions but is there to help him evolve as a philosophy student—
a subject Munn Sanchez knows well.
Push your boundaries
Last year, the College's Director of Internship Programs introduced Tony to the South
Carolina Washington Semester Internship program. This program gives students across
the state the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in Washington
Tony spent the semester working with United States Senator Lindsey Graham. The experience
enabled him to observe political processes take shape and begin to build a professional
"It was amazing to meet people with diverse backgrounds and careers. As a person who
wants to learn, there are few better ways to do that than through the Washington Semester
Program. You are surrounded with students who are passionately concerned about political
issues and being exposed to new ideas."
An unforgettable experience
Being a part of the South Carolina Honors College means joining an elite group of curious minds from across the country. Not only does
it spur intellectual curiosity – it fosters a community of students who come together
to push each other forward.
"The greatest benefit that I have experienced as an honors students has been being
surrounded by a group of intellectually curious people, both faculty and students
who are willing and eager to engage in tackling important ideas."