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South Carolina Honors College

Nicole Chandonnet

Ask me about... the Washington Semester Program, service sororities, studying abroad and going to college far away from home!  

I’m a senior majoring in political science, economics, and history. I am from Nashville, TN, and I love keeping up with current events, drinking La Croix, and running outside. I have participated in the South Carolina Washington Semester Program and I studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany during my time at UofSC. I am passionate about American and European politics, and I plan to attend law school after graduation. 

My advice for prospective students: Try not to stress out too much about choosing the “right college.” I know the college decision feels so monumental, but if you join organizations and get connected on campus, you can make any school your home! 

My advice for current students: Take advantage of the resources and opportunities on campus! The Writing Center, Career Center, Pre-Professional Office help students with papers, resumes and internships, and graduate school planning. Also, famous speakers often come to campus to give lectures and presentations that students can attend for free. You will never have access to so many free services ever again, so use them! 

My favorite thing about the Honors College: My most meaningful semester of college was the South Carolina Washington Semester Program (WSP), which is facilitated by the Honors College. The WSP gives students from across the state of South Carolina the opportunity to live, work, and study in Washington D.C. for the semester. I learned so much about American politics, and I met my best friends in college through this program. I cannot recommend it enough, and I am so grateful to the Honors College for the experience! 

My reason for choosing the SCHC: I went to a small, all-girls high school, and I knew that I felt most comfortable in small college environment where I would be known by my peer and professors, but I also wanted a more “normal” college experience. SCHC offered me the best-of-both worlds as I had access to the myriad of resources a large university offers, but also had small classes where I would have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and develop close relationships with professors and students alike. In-state tuition and being ranked the #1 Honors College in the country did not hurt either!   

My favorite things: Lilly Pulitzer, OrangeTheory Fitness, Dunkin’ iced coffee, brunch, Washington D.C., Trader Joes, Christmas music, podcasts, and BIC Atlantis pens. 

Something I’m proud of: I ran a half marathon last summer! I was not a runner before I got to college, but it has become my way to relieve stress. 

Favorite movie: La La Land. I love the story, the music, and of course, Ryan Gosling. Think old Hollywood meets modern LA for the most beautiful and heartbreaking love story—it is truly a masterpiece. 

My Pet Peeve: When people use their phone to calculate a tip at a restaurant. It is SIMPLE math, and it should not warrant a use of a calculator.  

My hero: Malcolm Gladwell! He is a famous psychologist, journalist, and author, who writes primarily to examine human behavior. I have read his six books and I am a religious listener to his podcast series, “Revisionist History,” which explores everything from higher education in America, to golf courses, and country music. If you need something to make you think, Malcolm is your guy!  

My life goal: I want to visit all 50 states (driving through or going to the airport does not count). I am at 27 so far!! 

Something I will always do: Go to bed before midnight. I am NOT a night owl, but I am up before 7:00 am. I am most productive in the mornings. 

Something I will never do: Turn down dessert. I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I have ever met. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate lava cakes, and cheesecake are a few of my favorites!  

My secret: I don’t know how to parallel park. I’m not sure how I got my license without learning this! Whenever I go to the Soda City Market on Saturday mornings on Main Street (where parallel parking is a must), I make one of my friends drive.  

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.