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South Carolina Honors College

Christal Harvin

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I’m a senior from right here in Columbia, SC majoring in Public Relations and Sociology with a minor in Leadership Studies and cognate in Corporate Social Responsibility. After I graduate, I plan to work in the public relations field, creating innovative social media content and strategy for brands. I am a lover of all things food, beauty, and Beyoncé!

Favorite TV Show: Would I even be a PR major if my favorite TV show wasn’t Scandal?

Songs I’ve completely memorized: The theme song to pretty much any early-2000s Disney Channel show. Every Beyoncé, H.E.R, or Kirk Franklin song ever. Random songs in other languages that I love but don’t even understand.

Something I’m proud of: I’m a co-founder of UofSC’s Black Honors Caucus and currently serve as president! I’m also involved on campus as the publicity chair for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a resident mentor, and a Young Life College leader.

Something that makes me laugh: Any and everything.

Skill I’d like to master: Speaking Spanish! I plan to one day be fluent in Spanish, French, and Swahili, but I’m taking things one step at a time.

My motto in life: I want my presence to be encouraging, not impressive.

My hobbies: Cooking is a huge hobby of mine, and lately I’ve been obsessed with creating vegan recipes that I convince my Instagram followers to try. I also love designing graphics, creating and editing videos, reading, meditating (does that count as a hobby?), and consuming art in as many forms as possible!

My dream job: Chief Creative Officer of a company or PR agency...

My secret: …but I would LOVE to be a food critic/judge on a cooking show. Who wouldn’t want to get paid to eat food? Until that happens, I’ll just keep posting food reviews that no one asked for on my social media.

My reason for choosing the SCHC: When I participated in UofSC’s Summer Seniors program during the summer before my senior year of high school, I got a taste of the Honors experience and absolutely loved it. After spending those four days in the Honors Residence Hall and at sessions with the other high-achieving Black students in the program, I knew I would love the community and support here in the Honors College.

My favorite thing about the Honors College: It makes our large university much more personal. The small class sizes allow you to get to know your professors really well, and I love how easy it is to sit down and talk to your advisor outside of just registering for classes.

My advice for prospective students: Be yourself! Don’t stress yourself out trying to be the “perfect” applicant. Your application is just an opportunity for you to tell your story and why Honors should be a part of it. Be authentic, no matter how unconventional your interests may seem. 

My advice for current students: Do what brings you joy, even if it doesn’t fit the plan you think you’re going to follow. I was set on having a career in business and never thought of myself as a creative person, but my career goals and perception of myself completely changed after I got involved with student organizations I was passionate about. You never know what skills you may discover if you step outside of your box.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.