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South Carolina Honors College

Jhanvi Parvathaneni

Ask me about... being a pre-med student, undergraduate research, and cultural involvement.

Hi there! I am from Anderson, SC, and I’m majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Business Administration and Medical Humanities & Culture. Here at UofSC, I am an Honors Ambassador, an Honors peer mentor, and an undergraduate research assistant as well. I plan on becoming a pediatrician and working to expand the reach of primary care for children.

My advice for prospective students: Keep an open mind your freshman year! College is a whole new ballpark, and there is absolutely nothing you cannot do! Find things that interest you, whether it be clubs, hobbies, or campus organizations, and take some time to focus on things aside from academics that you enjoy. Trust me, it will help you!

My advice for current students: Get organized! College is challenging with balancing your academics, organizations, work, and social life, but if you do your best to stay on top of these things -- due dates, meetings, and assignments, you’ll find yourself having a lot more wiggle room to take some time for yourself.

My favorite thing about the Honors College: My favorite thing about the Honors College is the family-like feel that I get from it. There is so much diversity: people from different backgrounds, different countries, different cultures. We all come together and learn from each other, just like a family. I love that I always see familiar faces on campus that I know through Honors, and I love having a group of people whom I can relate to on so many different levels.

My reason for choosing the SCHC: I have always dreamt of going to college at a big university; walking to classes and seeing the campus bustling with so many other students who share the same drive I do. I also value the importance of having a family-like community; supportive and uplifting no matter what. Here at the SCHC, I am able to experience both of these dreams, and it is the perfect mix for me! I was also attracted to the multitude of resources and opportunities provided by the Honors College. 

My favorite things: My favorite things are spending time with my family and friends. I also love cooking and baking. I love thunderstorms at night; it’s quite literally natural white noise! I’m a bit too obsessive over making my notes look perfect, but it makes me happy. Also, Harry Potter will always hold a special place in my heart!

Something that makes me laugh: Something that makes me laugh is actually someone, and they are actually two people. My niece and my nephew are my two little rays of sunshine. These little toddlers are the cutest little humans I’ve ever seen. My nephew has a great sense of humor, and he tells the most interesting stories. His little sister follows him around everywhere and laughs at everything, which is pretty understandable when I say it makes me laugh, too.

Something I’m proud of: I had the opportunity one summer to work as a medical assistant. I learned so much about patient care, procedures, and how physicians go about diagnosing patients. I am proud of how much I pushed forward to get this position and how much I was able to learn about healthcare throughout the whole experience.

Skill I’d like to master: Since the pandemic hit, I’ve been working on improving my cooking skills. Now that I’m living in an apartment, I have so much freedom to experiment and see what I can come up with. I want to keep cooking until it’s something that comes naturally; it’s one of my favorite hobbies and such a great way to destress while also making myself healthy and nourishing meals.

Favorite study music: I actually have two favorite study music genres. When I don’t need to focus too hard, I enjoy listening to instrumental pop; I can vibe with my favorite songs without getting distracted by the lyrics. When it comes to doubling down and focusing on my work, however, I enjoy listening to Alpha Brain Waves. My friend introduced me to them freshman year, and surprisingly, I really feel like they help me concentrate.

Song I could listen to non-stop: Love Story by Taylor Swift. That’s all. Really though, this was the first and only song I had downloaded on my little iPod Nano back in 2010, and I played it over, and over, and over again in those wired Apple earphones that you needed so you could hear the music. It makes me feel safe and at home since it’s been part of my life for so long, and I will never grow tired of it!

Favorite childhood memory: When I was a toddler, my mom used to call me her heart, and I caught on pretty quickly. I remember being around 3 years old, jumping around the couch, and I was hanging off of it at one point. As I was getting close to falling, I yelled “Mama, your heart is falling!” I think this is a pretty good representation of my personality today. To this day, she never lets me live it down!

My strength: I would consider myself good at keeping track of what I need to do and getting it done in a timely manner. This mostly comes from me being terrified of being overwhelmed with work, which forces me to get things done ahead of time and stay organized. It ends up being extremely beneficial to me in the long run (and the short one too!).

Something I will always do: I will always reach out to others and stay active in my community. I’m super social and outgoing, and I will never pass up the chance to spend time with others, meet new people and make new friends. 


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