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South Carolina Honors College

Sreya Varanasi

Ask me about… BARSC-MD, undergraduate research, getting involved on campus, and volunteering opportunities!

I’m a BARSC-MD major from Columbia, SC. As a BARSC-MD candidate, I am in an accelerated 7 year program on track to earn my medical degree from the School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. Aside from my role as an Honors Ambassador, I also serve as a Magellan Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Research and volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic!

My advice for prospective students: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! College will offer you so many opportunities and experiences that it may seem overwhelming at first. Keep an open mind and try out a few things that interest you -- you never know what might happen!

My advice for current students: Take time to relax and enjoy doing the things you love doing. College can be a stressful time for many of us, whether because of academics, being away from home, keeping up with an off-campus job, or preparing for graduate school. I know it seems like there’s never enough time to spare between keeping up with all of your responsibilities, but trust me, you’ll be much happier if you give yourself a break!

My favorite thing about the Honors College: Diversity within the Honors community! Here at the Honors College, I’ve been able to meet so many people with different backgrounds and unique interests. Not only has this made my college experience so much more fulfilling, but it has also given me the opportunity to learn about and explore many new things.

My reason for choosing the SCHC: Going into college, I craved the big university experience while also having the benefits of being amongst a smaller community of students where I could get to know my peers and professors well. The Honors College offered the best of both worlds, with the added benefit of tremendous resources for students with all sorts of interests and pursuits. In particular, I hoped to get involved in research during my time as an undergraduate student, and I valued the amount of support the Honors College was willing to provide for students from an advising and funding perspective. My experience here has since reaffirmed all of the reasons I chose to be a part of the Honors community that continually supports and encourages one another to grow on both personal and professional levels. 

My favorite things: I love spending time with my friends, drinking boba from JJ’s, going on road trips, trying new foods from different cuisines, and watching crime documentaries!

Something new I’d like to learn: ASL! It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to learn sign language in the hopes of improving my ability to communicate with the deaf/hard of hearing community.

My motto in life: Smile often, think positively, and dream big! Life’s too short to dwell on our mistakes or worry about what others think. Surround yourself with people who want to grow with you and see you achieve your dreams!

My pet peeve: When Netflix asks me if I’m still watching. Yes, Netflix . . . this might be the fourth episode I’ve watched in a row, but I don’t need to be reminded that I’m procrastinating!

My dream job: My dream job is to be an OB/GYN or a pediatric surgeon! I am passionate about maternal and child health, and in the future, I hope to use my training to address health disparities in underprivileged communities.

Something I will always do: Trying to help others follow their dreams. Sometimes, our goals may seem to be just out of our grasp, but the kindness and support of a friend can go a long way to give us the push forward that we need and remind us of our inner potential.

Something I will never do: Say no to coffee! Campus has several coffee shops located just a short walk away, including some of my favorites like Cool Beans, Drip, Indah, and Immaculate Consumption.


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