Hey ya’ll! My name is Leah and I’m a sophomore statistics major and biology minor from Huntersville, North Carolina. In addition to being an Honors Ambassador, I’m an active member of the statistics club, USC’s Hillel Chapter, and I work as an assistant trip leader through Outdoor Recreation. In the future, I hope to pursue a Masters in biostatistics and work in pharmaceutical research.
My advice for prospective students: Consider both the environment and the academics when choosing a school! During the college application process, it’s easy to get caught up in applying to the most prestigious school you can, but consider the environment and culture the school fosters instead of just its rank or reputation. Thinking about what will make you thrive for the next four years is a necessary mindset when it comes down to making your final decision.
My advice for current students: Even though you may have gotten past the new student jitters, keep trying to put yourself out of your comfort zone by meeting new people and trying new things! There are so many people at USC with their own stories, backgrounds, and experiences, many of which could make an unlikely friend. Try going to new clubs, organizations, or activities and strike up a conversation with someone! You never know who you will meet or what new experience you will gain.
My favorite thing about the Honors College: I absolutely love how much Honors students love learning! Many of the Honors specific courses are really cool, and teach their students things they may not learn in a regular class. My Honors friends and I really enjoy talking about what we’re learning in our classes whether it was something interesting, surprising, or opinionated. The Honors College students typically have a passion for learning, and it's great to have the chance to learn from each other as well!
My reason for choosing the SCHC: During my college application process, I knew I wanted to go to a big school for everything they have to offer, however I was nervous about trying to find a community once I knew I wanted to go to USC. The Honors College was a great way for me to make a big school small and ease my nerves as I transitioned into college. My decision paid off as I’ve been able to enjoy everything that USC has to offer while also finding a close-knit community within the Honors College.
My hobbies: In my free time I love to hike, camp, bake, cook, read, and do yoga. I’m a huge nature-lover so I love getting outside with my friends and family, whether it’s going on an adventure, or just chilling.
Currently reading: I’m currently reading Sacred Country by Rose Tremain and I’m really enjoying it! A professor I had during my first semester recommended it as one of her favorite books, and I can see why. It shines a light on the struggles of LGBTQ+ people in 20th century Europe through a charming, but also bittersweet narrative.