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South Carolina Honors College

Marie Morales

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I’m a junior from Northern Virginia, right outside of DC, studying economics and finance with a minor in statistics. It took me a long time to decide what I want to do post-grad, so I’ve held 3 internships and have a 4th lined up to help me figure it out. Thankfully, USC and the Honors College have been extremely instrumental in pursuing these opportunities! It’s crazy to think at one point I was torn between 2 universities, because this place is my home away from home, and I couldn’t imagine being this happy anywhere else.

I love: exploring, hiking, rock climbing, coffee dates, and surrounding myself with the people I love the most!

Skill I’d like to master: Cooking in the correct amount of time indicated by the recipe. Seriously, when I cook for my roommates, dinner is always at least 30 minutes late. At a minimum.

Song I could listen to non-stop: “Another Day in Paradise” by Quinn XCII

Favorite movie: Apollo 13. I grew up watching it with my dad, who’s really interested in astronomy. It took me a few years as I was growing up to actually understand what was going on, but I eventually figured it out and love watching it on lazy weekends or sick days.

Favorite childhood memory: We don’t get huge amounts of snow in NoVA very often, but there was this one year where a huge blizzard hit us and we got 2 or 3 feet of snow. My 2 sisters, childhood best friend, and I spent the next 3 days off of school building a massive igloo in our front yard, and a sick snow tunnel/slide on the side of my driveway. It was exciting when neighbors from the street would say they saw it, and stop by to check it out! Lowkey though, the most vivid memory in all that was when we went back inside for breaks and my friend’s mom made us dino nuggets, mac n cheese, and hot chocolate.

My life goal: Visit all 50 states in the US! It’s #1 on my bucket list, and my best friend actually just bought me a scratch-off map to help keep track.

My biggest fear: I’m always terrified (maybe irrationally) that my toes will fall off when my feet get too cold. Like if I’m outside in the winter and my toes get too cold where they go numb, I’m afraid I’ll take my shoes off and my toes will have frozen off into my socks.

My advice for prospective students: Be prepared for your plan to change. Whatever school you go to, you’ll be surrounded by new people, endless possibilities, and a lot more free time and responsibilities than you would think. It’s easy to think you have everything lined up exactly how it’s supposed to be, but be adaptable. Take advantage of new opportunities. It’s okay if something doesn’t turn out as planned, because no matter what, it will all work out. There are countless resources at your disposal for getting help wherever you need it.

My advice for current students: Really take some time to explore your Beyond the Classroom options! Between the 4 categories, there are so many ways to explore your interests, and it’s such a unique, fun way to get credit. Don’t settle for something that bores you!!

My favorite thing about the Honors College: Hands down, the people you meet. The faculty and advisors you work with are SO helpful and knowledgeable, so they make getting through those inevitable, tough situations a little more bearable. Additionally, living in the honors dorm my freshman year connected me with some of the best people I know, and people that I hope will be in my life forever.

My reason for choosing the SCHC: Growing up, I was always looking to challenge myself, whether it be through rigorous AP classes, a job, or the extracurricular activities I participated in. However, I’m also a social butterfly and love getting spirited for football games, joining organizations, and meeting new people. The Honors College at USC gave me both sides of the spectrum—the ability to push myself and take advantage of opportunities academically and professionally, while also experiencing the big, SEC school environment.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.