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College of Social Work

Meet Kennedy Lann, Class of 2023

Major: Social Work 

Hometown:  Spartanburg, SC

 How USC changed my life: 

USC has changed my life by accepting me into the University as a young Black woman. Coming from a small town in the upstate I never really saw diversity and growing up I was known to have a “learning disability”. To be able to be accepted and now GRADUATING from this University has been nothing but a reminder that anyone can defeat the odds against them and to always strive for success no matter what anyone says!  

Advice for incoming students:   

My advice for anyone who is coming to this University as a student would be never give up, always remember who you are and do not let anyone try to change your identity. Find yourself and stay true to yourself.  

What I’ve learned about myself: 

Completing my undergraduate year, I have learned to always and never let anyone try to tell you who you should be or where I need to go. I am always and forever will break the stereotypical thoughts that are put onto young Black people and continue to defeat the odds that are against me.  

What organization helped me succeed: 

One organization that has helped me succeed the most would be my sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. In this sorority, specifically my undergraduate chapter Psi Eta, it has led me to grow more into my leadership role and helped me realize how strong I am in times of adversity and working with other organizations on campus.  

A favorite memory: 

Lastly, my favorite memory is being able to join my dream sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated in Spring 2022, successfully graduating undergraduate within four years, and finding a home at College of Social Work! Without Ms. Singleton, Anna May and Ms. Victoria I would not be as much involved in the university without their support behind me.  

What’s next? 

My next step is going to Advanced Standing Program to obtain my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of South Carolina- Columbia campus.  

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.