A full experience

Sheimaliz Glover's dream just came true and the recent graduate credits her time at the University of South Carolina to setting her on her way to becoming an ambassador and working in the foreign service.

"It's been a lifetime dream," says Glover, a 2014 international business and marketing graduate. "Coming from a military background and moving place to place, it has exposed me to a life of travel and to living in diverse environments with people from all over the world. It sparked my interest in being a representative of the U.S. both here and abroad."

Glover brought that interest with her to Carolina where she minored in Chinese and dance. She spent a year abroad in Hong Kong with the International Business and Chinese Enterprise program in the Moore School of Business. Glover also spent two summers in China and took time to visit Japan and Taiwan while there.

"China has been a country I've wanted to explore since middle school," she says.

While in China, Glover immersed herself in the culture and learned as much about the country as she could. She joined a Chinese traditional dance team, conducted undergraduate research on the development of women and taught English.

"I feel like I not only had the educational exchange experience like learning Mandarin or taking business courses, but the whole rounded exchange and understanding how the Chinese approach life," she says.

Glover also had a well-rounded experience here at Carolina where she was a member of Student Government and was active with the International Student Association.

"USC gave me a strong educational background, especially with the international business program," Glover says. "It also gave me a strong foundation of multidisciplinary aspect of international relations involving everything from business to economics to geography to humanities that I can use in my future career."

This week, Glover was awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship that funds graduate school for individuals preparing to enter U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.

"I want to be a positive representation of the U.S.," she says. "I want to strengthen U.S. ties with other countries."

This fall, Glover will attend Johns Hopkins University where she plans to study economics and international law. While in school, Glover will spend time working with the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and abroad at an embassy.

"When I attend graduate school and I enter the full-time workforce, I am that much more prepared because of these experiences," Glover says.

Learn more

To learn how you can support study abroad opportunities for outstanding students like Sheimaliz Glover, visit Carolina's Promise.

Students can learn more our fellowship and scholarship opportunities through the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

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