Students remember their time with the National Student Exchange

Ever wonder what life would be like if you didn't choose to go to University South Carolina? Thanks to the National Student Exchange, students can spend a summer, semester or year at one of nearly 200 institutions in the U.S. Not only does the program expose students to different places, people and courses, but students pay their normal UofSC tuition. With the extensive list of schools that participate, no two students have the same experience. See what some students who have participated in the program have to say.

How did you hear about the National Student Exchange program?

"I heard about NSE at a meeting held in my residence hall. I saw a flyer about it, attended the meeting and was very excited at the possibility of being able to travel while in college, even if I was not able to study abroad. The process to make it happen was actually quite simple – just an interview and an application, and then the NSE staff places you at their national conference." — Kira Koppel, California State University East Bay, Hayward, Calif. Check out her blog

What did you think about the other campus?

"The entire campus was so beautiful and basically surrounded by what I call mountains and what Montanans call hills. The campus was very environmentally conscious and many students spent their time outdoors. There were a lot of student organizations devoted to the environment and local Missoula — it was so great getting to experience a place that cared about their surroundings and the town they called home." — Cameron Smith, University of Montana, Missoula, Mont. Check out her blog

How did you benefit?

"The program was beneficial to my education because I got to take some environmental classes not offered here. It was beneficial to me as a person because I proved that I could conquer and overcome the old fear of being alone at a big university and being away from home for five months. I met 85 new brothers in about three weeks, and felt like a rushee again. By the end of my semester, I found it so difficult to leave, which was because I was enjoying my time with them so much." — Cameron Polomski, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. Check out his blog

What's your favorite memory?

"My best memory was getting to explore Texas. I really enjoyed going to San Antonio, Austin and Dallas. They are all big cities and have a lot of good restaurants and shopping." — Susan Beresky, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. Check out her blog.

Learn more

To find out more about the National Student Exchange, visit the website, send an email or call 803-777-6731.

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