Movin' on up

Boxes and bags in hand, the Class of 2022 has arrived

The Class of 2022 is here — all 5,800-plus of them — and their hopes and dreams as Gamecock freshmen are as varied as you might imagine. We caught up with three of them on Move-in Day Aug. 20. In between unpacking boxes and filling closets, here is what they shared.

Alyssa Bowman, Lexington, S.C.

What’s your major? Double major in anthropology and psychology. I’ve always liked psychology, because I like studying people, and I’m interested in history — so those interests in people and history led to anthropology.

Long term, what are your hopes and dreams? Do you know what you’d like to do for a career yet? I want to get my doctorate in psychology and be a clinical psychologist. But I also want to travel the world and see the sites of ancient civilization.

You’re a first-generation college student, but you’re not the first person in your family to go to college. You have some siblings who studied at Carolina, right? Yes, two sisters. Nia and Adrianna. Nia’s a junior right now, and she’s majoring in global studies. Adrianna graduated this year. Her major was international business, and she did a lot of study abroad programs here, and the TRIO program.

Was that part of your decision to come to Carolina? Yeah, it was a big part of my decision. I love the campus, and I used to come visit them a lot.

Which residence halls did they live in? This one. Both of my sisters lived in this building.

Did you come with them on move-in day? I sure did. I was 14 when my oldest sister moved in and then 16 when Nia moved in. I was already thinking I wanted to come here, too.

Three sisters, all gone off to college. How are your parents taking this? They are really proud of us. They love the fact that we’re going to college. They support us 100 percent and are just so happy that I’m here.

What are you most excited about now that you’re here? I’m really excited to get to focus on my interest in psychology, to study and work really hard.

Anything you’re anxious about? Time management, I guess. But other than that, I’m just excited.

David Crotts, Sumter, S.C.

What is your major? Accounting

What school will you be attending at UofSC? Darla Moore School of Business

Why did you choose UofSC? I felt UofSC provided the best opportunity for me to grow academically and as a person. What interested me about the Moore School was obviously its great reputation as well as the great connections and internships that it offers.

What's something you’re looking forward to once you're on campus? I'm most excited about experiencing a night game at Williams-Brice Stadium in the student section. 

What are your goals for your first semester of college? My goal for the first semester is to do well academically and to get involved with the school and the community. Once I get settled on campus, I plan on getting involved with intramural sports, and I am considering getting involved with student government.

How will your parents handle the Carolina-Clemson game with a son at each school? They will handle it well since they are bigger fans of Carolina than Clemson.

Olivia Harvey, Columbia, S.C. 

What’s your major? Visual communications. I want to do graphic design, working on big websites and designing logos, that’s something I really like to do.

What are you most looking forward to this semester? One of my goals is to be more social, meet new people and, of course, with all my classes, I want to do well and pass everything so I can keep my scholarships. I haven’t really looked at all the options for clubs, but I definitely want to be part of Garnet & Black, [the student quarterly magazine]. I’m also a Capstone Scholar, so there will be a lot to do as part of that, I’m sure.

You grew up here in Columbia. How do you plan to make your way as a college student away from home? Mom says I’m not allowed to come home for three weeks, so that’ll give me some time to get acclimated. I didn’t want to stay home — I really wanted the experience of having a roommate and not having parents around all the time. I need to learn how to do things on my own.

Think your mom will stick to that three-weeks-apart rule? No.

You’ve met your roommate and suitemates. First impressions? It’s really exciting because my roommate and my suitemates are all from the North, so it’s going to be really fun to know some people who aren’t from South Carolina or Columbia. I’m really excited for this environment, to be part of something bigger than high school.

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