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South Carolina Honors College

Isabel Stringfellow

Ask me about ...  Being an out-of-state student, professional fraternities, study abroad, the pre-med track and undergraduate research.

I’m a sophomore from Stow, Massachusetts majoring in Public Health and minoring in Biology. I’m a lover of music (and have my own radio show on campus), exercising, and getting involved in the UofSC community. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school and working on combating inequality in healthcare. 

My advice for prospective students: Get ready to try new things and figure out what you really care about! College is about learning about yourself and taking chances on opportunities you’re interested in. Also, don’t stress too much about scores and GPAs, you’ll end up in the right place for YOU. 

My advice for current students: Get involved and keep making friends for the entire four years you’re here. It’s rare to be surrounded by so many amazing people every day, so make the most of it. Also don’t be afraid to reach out to someone if they’re doing something that sounds interesting to you! I got started in research by sending emails to faculty who were working on projects that sounded interesting to me. 

My favorite thing about the Honors College: The Honors College is a community of such diverse and intelligent people who are all pursuing their passions. I’ve been able to make so many friends through the Honors College, and I can’t imagine my time at USC without it. 

My reason for choosing the SCHC: I knew I wanted a big school with big sports, but I also wanted a place where I could have the opportunity to grow intellectually. The Honors College is the perfect blend of both things! The smaller seminar-based classes have allowed me to participate in challenging discussions and develop closer relationships with my professors. And on Saturdays in the fall I still get to go to Williams-Brice and root for the Gamecocks! 

My favorite things: Peanut butter, Frank O’Hara’s poems, espresso, trivia nights, and dancing (not necessarily well). 

Something that makes me laugh: My little sister! Especially in any situation where we are expected to be quiet. 

Something I’m proud of: I pushed myself out of my comfort zone when I decided to study abroad in a country where I didn’t speak the language and ended up having the time of my life and learning German!

Something new I’d like to learn: I enjoy baking and I really want to move on to more complicated baked goods like sourdough bread. There’s a little more science (which I’m good at) and patience (which I’m not) involved in bread.

Currently reading: I Might Regret This, which is a collection of essays and illustrations by Abbi Jacobson who wrote it during a solo cross-country road trip. I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and it’s inspiring to see how someone encapsulate their experiences. 

Favorite movie: Best In Show is a mockumentary about people participating in a dog show and is actually genius.

My dream job: My dream job is to be a physician, but if I had the opportunity to curate songs for movies and TV shows professionally it would be hard for me to say no. 

My escape: I love to swim. Whether it’s in a pool, lake, or ocean swimming always lets me clear my head.

Something I will always do: Call my Mom! We’re super close, and she always has the best advice in any situation.  

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.