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5 College Senior

Majors: My last internship it was no pay, 3 days a week, responsible for mail and phone calls incoming to the office.

4 College Senior

Majors: I would choose the same major again. To become a government official and to assist others.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Though you will meet people from all over the country and world at the University of South Carolina, it is predominately a white school, many classes you don't even have with people of other races. We uphold a certain reputation at USC of being friendly and welcoming to all those who are interested in becoming a Gamecock. No matter what background/religion or beliefs many of us have, we will always have one thing in common .. being a Gamecock!

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The students and staff at The University Of South Carolina are crazy about our Gamecock sports! We all put in a big effort towards showing our teams support. Football and Baseball are our most popular sports at the University. We have some of the best athletic facilities in the country, as well as a brand new Gym for the University. The University offers many opportunities for students not on Varsity teams to join IM sports.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife for the students 21+ is huge, we have Downtown Columbia, Five Points, and The Vista all within 3-5 Miles of The University Of South Carolina. A range of different night clubs and bars. For students under 21 there are many clubs that allow 18-20 year olds but very costly, so underage students usually enjoy house parties and socials with friends. The University has a free cab service for those who are to intoxicated to transport them home, all you need to do is show your Carolina Card. In other events we usually have a designated driver to transport our fellow Gamecocks home safely.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The University Of South Carolina is like no other, guys and girls from all over the world travel to get a higher education here. The typical day to day attire for the girls is Nike shorts and a T-Shirt that usually represents the University. From day to night we transform into Southern belles, with Jack Rodgers and Vineyard Vine clothing. The University is close to many attractions, Five points and The Vista are among the most popular. The guys are all Southern gentlemen, mostly dressing in button down shirts and khakis. Carolina Football is a big deal and brings most of the college population together every weekend during the Fall, it's a great place to meet people and bond with fellow Gamecocks!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm I lived in last year was awful, the rooms sucked, bathrooms sucked, strict visitation rules, etc. Also, several people did not get on campus housing this year. The housing sucks.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty good i goes, haven't had any problems so far

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I think it's bad that you have to carry around change just to pay the parking meter

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Places are never open when you want them. And the meal plan system they have sucks, as you can only use one meal swipe per time period (breakfast ends at 11:00 AM, lunch at 4). So, for example, if you miss breakfast by 3 minutes, you can't use your meal swipe until after 5.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Tons of taxis are available. During the school year, the school offers free transportation via taxis to on campus living from five points.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The bar scene at USC is great, with many options existing for students to go out and ease the stress of the week. Five Points offers many different bars, with different deals happening almost every night of the week, giving very affordable options to go out.

5 College Senior

Majors: A variety of internships are offered throughout all the majors on campus. Some are paid and others are unpaid, but the experience is well worth it if you want to stand out for future employers or graduate schools. Time commitment usually averages around 10-20 hours a week depending on the major. Paid internships are usually above minimum wage, and pay also depends on the major. If you don't see any internships listed for a particular focus you're wanting to pursue, don't stop there! If there is a professor who is in that focus, don't hesitate to get in contact with them and ask them for opportunities, even if you haven't been in one of his classes before. They may not help you right away, but if you prove to be a good student who is motivated, they most likely will end up helping you out or pointing you in the right direction. Responsibilities vary on the major, but all tasks that involve applying the information you learned in your classes.

3 College Senior

Weather: Beware of the summer heat! Even if you aren't living in Columbia for the summer, the beginning of the Fall semester offers the same, if not worse, weather. If you can't handle an immense amount of humidity, this isn't the school for you. However, this weather mostly only happens from the end of May to mid to late September. Otherwise, it rains occasionally throughout the school year. Buy rain-gear! You will definitely get good use out of them! Otherwise you can take the bus services around campus. The winters are only cold if you're from the south, but nothing too frigid. It rarely snows, maybe once or twice per year, if even that. Ice and sleet are more of a problem, but that is usually dealt with pretty easily considering classes get cancelled for snow flurries (even if it doesn't stick!). However, for the rest of the school year, the temperature and weather is perfect!

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Quite frankly, it depends on the crowd of people you hang out with. And if you have a roomate who might partake in any drug-related activities, most of them won't do anything around you or at both of your place if you're not comfortable. However, drinking is more common at the University because of Five Pointes. Again, your safety primarily just depends on who you surround yourself with.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Assuming you are a sports fan or are interested in getting involved, the University of South Carolina has a lot to offer. Primarily, Football encourages tailgating for not only college students, but family as well (numerous who were previously alums themselves). I had never went to a college football game or watched college football before coming to school here, and I must say: it blew me away! The Gamecocks' games are high-spirited and offer many opportunities for the student body to get involved in chants. Lots of people like to dress up for the games, but there's nothing wrong with taking a casual approach as well! Baseball is the same way, but on a smaller scale. Also, for the athletes themselves, the university offers the largest gym facility on a college campus in the US, the Strom Thurmond Gym. Strom offers many opportunities to stay fit like the Outdoor Recreation group, a 3-story rock wall, numerous courts made for various sports, intramural sports, trainers, and fitness classes you can purchase semester passes for a small fee. While that gym is more popular, the campus also has another gym (Blatt) located on campus, as well. There is also a training facility available for all athletes!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Columbia offers a variety of off-campus. Whether you're looking for a cheap fast-food place, a fine dining restaurant, or looking to try something new, you can find it. Granted, I suggest using the internet or apps such as 'Yelp' or 'Urbanspoon' to find the not-so-clique' dining selections. You can't go far without finding restaurants lining down the street. Also, don't hesitate to ask your fellow students for suggestions. Nothing is better than a personal recommendation!

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The summers and early fall are extremely hot. The winters can be very cold. It occasionally snows and it rains kind of a lot

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: USC offers great means to stay safe while on campus. Security boxes and a lot of police presence on campus make for a safe environment.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of different types of people at USC. Different race, religion, nationality, etc. are all things that I see on a daily basis.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife at USC is great. There is always something to do on any given night of the week. Whether this be going downtown to bars, or house parties.

5 College Senior

Majors: I heard top notch but I am not there yet so i can not speak to it

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I am not sure because the guys I hang with we don't do drugs.

4 College Senior

Majors: I enjot it but its tough the high science you go up but it will be worth it in the end.


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Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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If there is one word to describe the experiences you will have at USC, it would have to be "unforgettable." Being away from home for the first time at USC is both exciting and scary at times, but the freedom you get when you come here feels natural. It makes you wonder why they don’t send people to college sooner! Academically, there are courses and professors who can make you look at things in ways you never considered before. Facts and figures will be thrown at you, but some of the professors (and your peers) can teach you a lot about life as well. It’s also a very cool thing to see laid-back professors who will sometimes move their classes out onto the Horseshoe lawn.

On top of this, with such a large student population, you will inevitably form new relationships that will last a lifetime. As at any college, the quality of the experience depends on what you put into it. There are thousands of new people to meet, tons of activities going on, and things to learn both in and out of class. Those who don’t take advantage of these opportunities will not get a lot out of their experience here. Some students get tired of being at USC after a while, and some hate it from the start for whatever reason. USC is not the place for everyone, but overall, students seem to be thoroughly enamored with Carolina and wouldn’t trade their title of Gamecocks for anything in the world. There seems to be an aura of its own inherent to the University, and its welcoming vibe is infectious.

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