Member Spotlight: Hannah White

If you’re wondering how to get involved on campus or need tips on professional development, look no further.

Meet Hannah White. Hannah is a freshman from Greenville, South Carolina. She is a marketing and management double major and African studies minor. In addition to this impressive academic load, Hannah has already gotten involved on campus during her first year at South Carolina.

When deciding on what college to attend, Hannah initially did not want to attend UofSC. Her mother and many of her high school peers attended college at UofSC, and Hannah wanted to branch out in her choice of school.  Despite this fact, Hannah was determined to find an environment that was willing to create space for diversity and inclusion and would allow students opportunities to explore personal and professional development. Luckily, Hannah found that at UofSC and ultimately decided that it was the best college choice for her wants and needs. 

After moving to Columbia in August, Hannah decided to get involved on campus. Rather than blindly joining organizations, Hannah was intentional about selecting organizations that would better her, stating, “Joining organizations with people that would push me to grow and develop was a priority to me.”  Some of the organizations Hannah joined include Student Government and University Ambassadors. She is also currently pledging Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity.

Hannah has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in everything that she does. She serves on the inclusion and equity committee in Student Government, and she was recently named the Director of Programming for Student Government. In this role, Hannah is looking forward to breaking down the barriers between Student Government and the rest of the student body, as well as creating new initiatives and events.

After receiving email communication from My Carolina Alumni Association the summer before she started college, Hannah decided to join My Carolina’s Student Network. She became a member to receive access to events at which she would have the opportunity to network with her peers and alumni. Hannah’s favorite part about joining the Student Network so far was having the opportunity to attend the Leadership and Networking Event (LANE) held in March. As a result of attending LANE, Hannah met and has stayed in touch with alumni in her field.

Hannah has learned so many invaluable skills from her involvement on campus, but the most valuable has been learning how to network and speak with people professionally. Additionally, skills such as marketing, adaptability and teamwork learned from campus involvement will serve her in future roles.  When asked for a piece of advice for students who are interested in getting involved on campus, Hannah said, “Go after anything you’re interested in. Don’t be afraid. Take risks-- what’s the worst that can happen?”

Be involved like Hannah and join the Student Network today!

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