Ashley Dobson is a junior Public Health and Political Science double-major from Greenville, SC. A proud Gamecock, Ashely did not always imagine herself as a University of South Carolina student. Growing up in Greenville, Ashley was convinced she was going out-of-state for college. It wasn’t until her campus visit to UofSC during Top Scholars weekend that Ashley realized Carolina was meant to be her home. “I fell in love with the campus, the people I met, and all of the opportunities for success that Carolina offered me. I could tell that every single staff and faculty member I spoke to truly cared about my future and dreams.”
Ashley is very involved on campus as a member of the Honors College, Top Scholar Community, and Delta Zeta Sorority. Among her long list of campus involvement, Ashley currently serves as Garnet Circle President. Garnet Circle is a student organization housed within My Carolina Alumni Association. Members serve as the tradition keepers of UofSC and the governing board of My Carolina’s Student Network. The organization plans and hosts year-round events for Student Network members such as Ring Week, Ring Ceremony, Grad Fair, and beat t-shirt giveaways, as well as various professional development and social events.
Ashley joined Garnet Circle to make new friends, develop leadership skills, and make a positive impact on the Carolina community. “I joined to try to give back to the school that has given so much to me.” Now that Ashley has stepped into a new leadership role as President of Garnet Circle, she has developed valuable skills such as time management, prioritization, confidence, and communication. “[Being President] has shown me that I can do anything I put my mind to and that the sky is the limit.”
Regarding her experience within the organization, Ashley says, “Garnet Circle has helped me grow as a person and shown me that I can do anything I put my mind to-- even run a 4,000+ member student organization. Why not find out what it can do for you?”
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