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Spotlight on Current Students

Current Students: What's your story?


Joshua Schmidt ‘14
Simpsonville, SC
Majors:  Biochemistry and Business Admin w/Finance Concentration

“I knew from the second I came down to Charleston that I wanted to spend the next four years here, but being part of the Honors College has made my experience even more special.  Almost from day one, I was making friends across the College.  While it didn't take long for me to join the Student Government Association and Students in Free Enterprise, most of my core relationships were with my friends and faculty at the Honors College.  As a student in the Honors Business Program, I was able to enjoy small classes, really enjoy the spirit of debate, and take as much out of my education as possible. The most important gift from the Honors College, at least in my mind, is the spirit of service and philanthropy-  I really enjoy the sense of community amongst volunteers and their beneficiaries.  There's something special about the community within the Honors College, and I feel more prepared for the world than I would have beforehand.”


Rachele Palmieri ‘14
Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Business Administration

“The Honors College at the College of Charleston has provided me with the support, development, and the network I need in order to prepare me for my post-graduation endeavors. Within the Honors College is a staff that makes the well being of their students a top priority and a group of determined, encouraging students who challenge each other to attain high standards of excellence. Together the Honors College staff and students have created a motivating home for me that has made every day I spend at CofC invaluable. The Honors College has guided me through a professional development process where I frequently attend interactive discussions among Charleston community professionals and a group of Honors College students. The lessons I have learned from my classmates, the Honors College professors, and these speakers have given me the confidence and conviction to be an active member in Greek Life, Charleston 40, the Jewish Student Union, and the Honors Student Association, and to earn two valuable summer internship opportunities. Recently, I have welcomed two research opportunities integrating business settings with psychological constructs. These experiences of working with faculty to expand my knowledge beyond the classroom can be credited to the Honors College network and the College of Charleston faculty that supports our network.”


Jessica Dugan ‘14
Easley, SC
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience

“The Honors College has made a world of difference in my life. The small community here has become more like a family to me. I chose the Honors College because I didn't want to be one in fifty thousand at another "big name" school. I didn't want just a name for a school; I wanted the experience, and I have been provided with just that here. I have developed close relationships with advisors and professors on campus. For the third year in a row, I am doing behavioral neuroscience research with Dr. Mark Hurd. I have also discovered my specific career interests in the development of the mind, as a result of the research I am doing with my Honors advisor Dr. Trisha Folds-Bennett. Under the guidance of Drs. Hurd and Folds-Bennett, I have presented my research several times and I am on my way to getting it published. I hope to pursue a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience upon graduation and know that the experience I am gaining through the Honors College has prepared me well for this next milestone.”


Briosha Sanders ‘14
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Major: Biology and Women’s & Gender Studies

“The Honors College encourages, challenges, and allows me to grow as an individual and as a member of the community. One of the most rewarding experiences that I have had so far is participating in the Honors First Year Experience as a Peer Facilitator. This is my second year as a PF; before this I never would have imagined that I would be comfortable facilitating a class and having an active leadership role in the learning process of other college students. The Literacy Outreach Initiative component is a great way to get our first year students out into the Charleston community, serving students in the local public schools, promoting literacy, and encouraging local youth to pursuit their academic potential. Additionally, through an Honors special topics course, I worked in Honduras this summer with a non-profit organization called L.A.M.B., which is dedicated to empowering youth to overcome adversity. It was my first time out of the country and, honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a more practical and meaningful educational experience. I would strongly suggest that as many students make themselves aware of the resources available and the chances they have to enrich their educational experience.”


Dylan Mazelis ‘15
Washington, New Jersey
Major: Psychology

"I was initially attracted to the Honors College of Charleston when I came to tour the school. I quickly caught on to the intense focus on interdisciplinary education and hands-on involvement through research and internships. What truly pulled me in is the amazing sense of community that the Honors College has been able to establish, maintain, and balance with the attention on individual students. While everyone has a personal path they've carved out for themselves, we are all tied together for networking and social support, be it through overlapping core classes, life in the Honors Residence Halls, or programming and events hosted by the Honors Student Association. I work as a Desk Assistant in Rivers Residence Hall-this opportunity has given me the opportunity to connect with even more Honors students while upholding the tight-knit atmosphere of growth and support that the Honors College is known for. Finally, the Honors College has connected me with the resources  that helped me to obtain leadership positions on campus, including Fun Fridays Chair of the Cougar Activities Board, Secretary of Psychology Club, and Founding Father of Beta Theta Pi. I am immensely grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given because of the Honors College, and I am so excited for what is yet to come." 


Elizabeth Kelley ‘15
Daniel Island, SC
Major: Exercise Science

“The Honors College has been an integral part of my experience here at the College of Charleston. The academics, especially Beyond George Street, have been very helpful in establishing a foundation for my future goals and post-graduation plans. Through BGS I learned how to become a successful and assertive student in planning, communicating with professors, and establishing a network for myself. This has provided me with the confidence to go out and establish myself within my major department and take advantage of all of the opportunities provided to me. One of the best parts of the Honors College is our involvement in a wide array of philanthropic events; some of my favorites including volunteering at the Gibbon sanctuary in Summerville and at Pet Helpers on James Island. I always knew that being a part of the Honors College would provide me with a fulfilling and rich college experience. Thanks to the Honors curriculum and faculty, I have complete confidence that the Honors program will thoroughly prepare me for my future to be successful outside of the classroom and within my community.”


Joseph Quisol ‘16
Charlotte, NC
Majors: International Studies & Political Science

“I chose the Honors College at the College of Charleston because I felt included in the community even before stepping on campus. It meant a lot to me that Dr. John Newell, the Dean of the Honors College, came all the way to my high school in Charlotte to talk to me about the College of Charleston. Since I’ve been here I haven’t once doubted my decision. My classes are small enough for me to really engage with my professors, who all know me by name. I have built relationships with many of the faculty members and as a student of the inaugural class of International Scholar Fellows I have received specialized academic support as well as access to study abroad and internship opportunities. I’m very excited to travel to Cuba with International Scholar Fellows this Maymester!”