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Meet the Class of 2021


Julian Rip

Major:
Interdisciplinary Studies with a double minor in exercise science and psychology
Post-graduation plans:
Continue my education. I am planning on going to medical school in the Netherlands (where I am from) to become an orthopedic physician.
Favorite Upstate memory:
Friendships that I have made that will last forever. As a student-athlete, we spend countless hours on the field, and being able to do that with the support and help of professors (some even come to the games) is amazing.
Advice for new Spartans:
Get out of your comfort zone as much as possible; you will only grow from it. Join clubs, talk to new people, and explore the campus, the cities around Spartanburg and yourself. Upstate offers a lot — take advantage of it.

Mahek Momin

Major:
Biology with a concentration in pre-medical
Post-graduation plans:
I will be studying for my MCAT, which I am taking at the end of July. Over the summer, I will also be doing an internship at Prisma Health in the surgery department! Following this, I will apply to medical school this year!
Favorite Upstate memory:
My most favorite memory was meeting my lifelong best friend during my college career and the best professors as well.
Advice for new Spartans:
It is OK if you don’t know exactly what you want to do in the beginning. You will find yourself as you go along. Just keep pushing forward!

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Ramonte Smith

Major:
Middle Level Education
Post-graduation plans:
My plan is to start my career teaching seventh grade geography in Spartanburg District 7. I also have aspirations to continue my education at USC Upstate in their graduate program.
Favorite Upstate memory:
One that made me love USC Upstate so much was the midnight breakfast. It was a unique way to bring people together, and I always absolutely loved it.
Advice for new Spartans:
My advice is to not be scared to put yourself out there. Learn how to stand out from the rest in a positive way. You are gradually moving closer to a career and you have to identify what makes you different, special, and unique to your community and employers.


Hannah Collier

Major:
Nursing, BSN
Post-graduation plans:
I will be moving home to be a labor and delivery nurse in the local hospital. I do hope to continue my education someday, but I am excited to gain experience at KershawHealth.
Favorite Upstate memory:
My favorite Upstate memory has to be when it snowed in early 2018. We never got much snow at home, and my friends and I had a blast!
Advice for new Spartans:
My advice would be to give yourself grace – you can't expect to be perfect when you're doing something for the first time. People are on your side and want to see you succeed, but you have to take care of yourself!

NeTaysia Zeigler

Major:
Finance/Economics
Post-graduation plans:
I am currently interning at CommunityWorks Carolina and plan to work within the finance industry.
Favorite Upstate memory:
My favorite Upstate memory would have to be going to different events on campus and networking to meet those with similar interests.
Advice for new Spartans:
Have fun and make sure you are passionate about what you pursue! It is a long journey, but having faculty and staff who support you makes it ten times better. There may be times that you want to give up, but push yourself and know that there is always someone in your corner to help. Upstate is a wonderful university to attend and you will love your college experience!

Mary Snow

Major:
Criminal Justice with a concentration in crime analysis and minor in psychology
Post-graduation plans:
In summer 2021, I start graduate school for a M.S. in criminal justice with a concentration in crime analysis and prevention at the University of Cincinnati.
Favorite Upstate memory:
My favorite memories from USC Upstate are moments when I have been challenged to expand on and defend my viewpoints.
Advice for new Spartans:
My advice is to put in the time and effort, be accepting and receptive to new ideas, and do everything you can to ensure your success, including reaching out to others when needed.