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Meet the Class of 2025


Jalen Breazele

Hometown:
Greenville, South Carolina
Major:
Business
Hobbies and interests:
Basketball
What excites you most about college?
Meeting new people and growing into an adult
What goals do you hope to achieve during your time at Upstate?
Deans List, Conference Championship, March Madness
What’s a tip you’ve learned in these first months of school that you would pass on to other new students?
You’ll make mistakes, just learn from it and try not to make the same mistake over and over.

Loucas L'Elie

Hometown:
I was originally born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, but my dad was in the U.S. Army so I was constantly moving. I came here from Camden, South Carolina.
Major:
Political science
Hobbies and interests:
Playing video games, watching movies, writing stories and working out. I am interested in politics (U.S. and world), learning about space and learning German.
What excites you most about college?
Meeting new people and learning more about my major.
What goals do you hope to achieve during your time at Upstate?
My goals include obviously getting my degree, meeting lifelong friends, and getting professional experience.
What’s a tip you’ve learned in these first months of school that you would pass on to other new students?
Don't change for anyone, stay true to yourself. Also, balance your friend time with study time, because studying is more important than you think.

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Sanaa Listenbee

Hometown:
Loganville, Georgia
Major:
Business management
Hobbies and interests:
Soccer, writing, music and photography. In fact, I play soccer for the university’s program.
What excites you most about college?
I am the most excited to see how much I develop as an individual and continue to impact the people I meet.
What goals do you hope to achieve during your time at Upstate?
Some goals are bettering myself as an individual, progressing as much as I can as a player and leaving a positive impact on everyone I’ve encountered.
What’s a tip you’ve learned in these first months of school that you would pass on to other new students?
Remain focused on yourself and the things that mean the most to you. If you don’t feel you’re in the most beneficial environment for yourself or surrounding yourself with people who make you better in every aspect of living, don’t be ashamed or fearful to make decisions for your well-being and progress as a person. You should be your priority, and in doing so, tough decisions may be made. Follow through and support yourself.


Maci Gibson

Hometown:
Pacolet, South Carolina
Major:
Early childhood education
Hobbies and interests:
Journaling, spending time with my family, and teaching at my childhood dance studio
What excites you most about college?
All the endless opportunities that are offered here at USC Upstate. Getting to meet so many fellow Spartans daily makes this journey so much better!
What goals do you hope to achieve during your time at Upstate?
To expand my network of relationships, including friends and potentially people who will help me further my career in early childhood education. To learn techniques and ways to provide my future students with the best opportunities for success.
What’s a tip you’ve learned in these first months of school that you would pass on to other new students?
Always stay true to yourself and push towards your ending goal! No matter what happens, you can do anything you set your mind to.

Zachary McQueen

Hometown:
Irmo, South Carolina
Major:
Criminal justice
Hobbies and interests:
I love student government and giving a voice to those who have never been heard. Additionally, I am interested in organizations on campus that promote diversity and cultural education.
What excites you most about college?
Meeting new people from all walks of life and experiencing different cultures is the most exciting thing about college so far.
What goals do you hope to achieve during your time at Upstate?
I hope to achieve not only my bachelor’s degree but also bring more people to the school that I love so much!
What’s a tip you’ve learned in these first months of school that you would pass on to other new students?
Take it all in. Get involved on campus and let whatever you’re involved in on campus be something you have never done before. Don’t know about Latinx and Hispanic heritage? Join an organization like LASO and learn. Educate yourself for not only your benefit, but also for the benefit of those around you.

Jeshurun Ohanuka

Hometown:
Greenville, South Carolina
Major:
Pre-med biology
Hobbies and interests:
Soccer, snowboarding, and working out
What excites you most about college?
The ability to take studies into my own hands, with more time and management freedoms.
What goals do you hope to achieve during your time at Upstate?
I hope to graduate from USC Upstate in three years and get admitted to medical school.
What’s a tip you’ve learned in these first months of school that you would pass on to other new students?
Go to classes and rewrite notes.


Reika Shiraki

Hometown:
Pacolet, South Carolina
Major:
Nursing
Hobbies and interests:
Working out, volunteering in different areas of my community, and attending local musical entertainment in my free time.
What excites you most about college?
I am most excited about the independence I have gained from being at college. I am in control of my life and my decisions now. I could not feel more free.
What goals do you hope to achieve during your time at Upstate?
My goals are to become more involved on campus while also maintaining a high GPA and having fun while doing so.
What’s a tip you’ve learned in these first months of school that you would pass on to other new students?
A tip I have learned is to GET INVOLVED. It helps you connect with your campus and peers, while also motivating you to be on top of your schoolwork.