Self-Guided Tour Podcast Transcriptions
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Hi there, my name is Olivia and I'm a junior here at USC. And also a university ambassador, me talking to you guys about our historic horseshoes. So this will be this first stop on your self guided walking tour. If you walk right outside of our mckissic Museum, which is where our visitor center is located, you'd be staring directly at this big green space on campus. And it is one of our main quads here on this campus with this statue right in the center. So I'm going to give you guys a bit of history about the horseshoe first, so you can kind of learn where our university has come from, and kind of how we've expanded since then. And then I'll talk to you and walk you around in a circle, just like a tour guide would on a guided tour to show you what all these buildings holds for our students now. So kind of getting into some history, our university was founded in 1801, under the name South Carolina college, and at that time, the entire university functioned out of this first building, which will be located to your left if you're looking straight out onto the green. So this first building, you'll see it's labeled Rutledge, that was the entire university. So if you can picture that all nine members of the first freshman class actually ate there slept there, they took their classes there, and professors lived there as well. So kind of an interesting dynamic, um, it's also a chapel located inside. So we like to joke around now and say that if you find your college sweetheart here at Carolina and you want to get married, you can do so in our historic Rutledge chapel, have your reception out here on our horseshoe, and then khaki will come to your wedding for free, which is kind of cool if you're into that sort of thing. So that's our Rutledge chapel. And that's our Rutledge building. And right now it serves an upperclassman residence hall. But that's what everything functioned out of, at least in the first early years of the university's founding. Fast forward a couple of years into the 1860s during the Civil War. If you guys aren't familiar with Sherman's march to the sea, it actually came directly through Columbia, South Carolina. And he chose to keep the horseshoe and all of these buildings that y'all are looking at right now intact, because they served as hospitals for both the Confederate and the union side, and veterans could go there and be treated during wartime. So a lot of the buildings that are surrounding you right now are very historic, although the inside has been renovated. There is a lot of historic charm, which I think is really, really cool. So kind of moving forward to present day and what all these buildings serve as for our students now, starting off to the left. So if you're looking directly out on to our historic green here, to the left, you'll find our Rutledge chapel and our building. Right now I just mentioned that it was home to upperclassman housing, and all three floors of that building actually service such so a lot of the common theme you'll see is on meaning these buildings, the bottom floor will be some kind of Office and the top two floors will be upperclassmen residence halls. So moving over from Rutledge, the building right beside it with the flags hanging from the front, that's actually a university president's house. So his name is Bob has one and his wife, Shelly Kasmin actually live there, right on campus with our students. I think that is a really cool thing about USC, that our president and Firstly, they are so hands on. It's actually only their second year here at Carolina, but we absolutely adore them. Bob actually posts workouts in our fitness center every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6am. If I'm being honest with you guys, I have not been to any of them yet. But if you go to 10, you actually get a coin of excellence, which is a very coveted honor here on our university's campus. So that's Bob and Shelly. And they live they're up on the second and third floor. The first floor there is reserved for dining and entertaining. And they've actually hosted a ton of different events in there for students to take part in their living quarters. So whether that's a scream socials when a club team beats another team, or whether that is trick or treating on Halloween or Christmas caroling, you can expect to find that at the Catherine's house, which is located directly beside Rutledge. Moving on so the next building beside that you'll see a tan building with some black shutters at the bottom that is pickney lagree. That's our Office of Undergraduate Research and the top two floors there serve as an upperclassman residence hall, the bottom floor there. So that office really focuses on getting students involved with research, as well as matching them with research, research mentors, excuse me, and then publishing that research. So I am not a stem major. I'm actually a public relations major. So I never expected to be doing any kind of research here. But that office really helped me through my entire research process. So I actually went abroad for two weeks during my freshman year and did a bunch of research in counterfeiting fashion products and open air markets abroad. And that office is the one that helped me in publishing it and getting it on my resume. So they really hold my hand through the whole process. So that's been picked me with green right beside pick me a degree so you'll see a red brick building all the way at the end of the horseshoe. Now if you're walking this way with me, and that is lever college so that red brick building there is actually the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. So when you apply to USC or if you already have your application will actually be filtered directly through that building. We also have admissions counselors that take walk in appointments down there in Lieber. Now across the way From Lieber college, so right now it is under a bit of renovation. So I'm sure maybe when you're listening to this, it will also be, it's been taken a little bit of time to get it just right, you'll find our South caroliniana College. And that's our library down there with the big white pillars in front of it. So it's a brick building huge white pillars, you cannot miss it. That's at the opposite end of our horseshoe, that's actually the oldest library on any college campus that's free standing, that even predates Harvard's library. So I always like to joke around and say that, if you're deciding between here and Harvard at the end of it, maybe this will tip the scale a little bit I don't really know. But that's our second library on campus, it's definitely more of a vintage feel, as opposed to our main Thomas Cooper library, which you can listen in on this podcast to learn more about in just a little bit. That is a really cool kind of old timey feel that students are invited to go in, if they want a quieter study environment. Of course, given that in the renovation is finished up, moving back up towards the visitor center. Now from the South caroliniana, you'll find a Harper Elliot college. That's another 10 building with black shutters located at the bottom. And the office down there is for the Honors College advising. So if you remember of our Honors College here, all of your academic advising appointments would take place on that first floor. And the top two floors are upperclassmen palace. And moving on over, you'll see a building with some Garnet umbrellas outside, and there's a double staircase leading up to two double white doors. That's sort of a catch in house here on campus. It's actually a fully operating restaurant that is operated by students in our hospitality department here. So everybody who was cooking the food for you, managing the restaurant waiting on you, doing the books, the front of the house, back of the house, everybody is a student here at Carolina, in that department, which I think shows a lot to how we like to get students involved in what it is they're passionate about. And also giving them that real world experience before they go off into the world. So it's actually really great menu, it's I think, 12 or $14, for about a three course meal. So we actually have some ambassadors that work there and represent us there as well. And it's a really great treat if you're looking for something special for lunch. Last building you'll find on the horseshoe moving up from mccutchin house is our death ashore college. So this is the first building beside the visitor center. Now we've kind of made a big u and a loop in our horseshoe. There's two double life doors and a staircase leading up to it. And just a sure college is home of our Office of fellowship. So on that first floor there, the office that kind of predominantly operates there is really in charge of getting students connected with those post graduation experiences. So whether that's you go into graduate school, going to pre professional school, or if you're interested in a career in academia, after you leave Carolina, that office will set you up with the scholarships and grants and help you through all of that process. The top two floors on besucher are again upper class and residence hall. You guys might have guessed it, but it's a great building. And I can't imagine having the horseshoe and all the history as my front lawn here as an upperclassman What a great experience. So that's a little bit about our historic horseshoe just to kind of conclude things here. At any given day. I'm sure if you guys are here when it's nice weather when you're listening to this, you can expect to find a ton of students out here on our green space. They're throwing around frisbees, footballs, bringing their dogs outside and just enjoying that nice South Carolinian South Carolina, excuse me weather and kind of taking advantage of all that USC has to offer. So I hope you guys enjoyed this first stuff on your self guided walking tour today. And I can't wait for you to listen to a bit of the rest. Enjoy the rest of your stay here at Carolina. Thank you!
Athletics + Greek Life
Hi, guys, my name is Olivia and I'm a university Ambassador here. I'm originally from Long Island, New York. And I'm a junior. I'm so excited for you guys to be tuning in and listening to this little stuff about athletics here at the university. And I'll also talk about Greek life during this stop, too. So normally on our campus tours, we would not go past our Williams price football stadium. But I would stand right beside the library and give our tour group kind of a little bit of a sneak peek at what that looks like. But I'm going to do my best to kind of paint a picture of what gameday looks like for you guys that are taking our self guided walking tour. So if you've never been to a big sec football game, like I hadn't for my first year, just know that it was like the biggest culture shock for me in the best way possible. To give you an idea of what that looks like any Saturday where Gamecocks are playing at home, the city basically shuts down, everybody is wearing their Garnet and black waving around their rally towels, students are taking their free shuttle down from Green Street to our Williams Brice football stadium and enjoying their free student tickets there. So I also typically will get a lot of questions about the ticketing system and how it is that we make it free. And so the way we do that here at USC is through a loyalty points based system. So we already only school left in the sec, that offers free tickets for their students to football games. And this is the system that we use to kind of process all of that. So in order to accumulate these loyalty points, you'll go to a certain number of games before the first football game. So before football is in season, the only two that are available are soccer and volleyball. So I hope you like those. No, I'm just kidding. They are so much fun. And that's actually how I built a lot of community. My freshman years, we would all go to dinner together before a game, we would scan into the stadium, whether it was soccer or volleyball, and they track these points for you on an app that you download on your mobile device. So just to keep it very simple to request a ticket for football. Now, you go into that app, on the Monday before the game, you'd say I would like a ticket. So you'd request one, the Wednesday before the game, they would email you back saying, Yeah, congratulations, you got a ticket. And then on the Saturday before the game, they would email you with your ticket. And they can actually add into your Apple wallet. And so on that Saturday as a student, all you have to do is bring that app and your smart device, and you scan yourself right into the stadium. So we're very, very big on efficiency here and convenience for our students. And that's one of the ways we do that. So if you are a big football fan, you probably know more about it than I do. But I've gotten actually a lower deck student ticket to every single game since my freshman year. So I know this system can seem like it favors upper classmen. But only about 10% of those points will roll over from year to year. So you are in really great shape. And trust me if I've got a lower deck ticket, you definitely can too. Sometimes I still have to tap my friend and ask when to cheater and stuff. So you guys are in really great shape. And moving on from football though if you're not a D one athlete like myself, and you still want to stay involved in your favorite sports that maybe you played in high school or you want to try something new, we do have two options for you here. So number one, we have what we call clubs, sports, and then we also have intramural sports. Both of these club intramural are housed out of our fitness center on campus, which I'll touch on in just a bit. I'm just keeping in mind kind of how you get involved in those two things. Starting off with club sports, it will be a bit competitive, so there will be tryouts. And there also will be cuts. And you'll actually have dues that will afford you the opportunity to travel to other schools in the southeastern region and play your favorite sport against those teams. So for instance, my friend Ray he's on the club men's volleyball team here, and he's played at all different schools in the South East region. He's also even had a tournament in Denver one time, and so he's really enjoyed building his community while playing his favorite sport. So being in clubs for has kind of afforded him that opportunity. Moving on now into intramural sports, and a little bit less competitive, there will be no child's and no cards, all you need is 10 friends and you actually can build your own team, and we offer everything in intramural that we'd offer for club so all those typical sports basketball, soccer volleyball, but also intramural offers some pretty unique sports like Ultimate Frisbee and pool battleships. So maybe you want to try something new. You can grab a group of friends from your hall together your first year and create your own team. Not to say though, that intramural is not competitive. If you do win the bracket, I guess you would call it you actually get a T shirt on the back it says sought by many worn by few. And if you're a senior on our campus wearing one of those, you're getting some high fives and Pat's on the back and so in your role can be a great option if that sounds more of your speed. So moving on to our fitness center like I mentioned those club and intramural sports are both however a fitness center that is on the corner of assembly and blossom Street. It again is not part of this campus tour today even if you want a guided tour, but if you want to check it out after the tour, there's a lot of metered spots and you can definitely Park down there and you cannot miss it. It is a huge yellow dome shaped building. It's actually the biggest gym in the entire state of South Carolina. There's a 52 foot rock climbing wall and indoor outdoor basketball court beach volleyball court. We have swimming pools in the inside and the outside. Students can take advantage of the Sun when we have Nice weather outside if they want to lay out, we also offer group exercise classes that you can actually get a group x pass and attend an unlimited amount of classes there for the semester. And that's something I've enjoyed, especially in my first year when I was working out a lot on campus. So plenty of opportunity for you to stay active here, including our sports, and then also just our fitness center. Moving on from our fitness center, we have our Greek village that's right beside it. So I normally take this time in our tour to kind of explain the two of them. Because if you were to go to drive down there to assembly street today, and blossom Street, you can park there and kind of see both and kill two birds with one stone. A little bit of an overview of our Greek life. Here, we're about 27% of our student body is Greek. But that 27% is not just social Greek life, it also includes pre professional Greek life. It includes multicultural Greek life, service based and religious Greek life. So coming from up north, I really didn't know anything about what Greek life was like. And kind of learning that there are those different avenues was pretty eye opening to me and something I found really cool. So I thought also coming to a big sec school, you would have to be involved in Greek life in order to have friends. That is totally not the case here at South Carolina. So if everything I'm about to say does not sound interesting to you feel free to bypass this part of our little podcast. But if you're interested in learning more, my experience was really great. I've loved being a part of my Greek organization. And I'm part of a social Greek chapter in our Greek village, you can expect to find 20 houses that are Southern style mansions, exactly what you would expect probably what you've seen in movies, 13 of those are our social sororities right now, and seven of them are social fraternities, we do have philanthropies that align with each one of our social chapters. That's something I've loved being involved in Greek life for is because I've gotten to participate in community service and be very hands on in the community. And again, that was something I didn't expect in joining a social chapter, if you're interested in a different route. But I've mentioned I can give a little bit about our pre professional organizations. My friend Ray from high school, he's actually involved in both social and pre professional Greek life. And he's had the opportunity to intern at the Super Bowl both years just by being a part of his sports marketing fraternity, which is involved with his major so you don't have to pick just one you can kind of dabble in a few of you like a couple of those different avenues to kind of figure it out, figure out what it is you're passionate about here at Carolina. So that's a bit about our Greek life. Again, there's a ton of information online about it. But I want to thank you guys so much for listening to our athletics talk here today. It's one of my favorite parts about being again calm and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Academics + Library
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Russell House + Campus Involvement
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Hey guys, I'm Olivia. I'm a junior here at the University of South Carolina studying broadcast journalism and minor in Spanish. I'm from Charleston, South Carolina, so not too far from Columbia. But I'm going to be the ambassador taking you guys around our humanities side of campus today. So super excited to be speaking with you guys. But as you're walking over the Pickens bridge, into that humanities side of campus, I'm going to highlight some of these buildings and some of the resources that are going to be located in them. So as you're crossing over the bridge to your right, you're going to see our Colloquium Cafe, our humanities classroom building, our nursing building's going to be located back further right. Also, on your right side is going to be our humanities office building, which I'll touch on in a second, Gambrel Hall will be located over here as well. And if you're cutting over that bridge, still straight in front of you, you're going to see our Capstone Scholars residence hall. So I'll touch on that in a second as well, too. And then to your left of the bridge, you'll see our National Advocacy Center, and also our Close-Hipp building, as well. So again, super excited to be touching on some of these resources today. So kind of starting with that humanities classroom building, this is actually going to be the first building that you'll be a part of, if you do choose to make University of South Carolina your home, simply because this is where you'll take your foreign language placement test. So take a mental picture for sure. Because this will be your first building that you'll get to be in. But in this building, it's a lot of our foreign language classes, English courses in here as well. We have our Rosetta Stone lab in here, as well. So if you want to brush up on those foreign language skills before you study abroad, that's something that you can be a part of, as well. So super fun in there. In this building, as well, we have a lot of our campus computer labs. So if you don't have access to a laptop, feel free to use one of these computer labs in here as well. So that's our cute humanities classroom building. And then like I said, further back to your right is going to be our nursing building, home to our nursing students here at UofSC. So just a little bit of a fun fact about this program. For the past three years, we've had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX test, which is basically just that exit exam that our nursing students have to take before they leave nursing school. So I'm super proud of them. Lots of resources that our nursing students have access to simply because we are in the city of Columbia. So whether that be via multiple hospitals, that they can do clinical hours at or resources in the nursing building, they do get lots of hands on attention, and just resources. So that's awesome for them. And then kind of moving on to another taller building that you'll get to see on your right side as well. And that's going to be our humanities office building. So all of our professors here at the University of South Carolina are required to have office hours on campus. So if you want to meet your professor more personally or get to know them, or you have questions about something maybe that they talked about in lecture or in class, go to their office hours, I promise they're not there to bite your heads off. They really do want to get to know you guys. So ask them questions. Get to know them. I had a professor, my freshman year, his wife would always bake cookies just for his office hours. So I always knew that I was going to get a fun little sweet treat, and also get to ask questions as well. So take advantage of those office hours. They have them every single week open for students, so definitely take advantage of those. Also on your right hand side is going to be our Colloquium Cafe. So this is just a great lunch spot that we have here on campus. We used to call it our on campus Panera, and then we got a real Panera. So now we just call Colloquium Cafe, but great lunch spot for soup, salad, sandwiches, flatbreads, things like that. So highly recommend if you're on campus right now, especially during lunch hour, stop by here if you're looking for a place to eat on campus for a great lunch option. Um, and then also on this side of campus is our gambrill halls, this is going to be home to more of those lecture style classes, like African American Studies, political science, courses like that will be held in this building. There's also a fun rooftop garden on the top of this building as well. A little bit of a fun fact a lot of our students actually don't even know that it exists. So it's a great study spot because it's outside. pretty quiet. I like to go up there and study sometimes, especially when the weather's great. Hope we are walking around and that the sun's out today, so maybe go and look up there as well. So that's when our Gambrell building and then again, that residence hall that I was mentioning earlier. That's right all the way down that path. That's our Capstone Scholars residence hall. I know a lot of people have questions about the Capstone program versus the Honors program. So this Capstone program that we have here at the university is a two year program. It's by invitation only. And a lot of people have questions like "how do I get into Capstone" and you actually don't get in, it's by invitation based off your application. And so this is more based on leadership and service so that outside of the classroom experience here at the university, so they'll be checking to see how you're getting involved on campus, hiring, meeting some certain service hours, things like that. All of our Capstone students are required to meet a personal challenge every semester, so your personal challenge could be, I want to read 10 books by the end of the semester, or I want to work out three times a week, it could be anything like that. I'm both that kind of extreme, but then it also could be I want to jump out of a plane and go skydiving, why you'd want out of a plane. That's perfectly fine. I do not know. But if that's your personal challenge that you want to meet for the semester, each semester on the capstone scholars residence program, and they they sponsor a trip for students to go skydiving, so that's just something super fun that they'll get to do in the capstone building our capstone students, if you're a capstone student, you don't have to live in this building. But it is only reserved for our capstone students. And then again, I want to touch on that program versus the honors program. So that honors program is going to be a four year program more academically based here at the university. Inside of the classroom. A lot of these classes are kept around like 16 students, especially as you're advancing in here. This will be by application and it's a four year program again, so you can apply separately to the university, then you would the Honors College, so just something to think about with that. Also, in this Capstone scholars residence hall, at the very top, there's a rotating restaurant. As far as I'm concerned, we're the only campus to have a rotating restaurant on their campus that just makes us superior in so many different ways. But again, that rotating restaurant, you can go up there certain days a week and have a really nice four course meal. within the hour, the restaurant will rotate 360 degrees. And so you'll be able to see lots of different beautiful parts of our of our city of Columbia, which is really awesome, I promise you won't get sick or anything doesn't turn out fast. But you will notice that within the hour, you'll get to see so many different parts of Colombia, which is really awesome. So that's located at the top of that building. And then also, just something super cool at the capstone scholars building does have as well. Normally it's glowing gold at nighttime, but if it's ever glowing Garnet, that just means that we did something really awesome. So they really just like to highlight and be proud of our students. And so whether that be our women's basketball team beating UConn, like we did last semester, or our football team beating Auburn, like we did a few weeks ago, super awesome, or our nursing students getting 100% pass rate on the NCLEX test like that building is going to go gone it so everyone in the city of Columbia knows that the Gamecocks have pride, we're super excited for our students. And so that's just something fun that we get to do. So that building will go Garnett if something really awesome happens, which is really cool. I'm also on this side of campus as well I mentioned earlier as our closest building. So if you guys are interested in studying abroad, this is where that Study Abroad Office is going to be. We have three different styles or three different types of study abroad options here at the university. So that first one is going to be that year long program, maybe you're really wanting to dugald yourself in a culture want to brush up on those foreign language skills. Go back to that Rosetta Stone lab that I mentioned earlier, in our humanities classroom building, you can do that year long option. The second one's going to be the six month options, that's more of that semester long option that you can be a part of as well. A lot of our students do choose to study abroad in the spring simply because they don't want to miss Carolina football in the fall. And they don't want to spend the holidays away from home normally. So a lot of our students do choose to study abroad in the spring. And then the third option is just the main master options such as two weeks at the end of the spring, you'll go with like 20 other USC students a professor, you get three credit hours for it. So it still counts for something. But just a shorter amount of time. Maybe you're not wanting to spend an entire semester away from Carolina, that's another option you can look to as well. So that's going to be located in our closest building. If you have any questions about study abroad, they can answer them. exploratory advising is going to be located in this building as well. So if you're thinking about changing your major or just want to see what your options are, you're going visit them in this building, too. And then close up as a whole just became home to our College of hospitality, retail and sports management last year. So all those classes are housed in there primarily got renovated as well. So and then one of the last ad buildings that I do want to highlight over on this side of campus is the National Advocacy Center. So we like to call it the knack for short. But it's formerly known as the National Advocacy Center. It's technically not ours, it's federally own building. And each year they train 20,000 prosecutors and attorneys every single year, which is really awesome. So again, not owned by the university, but it just so happens that they put it right next to our campus. One also really cool thing about this building is that they only offer internships to USC students. So if you're looking for an internship, that's you know, in political science or anything like that, you definitely get involved here. Or if you're looking for an internship, just in general want to get internship experience, that's a great place to start because it's so close to campus, you can wake up, go to class and walk right to your internship. So that would be super cool. But again, that's going to be housed in the national Advocacy Center. So lots of fun opportunities there. Again, this is we're going to be spending a lot of time that first and second year here at Carolina. definitely take again mental pictures of this side of campus because it's a super, super great place to be and a great place to, to study hang out with brands and things like that, but thank you guys so much. For walking around our campus today, I hope that this this podcast helped with learning more about our campus getting to see more of our campus hopefully through your eyes. Thank you guys for tuning in today and we'll see you soon go Gamecocks
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South Carolina Honors College
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City of Columbia
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