Hello! My name is Tyrese Thomas, and I am a sophomore at USC Aiken. My home is Moncks Corner, South Carolina (near Charleston), and my major is communication.
Family support is important in the freshman year, but it is equally important to be supportive of upper class students during their academic journey. This includes staying connected and checking in regularly, yet not being too overbearing as they continue their path to academic achievement.
My transition from my freshman to sophomore year has been a smooth one for me, as I am still taking mostly general education courses to satisfy my course requirements. I am also more involved on campus after joining the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity the spring semester of my freshman year. Being involved in an organization on campus is important to me as I complete the next two years and leave an impact on campus. Outside of Greek life, students have plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus through various clubs and organizations.
Internships look excellent on resumes and confirm that students have experience in their fields. Sophomore year is a time to look for internships and research career fields. Making sure that students are prepared for internships is a way that families can support their students; this includes having the right clothes for interviews. (Students can always borrow from the Career Closet. See below for details.)
Career Services is always open to help students prepare, so encourage them to make an appointment at Career Services. And, if you know of an internship or employment opportunity for students, do not hesitate to let Career Services know as they are always looking for new opportunities for students.
Support your sophomore (or whatever year your student is completing) and trust in the person he or she is becoming.
Notes from USC Aiken Parent and Family Relations:
Tyrese is the Parent and Family Relations student worker. We are glad to have him on board this year!
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