Meet your 2020 Garnet Circle President, Katie Hall! Katie is a Junior from Monroe, Louisiana studying marketing and management entrepreneurship.
When asked why she chose to attend the University of South Carolina, Katie said, “I decided to study at UofSC because it was the perfect fit in all that I was looking for – an excellent business school, vibrant city, large student body and warm weather!”
Once she arrived at South Carolina, Katie wasted no time when it came to getting involved. She is currently involved with Shandon College Ministry, the University Libraries’ Student Advisory Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and, of course, Garnet Circle and the Student Network. Katie particularly enjoys being a member of the Student Network because of the people she has met through the organization.
“Because the Student Network is inclusive to all majors and colleges, I have had the opportunity to meet students pursuing a variety of different majors and careers. It is so encouraging to see the Student Network represents so many backgrounds, interests and future professions,” she says.
Katie initially joined Garnet Circle to help plan events that bring students and alumni together as one Gamecock family. Once a member, she decided she wanted to pursue a leadership role in the organization.
“I wanted to speak on behalf of students to the Alumni Association, marrying tradition and innovation as the university continues to grow,” says Katie.
As President, Katie presides over Garnet Circle, the governing board of the Student Network. She works with four other executive board members and 18 other active Garnet Circle leaders to plan programming for members of My Carolina Alumni Association’s Student Network members. Some of Garnet Circle’s signature events include Ring Week, Ring Ceremony and BEAT T-Shirt Pick Up Events. They also host at least one student and alumni networking event each semester.
When asked why she thinks it is important for students to get involved with their Alumni Association, Katie said, “I think it is important for students to get involved with their alumni association to invest in themselves, their future, and the future of the university. This is an incredible opportunity to receive alumni mentorship, invest in college education for years to come, connect with upper and lower-classmen, and maybe even secure a future job.”
Student for a short time, Gamecock for a lifetime. Forever to thee!