Here's what's happening this week:

Honors Advisment has begun! Check your USC e-mail for the the web link to schedule your Spring 2019 Honors Advisement Appointment. If you did not receive the weblink, check your junk email filter first before contacting your Honors Advisor. Honors Advisor/Advisement questions should be directed to Dr. Banks at bankshk@mailbox.sc.edu.
See all the spring Honors courses with descriptions here.

Monday 9/24

Career Fair Prep Week Résumé Blitz
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Getting Started in Research Workshop
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Gambrell 150 (PC Lab)

OFSP Workshop: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship with DOD NDSEG, DOE CSGF, and SMART
4 – 5 p.m.

Gressette Room, Harper College

Tuesday 9/25

Gamecocks Get Hired! STEM Majors Fair
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Getting Started in Research Workshop 

3 – 4 p.m.
Gambrell 150 (PC Lab) 

Wednesday 9/26

Magellan Scholar Application Workshop 
Russell House University Union 305

Gamecocks Get Hired! All Majors Fair
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

OFSP Workshop: Truman
4 – 5 p.m.
Gressette Room, Harper College


Galen Health Fellows Chat with the Doc Series: Dr. David Simmons
7 – 8 p.m.
Patterson Hall 103 Residential Meeting Room

Friday 9/28

Fall Into Fellowships: Sophomore Edition
12 noon
DeSaussure 228


Honors College Picnic 
Extended:  Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline


Perk up your network! Honors Caffeine Connection 
Connect with another current honors student who has done an internship. Select by major or industry. You choose the date and time, the Honors College picks up the tab! Contact  Erica Elbery for more info. 

Fellowships Peer Mentor Program
Meet with a national fellowship winner and find out how applying for a national fellowship could change your life.

Beyond the Classroom funding opportunities
The Honors College offers competitive awards for Beyond the Classroom experiences including study away, internships and research. Funds are limited and awarded on the basis of need and merit, in accordance with the various donors’ wishes.  More [pdf]

SC Humanities Student Research Fellowships
are awarded on a competitive basis to undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years to support research in the study of history, philosophy and ethics, literature, linguistics, languages, jurisprudence, cultural anthropology, archaeology, comparative religions, art history and/or criticism, folklore, or interdisciplinary scholarship in these areas. Special consideration is given to projects that have a South Carolina focus or component. In FY2019, the maximum award amount is $1,000.
Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018

Now Accepting Entries for the Annual SCHC Study Abroad Photo Contest!
Have you studied abroad?  Do you have the pictures to prove it?  Submit them to our Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest!  Share your best study abroad photo along with title, date, location and short description of why the photo was significant to your study abroad experience.  Winners will be recognized with prizes on October 10 from 5:30-7:00pm in the Honors Residence Hall Room B110.  Email entries to Megan Campbell at tone@mailbox.sc.edu by October 1st at 5pm.

It's Stigma Free Week at USC!

What is mental health?
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Mental health conditions are disorders that affect your physical, mental, and emotional health. Some examples include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Approximately 1 in every 5 adults suffers from a mental health condition.

What is mental health stigma?
Mental health stigma occurs when individuals who suffer from mental health conditions face prejudice, discrimination, or judgement due to their condition. Stigma can take place on a personal level when someone has negative ideas or stereotypes about mental health conditions. It can also take place on a societal level when individuals who have mental health conditions face institutional discrimination.

What is stigma free USC?
Stigma free USC is an initiative from the University of South Carolina student government to break the negative stigma surrounding mental health and encourage mental wellness in students. Find out more.

“At the beginning of this year, I decided to finally go to the counseling center and use my 10 free sessions. It takes courage to go into a public place, to sit in the lobby, and think “they’re judging me because I’m here.” But it’s not like that. Sometimes the biggest obstacle between you and your wellbeing is yourself. I was able to get over that fear of 'what will people think if they know I was going to counseling,' and I realized that it doesn’t matter. I know that the more proactive I can be with my situation, the better it will be.

My biggest advice to people is to not be ashamed of getting the help that you need. Know that mental health doesn’t only mean that someone has a mental illness that requires treatment. Rather, it's simply a conscientious effort toward taking care of your mental wellbeing. When you’re really stressed, it’s taking a bubble bath, watching Netflix, or talking to your friends. If something doesn't feel right- there is always something that can be done about that. Tell someone how you're feeling- a friend, a family member, a professional. In the end, know that there is always help out there, and you are not alone."

-Audrey Whelan, Honors College senior

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