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Student Spotlight: Girik Gupta


What’s it like to be a student in the International Accelerator Program here at USC? Take a look at this Student Spotlight to see for yourself!

Name: Girik Gupta
Country of Citizenship: India
Year: Freshman
Major: Management

Click on the image below or continue reading to see what Girik has to say about his experience in the USC International Accelerator Program!

Why USC?

The University of South Carolina (USC) has so many opportunities! The education is great and you get to learn and experience a lot of new things—not just in one field, but in multiple areas. There are more than 400 student organizations on campus that I can easily get involved in. I’m in the Residence Hall Association and I’m thinking of joining the skydiving and scuba-diving clubs as well as the business fraternity next semester! Because of all the opportunities, I get the chance to get involved and make a huge friend circle! My advice to international students? ‘Pack your bags and come! It’s great!’


USC IAP Experience

Being in the International Accelerator Program (IAP) has helped me a lot. The IAP staff helps me with everything and tells me about all the opportunities I have. Throughout the school year, they’ve helped me register for classes, create the right schedule, manage my time efficiently, solve any issues or problems that arise and they even take us for fun trips outside of campus! I’ve been to Charleston, South Carolina, a NASCAR race and I’ll even be going to an NBA game soon!


Living in the International House at Maxcy College

The International House at Maxcy is a great place to live. Even though you share a bedroom and bathroom with other students, the experience you gain from living there is absolutely amazing and completely worthwhile. There are free events with free food all the time and you can just hang around in the common areas and meet people from completely different countries and cultures—everyone is so friendly! We also have visiting fellows who come to Maxcy. Last time we had a street artist from Costa Rica visit and he painted one of the stairwells and everyone had the chance to help so it was really fun!


One Last Thought…

As Vice President of the International House at Maxcy, I help by hosting events at the residence hall. I hosted a Diwali event and people from all different countries attended! Some of them had never tried Indian food before so I had to teach them how to eat it! Everyone enjoyed the food, the celebration and the decorations!


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