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Student Spotlight: Rohan Bhandari


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:  Rohan Bhandari
Home Country: India
Year: Freshman
Major: International Business  
Fun Facts:  I love hanging out at the Thomas Cooper Library and I’m fascinated with metaphysics!


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


Life at USC

So far, my classes at the University of South Carolina (USC) have been great – I have managed to score above 90% in all of them and I am aiming for a 4.0 GPA this semester! Next year I also hope to apply the South Carolina Honors College, which is a top honors college in the United States. When I’m not studying, I like to go to the fitness center on campus and workout or play soccer. I enjoy hanging out at the Thomas Cooper Library and the Horseshoe, which is quite peaceful and the perfect place to play Frisbee and other games. My advice to other international students thinking about applying to USC: go for it!


USC IAP Experience

Thinking back to my first few weeks on campus, I can imagine that it would have been so much harder without the International Accelerator Program staff there to help me. The moment I arrived, they had a taxi waiting to take me to campus. During orientation, they took us all around campus to show us where our classes would be and where all the important facilities are located. Throughout the program, they plan activities for us, like our trip to the Riverbanks Zoo – that was such a great experience. They even held a cooking class for us, which helped me a lot since I’m a vegetarian. They taught me so much and now I cook in my dorm more often!


Creating New Friendships

I’ve made several domestic and international friends on campus – in fact, my very best friends are Chinese and Nigerian. I met new American friends one day while I was on my way back to my dorm. They were on the Horseshoe playing spike ball and invited me to play with them. Since then, they’ve introduced me to some of their friends – the people here in Columbia are very friendly and always greet you.


One Last Thought…

“From the moment I arrived, I noticed how peaceful the city of Columbia is. The university and the city are very safe; I really mean that. My family and I were a bit tense because we didn’t know about the safety of the area. Because I was traveling to a different country, safety was a major concern. But once I arrived, and started living on campus, I felt very safe. I actually feel safer here than back in India.”


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