"My Carolina is the studying in Gambrell Hall, time at the Thomas Cooper Library, and times at the GMP for lunch while studying at the BCM Centre -then on Pickens Street, not Main Street."
- Hou-Yin Chang, '99
"My Carolina is Burney Hall Government, 'Cocky's 2001' and the Mighty Sound of the Southeast, living in Capstone when it was all upperclass women, squirrels on the Horseshoe, TIPS, parking in "the Pit", APO escort, the big corner booth at the Village Idiot, loudly and proudly singing the alma mater at Gamecock football games, and being in the first group of Visitor Center Ambassadors in garnet blazers at the Carolina Plaza. My Carolina was then, and is now, Summer Orientation and seeing all the excited new faces of freshmen, transfers, and parents. My Carolina is the best university and the best job in the world!"
- Emily (San Jose) Davis, BA English '99
"My Carolina is student government (lots of time spent iin the Russell House), Tri Delta, and being involved with the Bicentennial Celebration."
- Kim Leighton, '99, '01
"My Carolina is all those long hours working at the Rex Enright Athletic Center and listening to the fruit of your labor to the sound of '2001' being played on Carolina Football Saturday."
- Captain Alex Shaw, '99
"My Carolina is running onto the Horseshoe to Tri Delta on Bid Day; life on the 4th floor of South Tower; many, many hours of studying in the back corner of the BA library; making lifelong friends, and meeting my husband. My Carolina continues to be tailgating, football games and beach trips with college friends and their families; wedding celebrations and baby showers; four years of golf tournaments, martini parties and Fall Sports Previews with the Young Alumni Council; a common connection with those I meet both professionally and socially; and something I look forward to sharing with my baby!"
- Tori Tibshrany, '99, '01
"My Carolina is a family tradition that will never die. Besides that, it is an education that you will find no where else. Carolina is one of a kind and cannot be beat."
- Stephanie Willimon, '99
"My Carolina is opportunity. My Carolina is meeting my wife and changing my career."
- William Wynn, '99
"My Carolina is Ultimate Frisbee every Friday afternoon at the Blatt, watching the crowd rush the Frank McGurire Arena floor after beating Kentucky in '97, '2001,' beating Clemson 33-7 in '94, the Horseshoe, late nights at Cooper Library, and being a proud member of Gamecock Nation."
- Mike Baur, '98, '05
"My Carolina is worth more than words can say. I am proud to be a Carolina alumna. My best memories were my years at USC - all the football games, tailgaiting parties, Cocky, '2001,' GMP, Russell House, Sims Dorm, Hootie concert on the Horseshoe, my education, etc. There are so many wonderful memories. I am still Carolina all the way."
- Brandy Ferrell, '98
"My Carolina is where I met my wife, where I asked my wife to marry me, where I started my career as a police officer, where I met lifelong friends and where I became a Gamecock for life."
- Matt Gatto, '98
"My Carolina is Moore #609, Sigma Chi Hall, no Friday or 8 a.m. classes, Five Points and Gamecock Football, home and away."
- Chris Hayes, '98, '00
"My Carolina is a great degree that led to a great career. I still have many great memories and great friends from my years there."
- Julia Higgs, '98
"My Carolina is a home away from home. It is being instantly transported when I see a Gamecock flag rippling in the wind above a tent in the middle of the desert or seeing a fan with a Carolina shirt on the streets of Japan. It’s then when I can smell tailgating grills, see bright blooming azaleas spotting the landscape and hear the echo of ‘2001’ saturating the campus. That’s my experience, that’s My Carolina."
- Major Taj Troy, ’98 HRSM
"My Carolina is working at Public House, NCR and delivering wings...while still trying to graduate. Also, going out at Nightworks and gettin some Franks Fries, hitting Myrtle Beach when there was a Pavillion and dancin at Have a Nice Day Cafe. Thank you Scott and Moose for getting me through some of the hardest times, but yet the best times!"
-Roger Wilkins, '98
"My Carolina is meeting my friends after class on Friday's under the Tree of Knowledge in front of the Russell House. It is the late night study sessions and searching for a computer in the computer lab to type those long English papers. It is the love of watching and participating in historically African-American sororities and fraternities stepshows. It is the love of looking back on some of the best memories of my life as I look at my degree from the University of South Carolina."
- Lakisha Leggett-Williams, '97
"My Carolina is tailgating at the Tally Ho, 'studying' at The Sarge during a baseball game, friends that I'll have forever and raising my kids to one day walk the Horseshoe."
- Travis Price, '97
"My Carolina is the university that stimulates and excites with athletics, music, theatre, lectures and Carolina Travelers. My Carolina is a centerpiece of our happy, informed and fulfilled retirement life."
- Nancy, '99, and Dr. Hunter, '53, Rentz
"My Carolina is celebrating the accomplishments of HRSM students and alumni and partying with them at the McCutchen House. My Carolina is finding the career of a lifetime."
- Tina Weaver, '97
"My Carolina is my deep appreciation for USC preparing me to enter a classroom and courageously lead countless numbers of students to academic success! As an alumna of the College of Education, My Carolina helped me to truly leave no child behind. Thank you, USC, for preparing me to light the way for our children."
- Dr. Traci Young Cooper, '97 MA
"My Carolina is the cornerstone of my career, the love of the game, and the spirit of Columbia. It is where I always wanted to be and where I hope my daughter will attend in the future."
- Dr. Nioaka "Nikki" Campbell, '96, '00 MD
"My Carolina is in my blood and passing it on to my children, holding a degree from my beloved University, and tailgating with friends and family at Gamecock football games."
- Russ Harvey, '96
"My Carolina is 5 a.m. football winter workouts at the indoor practice field (aka 'The Bubble'). After practice tutoring sessions. Running on the field at Williams-Brice stadium on Saturdays knowing I was in the best place in the world! Ordering those late night wings from Wings On Wheels! Meeting my wonderful wife (USC grad '95). Tailgating with my wife and kids. Hearing my kids scream 'GO GAMECOCKS!' I love and cherish every moment I had at Carolina. I'm so proud to be apart of our wonderful university!"
- John Hefney, '96
"My Carolina is a great place. From the great degree at the school of business to football and basetball games to being a member of Alpha Phi Alpha to working for Housing and being an RA, I loved every moment of my experience."
- Timothy Wise, '96
"My Carolina is an opportunity to advance myself. Carolina helped me to go play ball, but also to get an education and see a lot of things that I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience. The camaraderie and brotherhood with all my friends is all part of that."
- Brandon Bennett, '95, USC/NFL running back
"My Carolina is living among the close-nit communities of the Horseshoe, Honors College, Student Government, Sigma Chi, Mortar Board, and (most of all) my wonderful roommates; working at my alma mater and it never feeling like work; sharing My Carolina with my daughter at the Children's Center everyday; mentoring the next generation in the Greek Village; and all the wonderful memories centered around Gamecock sports and the best tailgating on the planet!"
- Brad Holt, '95
"My Carolina is Gamecock Football and tailgating. My Carolina is also the many great friends and contacts I made in all my classes, ARMY ROTC, student government, greek life and my fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega."
- Jason Hultgren, '95
“My Carolina is home. It’s football games on Saturday at Williams-Brice, it’s baseball at Sarge Frye, and most importantly it’s friends that will last forever.”
- Mike deMaine, ‘95
"My Carolina is where I found the 'me' I had been looking for all along. Where friendships were forged, possibilities for the future raised, and where some of the first real challenges in my life were met. It was Tally Ho, Five Points, the Horseshoe and Sandy's Hot Dogs. It’s where, in a truly amazing way that only college can, even 8 o'clock classes, mid-term examinations and final exams seem like something that would be fun to experience again, even though you know deep down at the time they certainly didn't seem so."
-Joseph Marruchella, '95
“My Carolina is football games and tailgating at Tally-Ho, the thrill of hearing ‘2001,’ Cocky, Chi Omega, the Horseshoe, Patterson Hall, Capstone, South Tower, Hootie & the Blowfish, countless hours in the Business building, the excitement of starting each fall semester, notes from my dad through campus mail, meeting my husband, and friendships that will last a lifetime. Carolina was where I learned to live on my own, to challenge myself, to seek opportunities and to pursue my goals. I am proud to have earned two degrees from Carolina and I love to return to reunite with old friends at football games. My blood runneth garnet!”
- Sara Wardrip Armstrong, '94, '99 MBA
"My Carolina is being on the football field for '2001' as a Carolina Coquette, trekking to 8 a.m. classes all the way from Bates, eating patty melts at the Russell House, and being the first in my immediate family to graduate from college."
- Melissa A. Green, '94
"My Carolina is not confined to laboratory experiences at the University, which is renowned for its excellence in the sciences, but also includes meeting and making friends with people from all over the world and building a global community within the University."
- Pearl Fernandes, '93 PhD
"My Carolina is tailgating at the Carolina football games, going to see Hootie & The Blowfish, working at Pugs in five points and long nights at the J-School. My Carolina is four wonderful years of my life that I will never forget!"
- Robin Maggy, '93
"My Carolina means being around 24,000 people my own age and learning about different types of people, races, parts of the country and other cultures."
- Butch Setser, '93
"My Carolina is meeting my past, present and future without realizing the importance until it's upon you!"
- Nissary Fling Wood, '93
"My Carolina is the best good-time an education can buy!"
- Ken Blackwood, '92
"My Carolina is the pride I feel when I treat patients today that I cared for over 10 years ago when I was a medical student!"
- Dr. M. Todd Crump, '92, '98
"My Carolina is late night LeConte study sessions, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity tailgates, card games in the Towers lobby, ROTC morning runs, Russell House parties and meeting my future wife in graduate school."
- Devaris Davis, ’92, ‘99
"My Carolina is stepping behind the Russell House Student Union. Frustrating nights in the computer lab at LeConte College trying to get my Pascal program to work. Parties with my Alpha Phi Alpha Brothers at the Alpha Hall. Meeting my Wife while in College."
- Mark Dawson, '92
"My Carolina is friendship and business growth."
- John Ramsey, '92
"My Carolina is enjoying the honor of recruiting for my alma mater through Undergraduate Admissions. I have one of the best jobs on earth because I work within a campus community that is committed to providing a stellar undergraduate experience."
- Mary Wagner, '92, '08
"My Carolina is the sweet smell of tea olive hovering in the air around the Horseshoe helping me to shake off the disappointment of another poor exam showing."
- Scott West, '92, '97
"My Carolina is living, eating and breathing Carolina Basketball."
- Leigh Ambrose, '91
"My Carolina is being a 17-year-old bright-eyed freshman who had no clue knowing what he wanted to do with his life, and having a chance in September of 1987 to see the Pope come visit our campus, and at that point realizing that anything is possible. This provided the platform to do anything in life."
- Steve Benjamin, '91
"My Carolina is football games (Go Gamecocks!), partying in Five Points, and studying at all hours of the day and night to get the degree I am proud to hang on my wall!"
- Laura (Moburg) Joachim, '91
"My Carolina is football game weekends, working for the Athletic Department, pool parties at Whaley's Mill, freshmen year at Thornwell and great friends for life."
- Stephen Panus, '91
"My Carolina is the place where I learned my strengths and weaknesses. It is where I made the decisions, mostly good, that would eventually shape the rest of my life. It is where I learned about the power of one voice to change the minds of many and the responsibility accompanying said power. It is where I gained lifelong friends and a love to last a lifetime."
- Todd Wood, '91
"My Carolina is great memories, good friendships, outstanding mentors, lessons in life and learning, getting the knowledge and experience needed to have a career I love…all the experiences that helped make me who I am today. My Carolina is also football and baseball and basketball and soccer--and sharing it all with my son!"
- Padgett S. Lewis, '90 Journalism and Mass Communications
"My Carolina is about family, lifelong friendships, and most of all 'The Black Death.'"
- Kimberly Martin, '90
"My Carolina is seeing Pope John Paul riding in his Pope mobile down Assembly Street; sitting in the student section at all of the football games with my fiance while the upper deck was swaying and Todd Ellis was throwing touchdowns to Sterling Sharpe; getting married after fall finals during my senior year at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe followed by our wedding reception at the Capstone's Top of Carolina with Christmas lights all around; having my birthday May 10th, getting my US Army commission on May 11th, and walking across the graduation stage on May 12th with President Bush; flying my Gamecock flag during multiple deployments in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; and still going to Carolina football games with my wife of almost 19 years."
- Tod Rowley, '90
"My Carolina is a sunny day at the ole Sarge listening to the crowd sheer as I take one out of the ball park! Go Gamecocks..that's my Carolina!!!"
-Skeets Thomas, '90