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May 06, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Tim Bryson

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By: Simone Keller

“Identify your passion. Inspire vision. Walk in purpose. Don’t graduate from Carolina without making a difference, through policy or practice, to improve the experience of Carolina students coming after you.”

Timothy “Tim” Bryson is a 2016 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training.

 

Tim currently serves as a National At-Large member of the Black Alumni Council. Tim resides in Silver Springs, Maryland where he serves as a Program Director for Student Athlete Career Development at the University of Maryland.

 

While at UofSC, Tim was engaged in Fraternity Council, Intramural Sports, Association of African American Students (AAAS), and the Carolina Leadership Initiative. He was the 2015 Homecoming King and is a member of the Kappa Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

 

During Tim’s time as an athletic training student, he realized how disconnected student-athletes were to campus life and career development opportunities. While attending graduate school at Ohio State he learned more about student development and how environments influence student behavior. In Tim’s current role, he assists student-athletes pursuing their evolving career goals, while connecting them to both university and community resources.

 

As an out-of-state transfer student, Tim faced many challenges like working to pay rent; but also wanting to become a student leader who helped initiate change at our university. Along the way, Tim had support from amazing mentors like Lauren Martini Olson and Shay Malone. They were empathetic and created opportunities so Tim could work and be involved in student organizations. Their leadership introduced Tim to his current career in student affairs and for that is he forever thankful.

 

After years of involvement at UofSC, Tim values learning from alumni who have graduated before him, while also working to improve the experience of current and future Gamecocks.

 

“The University of South Carolina black community is very close, and it has been amazing to witness the relationships we have created and cultivated as a result of our community work,” Tim says.

 

Learn more about the Black Alumni Council by visiting mycarolina.org/bac.

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