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Student Engagement

Sophomore September

Sophomore September is a month long program dedicated to helping second-year students adjust to their second year at USC and feel welcomed and connected. Sophomore September will consist of NINE events that involve food, fun, prizes, and sharing of resources and discussion key to the second year at Carolina. Events are designed for second-year students at USC but are open to all students. Students who attend six of the nine events will win a free t-shirt. Students who attend seven of the nine events will win a t-shirt and another great prize! Only sophomore students are eligible to win prizes.


Sophomore students can get a Sophomore September passport at any of the first several events. Pick up a sophomore punch card and have it signed by a member of the OSE staff at each event. For the CareerFest and the ACE session/Out to Lunch event there are special instructions for getting attendance, please see below.

ALL students will need to swipe their Carolina Card at events, so please have it with you!

Sophomore September Events:
  • Welcome Back Carnival
    Wednesday, August 28th
    11am-3pm, Greene Street
    Rain date: September 3rd

    FREE food from Jimmie Johns, Papa Johns, Insomnia Cookie and Coca Cola! Carnival games and food! Bungee run, obstacle course and punt, pass and kick inflatables. Information from the Office of Student Engagement, Study Abroad, Student Success Center, Office of Pre-Professional Advising, Career Center, USC Connect, Undergraduate Research and more. Hosted by Student Engagement
    *Stop by the center OSE table to pick up a sophomore punch card and get it stamped!

  • Study Abroad Fair
    Friday, September 6th
    10am-3pm, Russell House University Union Ballroom

    Meet with representatives from Study Abroad and various providers about opportunities to study away from USC! Hosted by the Study Abroad Office
    *Stop by the OSE table outside of the Russell House Ballroom to get your sophomore punch card stamped!

  • Taste of Off Campus Fair
    Monday, September 9th
    11am-1pm, Greene Street and Davis Field

    Come learn about local vendors and merchants to help get connected to the Columbia community. Hosted by Student Life
    *Stop by the OSE table to pick up a sophomore punch card and get it stamped!

  • Sophomore Cool Down
    Wednesday, September 11th
    11am-2pm, Greene Street

    Cool down in the infamous Cola heat with a free SNOW CONE! Information about resources around campus that can help with the sophomore year will also be available. Hosted by Student Engagement
    *Have your sophomore punch card signed when you get a snow cone

  • Football Tailgate
    Saturday, September 14th
    Two hours before kick-off, Gamecock Village

    Free food, music and lots of fun at this alcohol-free tailgate before the first SEC game against Vanderbilt!. Hosted by SAPE
    *Have your sophomore punch card signed when you get there!

  • Career Fest
    Tuesday, September 17th
    12pm-4pm, Columbia Convention Center

    Employers will meet with students about potential job and internship opportunities with their companies. Come dressed to impress and prepared with your most updated résumé! A shuttle service will run from campus to the Convention Center. For more information visit the Career Center’s website. Hosted by the Career Center
    *Please bring a flyer or handout from the event as proof of attendance to the OSE office when turning in the punch card at the end of the Sophomore September program.

  • Diversity Dialogue Workshop
    Thursday, September 19th
    7pm, Honors Residence Hall B110

    Join EMPOWER and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs to kick-off their 7th year of the Diversity Dialogue Series! Share dinner and a dialogue about regional differences making up who we are, and how this ties into our unique personal definitions of diversity. Hosted by OMSA
    *Have your sophomore punch card signed when you get there!

  • Mutual Expectations Workshop with Academic Advisors
    Thursday, September 26th
    11:30-12:45pm, Russell House Ballroom

    Students sit down together with academic advisors to discuss expectations of each other in the academic advising relationship. Students and Advisors can enjoy an open dialogue and facilitated conversation over a free lunch! An RSVP is required for this specific event. Hosted by Student Engagement and CTE
    *Have your sophomore punch card signed when you get there!

  • Participate in ACE Coaching or Out to Lunch!
    August 28th- September 30th On Your Own Time
    Students are encouraged to make use of these two FREE programs from the Student Success Center! Schedule and complete an appointment with an ACE Coach at 777-1000 OR make use of the Out to Lunch program and take a professor or advisor out to lunch for FREE! Visit www.sc.edu/success for information on how to use the programs. Hosted by Student Success Center
    *Please bring proof of attendance when you drop off your sophomore punch card and we will check it against the SSC records.

Bring completed passports to the Office of Student Engagement in Patterson Hall by Wednesday, October 16th to collect prize(s).

*All events, times and locations are subject to change without notice. Please check our social media sites for up to date details!