Nursing draws big interest at freshman orientation, Student Life presents programs

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The Carolinian

No less than five incoming freshmen visiting the Student Life organizations during the first day or orientation Monday in the Wellness Center said they were coming to USC Upstate to become nurses.

The freshmen, three male and two female, said they were attracted to Upstate because of the need for nurses and the greater Spartanburg area having a wealth of hospitals and patient care needs.

Jonathan Mills was sitting on the bleachers while his son, Austin, was visiting the organizations. “Upstate has blown us away with its campus and nursing program,” Mills said. “We visited Columbia and USC-Aiken and this is where Austin wanted to come.”

“The growth in the hospitals here is a great opportunity,” Austin said.

There were about 150 students making their way through the rows of organizations from Greek Life to recreation and faith-based presenters.

The Carolinian was one of the presenters and offered interested students to take photos to be published online with this story.

Ramiro Sanchez, from Travelers Rest, has his photos published with this story and expressed an interest in exploring his photography with The Carolinian.

Interested students can visit Editor Lucy McElroy at The Carolinian’s table on Thursday 3-5 p.m. Students, all classes, can also email McElroy – – with their interest in print, digital, broadcast, photography, videography, and marketing.