Freshman Council

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Freshman Council acts as an entry-level organization within Student Government with an emphasis on leadership and community involvement. Members consist of a diverse selection of students who undergo a fairly rigorous interview and application process and are chosen to represent the freshman class in Student Government.

Throughout the year, the group meets weekly to discuss pressing issues at USC. FC gets a chance to work with other members of Student Government as well as other organizations and services at USC. Through the mentor-mentee system, each member on the council is paired with an upperclassman member of student government to assist throughout the course of the year.

The council is made up of several committees that work on various projects throughout the year. Each committee has a specific role in contributing to the success of the Freshman Council. Committees meet once a week and all are welcome to attend just like the regular FC meetings.

To learn more about Freshman Council or if you have any questions for us, please feel free to email us at:

All FC meetings are held on Thursdays at 4:45 p.m.

2016-2017 Freshman Council

Hi, my name is David Romero and I am from New Bern, NC. I hope to be an IB and Accounting major with a minor in Portuguese. I am currently involved in other organizations such as LASO, E-club, and the Billiards Club. I love to travel and I have visited 6 other countries, all on my birthday! I look forward to my remaining years at USC!

Hi, my name is Rebecca Early and I’m a freshman public health major from Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition to being a part of Freshman Council, I’m a member of the Honors College and Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical fraternity. Most days you can find me studying at T. Coop or cheering on the Gamecocks at football and soccer games. I’m super excited to be a part of Freshman Council and can’t wait to see what this year holds!

Hello! I’m Frank Halloran. I hail from Lexington, SC and am studying economics and political science. I served on student government in high school and now work with USC’s Lead the Way initiative, which was part of what led me to get involved with Freshman Council. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve my peers at Carolina and look forward to accomplishing a great deal for the student body!

Hi, my name is Sophie Davish, and I am from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. I am currently undecided in the business school. Outside of Freshman Council I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity, Legislative Action Network and an alternate for the IHSA equestrian team. I can’t wait to make an impact on my amazing University.

Hi, my name is Jack Gabel. I’m a physics major here at the University of South Carolina. I am excited for Freshman Council and I look forward to four years of service with student government.

Hi, my name is Alyssa Friend and I’m from Madison, CT. I’m an accounting major with a minor in Spanish. I’m a member of Delta Zeta sorority and the South Tower Hall government. I’m super excited to get more involved on campus and with Freshman Council!

Hi, my name is Casey Magersupp and I am from Bethesda, MD. I am a sport and entertainment management major. I am also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, and I look forward to getting involved on campus through Freshman Council! Go Gamecocks!

Hey y’all! My name is Ngozi Chukwueke and I’m from Peachtree City, GA. I love reading, cooking, and working with kids! I intend to major in International Business and Management. I’m involved in Young Life, MAPP, and Impact on campus and I can’t wait to connect with Student Government through Freshman Council! Looking forward to a great year as a USC Gamecock!

Hey friends! My name is Alexis Vetack and I am a global studies major from Charlotte, NC. I’m passionate about serving others and love to spend my free time volunteering with my special friends. You can usually find me outdoors because I love nature! I’m very excited to be on Freshman Council this year!

Hello! My name is Justin Reed. I’m an international business and economics major from Union, Kentucky. In addition to Freshman Council, I also run track for the university, and I’m excited to get more involved on campus as the opportunities present themselves. I’m looking forward to a productive year as serving as your representative!

Hey, my name is Nick Hooks and I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. Here, at USC, I am studying political science. After USC, I plan on attending law school with hopes to run for office one day. My favorite quote is, “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, for as long as you can.” I hope to use Freshman Council to help people all over campus and as a springboard to impact people all over the world. Go Gamecocks!

Hey y’all! I’m Cade Patterson, and I’m from Laurens, SC. I’m double majoring in political science and economics, and I work with Student Government’s Legislative Action Networks as well. I’m really looking forward to this year at USC! In everything I do, I try to live out our calling to love others and lead by serving. I’m passionate about people, making a difference, and working to make the college experience the best it can be!

Hi, my name is Samira Nematollahi and I am from Greenville, SC. I’m a political science major with a minor in Spanish and economics. In high school I was an active member of the student council and beta club. Through Freshman Council I hope to be able to continue my involvement with my community.

Hello! My name is Elizabeth McKetty and I am from Greenville, SC. I plan on majoring in marketing with a double minor in Spanish and international studies. Coming from the Upstate, I’m not used to all this Garnet and Black, but I’m proud to call myself a Gamecock all the same. I am so excited to begin this journey with Freshman Council and I can’t wait to serve my Carolina community! Spurs Up!

Hello, my name is Yash Verma and I am from Charlotte, NC. I am a psychology major on a pre med track in the honors college. In my free time I like to play tennis, volunteer at my local hospital, watch movies, and hang out with my friends. I am really excited about being a part of Freshman Council and giving back to the USC community.

Hi everyone! My name is Paige O’neal and I’m from Johns Creek, Georgia. I’m majoring in International Business with a minor in Japanese. I am a member of the Honors College, and I look forward to being a member of Freshman Council! I have been involved with student government throughout high school, so I can’t wait to see what we as a group can accomplish this year.

Hi, my name is Sam Sisney and I am from Pawleys Island, SC. I am a business double major in international business and finance with minors in Spanish and Portuguese. I am looking forward to getting involved here at USC through Freshman Council this year.

Hi, my name is Emily Babb and I’m form Clover, SC. I am majoring in Environmental Science with a Spanish minor. I am excited to make an impact at USC through Freshman Council this year.

My name is Chirag Jain and I am from Greenville, SC. I am majoring in international business and minoring in French. Other than Freshman Council, I am involved in Food Recovery Network and GlobeMed. I like to spend my free time playing ping pong and keeping up with tech releases. I like being involved in campus events and look forward to having a busy year!

Hi, my name is Shaib Dev and I am from Spartaburg, SC. I am a double major in Biology and Public Health. I was on the varsity tennis team at my high school and am now a member of the Honors College.

HI! My name is Max Nelson and I am from Fruit Cove, FL but I have also lived in Talca, Chile. I am an international business major with a minor in Spanish and I’m involved on campus with things like the Latin American Student Organization and Roteract. In my spare time I like traveling, writing, and coffee (preferably at the same time.) I’m looking forward to the next few years at USC. It’s going to be an adventure!

My name is Alyssa Hill and I am from Dallas, TX. I am a public health major and Spanish minor. Outside of Freshman Council, I am in the honors college and a member of Pi Beta Phi. I am looking forward to learning a lot about USC while positively impacting campus. Go Cocks!

Hi, my name is Quinn Alsheimer and I’m from Lexington Park, MD. I am a biochemistry and molecular biology major on the pre-medical track with a minor in Spanish language. I currently work at Marble Slab and am a member of the Mountaineering and White Water Rafting Club. I can’t wait to become more involved on campus.

Hi, my name is Madison Blevins and I am from Dallas, TX. I am majoring in sports and entertainment management and minoring in hospitality and tourism. I am involved in Chi Alpha and Young Life, and work on-campus at Marble Slab. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and getting involved with Freshman Council.

Hey there! My name is Scott Salters and I am an exercise science – pre medicine major. I enjoy meeting new people and watching my favorite TV show, Big Brother. I look forward to getting involved here at USC, and of course, Go Cocks!

Hey y’all, my name is Almeera Lateef and I’m from Columbia, SC. I am a current freshman in the Honor’s College majoring in biochemistry and minoring in neuroscience. When I’m not studying, you’ll find me online shopping or spending time with my friends. I can’t wait to start my journey within Freshman Council and leave a mark at USC.

Hi, my name is Austin Coale and I’m from Concord, North Carolina. I’m currently an undecided major but have interests in exercise science, journalism, and education. I am a member of the university club swim team. Outside of school, I enjoy listening to music, running, and hanging out in my Eno.

Hi, my name is Melissa Byars and I am from Lexington, South Carolina. I am a double major with political science and mass communications. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and a member of College Republicans. I am so excited to be at the University of South Carolina and honored to serve on Freshman Council.

Hi, my name is Benjamin Jenkins and I am from Charleston, SC. I am a business management major with a minor in political science. I served as senior class president and treasurer of the National Honors Society at my high school. This year I will serve as a member of the Freshman Council and I am incredibly excited to make an impact on the University of South Carolina and the surrounding community.

Hi, my name is Jasrial Thompson and I am from Blythewood, SC. I am a civil and environmental engineering major. I look forward to getting involved in the community and getting active with Freshman Council. I am a part of America Society of Civil Engineering and fundraising chair for Society of Women Engineers. During my free time I enjoy reading, bike riding, and getting FaceTime calls from my family. I am so excited to be a student at the best University in the nation. #SpursUp!

Hi, my name is Aaron Greenberg and I am from Richmond, VA. I am a sports management major with a minor in retail. I was a four year member of my high school varsity soccer team, and was voted as a captain my senior year.