Danica Leaphart

University of South Carolina, Columbia

Danica is a junior experimental psychology major from Lexington, South Carolina. She is a bilingual (fluent in English and German) second-generation University of South Carolina (UofSC) student who entered UofSC as a Capstone Scholar. The Capstone Scholars Program, which accepts students by invitation-only, is comprised of high achieving students who are challenged to meet their full potential both through a variety of structured events. Danica regularly volunteers with three of the university's community service-programs: Community Engaged Campus Experience for Youth (CECEY), Impact Weekly, and Service Saturday. She is currently a member of four student organizations: the Association of African-American Students (AAAS), Psi Chi National Honor Society, SAVVY Multicultural Women's Group, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Danica also serves as a University 101 Peer Leader and a Multicultural Assistance Peer Program (MAPP) Mentor. Outside of university-sanctioned volunteer opportunities, Danica frequently gives her time to the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia and the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands. The depth, breadth, and variety of her on-campus involvement is impressive, especially when you consider she has maintained a 3.94 Grade Point Average.

Dr. Harris Pastides
President
University of South Carolina, Columbia

Personal Statement

Before you change the world, you have to start with your home. Home is any place where I fostered meaningful relationships, learned lessons, and tackled adversities. Since middle school, I've taken the initiative to serve others and lead my peers in the direction of progress. Starting college is what motivated me to start a journey that included learning myself as well as the community I'm serving. I joined SAVVY, which is an all-female, minority group that works to create a safe space for women of color to promote self-love and involvement. I joined the Association of African American students and the Multicultural Assistance Peer Program, and I became a University 101 peer leader. These are organizations that promote a sense of community, collaboration, and learning. I became a mentor to a diverse set of freshmen. I participated in service projects around campus including the Community Engaged Campus Experience for Youth program. As I matured, my efforts became more personal and specific. I volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and worked for the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands. I also co-founded an outreach ambassador program to raise awareness and money for the RMHC Columbia site.

Danica Leaphart
Experimental Psychology: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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