Emery Smith

University of South Carolina

Emery Smith is a third-year student at the University of South Carolina, currently majoring in Advertising with a minor in Retailing. Throughout her time at the University, Emery has demonstrated a great sense of servant leadership, becoming incredibly involved in several organizations and campus initiatives dedicated to identifying and addressing issues on campus and within the community. These areas of involvement and service include the Gamecock Pantry, where as Assistant Director of Communications she helps to address the issue of food insecurity on campus, raising awareness of the pantry and how to make the most of its services, as well as how to assist in its efforts. In addition, she serves as Director of Donor Relations with the Carolina Closet, aimed to assist students in need of professional attire for interviews. She also works with the university's Leadership and Service Center, where her role allows her to assist fellow students to become more involved in addressing some of the issues and needs within the University and the community at large.

Harris Pastides
University of South Carolina

Personal Statement

Question: Are you born to lead and serve others or is it all a learning process? Is there a correct answer? No, but you when align a verbal commitment with an action, that is when leadership is born. Ever since I was little, I have been immersed into a world filled with service. From my grandmother to my great aunts to my mother, I have been held to a long-lasting commitment that entails the betterment of others and myself. Lessons have been learned, and realities have become very real, but that is the beauty of being a servant of leadership. Robert Greenleaf, the founder of servant leadership, once said, "The servant-leader is servant first... it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead." As I have grown in leadership, my eyes witnessed many messy situations. That is the beautiful part about life; it is messy and complicated and overwhelming, but with a fruitful heart and sincerity, you can accomplish so much. People accomplish great feats when inspired by a purpose beyond themselves.

Emery Smith
Major in Advertising, with a minor in Retailing : Class of May 2018
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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