05th Sep2011

Korressa Williams – South Carolina State University

by Staff

“I will always remember my experience at SC State University as the best time of my life. I grew as a person, formed life long relationships, and received an excellent well rounded education. At SC State, we were all apart of one big family.”

Major: Physics with a Medical Physics option

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How did you decide to become a student at South Carolina State University?

I went on a black college tour that was sponsored by the NAACP chapter in Passaic,NJ. When I got to SC State the atmosphere on campus was really vibrant and active. I have several relatives throughout South Carolina, so SC State was a perfect match.

What professors at South Carolina State University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

At the time, SC State had a really small Physics staff. So I hold a special place in my heart for all of the professors I had at state. However, my advisor Dr. Donald Walter (email him), was always there to offer viable solutions to any problem I approached him with. Even now, when im in graduate school in a different state, he still checks on my progress with frequent emails. [Physics Webpage @ SCSU]

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

I will always remember my experience at SC State University as the best time of my life. I grew as a person, formed life long relationships, and received an excellent well rounded education. At SC State, we were all apart of one big family.

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

The student center was the big hang out spot. (also called the Pitt)

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

I really enjoyed a place called Mr. Jay’s Café, it was literally right across the street from campus. I loved going there on Fridays because they served fried fish, and homemade cole slaw with fruit. It’s still the best cole slaw I’ve ever tested.

What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

Someone would yell SC!! And everyone else would respond with “STATE!!”..

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I overcame my nervousness by jumping in head first. It really didn’t get a case of nervousness until the week before my first semester started and my mom and aunts helped me move into my dorm; when they were finished my mom started crying and said , “well I guess I have to leave now”, and then we all started crying. It was after that moment,that I realized the severity of what I was doing, I was no longer a child, I was out of state,away from my immediate family, about to start my first semester of college.

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

I started school with a Pre-Med major. Growing up in a limited environment, I always associated success with either becoming a doctor or a lawyer. It wasn’t until I got to state, that I learned about the other vast fields of science I could explore. So, after doing a Astrophysics internship, I learned more about Physics. So, during the summer of 2005 I changed it to Physics with a Medical Physics option.

What was your saddest moment @ South Carolina State University?

My saddest moment was graduation. A week before graduation, the Physics department threw a party for me, and I just couldn’t stop the tears from flowing; I had been in close contact with these people for over four years, and all of a sudden it was over , and time for me to move on.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in Spring 2006. I chose this sorority because of its rich history, and the caliber of women that were already members.

How were you positively active on campus?

I was active in my Dormitory Executive Board, SGA Senator, Health Professions Society, and the Society of Physics Students.

What was been your proudest moment @ South Carolina State University?

My proudest moment was when I graduated, I felt very accomplished.

Where was the “yard” located?

The yard was located right in front of the student center, right across from the science building “Hodge Hall”.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Smith Hammond Memorial was located near the entrance of campus, across from Nance Hall. This memorial was a monument to honor the three men that lost their live during the Orangeburg Massacre.

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I had my first love and my first road trip at state. I did a lot of growing at state. I began as a scared and inhibited girl, and grew into an assertive and refined women.

What is your view on materialism, vanity and greed?

I personally know that materialism,vanity and greed can consume you, if you allow it too.

What was your happiest moment in your life to date?

Theres no “one” moment, my tenure at Sc State was one big great experience.

Who was your greatest influence in your life growing up? And Why?

My mother was definetly my greatest influence. Both my biological father,and step father had issues with drugs. So, my mom seemed to always be stuck in difficult financial situations. However, no matter how bad things got, she always pulled through. I watched her get through some impossible situations with just her faith in God. Its from her that I get my will to survive and make my dreams come true.

What type of household did you grow up in?

I always had two parents present.

How do you deal with racism when you encounter it?

I don’t entertain it.

WWhat is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

My initial reaction is to call either friend or family member to try and get some advice. With their input and some prayer, I always seem to make it through.

What elders do you look to for guidance?

I always call my mom, but then I have 3 other aunts, that act as my secondary moms.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

In highschool I was a cheerleader,and I ran track. I participated as much as I could to try and be more sociable.

What do you feel is most beautiful about you?

I love my skin, it’s the best, no acne , and no scars.

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I would tell them that I’m still a work in progress, but I hope that I’ve made you proud so far.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I didn’t discover my passion until my first semester of graduate school. It wasn’t until I successfully finished my first semester of graduate school that I proved to myself that I could finish this degree and work in Medical Physics.

Whats your take on life (in the philoshophical sense)?

I think of life as a series of unfortunate events, and its how one deals with these situations that dictates who is successful or who fails.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Seek out new opportunities, do things that may seem strange or brand new to you. Live life to the fullest, but do it while keeping God in you heart.

How can other students, alumni and prospective students get in contact with you online? (e.g. facebook link, aim s/n, yahoo s/n, website, etc.)


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