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Student Profiles

Sophie RyderSophie Ryder

Country of origin: England
Home University: University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
Major at Clemson: English literature
When you studied at Clemson: Academic year 2011-2012

Why did you choose to come to Clemson?
I chose Clemson because the course requirements matched what was needed by Aberdeen but also offered several other interesting modules that I wouldn't be able to take back home. It was Southern which meant it would be warm and sunny and when I looked into the university as a place it just fit. I knew I would be happy.

What's your favorite Clemson memory?
An amalgamation of all the football games. Not just the sport, which is a lot of fun and the only one that has interested me in my life, but the socializing and seeing friends and having a good time and everything that comes with Game Day.

What types of on-campus activities (student organizations, research, jobs) are/were you involved in?
I wasn't actually involved with anything. I did, however, try not to say no whenever people suggested going to events on campus which meant I got to see a lots of what my friends were doing, particularly the Americans.

What is your favorite place on/near campus?
Oh goodness! All the places. Food wise, I spent a lot of time (and money) in Chilis and Einsteins. Other than that, literally just going and sitting with friends in the amphitheatre or on Bowman was always relaxing and a great way to spend an afternoon.