Evan Cooper ’21

Hometown: Rock Hill, S.C.

Minors: International Studies & Business Administration

Evan’s student spotlight:

For as long as I can remember, I have been in honors and accelerated courses. So applying for the SPECTRA program for minority and first generation students at the College of Charleston was the first step on my academic journey. I was accepted at the Honors College, but was torn between interests such as data processing, sociology, business administration and international studies. I was undecided about a major, when I discovered the Bachelor of General Studies where I could combine two minors to create a unique degree in areas that suited my aptitudes and interests.

Combining business administration and international studies enhanced my critical thinking skills, promoted introspection, offered opportunities to apply different perspectives to projects that led to a passion for my minors. But something else also emerged: my deeper appreciation of enlightenment and the virtue of sharing knowledge.

I was reminded of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Before reading the allegory, I knew that ignorance was a choice, but I never considered the alternative, that enlightenment was as well.

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