The Aiken Sunrise Rotary Club named Tiffany Zorn, an education major at the University of South Carolina Aiken, its Student of the Month for January 2020.
Zorn is majoring in secondary comprehensive social studies education, with a focus on middle-level social studies education.
"My professional goal is to teach within a South Carolina public school for at least four years," she said.
"After this time period and after obtaining a graduate degree, my desire is to advance into a state, federal, or non-governmental role, while maintaining a focus on enhancing education rights and availability for others."
To this end, she has already gotten started, conducting research in this area. Her scholarly work has been featured in the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Journal (2019), as part of her presentation at the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Conference, and during USC Aiken's annual Scholar Showcase.
Ultimately, she hopes to earn a doctorate, and her academic record to date provides a firm foundation for that goal. Zorn has served as a Teaching Fellow, a Palmetto Fellow, the Anne Richardson Gayles-Felton Endowed Scholarship recipient and has been on the President's List for seven semesters, and the Dean's List for two semesters.
In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Zorn has participated in several student organizations, including: Rotaract, Chancellor Ambassadors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Sigma Alpha Pi, Leadership Certification Program, which included a Disney leadership experience and the Boston - Suffolk leadership exchange.
She credits USC Aiken with some of her personal and professional success and growth.
"I chose USC Aiken in the beginning because the campus is the closest four-year university to my home," Zorn said. "However, once I stepped foot on campus, I felt an immediate pull.
"This pull has prevailed throughout my four years, drawing me closer to not only the campus community but also the Aiken community. I felt, and continue to feel, at home while at USC Aiken."