THE NEXT RIDE: Amelia Vernon
May 8, 2017
Bidding Farewell to our 2017 Senior Class
With the 2016-17 season now complete, it’s time for the Gamecocks to bid farewell to nine incredible seniors who have each impacted the Carolina program in their own special way. But for these nine women, the end of their collegiate careers marks the beginning of a new journey, where each of them will make their mark on the world. GamecocksOnline.com is proud to present The Next Ride, spotlighting each senior’s time at Carolina and looking ahead to the next chapter of their lives. Today’s Q&A features Amelia Vernon.
Graduation Date, Degree, Major
December 2017, Public Relations Major and Environmental Studies Minor
What was your hardest class at Carolina?
My very first class freshman year was an American Government/Political Science class. Coming from Canada, I had little previous knowledge of the American government system. I was one of two freshmen in a lecture of 200+ people. I don’t think I’ve worked so hard at a class in my life!
How did you pick your major?
PR is a relatively broad major and you can do a lot of things with it, which is what drew me to it in the first place not knowing exactly what I’d like to do with my life coming into school. It’s actually one of the most in-demand jobs currently, so there are a lot of options with what you can do with it after school.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help you during your academic career?
We’re like one big happy family ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” they’ve helped me a lot.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help with your post-college career?
It helped prepare me for either path I want to take, whether that’s horses or an office job. My management and organizational skills have improved greatly, that’s for sure.
What competition will you remember most from your time as a Carolina Equestrian student-athlete?
Probably my first competition as a Gamecock in South Dakota. I drew a seemingly sweet and straightforward horse, but mid-round, she decided she wasn’t in the mood to be ridden so I was granted a re-ride and ended up winning MOP for equitation on the flat.
What’s the one phrase you’ll remember most from your coaches?
“Oh, and one more thingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦” ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Coach Dobbs
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Crying, mostly Ã¢ËœÂº
What’s your advice for young riders interested in joining the Carolina Equestrian program?
Don’t be afraid to start looking into the program, get involved early! And have someone video you ride almost every day, it helps more than you think.