The first three of the six Szeman siblings from Fort Mill, S.C., have chosen to attend Winthrop. It is too early to say if the other three are Eagle bound but indications look good. Homeschooled by their mother, the three oldest Szemans entered Winthrop with strong academic backgrounds and have found their niche on campus. Their frequent moves growing up on U.S. Army bases – in Germany, Texas, Kentucky, Kansas and New York – broadened their horizons and allowed them to embrace a diversity of cultures. Older sister Maggie graduated in 2010 and now attends the University of Georgia studying student affairs. Eddie followed Maggie into majoring in English and spends most of his time studying in Bancroft or moving from office to office picking the brains of supportive professors. He works in the Writing Center and would like to teach English but isn’t sure what level. Debbie Szeman plans to major in exercise science so she can become a physical therapist. “I am very passionate about it,” she said. “I know I have a lot of school ahead of me.” She teaches exercise classes at the West Center, her place to hang out, and will work as an Orientation leader with incoming freshmen. “Everyone has something they can contribute,” Debbie said. Eddie and Debbie carpool most weekdays from their home in Fort Mill and spend as many as 12 hours on campus. With Debbie teaching water aerobics, days sometimes start at 6:30 a.m. The two share their love of Winthrop with their younger siblings, ages 16, 15 and 12. “We have a lot of Winthrop pride. Our goal is to have a building named for us,” Eddie joked.
Last updated: 04/14/2011