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Name: Eric Hammett '17
Residence: Gaffney, South Carolina

When Eric Hammett '17 was little, he wanted to be president of the United States.

“I have always wanted to make a meaningful impact on the world, and I think that is why I wanted to be president,” he said.

Now, his goal is to work at the place where he has found a home filled with encouragement and opportunities to grow in his faith: Winthrop University.

Hammett’s grandmother, aunt and uncle attended Winthrop, so while trying to decide on colleges, it wasn’t surprising that his mother suggested it. One visit to campus was all it took to decide.

“I loved the professors I was able to meet,” he said. “I loved the campus and how happy everyone seemed. After my visit, my decision was final. I wanted to be a part of Winthrop.”

The business administration graduate from Gaffney, South Carolina, threw himself full-force into being a part of the university. He was in the Honors Program, which requires at least 23 hours in honors courses as a well as a service learning course and/or project. He attended most of the political visits on campus. He played bass in the worship band for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) and leads worship for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

In fact, his faith has been a huge aspect of his time at Winthrop.

“The greatest part of my Winthrop experience has been the growth in my faith,” Hammett said. “I have grown so much stronger through the encouragement I am able to receive through BCM. I am able to develop my beliefs further, and I am able to study why I believe what I do. BCM is the highlight of my week every week. It is what I look forward to, and what I most enjoy. The brothers and sisters I have met through BCM are my closest friends at Winthrop, and I love being in their presence.”

As for academics, Hammett particularly enjoyed the general education human experience (HMXP) and the critical reading, thinking, writing courses (CRTW) because they challenged his beliefs and pushed him to develop a stronger foundational understanding of beliefs.

Naming a favorite professor is easy: Leah Kendall, director of ACAD and an instructor.

“She encouraged students to know why they believed what they did,” he said. “She always wanted students to bounce ideas around the classroom to help them develop better understanding of each other.”

Now on Hammett’s agenda: taking care of business.

Hammett and two of his peers won the Rock Hill Shark Tank’s first-place competition for their idea “Nature Calls,” a subscription service that would deliver hunting goods to South Carolina doors.

Whether or not he wins the election, he hopes to return to Winthrop in a more professional capacity one day.

“I love the environment Winthrop provides, and I would thoroughly enjoy working for the university,” he said. “I am excited about the direction in which Winthrop is headed, and I want to be part of the change the university is about to experience.”

Updated 7/6/17 by NC

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