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Each volume of USC Upstate’s Student Research Journal reserves a section to celebrate the efforts, activities, and successes of our students. The spotlights are typically divided into two major categories: Alumni Spotlights and Nontraditional Student Spotlights. Students featured in the Alumni Spotlight section are nominated by faculty members excited about the transition of USC Upstate students into jobs and professional programs following graduation. Students featured in the Nontraditional Student Spotlight section are nominated by faculty members impressed by the advanced time management skills and multitasking abilities of students facing extra challenges during their tenure at USC Upstate (e.g., return to learn students, students working outside jobs and/or those having a family). In the current volume we spotlight and five alumni and one non-traditional student.