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Tai M. Benbow-McMiller '03

Tai M. Benbow-McMiller '03Tai M. Benbow-McMiller, a 2003 USC Upstate graduate with a BS in psychology, uses her talents to assist the inmates at Mecklenburg County Jail where she currently is employed as a mental health clinician. She also teaches general psychology at two local technology schools.

Although Tai has been working with those who suffer from psychological disorders since 2006, she feels that it was through her personal experiences with the professors at USC Upstate and courses such as Personality Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Psychology of Women, that prepared her for the occupation she chose.

“Dr. Kiser was my academic advisor as well as my favorite professor at USC Upstate. From my initial class with Dr. Kiser, I saw her love for the field and wanted to follow directly in her footsteps. I am highly grateful for all of the insight, counsel, and professional references received from Dr. Kiser. She has left a lasting impression not only on my career, but in my life as a whole,” Tai explains.

As an outgoing student, she loved helping new and prospective students with all aspects of college life. Tai not only made a difference to her classmates, she had a profound impact on the University. She was actively engaged in campus life and was involved with the Orientation Committee, the Office of Student Life and the Student Affairs Office. She worked as a clerical assistant for the Chancellor’s Office was a board member of C.A.B. (Campus Activity Board), a member of AAA (African American Association) and sang with the USC Upstate Gospel Choir.

It is from these experiences that Tai grew as a student at USC Upstate and recommends that others follow in her footsteps.

“My advice to those enrolled at USC Upstate is to take pride in your education and learn as much as you can from the professors in your program’s department. Do not become complacent in and settle for just going to class. Participate in clubs and organizations and make lasting relationships,” said Tai.

In her personal time, Tai enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and visiting new places. Tai is also very proud of her husband, Beniah McMiller. Together they have one son, Beniah, II and are expecting a beautiful daughter to arrive in March of 2010.