As an aspiring medical student, when I heard about the possibility of the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina merging, I was all ears. First of all, my decision to go to CofC was heavily influenced by its close proximity to MUSC. My rationale was that I would have plentiful opportunities to apply to positions at MUSC — in order to test the waters and see if medicine was really right for me.

I was exuberant with enthusiasm when I heard of a possible merger: I would have access to more experts and research opportunities.

With a merger, more CofC students would work on MUSC projects, and thus more research would be generated for the Charleston area. I recently read a scientific study that concluded bigger research teams yield more research than smaller counterparts.

With a merger, MUSC will be able to increase the number of people working on research projects. With each human addition, a new perspective is added. Combining many ideas to form one large, all-encompassing idea is what will stimulate and produce the best research.

As a Charleston resident, I want this research to be happening here — not in other research-heavy areas such as the Research Triangle in North Carolina.

With research, comes innovation, and I want Charleston to show up on the map as one of the nation’s most innovative and forward-thinking areas.

Research could equip students and professors alike with knowledge to improve local businesses and organizations. This will result in a more efficient business community for Charleston.

The merger would benefit me as a student, provide me with opportunities to research and help me further decide what I want to do once I graduate.

But ultimately it would benefit the Charleston community. It would generate more research for Charleston.

It would result in more state-of-the-art ideas, which could be translated to the business community, which would most importantly help the area generate economic growth.

Allie Harrill

King Street

Charleston