Leaving no one behind.

Attending university is a dream for many, but for some families in South Carolina, obtaining a degree doesn’t seem like an option.

It is an option.

This Tiger works to promote a path to higher education — particularly for students in South Carolina’s rural and underfunded K-12 school districts. Because when we inspire their success, we shape their future — and ours.

Meet Amber Lange.

Title: Executive director, college preparation and outreach

Years at Clemson: 11 full time, two as a graduate student

What I do at Clemson: I help students find their way to college! I work with Emerging Scholars and Tiger Alliance, two programs that provide assistance to high school students interested in attending college. I also help other students who visit campus and set up special tours.

Pic of Jackson Lange

Lange’s son, Jackson, is clearly a huge Tigers fan.

What I love about Clemson: I love the fact Clemson is helping students who might not even attend Clemson learn about college. I also love bringing my son, Jackson, to football games. He is a super fan!

What was a defining moment for me at Clemson: I will never forget when a parent told me she was going back to school because of the information she learned through Emerging Scholars. It really reiterated to me that our program doesn’t just help students, it helps the whole family.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I created the office I run and I am very proud of that. One program isn’t going to be the answer for all students, so I am so happy we can work with high school students in many different ways now.

Where I see myself in five years: I will have my Ph.D., so who knows! I just want to make a larger impact for students who live in South Carolina’s rural communities. There are so many students who have been left behind.

Last thing I watched on TV: I just binge-watched The Wire and The Sopranos.

Guilty pleasure: Watching Netflix (see above) when I should be doing school work.

One thing most people don’t know about me: My first trip abroad was to Togo, West Africa when I was 16 years old. I was a nanny for missionaries for two months. It changed my life and made me want to see more of the world. I then was an exchange student in Norway for a year before I started college.

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