42 Questions I Have For Coastal Carolina University

42 Questions I Have For Coastal Carolina University

CINO is more than just a 4 letter acronym
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Being a Senior and having graduation approaching way too fast, I started to reflect on all the questions I (and many classmates) have acquired over the 4 years at Coastal Carolina University. And although they could be simply answered with "because it's not College, it's Coastal", I decided to share them anyway.

  1. Why is there always so much construction?
  2. Why do you chose to do said construction the week ALL the students come back to campus instead of the weeks we are NOT?
  3. Why do I feel like I’m entering the Hunger Games every time I go to find parking?
  4. Do you know that we drive behind people walking to their cars just so we can take their spot when they leave?
  5. Why are the advisors in certain departments not helpful whatsoever?
  6. Who is Wendy Singleton?
  7. Who allowed Wendy Singleton to be in charge of sending emails?
  8. Why does Wendy Singleton send so. many. emails?
  9. Why does Wall have so many steps?
  10. Why does our campus flood on every lawn, every road, every area, every time it rains?
  11. Why do incoming freshman get to live in dorms that look like castles when 2 years ago the dorms looked more like jail cells.
  12. Who decided to give Hicks a soft serve ice cream machine? No seriously, thank you.
  13. Why don’t we do the kiddie tub of ice from Freshman Orientation more often?
  14. Am I the only one the enjoys UP Cafe’s wraps?
  15. Why are there potholes everywhere?
  16. Why does no one know what crosswalks are and how to use them?
  17. Why is parking literally THE WORST?
  18. Again with the construction? Do you know how many pedestrians I have had to avoid hitting while trying to avoid the Tetris of cones?!
  19. Who made the layout of Edwards and why am I a Senior and still getting lost in that building?
  20. What is the purpose of Singleton Building?
  21. Why does Public Safety live for giving outrageously priced tickets for literally every possible parking citation?
  22. Why does Smith Science Building smell so weird?
  23. Is it even Spring Semester if every Saturday isn’t celebrated with a darty?
  24. Why is Kimble never quiet?
  25. Who named the library Club K? Because that could be why it’s never quiet, just sayin’...
  26. How many doors does Williams-Brice truly have?
  27. You do realize that Overflow parking is practically parking on 501, right?
  28. Why does our wifi suck so bad?
  29. And why does said wifi always quarantine you, every. single. semester? What did I do to deserve this?
  30. Why does a meal in CINO cost the same as like 2 large lattes if you don’t have a meal plan?
  31. Why are meal plans so expensive, we are not a 5-star restaurant, y’all?
  32. Why is our football coach worth more than our school?
  33. Why is our school so far from any civilization other than Tongy’s?
  34. Why are the landings under the stairs in Edwards considered sleeping areas?
  35. What another school can say they have anything similar to CINO Day?
  36. Am I the only one who reads the monthly event calendars on the back of the stalls?
  37. Is the wait at Student Health supposed to be another form of torture?
  38. Will the song Kanye, ever not be associated with Coastal?
  39. Who came up with “It’s not College, it’s Coastal?”
  40. Why does no one get that when we say Coastal we're talking about Coastal Carolina University?
  41. But seriously, why does parking suck?
  42. Why has it taken so long for our school to get any recognition!?
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We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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