7 Things To Know If You're An Incoming Freshman At College Of Charleston

7 Things To Know If You're An Incoming Freshman At College Of Charleston

Charleston has it's ups and downs. I'm talking about the brickwork.
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When I was an incoming freshman, I was somewhat clueless. As my first year is coming to an end, it's needless to say I've learned some things! Here are some of the quirks of Charleston it might be helpful to be knowledgeable of before you start your first semester at The College.

1. Everyone is cute!

Literally everyone!

2. The Cistern is just as beautiful as they say

It's a simply ideal place that’s right on campus. It’s the place to go when you need some fresh air, when you need to pet a dog, a place to meet up with someone, some drawing inspiration, or to picnic in the grass.

3. Is it an office or a house?

You will soon learn how difficult it is to differentiate between buildings. All of the professor’s offices look like actual houses. Any of these houses could be offices. Who’s to say anymore? I actually had a friend walk into an office and wait around for a solid few minutes before they were informed that it was, in fact, someone’s home.

4. The weather is perfect all of the time

I mean if you don’t count the other half of the time it’s either raining, so windy you can hardly walk forward, or unreasonably cold considering it was 70 degrees yesterday. And we don’t have to talk about the 100-degree weather in the summer. Otherwise, it’s lovely!

5. Don’t look up!!

If you aren’t focusing intensely on the ground as you walk on the sidewalk, you will trip on the bricks. Which is particularly difficult to do when there is a beautiful view in essentially every direction around you. Don’t worry about it, though, we all trip, we all understand.

6. Campus is a fashion show

There is a diverse realm of styles around campus, and they’re super inspiring. You have the classic people who live in sweats and still manage to look better than you. There are girls that happen to be on every trend before you even noticed it was a trend. And there are people that march very much to their own beat in terms of style, who are my favorites. No matter what, you can be sure someone's serving looks.

7. There are so many scenic places to study

Or just lay down and sunbathe. Charleston is full of peaceful places, especially once the constant sound of traffic and fire trucks become white noise to you. There are places near the water, like the Battery, or parks with ponds. There are so many cute cafes and coffee shops. And there are quaint little areas all around the city that are perfect for laying a towel down and getting some work done.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

Crying.

Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

A to-do list app for your phone! I love this just to organize what my top priorities are.

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