Fear And Trepidation: Transferring Schools In My Senior Year

Fear And Trepidation: Transferring Schools In My Senior Year

From Cougar to Tiger, starting a new school is exciting and terrifying.
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I am excited and terrified at the same time. I have just completed my junior year at College of Charleston, and this summer I am transferring to Clemson. I need three semesters to complete my degree. Starting anything with new people and a new location is challenging but when you are already different (and it is obvious), it becomes daunting.

As a senior citizen, I stand out and not in a good way as in “outstanding.” When I mention that I am at College of Charleston, the inevitable question is, “Oh, what do you teach?” After my first couple of semesters, I got to know students in my major and minor. Neither they nor the professors treat me as though I am different. Professors grade my work just as stringently as they do the others. I sometimes wish they would cut me some slack, but they don’t.

Three years ago, I retired from my nonprofit job in human services and fulfilled a lifelong dream of attending college. I took three classes my first semester to see if I could handle it. I got lost my first day, showed up at class late and was overwhelmed by the end of the day. By the end of the second week, I had fallen in love with college.

My daughter and her husband are moving to the upstate for his job and since I live with them to make going to school financially possible, I will be moving as well. I love the upstate. My best friend lives there. I have been a Clemson fan for a very long time. I sat through every one of the last two minutes, one second of the championship game this year. I proudly wear my orange and purple. Yet, the idea of attending Clemson never entered my mind.

Clemson has a much bigger campus than does College of Charleston. Getting lost is certain. Asking for directions is going to be crucial to my survival. There is new software and programs to use, although so far, they are similar to what I now use. There are unfamiliar faces, and there will be new questions to answer.

I attend orientation on June 21. I hope many of my questions and fears will be resolved during that time. I plan to visit campus several times before classes start to become more familiar with the settings. Since I am registering late, it may be hard to find the classes I need to graduate, but I am confident it will all fall into place.

So, if you see a white-haired lady (with tattoos and looking pretty stylish) walking around campus with a look of wonderment and fear, smile and say hello. If you have any suggestions for making this transition, I would love to hear them.

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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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4 Ways To Recover From A Very Merry 'Thickmas'

Unbuttoning your jeans for comfort needs its own rehab center.

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Everyone knows that winter break is the time when you let go of your restrictive diet, indulge in home cooking and all the extra sweets. Here are 4 ways to get a little healthier back at school.

1. Drink some more water!

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Water is the easiest way to detox your system. Soda, coffee, and juices have an overwhelming amount of sugars, and chemicals. This can lead to dehydration, fatigue, and excess bloating.

2. Take a Class at the Recreation Center

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EVERY CLASS GETS YOU MOVING! Any option is a good way to jump start your body and get it back into a workout routine. There are classes for everything; give one a try!

3. Try to beat your steps

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Many of us have an Apple Watch or Fitbit type product that provides a health tracker. Each day, try and beat your set amount of steps. Not only does it get your heart pumping, but it can be fun trying to beat your record.

4. Take the stairs

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Instead of taking the elevator, use the stairs. Not only does it get your body moving, but on cold days it can make you warmer too!

Hopefully you'll find these tips helpful to combat the slow transition from jeans to sweatpants, or the need to be in leggings and a sweatshirt most of the time. You've got the reigns again. You can accomplish your goals as long as you stick to it.

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