Making The Most Of College

Making The Most Of College

Always focus on the good vibes - and in Charleston, that's easy.
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If you know me personally, you’ve probably heard me say this a million times — my life is crazy and so much has changed all at once. I feel like the theme of everything I write is: it’ll be fine, things get better and life is crazy. I believe in trying to make the best of where you are. Whether “where you are” is referring to your state of mind or the actual state or city you’re living in, either one applies.

During my first semester at the College of Charleston, I learned not everyone tries to make the best of their situation. I’m so fortunate to live in a happy city which I love. I'm thankful that the college I chose was the perfect place for me. Some people don’t like The College. It’s either that the south is not for them, they want to transfer to a larger school, they’re too far from home or they just don’t want to live in the city. I understand the college someone chooses might not always be the place they need to be or the place they’ll be the happiest. During freshmen year, everyone is trying to find the right group of friends, pass the first semester of classes and figure all this “adulting” sh*t out. I don’t blame people who do not like the place they’re in right now, but I do believe your attitude about the situation makes all the difference.

I felt such a warm welcome from The College when I first arrived— I felt like my professors genuinely cared about me, my classes weren’t in giant lecture halls full of 200 students (all my first semester classes had around 30 people) and all of my advisers, RAs and peers were always there for me when I needed someone to talk to or someone to listen to me while I was adjusting to my first semester. I sincerely felt like everyone cared about me when I was having a hard time, and I felt personal connections to most people I met whether they were faculty or students. Before college, I always heard horrible stories about professors being really rude to students or not caring about getting to know their students on a personal level. My experience has been completely different, and I have never felt so much love from teachers who hardly know me. I believe people really care here and when people hate on The College it makes me really sad because this is the place for me. It makes me upset because I didn’t have a perfect first semester, but I wanted to make the best out of my time.

Sh*t happens — people are mean, you fail a test or miss an assignment, you stay out too late or just don’t do what you’re supposed to do all the time. In the grand scheme of things, life is very short so enjoy your time right now even when everything doesn’t go the way you thought it would. I think Charleston is a good-vibes-city in general — whether you’re going out at night or taking a stroll to the Battery after classes. I’m really happy here, and when things don’t go my way, I’m still going to be right here in Charleston living it up and making the best of where I am.

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Realizing you have to work during Spring Break in college is like that time you figured out recess doesn't exist past middle school.

1. Fail out of community college.
2. Watch my bf play Fortnite 12 hours straight.
3. Sit behind home plate and get hit with a foul ball.
4. Be completely clueless about Greek life and show up to a male-only rush event.
5. Give up wine for the rest of my life.
6. Listen to my Kenyan professor explain how to get to Kenya everyday for another semester.
7. Change my name to Helga.
8. Get banned from Chick-Fil-A.
9. Babysit the girl off "Rings".
10. Eat salad everyday and gain weight.
11. Show up at an American themed party in a North Korean Shirt.
12. Be in a firework stand and someone light a cigarette.
13. Have a Chaco strap bust five miles into a hike.
14. Major in political science at a liberal college.
15. Have my front teeth knocked out.
16. Cut my own bangs again.
17. Register for Farmersonly.com.
18. Change my major for the seventh time.
19. Have another parking ticket appeal denied.
20. Mistake chewing tobacco for jerky chew and one-bite the whole can.
21. Be the girl that Cardi B thinks I said I would do something to her.
22. Go swimming in the middle of winter.
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24. Have parent-teacher conferences in college.
25. Have my professor tell my mom she's never seen me before at the conference.
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5 Things I Learned My Freshman Year Of College

Almost everyone’s favorite year of college.
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Almost everyone’s favorite year of college. You meet tons of new people, your workload isn’t as heavy, you’re eating tons of food, and you’re happy… for now.

1. Not all the people you meet are going to be your best friend forever

Suddenly, you have a great group of friends that you study and go out with. You think these people are going to be at your wedding. But unfortunately, not all friendships last a lifetime. Like everyone says, as you get older, you realize who your true friends are.

2. School is way more important than partying

I wish I realized how important academics were my freshman year. I should have woke up for that 9 am class, instead of thinking I could catch up on my own and still get an A. I should’ve picked studying over a hang out I could attend any other day.

3. You will get that hangover

I was blessed with not waking up to a hangover every weekend. I thought I was invincible and I could drink all day/night long with no regrets. I ended up waking up to a hangover and throwing up in a bathroom at brunch.

4. Coffee is your life

Somewhere between all those late nights and early mornings, you fell in love.

5. It’s time to grow up

I realized that I was on my own in college and it was up to me to get my life together. I can't rely on my parents to do everything for me. I had to learn how to do things on my own and make good decisions.

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