7 Stages Of House Hunting In Charleston

7 Stages Of House Hunting In Charleston

Just when we thought we were at our wits end, we found the home that we were willing to fight some girls over.
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I don’t think I’ve ever been as stressed as I was when looking for a house in Charleston, South Carolina. It all started when the College of Charleston decided to turn single occupancy rooms into double occupancy rooms to allow for more freshmen to live on campus. One Saturday evening my future roommates and I frantically tried to get into one of the on-campus apartments with single occupancy rooms. Our quest for solidarity was not completed, and we found ourselves looking for off-campus housing. We were two weeks into the search when we finally found the house we knew we all loved. Just when we thought we were at our wit's end, we found the home that we were willing to fight some girls over. With that being said, I decided to make an unofficial guide to the seven emotional stages you go through while looking for affordable off-campus housing.

1. Excitement

The idea of moving away and building a home with your friends gives you a wave of utter glee. You make one too many Pinterest boards, you plan, you dream up the glamorous dinner parties you’ll have with your visiting pals.

2. Panic

Reality sets in and you realize you don't have as many options as you think. Your Pinterest boards go untouched and you start to think of your plans as dreams from a better time.

3. Acceptance

You start to realize that you’re just going to have to keep looking and that at this point you’ll settle for anything. Even though in your heart of hearts all you really want is that window seat that you can sit and drink tea on like a ~hip~ art hoe.

4. Aggression

Suddenly, out of nowhere, you start to get angry. A red film settles over your vision and you furiously start your hunt again, but this time with a borderline crazy enthusiasm. You find the home of your dreams and all of a sudden the thought of someone taking it from you sends you into a Hulk-like fit of rage.

5. Renewed confidence

You and your friends walk into your meeting with your potential new landlord ready for anything. You're armed with questions, and you're not about to take any sh*t because you know what you want and you're going to find a way to make it happen.

6. Extreme Hopefulness

After the incredible showing and a great talk with the landlord you hope against hope that he chooses your group as the new owners. A pray circle is suggested and you do it because you need this home. You ask the notorious G-O-D that He will bless you with a lovely home and hold hands with your group.

7. Awe

The big man upstairs comes through and you're actually able to sign the lease to the cutest little apartment. Immediately, you fire up your computer and return to your long lost Pinterest board.

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A Recent Sports Bra Suspension At Rowan University Has Gotten Female Athletes Outraged

A recent ban was placed on the Men and Women's Cross Country Athletes from using their designated practice facility.

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UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, Rowan University administration has released a statement ending the sports bra ban and a statement regarding the usage of athletic facilities by the Cross Country team.

If you're running in a sports bra, then you must be asking for it, right? Well, according to a football player at Rowan University, this is true.

I'll have you know the real reason women run in sports bras, and it's not to show off our hard-earned abs. Women, whether they have a six-pack or not, run in sports bras because, quite frankly, it's hot outside. We run in sports bras because our workouts are demanding, challenging, and vigorous.

We run in sports bras because we are confident, hardworking student-athletes.

We do not run in a sports bra as a way to show off our bodies in attempts to distract men.

Out of the 15 Rowan University Women Cross Country athletes, all of them believe running in sports bras at practice should be allowed. Even the girls who don't partake in shirtless runs at practice still believe the other members of the team should be permitted to wear whatever they feel confident in.

The Cross Country team at Rowan is one of the only teams that is not provided with a daily uniform to practice in. With that being said, how is it expected for the women on this team to partake in an non-existing dress code?

A meeting was held with the Women's Cross Country Coach and the Athletic Director to address this issue resulting in the verdict of the women on the team no longer being able to run in sports bras. If that wasn't already enough of an outrage, it was also decided the women were no longer allowed to run on the track.

Women running around the track in sports bras at their own practice were claimed to be distracting to the football players on the field during the same time.

As if the women no longer being able to run in sports bras wasn't enough, now they're no longer allowed to run on the track, period. The girls are now mandated to run on the local high school track on workout days.

In 2015, Rowan University officially finished their new $4.6 million athletic practice facility. The practice facility includes two fields for football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse athletes. There is a dedicated practice area for each team. The men and women Cross Country teams have their track. Now they no longer have that privilege.

The problem here is not the women on the team. The problem is not the women wearing sports bras. The problem is not women's bodies.

Rape culture is the problem.

The fact that the Athletic Department supports the claim of this being distracting, or the women "asking for it," is disgusting. Mind you, the Athletic Department put together a video involving student-athletes addressing rape culture and how it is not tolerated here. Oh, is that so?

"As girls, we could look at the football team and say that their tight pants showing off everything is asking for it, but we don't. When we are on the track, we are doing a hard workout that requires all our focus, so we aren't looking at them and what they are doing. If they are distracted by us, then their practices clearly don't require their full attention, or they just aren't as committed to the sport." -Anonymous source

In the world of professional athletics, all female Elite runners are permitted to wear racing crop tops. Not only are they non-restricting, but they are a trendy, comfortable, and empowering part of the running culture.

As women, we are constantly reminded that we should be ashamed or embarrassed about our bodies. It's 2018, and yet women are still being objectified with their physical appearance.

As a nation, we are taking a step back into history, and as a University, we are teaching student-athletes that this is acceptable.

The women on this team not only represent the University but the growing community of female runners. It's time women are allowed to embrace their bodies and not live in constant fear of being degraded by men.

Women, athletes or not, deserve to use their voice and take a stance. The future generations are watching. Let's set a good example.


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The Honest Truth About Stress

This is exactly what you need to hear

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Stress is draining. It takes all of our energy, our focus, and just makes us feel almost useless.

When we are stressed we lose our focus on what we are stressed about and focus on how our stress is causing more stress. We take bubble baths, watch movies, put on face masks, we do whatever it takes to make our stress go away and often times it never does.

Lou Holtz says "it's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." Our stress is so draining because we don't know how to carry it. We look at all these tips and tricks on how to organize our lives, we have Pinterest boards devoted to relaxation and healthy living, but when we get stressed we honestly don't know what to do.

There is no cure for stress.

Or is there?

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

Our trials, seen in the right way, can produce joy. Our trials bring us perseverance and the fact that we can face one and then face another, and another after that is truly magnificent. Yes, stress is draining, but how often do we look at a road filled with green lights and say "wow all of those green lights really helped strengthen my patience"? No, we learn patience through getting red lights or getting stuck behind slow drivers when we're in a rush.

Everyone knows that stress kills joy, but when we look at stress from the end rather than the beginning or being stuck right in the middle it changes everything. It makes us think, it forces us to be uncomfortable, and best of all once we're through it there is always joy.

Stress drains us, but it also challenges us. It grows us and allows us to see that we are capable of doing more and being more. As Thanksgiving comes, we can be thankful for the hard times because we know they bring goodness.

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