A Thank You to USC

A Thank You to USC

An Evacuated College of Charleston Student Says, "Thanks" to the University of South Carolina.
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On the morning of October 5th I and about 49 other students from the College of Charleston were ushered onto a set of buses sent to the University of South Carolina to evacuate the coastline in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. We were originally preparing to leave for Clemson University, but the massive influx of students from around the state directed there prompted President Harris Pastides of USC to accept the CofC and MUSC students to their campus instead. After almost five hours on the bus, thanks to the reversal of I-26 (making us appreciate travelling the shorter distance to USC over Clemson), we emerged onto the USC campus to the cheers of an extremely warm and welcoming student body.

From the outset the staff at the University were extremely kind and helpful, making sure to keep the drowsy evacuee students accommodated, comfortable and relaxed. What began as an extremely stressful situation turned into a pleasant chance to experience the city of Columbia and the USC campus. We were all placed in student housing, given meal vouchers to act as student meal swipes at the on campus dining halls and offered access to a variety of the school’s student facilities such as the library and recreational rooms. This allowed us ample time to get to know the school and its community while also tending to any work that we may have brought along for the evacuation.

The USC students, both in the dormitories and out in the city of Columbia, were almost all exceedingly friendly. Any questions that I had were often answered promptly and clearly, and whenever a student learned that my companions and I were students from College of Charleston we found ourselves faced with open curiosity and well-wishing. I often ended up conversation where I would usually be marching off to class or ignoring any crowds around me. Several others students from CofC agreed, all of us noticing the same feeling of openness and the effort put into making us feel at home.

On top of fulfilling our basic necessities and giving us generous room and board, the University of South Carolina went above and beyond to give us distractions from the hectic evacuation and concern over Hurricane Matthew. A small group of us received free tickets to the school’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which was executed with a passionate flair and a gothic flourish that made the entire play extremely enjoyable from start to finish. The day before we left the entire group of evacuated students was given tickets to the football game against the Georgia Bulldogs, which, for many of us, was our first taste of college football (CofC doesn't have a football team). It was an exciting and uproarious event and something for which I cannot begin to show enough gratitude.

During a time of crisis and hectic evacuation the University of South Carolina showed welcoming generosity to a group of confused and concerned students from College of Charleston and worked hard to make sure we felt right at home. While many people suffered damages and anxiety over the storm we were fortunate enough to be given a chance to breathe -- safe from the storm’s landfall. I am grateful to the students and staff at USC for their hard work and friendliness, and am now convinced that our schools are strengthened by relationships such as these.

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

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10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

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13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

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19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

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27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

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32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

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34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

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44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

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There is beauty in new beginnings.

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In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."


I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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