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.

Cover Image Credit: artsandsciences.sc.edu

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The Five Stages Of Finals Week

We saw it coming and we still put it off for later.
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And just like that, spring semester is over. For those that are graduating, well done and congrats! You've done it and we are so proud! Hats off to you!

For the rest of us, we still have ways to go, especially since Finals Week has reared its hideous face.

We're all feeling the same way when it comes to finals week: stressed, exhausted, and just waiting for it to be over with. Stroz is going to be packed, the line to get in equivalent to the line for happy hour, so it's best to get yourself prepared beforehand.

We're basically experiencing the five stages of grief.

1. Denial.

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We refuse to believe that it's finals week. There's just no way it's happening. Spring Break was yesterday, right? But, here it is, right in front of us. We're still going to pretend we have plenty of time to procrastinate, though.

2. Anger.

Can't believe you left everything for the last minute? Missing a handful of assignments? Sudden despair and anger? Must be finals week. We're so angry that it arrived so quickly and we're not prepared, at all.

3. Bargaining.

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All of our professors have said "don't come to me the day before finals and ask me for extra credit," and we've already come up with the perfect way to bargain with them. We need to curve that 67 to an 82. And we'll do as much extra credit as possible, even if it kills us.

4. Depression.

It's so hard to cope with our failure. We tried so hard to procrastinate and put everything off until the last minute, now it's the last minute and we're screwed. It's time to cry and down a bottle of vodka until it's all over.

5. Acceptance.

Now, we have no choice to accept our fate. We can't hide from finals week anymore, we can't avoid it, we just have to face it. Accept the results and learn from it for next semester, when we plan on doing it all over again.

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10 Things We All Do From Time To Time, Even Though We Know We Shouldn't

Things I really can't believe I do.
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We all have a list of things that we do that we know we shouldn't buuuttt we do them anyways. I have a bunch of things that every time I am about to do or I have just done I stop and say, "Really? Did you just do that again?!'"

Here's a list of 7 things that we all do, from time to time even though we know we really shouldn't.

1. Reading the last page of a book:

I have a tendency to read the final moments of a book to see if I will be disappointed or not. I don't necessarily read the final plotline, however, I am looking to see the general mood of the character so that I can mentally prepare myself.

2. Reading the SparkNotes version instead of the book:

I take six classes a semester. If you add each book in for all of my classes that are due each day it would equal an unfathomable number. Solution: read the condensed and quick version online and then go to class and bull shit your way through each lecture.

Note: sit next to the smart kid in class and mimic what they say.

3. Skipping class religiously.


While I want my degree, I am not really keen on going to class all that often. I have about a billion things to do in one day and sometimes listening to a teacher talk in a monotone voice about Shakespeare for the forty millionth time is extremely unappealing.

4. Not drinking the last sip of soda.


When you crack a soda for the first time it has that wonderful burning fizz to it, however, by the time you get to the end, the soda is flat. My house is covered in half drank bottles. My mother has even gone as far as to say, "You can't open another one until you finish the one that is still sitting on the counter from last week with a single sip left in it." She's mean.

5. Living in denial:

When (spoiler) Lexi Grey died in the season 8 finale of "Grey's Anatomy" I did not watch the show for several years. To this day when I re-watch the show, I skip the episode where she, George, Henry, Derek, and Mark die. I cannot and I will not live through that pain again.

6. Reading the synopsis of a show/movie before watching it.

Because I can't handle the pain of my favorite characters dying (see number 5) I often will read the entire plot of a movie or show so that I know I can handle the bad that is about to happen. This is a serious issue that I have.

7. Spending money you really don't have.

I often tell myself things like, "You need to buy this book," or "You haven't had your caffeine fix for the day," or "You need more caffeine to keep your addicted-self going," or "Oooooh this fabric would look really nice on a quilt I am going to make five years in the future." (yes, I am an old lady) and I definitely do NOT have the money to buy these things.

8. Making things out to be greater than they are.

I often pretend I am doing better in a class than I really am. I see my midterm grade and I tell myself I still have time. I am a week out from finals and I still tell myself I have time. I do not have time and my grades are not that good.

9. Pretending you don't know how to do things.

When I know that my boss or my mother (I think those are the same things) want me to do something that I don't want to do, I pretend that I don't know how to do them. In the future, the hope is that they remember that I don't know how to do a basic task and they leave me alone to read my book.

10. Letting your car reach empty and then you just keep driving.

I hate filling up my gas tank because

1) It cost too much money and

2) It feels like a chore.

My car makes this annoying ring when it gets low so I turn up my radio as loud as it will go and pretend it's not telling me "you're a bad adult."

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