Thank You, Chucktown

Thank You, Chucktown

"This isn't a goodbye, it's a see you later."
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As my time here in Charleston is coming to an end, I am becoming extremely reminiscent of the things I will miss most when I go back to Cleveland. It took me three years to finally want to come back to this place and now I am heartbroken to leave.

Throughout my years here, I have met my best friends, lost a few and gained some more. I have experienced heartache, depression, anxiety, failed housing situations and more. Leaving home as a freshman was hard for me. I never wanted to go to college; it was something I had always dreaded. When I finally got there, I felt like I had to find my person.

My mom met her best friend in college and my dad has a group of people he would hate to live without. Having such a tight-knit group of friends back in Cleveland, it was hard for me to wrap my head around finding something similar in Charleston.

So many of my friends that went to college have fifteen friends or more; it was overwhelming for me to think about. I was in a sorority, but it wasn't my thing. (Ironically, most of my friends are Theta dropouts, like I am. And I met none of them through Theta). I am allergic to alcohol and hate crowds. This means I don't like going to bars or crowded parties. I always thought I was doing it wrong and for a while, people tried to make me do college their way.

Eventually, I decided I was perfectly happy doing college my way and that was enough for me. I went from having a large group of friends and being involved in a mass group chat to ending up with less than five friends that I cannot imagine my life without. I found my people, even if it took me four years to figure it out. It also didn't take me that long to realize that my person was always there and I truly got lucky.

Shout out to my parents for giving me my best friend from the very beginning. If you haven't caught on yet, it's my twin sister, Drewby Emmy Schmoopy, Drew Emmy for short. (When I read her this line, she thought I was referring to Jovi, our dog). Don't get me started about her leaving me to go work in New York City this summer. I will begin to cry and the tears will soak into my keyboard and I wouldn't be able to finish this article. That's a story for another day.

Behind my friends, I'll miss the food, shopping and views the most. I mean, how can I choose one? Second Sunday is one of the best days of the month and there's nothing like a good old fashioned Charleston farmers market in Marion Square on Saturday.

The Market is one of my favorite places as well, there's jewelry for days and some amazing sweet tea lemonade at the end. Everywhere you turn there is a restaurant or atmosphere waiting to blow you away. The very first place I visited in Charleston during college tour season was Waterfront Park and the Battery. Nothing really beats the views from these places. The one thing I will NOT miss, however, is the parking. I swear the parking officers are out for blood.

I would like to give a little shout out to one of my favorite human beings: John. If you're in Charleston, stop at Jacks and ask for him. He has really made this last year memorable with his hospitality and care for my sister and I. I have never met anyone so selfless and giving. I shed tears saying goodbye to him.

Furthermore, I will miss being friends with all of the employees at Sephora. Last year I used to live above the store and this year I am just a few streets away (that hasn't stopped me, though.)

Sephora on King is my home away from home and leaving those wonderful women has me feeling so sad. I walked into the store today and they all asked me when I was leaving and requested I come in every day until then (which will not be a hard feat to accomplish). Don't worry; I don't buy a new item every time (I wish). The place is just like my own version of the Willy Wonka factory, I can never get enough.

Another thing I will miss is the Hospitality program at the College of Charleston. I have said it before and I will say it again, there is nothing like this program anywhere. I have learned so much from many different and unique experiences. The best part about a class is feeling comfortable asking questions and wanting to learn more.

For the most part, I was always looking forward to my classes. My teachers encouraged my incessant need to question and inquire. They allowed my creativity to run free and gave me a tremendous amount of responsibility.

As a result, they have helped me grow more than I could have ever imagined. I feel more capable of my abilities because of professors here and hate the thought of potentially never seeing them again. We will be keeping in contact via email, though, we all made each other promise. My experience at the Beatty School of Business was something incredibly special.

I will sum it all up by saying thank you, Chuck(town).

It has been a wonderful four years getting to know you and I can't wait for what the future holds. Maybe one day we will find our way back to each other.

Until next time...

Cover Image Credit: Sydney Friedman

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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5 Ways To Tackle Credit Overload In College As A Sleep-Deprived Senior

So you think you can take 19 credits. Well, you can!

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So you were ambitious and went into credit overload this semester. Cheers to you! You're hopefully right on track to graduate, if not ahead. Regardless of the reason you chose to bog yourself down with more work than others, here are some tips I've come up with along the way for a successful semester.

1. Make a daily to-do list for each class.

Every day I make a list of all of my classes and what is upcoming for each class. That includes assigned reading, homework and upcoming quizzes and tests. This allows me to visually plan what is on my plate for each day. I am also far less likely to forget an assignment if I continuously write it down until I complete it.

2. Prioritize these items!

Rank the items you just listed to your highest priority (due today or tomorrow) to least priority (due a few weeks from now). This allows you to manage your time and get what you need to get done on time.

3. Try to do your homework on the day it is assigned.

I understand that this is obviously easier said than done. But, one of my professors gave my class this advice in my very first semester of college, and I have remembered it and cherished that advice ever since.

If you are assigned homework on Monday in a class that meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it is much better to get it out of the way on Monday afternoon rather than wait until Tuesday night (or Wednesday morning, if you're good at procrastinating). This also lessens your workload on weekends.

4. Etch out time every day to spend in the library.

I never used to believe it when people said you do better work in the library because at home you have more freedom and are distracted. Now that I am in my senior year of college, I have finally found that to be true. I wish I realized that sooner. Now I spend at least three hours a day in the campus library three days a week. If you want to spread it out to one hour a day, that's fine, too. Find a schedule that works for you.

5. Keep your eye on the prize.

My university has a web page with a countdown to graduation. I keep it bookmarked on my laptop. When I am feeling unmotivated, I click the link and remind myself of how many days there are until graduation. If your university doesn't have this feature, you can make your own graduation countdown on a variety of countdown websites. Find something tangible to focus on achieving. You can do this!

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