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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I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

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And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

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To The High School Senior Nearing The End Of This Chapter, Feel Free To Look Back

Trust me, you're going to want to.

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Right now you can't wait to leave. You can't wait for that fresh start, new friends, independence… the list is never-ending. But coming from someone two years removed from high school, please take it all in. Take in those last goofy times in class. All those fun car rides in the middle of the night with your friends where you laugh so hard you cry. Spending all day long with the friends you've known your whole life… remember how it feels in your heart. Enjoy graduation and take lots of pictures. Remember to always remain in the moment during all of these events. Don't let anything ruin it for you. That carefree feeling you have right now and will continue to have this summer will pass whether you believe it or not. Adulthood crawls in quicker than you think…

You will be left with the memories of what was, never to see or speak to so many people you once genuinely had so much fun with. High school is such a unique experience and I believe many of us take it granted because it is a necessity. We look at it as a chore because of mundane things like it being boring and having to wake up so early. In the moment we fail to see how fun it actually was. It is often only afterward that we realize just what we really had in those 4 years. Admittedly, I never thought I missed much of anything about high school, and I especially never thought I would. But here I am, two years later and I'm just realizing how easy I had it. High school was hard, but when I say the real world is harder, please take my words to heart. I am a firm believer that high school, in general, is a massive bubble.

Not to say that the bubble is bad. But the bubble will break, and it's more jarring to some than others. So don't let it impact you in a negative way, be prepared for its impact and conquer it! My point is, know that high school is not supposed to be the best four years of your life, but it is a time of your life where most people have the least worries, and that is something you can't get back. Worries and stress are subjective, so of course, we all thought our lives were over multiple times in high school, but we shortly realized that was not the case.

Your last teenage years should be taken in stride. Don't wish them away for older age, enjoy them. You'll never get them back, so you might as well stay in the moment.

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