Transferring To The University Of South Carolina

7 Reasons Transferring To The University Of South Carolina Was One Of My Best Decisions

Here's to out with the old and in with the new.

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This time last year I attended the College of Charleston as a freshman and since then a lot has changed. I am now a student at the University of South Carolina and I am very excited to see what my sophomore year has to hold. As I reflect on this first full week of school at USC, I have realized that I loved some things about CofC (like my sorority sisters!) but Carolina is where I'm meant to be.

Here are some reasons that I have fallen in love with USC even more after the first week of school.

1. The amount of events that go on everyday

Whether its the farmers market on Greene Street, a poster sale or a volleyball game, there is always something fun you can find to do no matter your interests! Events happen during all different times of day; one-night last week an organization planned for Russell Dickerson to play a free concert outside of Russell House for students!

2. President Pastides

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This is Carolina's president and he had a photoshoot with an in-training service dog... do I have to say anything else? President Pastides has also been known for taking selfies with students on the street and he even owns his own Carolina jersey with his last name on it.

3. The amount of students

While going from thirty people in a class to three hundred and ninety-three is a big change, I love that so many people attend Carolina. There's always new people, whether you're crossing the street or sitting in class, you always have the opportunity to meet someone new. As I said before, the huge amount of people result in large class sizes which can sometimes work to your benefit. When you're in lecture with three hundred other students, professors consider attendance to be a chore, so most of the time it's not required. Get sick and can't attend? No need to notify the professor or get a doctor's note, just get the notes from a friend.

4. My major

I am majoring in journalism and would like to eventually become a journalist. Carolina is one of the top schools in the country to get a journalism degree from, which also helped me in making my decision to transfer. The new journalism school is one of my favorite places on campus because of it's up to date materials and technology.

5. All of the clubs and organizations

There are so many clubs and organizations that are offered at USC which is just another way to meet new people. Sororities, fraternities, sports teams, intramurals, student government, young life and even Odyssey are just a few of the plethora of organizations that Carolina has to offer on campus. There is literally a club for almost anything you're interested in. If you can't find one, then you can make one!

6. The school's location

While I love living on my own, a twenty-minute drive home to see family every once in a while is extremely convenient. Randomly being taken out to lunch by my dad on a weekday isn't too bad either. USC is also located in the middle of the state so a weekend road trip to the beach or the mountains is always an option!

7. ... and of course FOOTBALL!

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College of Charleston doesn't have a football team, so attending a school that does is a dream come true. The tailgates are one of everyone's favorite football traditions, except this year the infamous frat lots are extremely harder to get into (I'm not mad or anything). Nothing beats spending Saturdays with friends and getting into the game to watch the Gamecocks for free! #GoCocks

I'm sure I'll find even more reasons to love USC in the weeks to come as I learn my way around downtown Columbia. I am extremely excited to make new friends, get involved and get the best out of my college experience. While transferring is not typical for most college students, it was one of the best decisions I've made so far.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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An Open Letter To Myself At 15

This is an open letter to myself about things I wish I had known at 15.

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Dear Hailey,

You are so loved. I know times might be hard, but it will all be okay. It's okay to ride the fence and be unsure of what you want to do with your life. You're going to change your mind 10 more times before graduation anyways. Also, don't worry about all of the things that you can't change. You can't make someone fall in love with you or make her treat you like a better friend. It's okay for people not to fit in your life. Stop bending over backward for people and live for yourself. In a few years, you will go through so much, but you come out on the better side. You are going to be successful and driven. Also, learn what the meaning of "self-care" is. You need to do a lot of that in the upcoming years. Mental health is more important than anything. Also, quit cutting your baby hairs. They will never get longer so you need to embrace and love them early on. Figure out what you can change, and what you cannot. Most importantly, accept what you cannot change. When you decide that you are ready to face the things that you can change, do it with your whole heart. That doesn't mean complete perfection. It's important to know the difference. Start by making a plan for the future. Write it down, memorize it, do whatever makes it the easiest for you. Think through your plan logically, take into consideration your strengths and weaknesses. Remember to do the hard things first once in a while, the relief is sweet in the end.

You are ready.

You are young.

You are smart.

You are beautiful.

If you ever feel that you are at your lowest point, just remember the only place that you can go is up. Find reassurance in the weakness. The best is yet to come. Don't take pity on yourself. Instead, work harder to make your situation better. Be happy. There are so many things to be thankful for. Ask when you need help. No one can read your mind. Time won't stop for you. Worrying and stressing is simply a waste of time. Be strong and know that you are in God's hands. Everything will work out. It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually, the pieces will fall into place and you will understand why things had to happen that way.

Love,

Me

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