7 Reasons Marty's Place Is The Best Dining Hall At CofC

7 Reasons Marty's Place Is The Best Dining Hall At CofC

The music to the food to the design, it is all-around a great place.

Dining halls. Before coming to college I assumed I wouldn't eat at dining halls. The stigma against dining halls and how nasty they were terrified me. In my mind, I thought there were just be day old pizza available, some type of mystery meat, or out of season fruit. Now in college, I can gladly say I was wrong. At the College of Charleston, there is a dining hall called Marty's Place. Below are all the reasons why Marty's is the best dining hall on CofC's campus.

1. It is vegetarian, vegan, and kosher

Do I need to say more? College food and healthy, doesn't get better than that.


Meal swipes mean you can go as often as you want as long as there is a break of 30 minutes in between. Not in the mood for a full-on meal? Get the three side options with fruit, pita chips, and cauliflower as a snack. Feeling a little extra hungry? Order a meal at Marty's with friends and stay there for at least 30 minutes, then before leaving you can use a meal swipe and get a dessert.

3. The modern design

As soon as you walk into Marty's, you can see the modern design and feel. It genuinely feels like a healthy version of Panera Bread. You can walk up to the counter and order and it makes you feel like a civilized human being, unlike the other dining halls where it is buffet style.

4. The menu changes weekly

Not feeling the menu this week? Just known the menu changes weekly so there is always a variety. Each menu has a lot of selections whether it is the salad of the day, the meal of the day, or just a typical entree. My personal favorites are the lentil burger but sometimes switch it up and get the falafel wrap. My go-to side is the sriracha cauliflower, legit tastes like spicy chicken wings.

5. Your food is made to order

It is like a restaurant. Not a fan of mayo? Ask for it on the side or no sauce at all. Want sriracha cauliflower but afraid of how spicy it is? Ask for half the sauce to make it more enjoyable.

6. The staff

Everyone who works there is so nice. They actually care about you and ask how you're day was. Also since your food is made to order, when it's ready they call your name.

7. The music

Marty's place has the jams. They place some sweet throwback music and it makes for a great time with friends.

I hope you now realize how great Marty's is. If you haven't been, now you realize why you need to go.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Dear High Schoolers, You Might Not Get Into Your Dream College

And that's OK.


Did you look at the cover photo? That's me at my dream school.

Except I don't go there.

My sophomore year of high school, one of my best friends introduced me to her beautiful campus as she was a freshman at the university. The minute I laid eyes on the campus, I fell madly in love. From there, I set all of my academic goals designed around how I could get into that school. Were my numbers satisfactory? Well over satisfactory in fact. Were my activities well-rounded but focused? Yeah, they were actually. Did I nail my interview? For sure I did, my interviewer was sorority sisters with my friend who goes to my dream school. I had it all in the bag with the numbers, activities, ins...everything was designed for me to go to that school.

Except the most competitive class the university had ever seen was also designed for success.

So imagine this: you're on your senior trip when you get an email from your dream school titled “Admissions Decision." My heart fluttered and dropped at the same time. I showed my friends who were surrounding me on the bus and my mom who was chaperoning the trip. Everyone reassured me that I got in and that my scholarships would be through the roof. I thought they were right. I did everything that I was supposed to do to get in. Sadly, I was waitlisted.

I know being waitlisted isn't the end of the world; you still have a chance of getting in. To me though, it meant I wasn't good enough, and waiting until after universal decision day to see if I was accepted or not scared me to death. So I brushed it off. That's the first step in being denied: resilience.

Does not getting into your dream school suck? Hell yeah it does. Is it the end of the world? No, it's not. So instead of moping around, I decided to research my backup schools. I looked into what schools had the best programs for me and then visited them. As I was visiting schools, I found a school that was like a bigger version of my dream school. It had a great program, the money was there, and so were the opportunities. The next day I went home and put down my deposit.

Did I go to my dream school? No, I didn't. Do I love the school I'm at? I'm completely in love with it. I still wonder what my life would be like if I went to my dream school, but to be honest, I don't want to find out. I'm so happy with where my life is at, and I've fallen in love with my school over and over every day.

So make sure you don't look at your denial as a closed door because it's not. It's an open window that will leave you with endless opportunities. If it hadn't been for that email that seemed like it ruined everything, I wouldn't have everything that I have today. If you don't get accepted, it's OK. Another school will be excited to have you, and there will be more opportunities awaiting.


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