A Huge Thank You to Charleston and Freshman Year

This year has been nothing like I had expected. I had been dreading college ever since I could walk. Watching my brother leave for college my freshman year of high school, scared me beyond belief. Me, being the naïve child that I was, thought that I would surely never see my brother again. But despite my brother’s best efforts, I saw him as much as I could.

Fast forward four or five years later, I am packing the car up for move-in weekend. I am about to venture into the world on my own for the next few years. I arrived to not only my roommate, but my soon to be rock and partner in crime. Erin and I came from similar families and learned to settle in together. We had a rocky start in the beginning of the year, which added to the overall stress of college and especially freshman year. Eventually, that situation got resolved and we found two new girls to share our dorm with for the next semester, Kameron and Franziska. Luckily, I was graced with the presence of three amazing girls, and I’m glad I had them to rely on.

Along the way, we met two of the most remarkable girls. Toby and Grace have been there for me when no one else was. I knew that the five of us would get along quite well. We became like a small pack of wolves, trying to take on the world.

My class schedule wasn’t too stressful, but it was loaded. I had decided I was switching my major from Communication to Business, and double minor in Spanish and Theatre, because I was much more educated in Mathematics than I am in English. I stepped into my Business Calculus class on the first day, little did I know that my life would change forever. Sydney made my life a little easier. She showed me the ropes and taught me little cheats and tricks on how to survive attending school in Charleston, South Carolina.

Once my first semester had come to an end, our beloved Austrian roommate had to go back home. We said our goodbyes and immediately dreaded the new addition that would be added to Kelly 313 in the spring, when we returned. Once winter break was over, the girls and I ventured back to find our new roommate waiting for us. Macey, the new girl, and Erin had class last semester so I accepted her with open arms and welcomed her into our adventure.

I thought for the longest time, that I could last at College of Charleston, but unfortunately, the more time I spend here, the more upset I become. I have thought long and hard about my decision to transfer, but with a heavy heart I have chosen to follow through with this decision. I am planning to leave to attend UNCC in the fall of 2017.

I would just like to thank all of my fellow peers, professors and, most importantly, my friends for making this year not only bearable but also more fun than I ever could have imagined.

I want to thank Erin for putting up with me, during my good moods and my bad moods. I also want to thank you for sharing a room with me for the past several months. Thank you for staying up with me for no reason and baking/cooking with me because we’re bored.

I want to thank Kameron for always putting me in my place, for not taking shit from anyone and always telling me the truth, despite being the opposite of what I want to hear.

I want to thank Grace for being my twin. Thank you for always being there to talk whenever I needed you. Thank you for going on bagel runs with me, for baking cookies for me, but most importantly thank you for being my mom away from home.

I want to thank Toby for being my number one fan and for being the sister that I’ve never had. Thank you for offering me a place to crash whenever I didn’t want to go home, for whatever reasons.

I want to especially thank Sydney for everything. Thank you for showing me around school. Thank you for showing me how to deal with anxiety, and last but not least thank you for showing me how to be myself and not worry about what other people think or say.

It saddens me to leave my new found friends and such a pretty city, but I am truly excited about this new chapter in my life that is about to begin. Please don’t be a stranger, anyone.