- Class: Junior
- Major: Biology
- High School: Cheraw High School
- Transfer Student: N
I love CofC. Plain and simple. The professors are wonderful people who are dedicated to their students and genuinely want to see them succeed. There are opportunities for almost anything--volunteer work, internships, study abroad, clubs, sports, you name it. I think one of the reasons I like the college so much is that it's fairly small. classes are no more than five minutes from anywhere else on campus walking. Everyone has a lot of school pride--especially in the basketball team. If there is anything unusual about CofC it would be the lack of a football team. But that's wonderful. The Basketball teams awesome. If I have a complaint, it would be the city and the smoking. Though I love the college, I hate the city. It's really bad for flooding. We're downtown, so all the water comes down our way. Classes rarely cancel for things like this. I'm a small-town country girl and the city just isn't my mug of root beer. This is rarely a problem for anyone else, though. Indeed, the lion's share of the students fall in love with the city... I'm just not one of them. I love the college itself so much though, that I'll live in the city to attend here. About the smoking-- I hate smoking. Everyone has the right to make their own decisions, and I respect that right. However, most of the kids do smoke. It gets really annoying when someone lights up in front of you and then blows their smoke in your face. You can't "go somewhere else" because there IS nowhere else to GO. But these are only my complaints.
CofC is great in that it does stress academics instead of sports. It encourages everyone to be involved and to enjoy their experience, but to not let your grades slide. The professors do whatever they can to help. There is a low student-to-professor ratio, so this is a great place for people who need or appreciate one-on-one help (like I do). The professors can be reached thru office hours, telephone, email, or sometimes by I.M. There is no way you can get 'left behind' if you are actually TRYING to keep up. I'm not going to sugar-coat it, though--you will do more studying than you thought you would ever have to do in your life. But teachers and fellow student tutors are always there to help. Its always a great idea to really get to know your professors as people. They will get to know you and will remember your name. CofC is a competitive community...but in a constructive way. Not rip-out-your throat, playing dirty, cards on the table, whatever it takes to get ahead competitive. We strive our best and bring out the best in each other, becoming inspired by our peers and our professors. Learning doesn't stop in the classroom. It's not uncommon to hear students and friends discussing lecture topics, politics, religion, or whatever around campus, at lunch or during free time.
The College of Charleston is NOT a melting-pot. It's more like a cassarole. Everyone is different--different religion, race, sex, gender, political preference, background, personality. CofC does not bring us all together to become the same. It creates an environment in which all of the elements are separate, but together, contrasting and complimentary all at the same time, all adding a little something to the campus atmosphere and culture.
The Best Things
The Classes, the people---especially the faculty and staff--- Public Safety is the COOLEST!