- Class: Senior
- Major: Education
- Gender: F
- High School: Manasquan High School, NJ
- Transfer Student: N
I loved going to Charleston. It is the perfect size school. The classes are small (which is good for getting to know your professors), but there are enough students who go here that you constantly meet new people. There are a lot of opportunities to meet people. Sororities and Fraternities are present on campus but are not the center of everything. So if you chose to be in a sorority or fraternity great, but if you don't it's not the end of your social life. Being located in the heart of the city is AWESOME! There are tons of fun bars throughout the city. But, if you don't like the bar scene, house parties are always an option. Most students live off campus after freshmen year. The school is close to the beach, which fun to go to when the weather is nice (and the weather is usually nice). The college is constantly adding onto the campus and fixing the buildings. When I am on campus I usually would be at the library. They have tons of computers for students to use, and great resources. Also one great resource is the Stern Center. It has a food court, gym, pool, study areas, and two ATMs. If I could change one thing about Charleston I would want it to have a higher number of students who attend sports events. The basketball team in the past two years is definitely drawing bigger and better crowds, however, other teams like soccer and baseball play in Patriots Point, which is not directly on campus, so students are less likely to go to those games. I have had the best 4 years at Charleston.
Class sizes are usually small. Most classes are not lecture halls. There have only been a few classes where the teachers did not know my name. Each teacher has office hours which are beneficial. Most classes will have some type of group assignment. Overall I've enjoyed most of my professors. The buildings are all pretty close to each other, so it is not hard to get from one side of campus to another. Many of the buildings are being fixed and updated. The business center is amazing and the School of Education just opened new teacher offices. The library is only 2 years old and is a great place to study. Outside of class students have intellectual conversations. With the 2008 election coming up, it is a common conversation, not to mention economy problems, and global warming. The most interesting class I have ever taken was geology. My teacher was funny and knew how to relate the information to the students in a fun manor. I am an education major. My professors are all amazing. They work to help each student. If I needed extra help I never felt intimidated to ask. They are dedicated to helping each student succeed. Since CofC is a liberal arts college there are certain requirement outside of your major that you must complete. I think it is a great way to try different areas and then chose what most interesting.
The majority of students are middle to upper class Caucasian. There is a high population of students from South Carolina. Other popular states are Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, and Georgia, in addition, I have met students from most states throughout our country. I think whatever your style or preferences are you can find a niche of friends to fit you. When students to go to class their clothes vary. In the morning you may see one person in their sweatpants and sweatshirt or you might see a person with ironed shirt, done up hair, and perfect makeup. Its common to see flipflops on in the warm weather and uggs in the winter. Many of the girls wear designer jeans. If its cold most students will wear a fleece because it never gets cold enough to need a heavy jacket. I would recommend keeping an umbrella with you in the fall because it could look beautiful when you walk to class and then be down pouring when you leave. Students come from all different types of backgrounds. Some students are VERY rich and some students are paying for their education on their own. Since CofC is located in the city there are tons of jobs available for students to apply for (food and bev/babysitting/retail).
The Best Things
The Worst Things
Lack of school spirit