I am going to be a sophomore at CofC, I'm majoring in marketing and minoring in Jewish Studies, and outside of Hillel I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
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Why College of Charleston?
What do you love about your school?
My favorite part of my school is the location. We are in the heart of downtown Charleston, so everything is walking distance. One block to King Street and Marion Square, 15 minutes to the Battery, and only a short drive to the beach. On warm afternoons, you'll find students going to the beach, walking to the Battery, or studying in the many parks around campus.
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
I was choosing between CofC and an in-state school. I really wanted to go out-of-state so I could have a new experience of living somewhere else, since I was born and raised in Marietta. In the end, I knew CofC was the school I had wanted to go to since I was a freshman in high school, and I knew it was the right place for me.
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
I took a one-credit course all about Iceland and geology. The plan was to spend spring break in Iceland, but that was cancelled. As a marketing major, geology isn't something I would learn about if it wasn't for this course or the First Year Abroad program. I am really grateful to be at a school that prioritizes study abroad and taking classes outside of your major.
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
My favorite tradition is going to basketball games. It's so fun to get dressed up with your friends and make the walk to TD Arena with many other students. There is always so much spirit in the arena from students, alumni, and other supporters. After games, a lot of people will go to Chick-fil-A, pizza restaurants Downtown, or the dining halls.
Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?
Jewish life is very prominent on campus. We have a Jewish Studies major and minor and a very active Hillel. Hillel has Shabbat services and dinner every Friday and Meet-to-Eats dinner every Wednesday, along with other events. I am the Tikkun Olam Chair for Hillel Board, so I spend a lot of my time in the Jewish Studies building. It's such a warm and welcoming place on campus. We also have Challah for Hunger, HEAR (Holocaust Education Awareness and Remembrance) Program, and ZBT and SDT.
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