While most students would agree that the best answer for why we are at college is to learn about our chosen fields and earn a degree, this goal often gets clouded by extraneous activities and relationships. However, now that we are getting into the swing of the semester, it's important to be taking classes seriously, especially ones required for your major.
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It is no secret that the University of South Carolina, along with other schools across the country, is facing an overcrowding crisis. Specifically with the addition of 6,250 freshmen this fall, it has become even more unbearable to navigate the busy campus and find quiet areas.
Though college is often quoted as the time where one lives exclusively off coffee and ramen noodles, Carolina’s meal swipe options allow students to approach eating in a healthier way. The variety of meals and snacks provided enable students to be fueled in a healthy way as they go about their day. Their newest initiative includes removing cash equivalency meal swipes from convenience store locations “to promote a healthier Carolina.” This change is to prevent students from using their meal swipe allowances on snack foods, hoping to encourage students to eat more holistic meals.
A lot of people come to college wondering what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and many come to discover who they want to be. However, a few come asking themselves what they want to believe.
The University of South Carolina preaches a “Stigma Free USC” when it comes to mental health, but the ongoing presence of anxiety and depression on campus proves that we have a long way to go. The problem is that the university’s mental health programs seem to focus on fixing existing problems rather than preventing them.
sYou would think that if the lungs of our planet were on fire, we would pay more attention.
Finding a balance between what you are doing in college is hard. If you are an incoming freshman, this holds especially true. You are on your own for the first time and have full control over what you do with your time. For upperclassmen and graduate students, you have to be able to find a balance between schoolwork and personal time. With all of that in mind, a good solution to accomplishing your full routine is to wake up early.
Since 2001, deaths by suicide among black males between the ages of 13 and 19 have increased 60%. In that same time span, deaths by suicide among black females between the ages of 13 and 19 have increased by an almost unbelievable 182%. Despite this alarmingly high influx of black kids taking their own lives over the past two decades, mental illness remains a touchy, taboo subject within the African American community.
As students return for the fall semester of classes, they must learn and adjust to new peers, policies and professors. With every new semester there are new struggles that students must adapt to so they can succeed academically.
It goes without saying, but college is stressful.
College makes burnout almost unavoidable. Characterized by “cynicism, depression, and lethargy,” burnout is the “state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress.” It isn’t simply stress, it is the combination of expecting too much of yourself, feeling like your work isn’t good enough and feeling inadequate or incompetent. So, for students who work full time jobs, take over 15 credit hours and have to take care of family lives while dealing with extracurricular activities, burnout could seem like a common occurrence.
Election season for 2020 has already come into full swing as Democratic candidates prepare for the third Democratic debate in September with what should be stricter guidelines.
Recently the debate of what is truly ethical under capitalism has become somewhat of a hot button topic. Perhaps this Marxist idea has become popular due to the show “The Good Place,” in which the underlying topic of it all is that people’s actions become highly complicated because of “the exploitative systems in which we work and live.” Meaning, due to the way products and corporations source and execute policy in unethical ways, our consumption of said product will ultimately be unethical as well.
A lot of people expect you to know where you're going, especially when you're entering college or a new phase in life. From around the age of 17, we are all supposed to know who we are, what we want to do and how we are going to do it. That is highly unrealistic.
A letter to my fellow Gamecocks,
For a little while after I first came to USC, I felt very alone. Even though I had a roommate and so many others surrounding me, it still felt like I didn’t have anyone close to talk to. It can be hard to form friendships in your first year of college, especially if you have moved far away from home. Now that I am going into my senior year, I can safely say that it might seem hard, but it is actually quite easy to find people who you can relate to and build strong friendships with.
As a new semester of classes begins and a fresh group of students embark on their college careers, it is important to recognize and celebrate the unique culture of USC. From Five Points to football games, understanding the intricacies of USC life can take a bit of time.
Recently, USC’s new president Bob Caslen said, “If you're going to be an effective leader, you have to have the humility to listen and to understand across the entire spectrum of thought,” and with his newfound position at the university, I hope he truly does have humility.
It is indisputable that the appointment of Robert Caslen as USC’s 29th president was a long and controversial process. After President Harris Pastides announced his retirement, tensions ran high in both April and July as student activists tried to stop Caslen from getting the position.