Category: Essays

The Gentleman lives on

There was an acute stress in the air that danger was present in the barn that night. Her fellow riders sent nervous, empathetic glances her way but avoided getting too close. She kept her fears silent. She realized she did have...

Emotions run fierce reflecting on freshmen year

As her senior year of college has kicked off, she catches herself reflecting on moments leading up to this year. Specifically, move-in day at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  A million emotions were going through her...

Living in the South

About six years ago, my graduating class had to go to school to take our class picture. As always, I was running late. But, I knew traffic wouldn’t be bad because rush hour had already passed.

Life under the lights

Jake Ellis has been an athlete all his life.  Before he was two his father put a lacrosse stick in his hands and that began it all.  He has been part of baseball, basketball, lacrosse, football and swim teams. He grew up on...

Making friends in a new environment

The college experience is not always what students expect. That was something Aidan McGreevy discovered in her first week at the University of South Carolina. McGreevy had always been one of the students in high school...

Embracing change

Change can scare people. The fear of the unknown – of discomfort – can force a person to drop everything and turn back to what they know. But sometimes you don’t have a choice. Sometimes a person must change Anna Grace Galloway...

Flying the W

He stands in a blustery wind on the corner of Addison Street. He pulls his sweatshirt hood firmly over his head. It is 38 degrees, but the anticipation keeps him nice and warm. He looks up at the red marquee. It tells him there...

Getting deep inside sexual exploitation

It’s a windy October night in Georgia. A white van loads up a group of eight women and one man – all heading out to the red light district of Atlanta. One of the girls, Grace, is nervous and apprehensive about the night,...

Welcome to college: Overcoming depression

Ciano Chandler will never forget the first year he attended the University of South Carolina: he truly felt like a small fish in a big pond. Here he was: away from home, three new roommates whom he does not know; and a brand-new...

USC staff reminisces on her journey

Chinell Singletary remembers her fun years as an undergraduate and graduate student attending both colleges, archenemies of one another, to working numerous jobs before finding her permanent home at the University of South...

Coming Out in a Southern Town

By Jacki Fish In the city that never sleeps, Joseph Harsey gets ready to go out for a night on the town. He spends hours perfecting his makeup and picks out an outfit that fits his personality. Tonight he has decided to wear an...

Into the Wilderness

By Nicole Satian It was Hermann Hesse who once said, “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when...

Performing as Cardinal Claire

By Claire Albrecht Right foot forward. Eighty-three years of tradition behind. Stepping onto the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium were 150 world-class performers. One hundred fifty Cadets. One hundred fifty of marching music’s best now...

How to Be a Female Porn Star

By Annika Dahlgren When I first decided to come to the University of South Carolina, I was excited by the idea of taking interesting classes through the honors college. Storytelling in law, astronomy, linguistics and monsters...

Taking Risks, Living Large

By Rebecca McCue People say that their college years are the best days of their lives. Looking back on the past four years, I think they might be right. Coming from a sheltered small-town in Connecticut, moving myself to...

Meeting Easton

By Sarah Sprague It’s 4:30 a.m. on October 22, 2016. I’ve always loved the number 22; my birthday is June 22. When I was little, I remembered the date because I loved ballet and ballerinas wear tutus, or as my...

Singing on the Big Stage – Kind of

By J.P. Hovey Have you ever sung the national anthem at a public event before? Unless you are a talented singer then the answer is probably no. Leave Fergie out of this. It’s an honor to sing the national anthem before any major...

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