First Semester of College Recap

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Now that we're over a week into second semester, I figured it's probably time for me to recap my first semester of college here on Chic in Carolina! If you didn't already know, I am currently a freshman at Clemson University in South Carolina and just wrapped up my first semester of college (and just started my second one!).

I cannot tell y'all enough of how much I love Clemson. I was definitely torn in the college decision process but definitely made the right decision in coming to Clemson. Coming from a small high school (I graduated in a class of 45!), I was a little worried about finding my place in a large public school but I love that Clemson is big enough to have strong sports programs but also is small enough that campus doesn't seem overwhelming (I honestly see people I know everywhere I go!). I love how gorgeous campus is and have also been blessed with an amazing hall of girls to live with as well as great friends in my classes and my sorority!

Sorority Life
Clemson has fall recruitment, meaning I started sorority recruitment the day after moving into college. This was a bit overwhelming for the first week of school but Bid Day honestly makes it all worth it! I happily accepted a bid to Kappa Alpha Theta and have had so much fun this past semester from mixers to functions to getting to know some of my new sisters!

Obviously, Clemson is a huge football school and it was so fun to go to all of the games and cheer on the Tigers with friends!

I'm an Elementary Education major here at Clemson and I was absolutely thrilled that I started taking education classes this semester (part of the reason I chose Clemson!). This past semester, I took Math for Elementary School Teachers, Introduction to Life Science, World Religions, Introduction to Sociology, and Orientation to Education!

Parent's Weekend
In September, we had parent's weekend and it was so fun being able to see my family and show them around campus! We went out to dinner in downtown Greenville on Friday night and then went to the football game and walked around campus on Saturday.

One of the most exciting parts of being a new member in a sorority is finding out who your big sister (big) is! In Theta, we had a week of clues and gifts and then we discovered who our bigs are on Friday afternoon, which was so exciting! I was so thrilled to find out who my big is and she has truly become of my closest college friends!

The same day as big/little reveal, we had our semi-formal as well (one exciting day amiright?). It was so fun to dress up and spend time with my sisters!

Homecoming at Clemson is such a fun week! All of the sororities and fraternities make floats and "pomp" our floats all week, which was so fun to do. Then on Saturday was the big homecoming football game (and I made it on Clemson's insta stories haha!).

Letter Shirt Tuesday
At Clemson, the sororities participate in Letter Shirt Tuesday, meaning the sorority girls wear their stitched letter shirts. In Theta, we aren't allowed to wear our stitched letters until we're initiated so it was so fun to wear our stitched letters for the first time for Letter Shirt Tuesday (our initiation was on a Monday). Ashley of A Little Ashley is actually a Clemson Theta too so we had to get a Letter Shirt Tuesday picture together!

Fall Break
For Fall Break, I went and visited Riley at USC, which was so fun! She is a Delta Zeta and they had a "You are What You Netflix" function that night so Riley and I dressed up as Serena and Blair! After visiting Riley, I headed back home to spend the rest of break at home with my family and to also celebrate my younger brother's birthday!

Weekend Adventures
Most fall weekends at Clemson are dedicated to football, but on weekends with away games or weekends without games, it was fun to hang out with friends! One of my friends and I went to the corn maze one weekend, which was fun too! At the end of November, my family also came down for a football game and we wound up having brunch in downtown Greenville the next day to celebrate my mom's birthday.

Riley Visits!
After visiting Riley at USC in October, she visited Clemson for a weekend in November and we had too much fun! I got to show her around Clemson and we took a day trip to explore Greenville, South Carolina, which we spent eating and shopping of course!

ACC Game in Charlotte
Clemson played in the ACC Championship again this year and since the game is in Charlotte, a few friends and I stayed at my house and went to the game. It was so fun to show my friends around my hometown and also cheer on another Tiger win in my hometown.

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