How were your Fourth of July holidays? I hope that you all got the chance to eat all the barbeque and ice cream you could, played in the pool with the overwhelming heat, and that you enjoyed some breath taking fireworks.
Did you know that the College of Charleston is the thirteenth oldest school in the United States of America? The College of Charleston was founded in 1770, with some of the main founders being three signers of the Declaration of Independence, three framers of the Constitution, judges, and state governors. The first president of the college was Reverend Robert Smith and the first classes of the College of Charleston were held in Reverend Smith’s home (http://www.cofc.edu/ ). Also speaking about Reverend Smith, it may be myth but Reverend Smith would supposively invite students individually to his home for dinner and then to watch the hanging of pirates for entertainment. In 1794, the first class of College of Charleston graduated with six people (http://www.cofc.edu/ ). Needless to say, College of Charleston holds history in every brick and crevice.
Who of you are big fans of Mel Gibson and Nicholas Sparks? Well, when it comes to the history of media and film, “The Notebook,”“Dear John” and “The Patriot” were filmed on the College of Charleston campus. Also, some other television shows like “O” and “General Hospital” were filmed on the college campus. The College of Charleston has even been visited by famous politicians like, Congressman Ron Paul, Senator John McCain, President Barack Obama, Senator John Edwards, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Governor Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee.
I attend the College of Charleston and I will be graduating next spring semester with a degree in Communications and Psychology. I will be a part of the class of 2013 and I can’t help but wonder all of the people who are and were College of Charleston alumni before me. Three weeks after I walk across the Cistern, in the direction of starting my new life as a college graduate, I will be marrying my best friend. I am only one of the stories that fill the walls of the College of Charleston, so as you visit this school campus, bring along a cup of Lowcountry Blend. Let’s make the Lowcountry Blend another story to be told!