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"We understand what each other is going through. We don't have to say anything."

Date: 2/11/2016

Kaitlyn and Sarah have been friends since high school. Now as undergraduate seniors, they share the story of their friendship entering college and life after graduation.


Katelyn and Sarah

"It's a story of when I felt I was most connected to my ideals, values, and the campus." 

Date: 2/16/2016

A professor of Biology, Deborah Bidwell shares a story of the community she was a part of when she used to take the bus to work. Professor Bidwell talks about how the city of Charleston and the College campus are connected, but share different identities, and a general cohesiveness.

Community,Transportation, Identity

Olivia Cohen

"I just came from an experiment in which we gave people tasks and asked to do it cold, and then after a hug."

Date: 2/17/2016

Professor Blackwell shares a story about assisting a student working on an experiment connecting neuroscience and economics.


Calvin Blackwell

"I think one of the great things about having a job on a college campus is to be around students that are so hopeful."

Date: 2/18/2016

A Librarian at the College, Burton talks about how his feelings about sustainability have changed over time.

Students, Environmentalism

Burton Callicott

"Just from her explaining it, I knew that's what I wanted to do with my life."

Date: 2/17/2016

Samantha shares a story of how she discovered her academic major and future career.

Students, Academics

Samantha Chapman

"Yeah I was clicking a button at a game, but I used the opportunity to take in everything else."

Date: 2/23/2016

A student and athlete at the College, Alexa shares her passion for sports reporting and how she's working to get more experience in the field.

Students, Athletics

Alexa Chiarelli

"I'll be honest I didn't think I would ever leave Charleston to begin with. And when I left I didn't think I would make it back.

Date: 2/24/2016

Professor Goettsches tells the story of how she grew up in the south, graduated from the College of Charleston, moved abroad, and now has returned to the city. She shares her story with one of her students, Olivia.


Olivia Cohen and Megan Goettesches

"Remember, I'm a freshman, so God knows if it's going to be the same in a couple of minutes."

Date: 3/1/2016

New to the Charleston campus, Ethan's experiences in high school drive his academic pursuits. In this story, he shares why he chose his majors.


Ethan Davis

"I feel like Charleston's history is rooted in injustice. You can feel it walking around."

Date: 3/1/2016

A member of the Bonner Leader Program, Emma talks about how service abroad has led her to service work in Charleston. In this story she discusses how she got involved with working with victims of trafficking and how the Bonner program has helped her understand injustice.

Identity, Service

Emma Denley

"One thing I do like is that there are a lot of cool events and speeches going on."

Date: 2/25/2016

Her first semester at the College, Haley talks about the day she moved to the College of Charleston and her first political rally.

Politics, Academics

Haley DePorte

"I would love to see us on this campus evolve an ethos of environmental awareness and conservation."

Date: 2/22/2016

Dan tells his story of how he has seen the campus grow and his hopes for the future. He believes that both environmental awareness and connection are key to creating sustainable change.

Students, Environmentalism, Sustainability

Dan Dickeson

"I would have never pegged myself as a sorority woman."

Date: 3/1/2016

Shannon shares the story of how she got involved with Greek Life at the College of Charleston. Now the president of her sorority, she discusses how this role has impacted her time as a student.

Greek, Identity

Shannon Doyle

"I've seen the change in myself. I definitely appreciate who I am more so than I did prior to coming to CofC."

Date: 3/1/2016

Dashia discusses how she worked through her struggle with negative stereotypes to find her identity as an African American woman. A member of the Bonner Leadership Program, she now mentors students in her old neighborhood on the issues her community faces.

Identity, Race, Academics, Service

Katelyn and Sarah

"Maybe the tensions were raised because I called him out. But sometimes you just have to call people out because it can't keep happening."

Date: 1/26/2016

Will shares a story about how he got involved in sustainability and a day he stood up for a friend.

Identity, Sustainability, Friendship

*Disclaimer: There is explicit and derogatory language in this story

Will Foody

"Its also me telling them, I see you as a human being. You're visible. While other people might see you as invisible, We have connections."

Date: 2/24/2016

Dr. France tells the story of how  identity affected the way people viewed her when she started teaching. She also tells the explains the politics of recognition and the importance of making others feel valued.

Race, Identity, Community

Hollis France

"I do want to be a part of the growing Charleston, but where do you draw the line. You want to be a part of the old neighborhood, but you're also part of the change too."

Date: 3/1/2016

Having lived together every year as students at the College, Mallory and Abby share the story of the newest move to a different neighborhood and how they see growth in Charleston.

Friendship, Community, Sustainability

Abigail Franklen and Mallory McCormick

"College has given me a community and a safe space to become the person that I am."

Date: 2/25/2016

A South Carolina native, Tanner tells the story of the struggles she had around identity and gender in high school. Now a junior at the College, she talks about how academics and experiences have shaped her views of identity.

Identity, Academics

Tanner Glaze

"When I joined and signed the constitution, I was like 'I am all in this, I am not going to back out when things get hard."

Date: 2/17/2016

Jessica shares the story of how she joined the first all female acapella group on campus.

Identity, Community

Jessica Gold

"Whenever you're vulnerable around people it opens all these doors for trust and dependence in a good way. It ends up being really encouraging."

Date: 2/15/2016

Stephanie shares a story about her struggles with depression and how she is moving forward with help from her community.

Community, Identity, Mental Health

Stephanie Green

"I can definitely say joining organizations with people like myself with the same interests has been a great catalyst to my success."

Date: 3/1/2016

Now a senior at the College, Darshonda shares a story about why she came to the College and how organizations have shaped her undergraduate career.

Greek, Identity, Community

Darshonda Guess

"Its become such an important part of my journey, not just my journey at the college of charleston, but in life."

Date: 2/11/2016

As a staff member and student at the College, Alarie and Maggie share a story of how they found a community through their work at the Center for Civic Engagement. Now, three years later, they talk about how important their friendship remains even after gradutation.

Community, Friendship, Service

Alarie and Maggie

"I've made some really great relationships and its just because we open our mouth and share with each other."

Date: 3/7/2016

Jen and Ashlyn share their stories of writing letters to members of their biological families for the first time.

Family, Community

Ashlyn and Jen

"I always felt like I wanted to be a part of it, I just cant ignore this."

Date: 2/25/2016

Kelly disccuss the impact of attending her first Social Justice Coffee Hour hosted by the Office of Sustainability and how she has now works to help run this event.

Community, Social Justice

Kelly Jackson

"One of the reasons I love Charleston is that I met my best friends here."

Date: 3/15/2016

Even though they were all from Aiken, SC, Justin didn't meet his now best friends until they started at the College of Charleston. He shares the story of the first time he texted Katilyn and how he hopes they remain friends after graduation.

Friendship, Community

Kaitlyn and Justin

"I wanted to work with a community that didn't look like me... I wanted the opportunity to listen."

Date: 3/1/2016

Katie shares her story of working with a community organization working to eliminate poverty in Charleston and what she has learned from that experience.

Service, Community

Katie Kerns

"When my students begin to see what really is the truth surrounding the crisis of poor nutrition in our country, they become very empowered."

Date: 3/1/2016

Bea Lavelle teaches a course called Personal and Community Health where students learn how access to healthy food is a human right and motiviates students to act.

Community, Academics, Food Desert

Bea Lavelle

"Why do I have this awesome life with so many opportunities and I have actual friends who can't buy a $10 gift for their kids.. that question I just couldn't get over it."

Date: 2/23/2016

Originally from Virginia, LeeAnne shares the story of why she came to Charleston, how she started working with lower income areas of the city and the impact this work has made on her.

Community, Academics

LeeAnne Lower

"Being somewhere where I knew, but also in a new place felt like the best place for me."

Date: 2/3/2016

New to the College of Charleston, Jameson shares how he became a staff member at the Center for Civic Engagement and how he has learned more about the history and its impacts on students.

Community, Work

Jameson Marsh

"It gives me a sense of purpose now walking around and see that I had a hand in a lot of different things that go on on campus ."

Date: 3/2/2016

The Executive Chef of the College of Charleston, Tonya shares the story of how she started at the campus and how she has seen her role grow. During her time at CofC she has been a part of many new projects including discussions around social justice, opened the first vegan/vegetarian/kosher dining hall, and discusses how she hopes the community evolves in the future.

Community, Food

Tonya Mitchell

"You can't judge someone by their situation. You don't know the story."

Date: 3/2/2016

Taylor reflects on the first time she new she wanted to be a Spanish teacher and her journey to making it a reality. Through conversation teaching, study abroad and mission work, she narrates her linguistic and spriritual journey through her college years.

Spirituality, Service, Goals, Travel

Taylor Moore

"I impressed her with my knowledge of sustainable fisheries, so I think the rest is history. We're coming up on six months and enjoying every moment of it."

Date: 2/22/2016

Alex and Mimi share the story of how they met at the College of Charleston.


Alex and Mimi

"I am doing these things independently now and interning for environmental organizations that are fighting for similar issues."

Date: 3/2/2016

Elena tells the story about a time she went to a local town hall meeting to fight agaisnt the removal of native trees in her community.

Community, Conservation


"Its great to have friends who have the same taste in music as you. Its a really personal experience and to be able to share that with other people is really nice."

Date: 3/18/2016

Friends since freshman year at the College, Isabelle and Elena share the story of how they became friends over their mutual love of music. Co-leaders of their project at the Sustainability Office, they talk about how being a part of that community impacted them and their hope for the future.

Friendship, Community

Katelyn and Sarah

"Taking a small town and entering into a bustling city."

Date: 2/17/2016

James Mulhern is interviewed by good friend Katelyn Scheetz about growing up in Mount Pleasant SC and discussed the changing environment due to population rise

Food Policy, Community

James Mulhern and Katelyn Scheetz

"He finds us anything we need to feel like home at the College."

Date: 2/24/2016

Sarah shares the story of how, through the College's Office of Multicultural Student Program and Services, she was prepared to start her college career.


Sarah Nesbit

"Love is a call to action.

Date: 3/2/2016

Originally from Charleston, Angel shares the story of why she returned to the city. A member of the AME Church, she discusses the impact of the summer 2015 massacre on her and how she was inspired to stay in Charleston.

Community,Mental Health

Angel parson

"They just see tons of trash and I think in some of their eyes they don't believe its just trash from one day"

Date: 2/24/2016

Four students share their experience participating in the annual APE Trash Audit at the College of Charleston Campus.

Waste, Community

Jenny and Isaac

"Over the past year we've just both grown to think more consciously about how we interact with the world and how the world thinks about us."

Date: 3/8/2016

An interracial couple in Charleston, Colleen and Pope share the story of their first date and how they were confronted with race issues in South Carolina.

Relationships, Identity

Colleen and Pope

"I do think that there is a narrative that I try to disrupt."

Date: 2/17/2016

Having recently moved to Charleston, Domenico shares the story of how he navigates conversations around his identity.

Identity, Race


"That's why I like to talk about Bonner, because it's had so much impact on me."

Date: 2/25/2016

Tayler Simon shares her experience of finding herself through the Bonner Leader Program on campus.

Service, Identity

Taylor Simon

"In the future I hope that I can help people who have the same passion for the arts find their way into the world."

Date: 2/29/2016

Now working as the Public Relations Manager for CisternYard Radio, Donovan shares the story of how he became interested in music and how he has pursued this passion in Charleston.

Identity, Music

Donovan Taylor

"In high school everyone thought I was a freak, but here everyone they're kind of like, that's really cool."

Date: 2/22/2016

Sarah share a story about how she struggled being left handed in high school and how coming to the College has helped her overcome that.


Sarah Taylor

"I felt like I was holding a mask over myself."

Date: 3/3/2016

After being bullied in high school, Emily shares her story about struggling with depression and how sharing her story has helped.

Identity, Mental Health

Emily Torchiana

"[Kids] say what they want, they do what they want, and people love them for that... They're always smiling."

Date: 3/2/2016

Nefertiti, a Shreveport, La native, talks about finding her place at the College after from USC Upstate campus; a place with much greater racial diversity. She discusses her fears of moving far from home and family, as well as insecurities about her future. Although uncertain about her plans, she's sure about her love of two things: food and kids.

Diversity, Identity, Failure

Nefertiti Vadross

"It's about shaping an individual student and helping them find their journey and their place and what they want to do."

Date: 3/15/2016

The Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Stephanie talks about why the Alternative Break program is so important to student development. She shares the personal story the first service trip to Greece, the impact the experience had on the students, especially one student, who's direction was completely changed as a result of the trip.

Service, Identity, Friendship, Students

Stephanie Visser

"I see her being a lifetime friend, and always being there for her, and her always being there for me."

Date: 2/17/2016

Kiana and Cora talk about the importance of their friendship in each others lives.

Friendship, Community

Cora and Kiana

"I've sort of fallen in love with the city."

Date: 2/22/2016

Mariah shares her story of why she decided to attend the College of Charleston and how she feels as a student of the campus.


Mariah Williams

"The more I participated in the events, the more I got to know people."

Date: 2/24/2016

Beatrice discusses the positive impact of participating in clubs on campus

Service, Campus

Beatrice Zaki

"I didn't feel comfortable saying something is either right or wrong."

Date: 3/1/2016

A student shares a story about an issue she had in class and how she dealt with the problem.

Religion, Identity

"Students definitely need a support system. Its important for them to receive the help that they can."

Date: 2/25/2016

This student talks about all the organizations she was involved with at the College and her advice for new students to establish support systems to succeed.

Academics, Community