Tori Williams is a senior at College of Charleston majoring in Communication and minoring in International Studies and Dance. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Her Campus College of Charleston, an online magazine for college women, as well as an editorial intern with Charleston magazine. Tori spends her days dancing with Dance FX's adult performance company and through CofC. This West Virginia native hopes to find a career that allows her to combine her two passions of writing and dancing in the Lowcountry.
With my senior year at CofC fast approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about my past three years spent in Charleston. This city offers something so special, especially for college students. Not only do we get to attend college at one of the oldest institutions in the United States, but we’re also completely immersed in the culture of this historical city. Charleston’s inhabitants cultivate a unique lifestyle, and quickly learn all there is to know about the authentic ways of the Lowcountry. If my eighteen-year-old self could see my twenty-one-year-old self now she’d be laughing. Who is this girl doing hot yoga, eating shrimp and grits, catching fish off a boat dock?
But Charleston has a way of making you want to try new things, and soak up all there is to know about living in the south. Since coming to this city I’ve learned to kayak, fish, and cook. I’ve tasted fried okra. I’ve learned that an evening stroll on Sullivan’s can cure just about anything.
Photos by Tori Williams
Going to school in the middle of Charleston gives you the ultimate college experience. You’re not a student limited to on-campus activities. You have the opportunity to be a part of everything around town.
Charleston is a big city with a laid-back feel, and the balance of the two is what makes it so great. We have the hustle and bustle, but it’s accompanied by an easygoing attitude that’ll draw you in and make you never want to leave.