As thousands of freshmen begin their college lives, we asked current seniors and recent grads to offer some advice on how to navigate the exciting, and sometimes challenging, world on campus.
Through email and in live interviews, they offered the following words of wisdom:
Learn to manage your time
“Try to find a balance between getting good grades, sleep and social life,” said Elisabeth Lyons, a 2013 graduate of Anderson University in the Upstate. “You won’t be able to find a balance permanently because things are always shifting, but that’s a good preparation for life as a working adult.”
Choose your friends wisely
“If you surround yourself with people who you admire and people who are taking college seriously, they’re going to encourage you to take it seriously,” said Kathryn Kranjc, a registered nurse and 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. “Stay focused, pray and surround yourself with people who can lift you up.” Click here to watch part one of the video series.
Stick to a budget
“Find out how much money you need each week, set money aside for expenses you have to pay like rent, groceries and gas,” is advice from College of Charleston senior Brandon Sykes. “Put some money in an account and don’t touch it so you’ll have some available, and check the numbers regularly to make sure you’re not going over your budget.”
Mike Lorenzo, a 2012 graduate of the University of Texas, urged students to save money by buying textbooks and other supplies from used bookstores, web sites that offer used books at a discount, or through amazon.com.
Stand up for your faith
Audrey Earnhardt emailed us about her experiences as a 2013 graduate of North Greenville University, a Southern Baptist school.
“If you are in the minority among other beliefs, stay strong by learning and growing, not being afraid to confront others in defending your faith, and keeping a fervent prayer life,” she wrote.
Other students suggest getting involved with Catholic campus ministry, joining a Newman Club if one exists, and reaching out to other Catholics on campus.
“Start going to Mass as soon as you start classes — make time for it every week,” said Angele Drouilhet, a Clemson University senior. “Have a buddy to go with because nobody likes to sit at church by themselves.” Click here to watch part two.
Don’t succumb to peer pressure
“Remember your morals,” wrote Deidre Webb, a 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. “You want to have fun, but you don’t want to spend four years with regrets. It’s really easy to abuse alcohol and relationships if you’re trying hard to fit in. If you’re grounded in your faith and morals, you’re more likely to make smart decisions and conduct yourself in a way that your parents and God would appreciate.” Click here for the final video.
Image 1: From left, Mike Lorenzo, Kathryn Kranjc, Elisabeth Lyons, and Brandon Sykes. Photos by Victoria Wain/Miscellany.
Image 2: Graphic by Caroline Lindsey/Miscellany.
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Options for elders
Lowcountry Trout Tournament
Ladies Day of Recollection
Full Irish Breakfast
SUMMERVILLE—The Ancient Order of Hibernians will host a Full Irish Breakfast at St. John the Beloved Church, 28 Sumter St., on Sept. 13 after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Cost: $7 adults, $4 children 6 and under. Tickets sold after Masses Sept. 6-7 at St. John and St. Theresa churches.
JAMES ISLAND—Nativity School and Church of the Nativity, 1061 Folly Road, will hold its annual Christmas-themed carnival and silent auction on Sept. 19 from 3-9 p.m. featuring food, games, rides and prizes. Call the church, (843) 795-3821.
CHARLESTON—Deacon James Moore from Blessed Sacrament Church will lead a pro-life rosary and prayers on Sept. 20 from 8-9 a.m. at the Charleston Women’s Medical Center, 1312 Ashley River Road. Call Stephen Boyle, (843) 763-0681.
Celebration of Life Gala
HILTON HEAD—The Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Low Country, formerly Crisis Pregnancy Center, will host its annual Celebration of Life Gala on Sept. 20 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Sea Pines Country Club of Hilton Head. It features a live and silent auction. Jeannie Smith, director of the Coastline Pregnancy Center of Myrtle Beach, will speak about God’s healing after abortion. Details: www.pregnancycenterhhi.org or (843) 689-2222.
Talk on Bishop John England
BEAUFORT— Brian Cudahy, Ph.D., will speak about Bishop John England and offer a media presentation providing a social, political and cultural background on one of the most influential U.S. clergymen on Sept. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Church, Walsh Palmetto Room, 70 Lady’s Island Drive. Details: (843) 525-0994.
Hackers and Smackers
COLUMBIA—A “Hackers and Smackers” golf tournament will be held Sept. 8 at Oak Hills Golf Club to benefit “Bojangles Basketball Bash” at Ridgeview High School in December. One of the beneficiaries is Home Works of America. Cost: $300 team of four. Captain’s choice with 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. Register at: bojanglesbash.com.
Run With Endurance 5k
St. Joseph gala date change
Sept. 11 memorial
MURRELLS INLET—Blessed John Duns Scotus Franciscan Fraternity will hold a prayerful memorial for all those who have lost loved ones and friends in the line of duty on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in St. Michael Church, 542 Cypress Ave. Details: Ellen DeKleva, (843) 651-1359.
Country Western Dinner Dance
MURRELLS INLET—The St. Michael’s Respect Life Committee is sponsoring a Country Western Dinner Dance on Sept. 20 from 7-10 p.m. in the Duffy Center. Tickets available after Masses Sept. 6-7 and Sept. 13-14 and in the church office, or by calling Terry Borkes, (843) 650-8828.
Knights dinner dance
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Knights of Columbus Council 7122 is holding a Grand Knights Dinner Dance Sept. 16 from 6-11 p.m. at the Our Lady Star of the Sea hall. Surf and turf dinner, all beverages and entertainment are included. $45 couple, $25 single. Call (843) 249-2356 for ticket information.
John Michael Talbot concert
SIMPSONVILLE—St. Mary Magdalene Church, 2252 Woodruff Road, will host a concert featuring John Michael Talbot on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $14 students. Details: (864) 288- 4884, or visit www.smmcc.org.
Halfway to St. Patrick’s dinner
GREENVILLE—The Ancient Order of Hibernians annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day charity dinner will be Sept. 12 at Twigs Tempietto, 1100 Woods Crossing Road. The event benefits St. Clare’s Home for Joyful Hope. Cost: $45 each, includes dinner music and a live auction. Details: Tommy Ennis, (610) 297-1812 or Tom Farrell, (864) 630-1922.
Marian Eucharistic Conference
GREENVILLE—A Marian Eucharistic Conference will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 100 St. Joseph’s Drive, from Sept. 27-28. Featured speakers include: Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Fathers of Mercy Fathers Bill Casey and Wade Menezes, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and Ricardo Castanon Gomez, Ph.D. Details: www.meconferencesc.net.
CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made three new appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston.
Father Michael F. McCafferty, in addition to his current assignment as pastor at Sacred Heart in Gaffney and St. Augustine Mission in Union, was appointed chaplain at Tyger River Correctional Institution in Enoree, effective Aug. 11.
Father S. Thomas Kingsley, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Charleston, was appointed dean representative for the Coastal Deanery, effective Aug. 14.
Franciscan Father Stephen E. Kluge, new to the diocese, is appointed pastor at St. Joseph Church and School in Anderson, effective Sept. 1.
By Catholic News Service
CINCINNATI--Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school's campus.
The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through social media that show them dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads -- or having someone else do the dumping. They also have to name others to do the same in the next 24 hours or donate $100 to the ALS Association.
But questions raised about research supported by the ALS Association have left some Catholics concerned about participating in the effort. The association, which has received the most donations related to the ice bucket challenge, supports research associated with the use of embryonic stem cells, which the Catholic Church opposes. So many Catholic participants in the challenge, in Cincinnati and elsewhere, have chosen to send their donations to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, based in Iowa City, Iowa. The institute on its website says it focuses on "the most ethical and cost-effective way of conducting medical research to help develop therapies and cures for a variety of diseases."
Image: Tom Otten, principal of Elder High School in Cincinnati, and Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the school Aug. 21. Their donations will go to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa. (CNS photo/John Stegeman, Catholic Telegraph)
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