The First Impression
The end of my senior year was approaching and my college applications had been sent off. Just like any other high school senior anticipating the acceptance letter from their desired college, I had already claimed a college as the one that I would be attending in the upcoming fall semester. Although Coastal Carolina University was near the bottom of my list, it ended up being the university that I would soon be attending. Upset that I was not able to attend my first choice, I could not see Coastal as blessing but more as a letdown.
My first impression of Coastal Carolina was not what it should have been. When I first got accepted to the university I was rather unimpressed. I treated Coastal as a choice that I could always fall back on just in case my top choices fell through. I viewed the university as a false university in a way. Teens at school had mentioned a few things about Coastal being more of a party school than a legit university. I also believed that it was a school near the beach with unsuccessful sports teams, high STD percentages, and a small locally recognized institution. Of course for one that really didn’t know that much, these were some cruel accusations. With orientation coming, I had no idea that I was in for a surprise on my view of the school. During and after those two days I experienced my favorite and less favorable components of Coastal.
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Attempting to enter the Coastal with a sound heart and an open mind allowed me to see the good in something I thought was not worth a moment of my time. I ended up finding the environment of the university to be very warm and friendly through the people. Everyone was humble and realized that we are all in the same point in our lives. Seeing that through the majority of the people on the campus allowed me to adjust and fit in smoothly with others. Even with the extravagant scenery along the campus and the warm hospitality shown through the environment, there was still something I didn’t agree with.
The way the campus is designed is very unique. The thing that got to me the most would be the amount of walking required to navigate between classes. During welcome week we attended sessions in different buildings. The distance between the different session spots was almost unbearable combined with the summer heat. Even with long walks and the rays from the summer heat beating on my neck as if I were in a desert, there was something about this school that as appealing to me.
All in all my experience here at Coastal has been a really strange but beneficial one. It all started out with me wanting nothing to do with this place and ending up enjoying my time here. The fact that the school was rather spread along campus kind of allowed us to be able to get to class without the hassle of going through other students. Being able to look back and analyze how my impression changed once I gave the university a chance was shocking. My first impressions were cruel. A lot of times things can happen or change to pursue us to cope with it. Coastal has a lot of good and bad components along with other universities worldwide. The important is to enter the situation with an open heart from now on. I still have negative feelings toward the school but it will soon fade away quickly. I viewed Coastal as a certified party school and not a real school. Every day I prove myself wrong because Coastal Carolina University is a great school to attend.