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Check out these 10 great tips every graduate student should do over the summer:

1. Get to know the faculty

Graduate programs are the mecca of expert professionals in your field or industry. Colleges and universities really focus on having incredibly intelligent, influential, and experienced faculty and adjunct professors to train and teach the next generation of professionals in the field. Take some time to Google and research the faculty members in your program–even read some of their scholarly publications and research. Their work may inspire you to study specific topics, and you may even find a mentor or advisor to guide you through your career. Plus, they’ll be impressed if you know about their work!

2. Catch up on current events

Specialized advanced degrees are meant to prepare you and provide practical experience for a career. It wouldn’t be surprising, then, to find that your coursework will tie back to real issues, problems, and topics that are currently happening in your field. Start getting into the routine of checking the news every day–whether it’s online, on television, or even on Twitter–to brush up on current events that could have real implications in your career field.

3. Join a professional organization or association

Graduate school should be considered the beginning of your professional career, where you’ll be regarded as a specialist or scholar in your particular field. You’ll be exposed to a large network of other professionals and have access to tons of resources to help you excel in your career. Every profession has a related association or membership club that provides professionals and students with relevant tools. Some are free to join, but most have a membership fee.

4. Subscribe to industry publications and newsletters
While you’re scoping out the right professional associations to join, add yourself to the mailing lists of other relevant websites and blogs to stay on top of industry trends, issues and even potential job opportunities.

5. Work on your resume/CV and set up a LinkedIn page

Many graduate programs will require that you complete an internship or have relevant work experience in order to graduate. Most programs even have a “Resume Book” for employers to search for qualified candidates from the program. You’ll definitely want to have your resume included in this! Check with the career services office within your school or program to make sure that your resume or CV is formatted according to industry standards. You should also create a virtual resume through your LinkedIn profile – another resource that employers use to seek candidates.

6. Polish your professional side

Now that you want to be taken seriously as a professional, you’ll want to ditch your collegiate persona. Whether you were the campus jock, the popular sorority girl, or the fun-loving socialite in undergrad, you’ll want to update your Facebook page and even consider creating a more polished Twitter account. People in your new professional network will certainly Google you and inevitably find your social network profiles. Make sure those profiles speak well for you!

7. Network with your cohort

“Cohort.” Fancy, right? You’re in graduate school. You get to use words like this now.

For the next year or two that you’ll spend in your graduate program, you’ll be surrounded by the same eager, ambitious, and tortured faces. You and your classmates will be going through #thestruggle together; studying for exams; working together on group projects; calculating what your weighted grade will be; and navigating the many challenges you’ll encounter in grad school. This is not the time to be shy. These folks will not only be your friends in school, but they’ll be long-term professional contacts whom you’ll keep in touch with long after graduation.

8. Get organized for next semester

Graduate school will not only demand your time and energy inside the classroom, it will take up your time outside of the classroom. You’ll want to take full advantage of guest lecture series, attend helpful workshops, travel to conferences, take on an assistantship with a faculty member, fulfill an internship or job requirement, join a student club or professional association… oh yea, and study! It’s best to get organized as early as possible. Get started with a day planner or calendar and use it diligently. There are also really helpful websites and mobile applications that can keep you organized when you’re on the move. My favorite apps to use are Evernote and Google Calendar.

9. Scout out your favorite study spot

Full disclosure: you may have already found out that graduate school is not like undergrad. In undergrad, it may have been easy for you to get by on last-minute studying, or you may have been able to talk your way out of a penalty on a late assignment. But graduate school shows no mercy. In fact, for a lot of programs, grades that are lower than a C are considered failing!

Take graduate school seriously; it’s not worth your money or time to slack here. You’ll want to get into a routine of studying regularly. Find a place where you’ll be able to concentrate on your work and not fall asleep. For some folks it’s at home, for others it’s a library. Or maybe it’s a nearby coffee shop with free wifi. Wherever it is, find it, and start calling it “home.”

10. Relax and enjoy the summertime

By enrolling in graduate school, you have already determined that a quality education is important to you. So be ready for the tough stuff. Once next semester starts, you may have to again sacrifice your social life and free time, but trust me, it’ll be well worth it. Before classes begin, find some time to enjoy the summer – take a trip, check out a summer concert, hang out with friends and family (before you put yourself in exile), and reward yourself for making it this far. You’ve signed up for another year of schooling – something that most people wouldn’t even dare to accomplish!

Happy Summer!


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Graduate Spotlight: Abbie Cain

Posted by: McCrayCC | May 6, 2016 | No Comment |


Please join us in welcoming Ms. Abbie Cain to the M.S. in Environmental Studies (MES) program. Abbie is our new Program Coordinator and Director of the Student Garden at Dixie Plantation. Abbie has been at the College of Charleston since 2014, previously in the Center for International Education. Prior to that, she held various positions at her alma mater, Northern Kentucky University. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics and International Studies and she received her Master’s in Public Administration in 2012. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Mt. Pleasant. Stop by or email Abbie at any time – Abbie will be splitting her time between the MES program office at 284-B King Street and in the School of Sciences and Math Building (room 254). Abbie is excited to join the MES program and would like to stress that her door is open to students both inside and outside of our program. We are excited to have her as the Coordinator for Environmental Studies!

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Maggie Harrelson Dangerfield is the Strategic Planning and Sustainability Officer for the Charleston County School District. Born and raised in Charleston, Maggie is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics, and a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Master in Environmental Studies, a Master in Public Administration, and a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to joining the District, Maggie worked as an environmental consultant in the private sector and as a research specialist at SCDHEC’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management on a multi-institutional NOAA grant. During her time with the District, Maggie has focused her efforts on expanding the District’s waste management program, school-based green initiatives, and environmental protocols. In particular, over the last three years, Maggie has developed a school-based commercial composting program in 48 schools for which EPA Region 4 recently recognized the District for its outstanding achievement in food waste prevention and diversion in 2015. In addition to operational and programmatic sustainability, Maggie also focuses her efforts on strategic planning, having recently transitioned positions within the organization to assist with the facilitation of the District’s new five-year strategic plan. Outside of her professional life, Maggie enjoys cooking, traveling, the beach, and hiking. She currently resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband, James, and their Brittany Spaniel, Grady. Maggie is also a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional.


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As an undergraduate at the College of Charleston, I knew I would miss the beautiful campus and amazing faculty upon graduation. So, I was thrilled to discover in early spring 2015 that the College of Charleston offered a variety of graduate programs through the University of Charleston, SC. I jumped at the chance to apply to the Masters in Communication (MCOM) Program because I knew I wanted to pursue health communication. Because I already had a research background and was a research assistant on the Women’s Health Research Team (WHRT), an interdisciplinary research team at the College, I knew that continuing my education at the University of Charleston, S.C. would allow me to pursue my passion for health communication and women’s health research. The mentors from the WHRT really helped solidify my decision to remain at the College to continue working toward improving the health of women and girls in the community and in South Carolina.

I love how close-knit the MCOM faculty and students are and I have made some incredibly talented friends. Charleston has always been like a second home to me. Sincethe age of two, I have been coming to Charleston with my family. Charleston has become even more like a home because of the relationships I have formed while at the University of Charleston, S.C. It is such an honor to receive the ExCEL Award for Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year because I feel so lucky to be here pursuing my graduate studies in such a meaningful and lovely place.



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Alum Spotlight: Rebecca Kukulka

Posted by: McCrayCC | March 28, 2016 | No Comment |

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As a military child growing up, I lived all over the country and the world. We came to Charleston every summer and Christmas to visit my grandparents and I was determined to live here. In 2003, I got my wish and came to College of Charleston as a freshman. I set my curriculum path toward working in pediatrics because I knew I wanted to work with children. I completed my undergraduate degree in biology in 2007 and began working in a pediatric dentist office to gain experience. I finally realized that education was my passion and returned to The College for my masters in teaching in elementary education. I graduated in December of 2010 and began substitute teaching in local private schools. I later taught third, fourth, and fifth grades in a Title I, Dorchester District II school. English Language Arts was my primary role for all grades and I love sharing the joy of reading with students. These years included teaching in traditional classrooms, single-gender classrooms, and gifted and talented classrooms. I am currently employed as a nanny while working to build a network of clientele for private tutoring. My time and experience at College of Charleston is invaluable to me, and I am grateful to the dedicated professors and our very unique school in the heart of Charleston.


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Alum Teacher Extraordinare: Matthew Carrington

Posted by: McCrayCC | March 7, 2016 | No Comment |


Originally from England, Matthew Carrington studied abroad at the College of Charleston in 2004-2005 as part of his undergraduate degree in American studies from the University of Nottingham, UK. He returned to CofC in 2010 when he began a Masters in Elementary Education and was given the Outstanding Student award for his graduating class in 2012. He is now into his fourth year of teaching at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary in Charleston, SC. Ashley River has been recognized across the nation as a leader in Arts Education, and Matthew is passionate about teaching through the arts. Matthew received the school’s Rookie Teacher of the Year award in his first year of teaching, and at the end of his third year was chosen by the Ashley River faculty as their 2015-16 Teacher of the Year. As assistant coach of the school robotics team, he helped plan and carry out a successful school-wide STEAMfest, and he also implements in-school technology trainings for parents and faculty. He was recently chosen by Charleston County to be part of the Digital Learning Cohort, a pilot program to deploy iPads in select classrooms, and is passionate about connecting with classrooms around the world using technologies such as Skype and Twitter (@TeachingSC). He recently had two proposals accepted to present at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Denver, CO this summer. In his spare time he is assistant coach of a U10 club soccer team, and plays for a team in the Charleston City Soccer League. Please see the video below that he shares with his students. Way to Go Matthew!



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The College of Charleston Launches Snapchat Channel

Posted by: McCrayCC | February 26, 2016 | No Comment |

If you’re over 30, you may need to grab a teen to explain the next few words to you, but College of Charleston is officially on Snapchat. Bring out all the happy-faced emojis, because now you can spy on campus activities straight from your phone. Snapchat is a super popular video messaging app that allows followers to connect through one to 10-second clips that disappear within 24 hours. Follow us at thecofc to see what’s happening at 66 George St. There will be baseball games, event announcements, campus tours, graduate school information, student insights, and maybe a special guest or two.

“My friends and I use Snapchat every day to tell each other about our days in a fun way instead of texting,” says CofC junior and communication major Aleah Ralph, who took over CofC’s Snapchat channel for a day. “CofC’s Snapchat account is a great way for enrolled and prospective students to see what happens at the College from the perspective of people their own age.”

And if you haven’t already, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and hit us up on Instagram.

If you don’t have Snapchat loaded on your phone yet, you can watch Ralph’s Snapchat story in the video below.

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It is 8:00 PM and I have been listening to the Monks chanting continuously since sunrise on their electric sound system which emanates from what must be a Buddhist Monastery about two blocks down our little semi-rural road. Mimi and I finally had a chance to follow that road around past the Monastery, past the Bus Depot and past the new housing development (which looks to be struggling?) all the way back to the main highway which then leads to Mawlamyine University, if you take a right, or back to our little house if you take a left. We told ourselves we were bird watching and I did spot a Red-whiskered Bulbul but we were really watching these beautiful and rather exotic peoples. There are Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Baptists!! Yes lots of Baptists. Since I walk to school and home every week day, today we headed  back towards home. “Home”? Wow, I called it home. Just been here a couple of weeks so we must be settling in.


I have to mention the Leprosy Hospital which is on the main road just down from the University gate. Built by Americans about 40 years ago, when Leprosy was still a huge problem, it is the only such Hospital in the country of Myanmar which is about the size of Texas (largest country in Southeast Asia) but has a population of about 53 million which is about 3 times that of Texas. Anyway modern antibiotics have mostly eliminated the disease and rendered it very treatable and not nearly as contagious as we used to think.

Then there is malaria. That is another story which we are still working on and will relate soon.   This place is hot for sure and very dry with no rain of any kind for three months. But, in two months, they tell us, the “Rainy Season” begins with nearly 200 inches of wet stuff in the following four months. This is hard to imagine since it is so dry here now. Oh gosh, the Monks have just stopped chanting and some lovely sounding bells have also finished their tolling. I guess it is bedtime and time to get under the mosquito net. I can’t wait to get up though. Our neighbor gave us a beautiful ripe papaya which we plan to devour as the Monks begin their Monday morning chants.

Our little House at #2 Timardi Street. We are on the edge of a two acre orchard with Jack fruit trees, mangoes, papayas, bananas, ginormous sweet great fruit like things, and several ornamentals including a hedge of orchids (yellow plant to left of house).



Dave Owens, Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Peace Corps Volunteer


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Greetings from Paris!

I’m Elizabeth Lambert, and I’m currently teaching and doing research in Paris thanks to The College of Charleston’s Versailles Fellowship Program. The first few months of my fellowship have been a whirlwind filled with teaching, researching, and traveling. Here is a picture of me standing in front of the Elisabeth bridge in Budapest.

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Through the fellowship, I been teaching conversational English classes at the University of Versailles twice a week. My students have been great so far—they are eager to participate in our activities and they seem genuinely interested in American culture. Their enthusiasm has made slipping into the role of teacher a lot easier for me, and I’ve enjoyed teaching even more than I thought I would.

Besides teaching, the fellowship has given me a wonderful opportunity to conduct my own research. I’m currently researching the French author Boris Vian. During his life, Vian was a bit of a Renaissance Man—he played the trumpet, wrote songs and essays, invented new gadgets, and was an artist. Today, though, Vian is primarily known for his coming-of-age novel, L’écume des jours. Because Vian lived and worked in Paris for much of his life, I’ve been able to make connections with people who actually knew him, including his first wife, Michelle Léglise. Madame Léglise was nice enough to let me interview her for my research, and to my surprise, after the interview was over, she invited me back so that we could continue discussing Vian’s life and work. Now, I meet with Madame Léglise almost once a week, and, as we read L’écume des jours together, she supplements our reading with her own memories and explanations of the book. Meeting with Madame Léglise has been a wonderful way to get a firsthand account from someone who actually knew Vian, and it’s an experience that would have never been possible without CofC’s fellowship program.

Despite all the wonderful experiences my time in Paris has brought me, it would be impossible not to mention the November 13th attacks in Paris. The attacks were harrowing for anyone who was living or working in Paris, but I’ve been immensely impressed with the French reaction to the attacks. Rather than retreat, French citizens seem determined to continue to live as normally as possible. After the attacks, I struggled with what to say to my French students, but it turned out that I didn’t have to say much. My students, like many of the French citizens I came into contact with, were resolved to move forward despite the tragedy. Today, things are getting back to normal in Paris, and the City of Lights is moving forward.

After all the events of the last four months, I’m excited to see what my next semester in Paris brings!

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The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C. and the Université de Versailles – Saint Quentin have an exchange program which affords a unique opportunity for graduate students to teach and conduct independent research at a university in the southwest suburbs of Paris. Established in 1994 by Dr. Olejniczak of the History department, the Graduate School has sent nearly 20 College of Charleston students to France with great success.



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Meet Allisyn Morgan, Assistant to the Graduate Dean

Posted by: McCrayCC | January 7, 2016 | No Comment |

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Allisyn K. Morgan ‘08

BA, Art History, College of Charleston

BA, Historic Preservation & Community Planning, College of Charleston

Allisyn Morgan is a Charleston native with a background in historic preservation, photography, and academic administration. After studying Art History, Historic Preservation, Photography, and French at CofC, she furthered her studies in design and preservation before working in photography full time. From there, she returned to her roots in historic preservation as the Administrative Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, a program co-sponsored by Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Her position focused on fostering a collaborative environment for both schools, deans, faculty, students, and practitioners in the field of historic preservation. After almost five years in the Meeting Street office, her husband and fellow CofC alum Austin Morgan accepted a coaching position in baseball at Texas A&M University. After one year residing in his home state of Texas, the two unexpectedly relocated back to Charleston! In July 2015, Austin accepted a coaching position for the Cougars, where he focuses on defense and recruiting. Allisyn is excited to be back on a campus that is so near and dear to her heart, she chose to marry on its grounds. She’s thrilled to be working for Dean McCandless and alongside a staff she became acquainted with over the years. Working in Randolph Hall is icing on the cake, as it has always been one of her favorite historic buildings on the planet. When Allisyn isn’t on campus or at baseball games, she loves to cook, eat, travel, play the piano, and work in photography . These days her main focus with the camera is food and its history; her projects can be found at www.allisynkmorgan.com.

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