January jumpstart

If there is anywhere to be in January, it is Charleston.  While the North freezes over, we in the Lowcountry enjoy sunny days and chilly nights.  Still, getting out and enjoying all this city and college have to offer may not be on your radar during the busy start of the year. Here are five Charleston activities for you when you find yourself needing an excuse to fall in love with Charleston again and again:

The Battery

If you are not taking at least a weekly walk, run or bike ride to the Battery, then you are doing it wrong. Seriously.  The Battery easily revives your love for this city.  From the water, to the oaks and the palm trees in between, it is a magical spot.  The next time you are in a slump, grab a copy of the Yard, stroll down to the Battery, pop on a bench and take it all in.  

(Photo by Ellie Thomson)

Cuisine

Summer is obviously a delicious time of year with an abundance of fresh produce available, but January holds its own when it comes to root vegetables and citrus fruits.  From beets and Brussels sprouts to citrus fruits and pears, get creative with everything in season in your own kitchen or be adventurous at one of the many restaurants Charleston has to offer.  When you find yourself on your sixth Ramen bowl of the week, change it up and incorporate seasonal foods into your meals to start the New Year fresh.

Xiao Bao Biscuit on Rutledge (Photo by Ellie Thomson)

Events

We are so lucky to live in a city that has so much to offer.  Free and inexpensive events happen daily here.  The best way to see what is going on is to browse Facebook events or pick up a copy of the Charleston Art Mag that always lists events.  Art openings, concerts, oyster roasts and plays do not stop in the New Year, so take advantage of them all.

The Southern Contemporary Art Gallery opening (Photo by Ellie Thomson)

Sports

Go Cougs! Just because there is not a football team does not mean the sports scene is lacking on campus.  They are free. They are fun.  What are you waiting for? The Cougars have had a phenomenal basketball season and the warm weather will bring baseball games with it in late February.  Branch out and check out women’s beach volleyball or tennis, too.  Sporting events are an easy way to get out with a group of friends.

(Photo by Ellie Thomson)

Outdoors

One of the greatest advantages of going to the College of Charleston is the weather.  While most undergraduates hibernate into their dorms and the library for the Winter, Cougars can play, study and work outdoors.  Take a bike ride, study outside, walk the bridge or dine al fresco.  The weather is a huge benefit of Charleston; take advantage of it.

Emily Sandifer ’18 (Photo by Ellie Thomson)

Fall in love with Charleston again this January.  Enjoy the weather, the culture, the activities and your fellow Cougars with these five tips.  

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