III: EDUCATION

Education has always played an important part in my life. From pre-K into my high school years, my parents instilled that knowledge is something that nobody can ever take away from you.

“When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world.”

Shai Reshef

Partly because of work ethic and her drive to do everything to the highest degree, I always admired my mom’s pursuit of higher education. She has a B.S. in Psychology, two masters degrees, a PhD and was once National Boards certified. She also obtained her PhD while holding a full time job as an administrator of an elementary school, having a family and driving to classes 1.5 hours away. Wow!

I always knew my plan was to go to college after high school. I, too, loved school and that’s what I felt was the right path for me.

I applied to three in state schools because we all know college is expensive enough without adding out-of-state tuition. Anderson, University of South Carolina and Wofford made my top three for all varying reasons.

Anderson was the small Christian school not far from home. USC was the big SEC school in the state capital and has the big school feel. Wofford was the private liberal arts college planted in my hometown. They were all diverse and all had great options.

Believe me when I say that college isn’t for everyone. We need people in trade schools. School is not a be-all-end-all, for my youngest brother included. I wouldn’t have traded my experience for the world, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with not going to college. There is such a need for those trades, like welding, mechanics and even for full-time service men (and women). Often times, those people get twice as much an hour than most other jobs. Pave your own way and don’t allow anyone to dictate what is right for you.

College was a place for me to grow and to figure out what life was all about. A lot happened to that innocent seventeen year old freshman. Mentally, I grew. Emotionally, I grew. I learned how to be independent. I was able to make decisions for myself and figure out what direction I wanted to take in life at the time. By the time that twenty-one year old walked across that stage, she had experienced a lot of life.

If you are a high school junior or senior (or are looking to go back to school), consider UofSC! We’ve claimed the #1 International Business School and Honors School in the nation for the last decade.

The world is a grand place. Learning and education aren’t necessarily restricted to a classroom or in textbooks. Get outside and experience the world for yourself. Some of my fondest “teachable” moments have been sight-seeing in the Mediterranean Sea and in the streets of Paris. Take a road trip. Experience what life has to offer for yourself grab it by the horns.

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY INTRO

As an idea that came to me randomly today at work, I have a new “series” that I’ll be starting this upcoming weekend!

Every Saturday leading up to the week of Thanksgiving, I will be highlighting a “small business” that has meant something to me as well as ones that I have recently stumbled upon.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes and to bring light to all of the amazing talent we have around us in the Asheville (and Spartanburg) area.

If you have anyone that you would like to nominate for consideration, please send me a message and/or comment below!

Until next time,
Alex in Asheville

There’s only #oneSpartanburg

“Home is a place where your feet may leave but your heart will always be.”

Growing up in the small and quaint of Spartanburg, SC I feel like it’s only appropriate that it gets the first official highlight!

Spartanburg, known as the ever endearing “Sparkle City,” is located in the Upstate South Carolina and is seated at the crossroads of Interstates 85 and 26. This community is the cradle of economic development in the Palmetto State, making it a great place to live, work, play and invest. It is home to seven different colleges and offers a wide array of outdoor activities, access to the arts and a great nightlife scene.

Below, I’ve highlighted a few of the most popular restaurants, sights and sounds below, so feel free to check any of them out and let me know how you like them!

EATS & DRINKS

→ THE BEACON DRIVE-IN
The Beacon has been a famous Southern landmark since 1946 and has also been home to many presidents’ campaign runs. The Chili-Cheese A-Plenty, a chili-cheeseburger buried underneath piles of sweet onion rings and french-fried potatoes is a must! Their ice cream is some of the best around, too!

IKE’S CORNER GRILL
This compact, but lively joint on the north side of Spartanburg is known for their burgers, hotdogs, fries, onion rings & beers. It’s been voted to have the “best burger” in town multiple times and has been serving the area for more than 50 years! If you’re looking to add some grease to your diet, Ike’s is the place to go!

MONSOON NOODLE HOUSE
If you consider yourself a foodie, do yourself a favor and check out Monsoon! Monsoon has genuinely been my favorite place to eat since I was a freshman in high school and is some of the most authentic Asian food you will ever taste.

FR8 YARD
FR8yard is South Carolina’s first fully outdoor biergarten built entirely from re-purposed shipping containers! Located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, FR8yard is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, community gathering spot centered around great food, drinks and entertainment creating an all around great time! Relatively new to the community, this was also a go “got-to” hangout to have a drink and some appetizers.

→ DOWNTOWN DELI & DONUTS
This eatery will serve a variety of vibrant and healthy breakfast dishes, a lunch menu chocked full of fresh and wholesome entrees, and the BEST gourmet donuts in town. DDD offers a range of breakfast sandwiches and bagels, a “Quiche of the day,” and a selection of sides.

Other notable restaurants and breweries:
1) Cyclops Brewery
2) RJ Rockers Taproom & Silo

SIGHTS & SOUNDS

→ CLEVELAND PARK
As one of my personal favorites, Cleveland Park is the most visible public park and is located in the historic center of Spartanburg, adjacent to the Northside Redevelopment project. This venue is where my husband and I got engaged and married, so I will always be biased to its’ beauty! Cleveland Park has a newly renovated playground and a beautiful pond, island gazebo, walking trail, waterside amphitheater.

→ BARNET PARK
Spartanburg’s premier outdoor concert and special events venue, the seven-acre Barnet Park plays host to dozens of events each year, from performances by national recording artists to family reunions and company picnics. BP also features a 2-mile paved walking trail, interactive water fountain, 1,036-square-foot picnic pavilion, original sculptures “Exuberance” & “Circle of Friendship.”

→ GLENDALE SHOALS PRESERVE
Glendale Shoals Preserve consists of thirteen acres located at the old Glendale Mill on Lawson’s Fork Creek. The Shoals have plant, animal, and bird life. When the water is low, walk across the shoals, skip some rocks, and enjoy the view.

Thank you for coming by! If you have any thoughts, questions or concerns, feel to drop me a message or comment below.


♡,
Alex in Asheville