(Click here to view a video version of this report)If many College of Charleston students seem distracted it may be because of what their families back home are dealing with: Hurricane Sandy and its destructive aftermath.
CofC has a large number of students from Northeastern storm-stricken states such as New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland.
New Jersey, in fact, sends the fourth most students to the College of Charleston after only South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. New York, Maryland and Connecticut are sixth through eighth, respectively in that category. This demographic data, from CofC's Office of Institutional Research, is from the Fall 2013 (recently updated) semester.
Here are the thoughts and concerns of several CofC students about Sandy's impact on their hometowns. Some of the students are anxious- yet optimistic- about things being back to normal- or close to it- by the time they travel home for Thanksgiving in a few weeks.
But luckily my family has been OK. They have power. So it's been kind of a hot spot for neighbors who lost power. So it's been good. They got lucky."
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.
(At Thanksgiving) I'm worried it's going to be mass choas because I know the gas lines in my hometown are crazy and people are fighting over a gallon of gas. Hopefully when I'm home all of that chaos will be gone."
(Thanksgiving) It'll be different and I'm kind of nervous to see what it will look like. But I'm definitely going home and when I'm there I'll probably help out, if I can."
I talked to my buddy last night at, like, two in the morning and he said that grocery stores are completely out of canned food. So food's becoming an issue. It's mayhem up there. He said he's never seen anything like it.
(Thanksgiving) No, I moved down here to get away from bad weather."
A report today from The Washington Post ranks Hurricane Sandy (estimated $50-60 billion) the second most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, behind only Katrina in 2005 ($105.8 billion).
Hurricane Hugo, which struck Charleston (including CofC) and the Lowcountry in 1989, did nearly $10 billion worth of damage.As of today, Sandy has claimed 110 lives in the U.S.
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