By Tess Malijenovsky
Seventeen, a popular teen magazine, selected 15 college freshman to keep a blog about their first year away at school. One of the students chosen was Jaymie Baggerly, who graduated from Beaufort Academy and is now a freshman at College of Charleston.
Jaymie never thought she’d have her face next to her story in the magazine she grew up reading, and now she’s one of Seventeen’s featured “Freshman 15.”
“It feels really weird,” Jaymie said. “You know, you grow up reading that magazine, and I always thought that if I was going to be in it, I’d be in the section with the embarrassing stories.”
Every other week readers can find Jaymie’s latest blog entries with pictures and videos posted on Seventeen’s website. Making videos won’t be hard for Jaymie since she’s been making them with her friends for years ever since her grandparents gave her a video camera for Christmas. After all, she won her spot in Seventeen with a blog entry about poaching an egg and a one-minute introductory video highlighting her personality amidst a sunflower field and downtown by the river.
So far Jaymie’s written about the trials of trying out for the crew team and her first time going out to a dance club —Pantheon, a gay club recommended by her upperclassmen as “the most fun place in Charleston.” She also plans on giving readers a heads up about the process of signing up for Study Abroad as she intends to go to England.
With a high school graduating class of 17 students, the Charleston city life has a lot to offer Jaymie, and she’s excited to have already made many new friends. Even though Charleston might be “like a big Beaufort,” according to Jaymie, she misses her friends and family from back home.
Jaymie would like high school rising seniors to know that college isn’t the slice of cake her teachers made it out to be and highly recommends that students try to move onto campus as early as possible so that they’re all settled in by the time classes start.
To stay tuned with Jaymie Baggerly’s freshman endeavors as she represents Beaufort, check out her blog: http://www.seventeen.com/archives/college/freshman-15/by_author/11703/3;1.