Do you love fun stuff?
Do you love free stuff?
Want to experience the very best Columbia has to offer?
We thought you might. That's why we created Best First Week Ever.
Each year we host our Best First Week Ever to help welcome college students back to USC's campus and enjoy the city of Columbia together. We've put together over a week full of fun to help fight against the back-to-school blues, and introduce you to some of our favorite things in our city.
This year's Best First Week Ever starts on August 23 and will continue until September 3.
For more information about each event, click the appropriate link:
Best First Week Ever Schedule:
Come see us on Greene Street on Wednesday, August 23rd from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to win some SWAG. Hint: Brush up on your Taylor Swift lyrics 'cause you know we're comin' at you again with the classic, Taylor Swift or Poetry?
We'll be giving out free coffee at Cool Beans starting at 7:00pm Wednesday night. We'll have live music, games, and snacks, so come grab some coffee and hang out for your last night before classes start!
Thursday, August 24th: the first day of classes, but more importantly the first day of free coffee and biscuits! For the first day of classes we'll be on Greene Street from 8:00am - 10:00am handing out free coffee and biscuits because who doesn't need a little back to school pick me up?
Just in case you missed us on Thursday, we'll be back with your free coffee and biscuits on Greene Street from 8:00am - 10:00am on Friday, August 25th.
On Friday, August 25th come by Blatt Fields for games, free food, and a dodgeball tournament to win a trip down the river! Come by any time between 2pm and 7pm to hang out! Dodgeball will start around 5pm, so grab a team and come sign up or just show up. Extra points if you have matching outfits and a team name!
Come spend the day with us in Charleston, South Carolina! We'll meet at the Midtown offices at 9am to carpool, grab some lunch, and then spend the day on the beach. We'll be back before dinner, so bring some lunch and gas money.
Join us at our 5pm gathering, or just show up at 6:30pm as we celebrate the start of another school year with live music, games, and free food. If you need a ride to the 5pm gathering we'll be picking students up in front of Capstone at 4:45pm - look for the green van.
On Thursday, August 31st take a break from RUHO food and come on over to Blanding for lunch. We're shutting down the streets for music, games, and of course food trucks! Meet at Capstone at 11:30am to walk over to Blanding.
Meet at the Midtown Offices at 6pm for a cookout before we walk together to the Fireflies Stadium, located just a few blocks away. If you're one of the first 50 students to show up - we'll pay your way, so come cheer on the Fireflies with us! Meet at Capstone at 5:30 for a ride to the Midtown Offices.
For our first game of the season, we'll be roadtripping to Charlotte to cheer on our Gamecocks! Sign up here to purchase a ticket to sit with us, and to carpool and tailgate with us outside of Bank of America Stadium. We'll meet at the Midtown Offices to carpool at 9:00am.
Want to help out?
Throwing Best First Week Ever takes a village! We have a ton of super fun events we would love for you to be a part of this year. Whether that means helping set up and clean up, or showing up to play games and make new friends, sign up below to help us put on the Best First Week Ever.
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