(Closed) Moving South (SC) f/m the Big City (NYC) – any advice?

posted 5 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@futuremrsk18:  Be nice, make eye contact with everyone and smile, and get used to random converations with people in line at the grocery store, at the mall, etc:) You may like Blythewood, which is right outside of Columbia. Columbia is an awesome place to live (I stayed there for a few years). Honestly though, if you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me (I’m originally from SC, and I’m an attorney too). Have you taken the SC bar yet? Have they warned/told you about the legal atmosphere of SC yet? You seem to be really interested in moving to the lowcountry/midland area, correct?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@futuremrsk18:  Oh!  We are like retro-twins!  I also will be 28 next month, and I am moving from MN to NYC in 10 days to be with my FI who moved out there in March. 🙂  We are planning our MN wedding from 1200 miles away with no one near to help! I ironically have two friends who just got married and moved to Charleston last month (they love it there, btw!)

What’s your motivation for moving?  What do you typically do in NYC in your freetime now, and how are you looking for your life to change/stay the same when you relocate?

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I grew up outside NYC and went to school at Clemsonin upstate SC (which is about as different from NY as it gets!)…my one piece of advice, enjoy it for what it is–do not expect it to be like NY but rather appreciate the differences. It took me a while to do that but after I did, I couldn’t imagine a better place. I would recommend Greenville which is extremely up and coming for young professionals and has a ton to offer someone who is use to “city-life”. Good luck 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR and I vacation in SC regularly (3 or 4 times a year).  And we LOVE it… definitely one of our favourite Destinations in the USA (we are going to be married in Myrtle Beach over Christmas, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean).

From your post, it does sound like you are a Low-Country type of gal.  Cannot blame you… we really have enjoyed Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Hilton Head and Georgetown when we’ve been on vacation.  Other favourites for us, are all of the coastline northwards into North Carolina, and also the Savannah area, which is just over the stateline in Georgia.

Southern folks in general are just so dang friendly (and polite).  You may find it a change from a big city like NYCity.  But we LOVE it.  The weather is awesome too for the most part… as they say in SC “Summer starts in April and runs on for about 9 months”.  The only real downside to the state is how frickin unbelievably HOT the US South can be in the summertime.  As a “northerner” that is the one thing you’ll probably have the most trouble getting aclimatized to.

Hope this helps,

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@futuremrsk18:  – Weather

South Carolina has a Humid Subtropical Climate (NY has a more of a Continental Climate)

So ya the heat and humidity in SC can really get nasty. Where NYCity might see a heatwave in the summer, in the South that can be pretty much the norm.

June, July, August and September are the hottest months… with Average Temps in the high 80s and 90s (and those are averages… they can go up significantly from there). Personally we don`t go to SC then… just too dang uncomfortable.

Wikipedia has a good article on SC Weather (be sure and click on the link on the page to expand the Temperature Chart)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_South_Carolina

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As “Northerners”, Mr TTR and I much enjoy SC from October thru April… when there is such a pleasant contrast to the weather up here in Canada.  October and April are great months for golfers… (SC having some of the best golf courses in North America).  The weather is really ideal being in the 70s and not humid.

Christmastime and you are out of the cold (for the most part… lol, I`ve actually seen a dusting of snow 2 years ago in MB on Christmas Day).  December and January, the weather looks a lot more like Spring or Fall in New England (50s and 60s).

If you are one who can cope with the heat and humidity, then I guess SC is a good place to live year-round… for us Snowbirds, it fits the bill nicely Fall, Winter and Spring… but we much prefer to Summer up here in Canada.

Hope this helps,

PS… I apologize if there is any wierd type in my post… has been happening to me all night on WBee. Hopefully you can read the reply none-the-less

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

LOL I am from this area and my FI is from NYC, we have lived in both, currently lived in both. I’m sure I can help you with anything you need to know!

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I really love Charleston and would do anything to live there! haha but finding work is tough…maybe not for an attorney though!

I second Greenville – Its a really pretty city that is up and coming. Lots of young professionals and families. A bit trendy. I currently live in NC but we plan to settle down over the boarder in SC.  Life is a bit slower paced down here but people are as friendly as can be and the food is amazing!

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I concur with what the PPs have said, and there’s really not much to add. I’d say the Columbia area is more up and coming and there’s more to do than there is in the Aiken/North Augusta area. I live just over the river in Augusta/Evans (small world, I may know your FI’s BFF) and the ‘scene’ is very minimal. Oh, and that’s another thing, it’s a very small town atmosphere here in the south, everybody knows everybody, and if they don’t, then they for sure know someone who does, lol. It’s very friendly, and random people will chat, say hi, wave to you for no reason at all. As hot and humid as our summers are, the winters are very mild, and if it snows, the whole city comes to a screeching halt. We’re just not equipped for it the way the rest of the country is, and it’s a HUGE deal; schools even close!

I’m sure y’all will make yourselves at home in no time. (And get used to hearing y’all a lot) People will say ‘yes ma’am’ to you as well, and it’s a sign of respect and politeness, not anything derogatory, like I saw mentioned on here a while back.

And while I’m not an attorney, I have lived here all my life, and I can tell you that our legal/justice system, as well as most of the government, still has a mostly, ‘good ol’ boys club’ mentality to it. In other words, shoot the breeze with folks, and schmooze schmooze schmooze. An outsider coming in can sometimes rub people the wrong way, especially a ‘yankee’. (You’ll hear that a lot, too)

If you have anymore questions, ask away, I’d be happy to answer.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@futuremrsk18: 

Legal Tips: Congrats on passing the bar!!! YAAAAAAY!!! Fingers crossed for your guy. I haven’t taken the SC bar yet because I’m so not feeling the fact it’s 3 frickin days long lol. Yep, get ready for the old boy’s club. Most people in SC, went to USC (in the south, that’s University of South Caroina, not Univ. of S. Cali lol) because up until like 5 years ago, it was the ONLY law school in the state. Unlike GA & NC, which has a variety of different law schools at different ranks, SC has had ONE (CofC-College of Charleston, just started one recently) USC was all there was for basically the last 100 years. Now, if you were a standoffish state (we don’t like outsiders, but we take care of our own), with only ONE law school for 100 years, what do you think the legal community would be like? Make sure you network like CRAZY. Seriously (I summered there, and even I got some resistance for going to law school “up north’ despite having lived in SC for my entire life prior lol) be prepared to do what you gotta do- happy hours, joining the softball league, going golfing, playing tennis, etc. Everyone knows everyone, so be careful with your reputation. And as much as I hate to say it, understand that the law isn’t always the law in SC- it’s what the judge decides it is that day (and may be based on the people involved, and what he thinks the law schould be). I don’t know if you’re planning on hanging out a shingle or joining an established practice, but get to know people in your legal community ASAP. Of course, I’m basically a random from the internet, so hey. 

As for the weather, understand if it drops below 30 degrees and it starts raining, you’re going to get delays, closures, etc. And there will be no bread, milk or eggs at grocery stores lol. I agree with other posters that said you’re not going to get much of a “scene’ in SC (Columbia-Cola for short, Greenville, and Charleston are your best options- besides, you’ll get used to driving to Charlotte & Atlanta for bigger events very quickly).

Understand businesses may/probably won’t be open on Sunday or may be open limited hours. Also, don’t count on many things being open past 9 or 10pm, except dear Wally (Wal-Mart. Life in SC revolves around Wal-Mart.

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