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Meet the Peer Leaders

Alexis Alley

Hey y’all, my name is Alexis Alley. I am from Spartanburg, South Carolina. I am a sophomore, psychology major with a minor in pre-law. I am very involved on campus in many different ways. I enjoy being with my friends and going to the football and baseball games. I would love to travel the world and see as many different places and cultures as possible! As a freshman our big read book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, I really enjoyed reading this book because it brought up many controversies and debates in various ways. Advice to the incoming freshman would be to work hard, have fun, and get involved in your campus community!! GO CHANTACLEARS

 

 Alexis Alley

La'Quisha Bell
My name is La'Quisha Bell I am a Junior, Middle Level Education major from Cheraw, South Carolina.  I am a member of the CIA Gospel Choir and I am also an Orientation Leader.  My advice to all the incoming Freshman is to challenge yourselves to step out of your box  be different!  My most enjoyable read is Think Like A Man.  Not only did I enjoy the movie but I love the book.  I look forward to meeting each of you!

 LaQuisha Bell

Alissa Clayton

My name is Alissa Clayton and I will be a junior this year at Coastal Carolina University. I am a marine science major and am also pursuing a psychology minor. My hometown is Pittsburgh, PA but the beach is where my heart is really at. My main career goal is to be a marine mammal trainer but I love all aspects of marine biology. I believe that you can achieve anything you want with a lot of hard work and by communicating with your peers and professors. Coastal Carolina is an excellent school with a lot of opportunities and brilliant professors. Some advice that I would give to incoming freshmen is to get all you can out of your college experience, open yourself to new activities and make friends! Don’t shut yourself out of all the great things Coastal has to offer but also remember why you’re here. Achievement should always remain your main goal. One of my favorite books is The Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult because it expresses the everyday arguments of right and wrong and enhances the idea that by following your heart you can never fail to be happy. All nineteen of her novels express the harshness of reality and the beauty of acceptance. She will always leave you with something worth thinking about.

Alissa Clayton  

Brantay Cohens

Hello, my name is Brantay Q. Cohens. I am a junior majoring in Middle Level Education and I am from Georgetown, South Carolina. I chose Coastal Carolina University because of the location and the scenic campus. I am not far from home, so I can visit anytime and I am far enough away to feel independent. I am very active on and off campus. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. A few organizations that I am involved in include Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Leadership Challenge, and the Call Me MISTER Initiative. I always encourage freshmen students to get involved and find out what suits their interests, but to also maintain a healthy balance in academics and social activities. Another activity that I enjoy doing is reading. I recently read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and it has become my favorite book.

 Brantay Cohens

Clarissia Collins
I was born and raised in Charleston, SC which is a beautiful historical location. I have a big family, four sisters and one brother; I am the third eldest daughter of my five siblings. As the third eldest my roles were many, of a mentor, leader, role model, friend and sister, perhaps that are the reasons why I enjoy guiding and helping other people.  Also these are the reasons why I became a peer leader and a Resident Assistant (RA) here at CCU. I love traveling and making new friends. I love reading, my most recent enjoyable reads was the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  However, besides reading I love to learn, create, and sing, but most of all I love to bring happiness to the people around me. My major is communication with a minor in graphic design. Coastal Carolina University is a second home to me. I love the people, the teachers, the city, and all of the ways one can get involved here at CCU. I would like to regard the upcoming freshmen as my little brothers and sisters and challenge them to value their time as a student and use the resources that are provided for them. Become open to new opportunities and get involved within the University. I look forward to assisting them in their transition to college life!

 Clarissa Collins

Sara Giza

Welcome incoming Coastal Carolina class of 2016! My real name is Sara, but everyone calls me Sadie. I’m a junior psychology major with aspirations of being a counseling psychologist. My hometown is Pittsburgh, PA and I love the Steelers. Even though I’ve lived in Conway for the past 2 years, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the humidity! One of my favorite hobbies is to travel and especially to Italy. The best book I ever read was “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham. When I came to Coastal, I found my niche in the Greek community. Also on campus, I am a member of the Psychology Club and S.H.O.R.E. (Students Helping Others Reach Excellence). The most important life lesson I have learned since I came to college is to “surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” by Oprah Winfrey.

 Sara Giza

Kristyn Gould

I’m Kristyn Gould, a sophomore, special education major. I’m from a small town, New Berlin located in upstate New York. I enjoy spending time at the beach, playing sports and doing crafts. I believe that a college education is highly important and that every freshmen starting out should focus and put their highest level of effort into their education. Education is the key to success.

 Kristyn Gould

Nicole Hanley

Hello! My name is Nikkie Hanley, and I’m a sophomore English major. I am also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. Originally from Massachusetts, I am an avid Boston sports fan. I left behind a large and very close family to come to Coastal, but I’ve loved every minute of it. Being the oldest of six kids, I have learned that the only way to achieve anything is to communicate and be resilient. I am adventurous and outgoing, and I am an active member of both my home and CCU communities. It’s so important to get involved, and it’s a great way to meet people!  

 Nicole Hanley

Shannen Holiday

My name is Shannen Holliday and I am a junior majoring in English and with a minor in Pre-Law. I believe that our adversities are what help us become  who we are meant to be. I have worked hard in creating a balance between work and social life but always remember that "if you work hard, then you can afford to play even harder." therefore, I try to make sure I handle all of my responsibilities first. The best tool to use when you are a college student is your time because it is something that you can't afford to waste or get back once it's gone! My favorite things to do in my spare time is to listen to music, read a good book, or go out with friends. My favorite book is "We Beat The Streets", because of the message it gives to readers. My experience so far as a college student is an interesting one but, with the right guidance it has not been a bad one!!!!

Shannen Holiday  

Cameron Lentz

My name is Cameron Lentz. I’m a Junior at Coastal Carolina University majoring in Middle Level Education with focus points on ELA and Social Studies. I’m originally from Ohio, but have lived in the Myrtle Beach are for seven years now. I enjoying going to the beach, hanging out with friends, reading a good book and playing video games in my free time. I hope you have a great first year at CCU. College can be an exciting time. Keep and an open mind and a positive attitude and many doors will open for you.

 

Cameron Lentz

Haley McClelland

Hello! My name is Haley McClelland.  I'm a Sophomore here at CCU and I'm studying Sociology with a minor in Spanish.  I have been very involved on campus since I've been at CCU.  Since I have always been an avid reader, I became part of the Big Read Committee where I get to give my input on future Big Read books.  One of my favorite books that I have read on this committee was titled "Double Take" by Kevin Connolly.  I also participate in a club called STAR (Students Taking Active Responsibility) where I have the opportunity each week to serve my community in a number of different ways.  My Freshman year, I also started my own Relay For Life Freshman team in honor of my friend who died at the age of 19.  I find that school becomes much more enjoyable when you give it all you've got, both in and outside of the classroom.  Find things that you love or that mean a lot to you and find a way to pursue it throughout your years here at Coastal.  It not only gives you a sense of purpose, but you also end up meeting a lot of people that share many of the same interests and values that you do!
 
Good luck this year!

Haley McClelland

Erica Norwood

My name is Erica Norwood; I’m a rising junior here at Coastal Carolina. I’m from Rock Hill SC, and I’m majoring in Early Childhood Education. In my years here, I’ve become a member of the honor fraternity Phi Sigma Pi, I am a spinning instructor for our gym, and I’ve also become involved in many different clubs. As incoming freshmen, the transition from high school to college may be more difficult for some of you then others. Our job is to be here for you to help as much as possible. My advice for all of you is for you to find something you like to do and join an activity. Try not to join too many things in your first year because it can be a bit overwhelming but don’t be afraid to meet new people and try new activities, you’ll never know what you will enjoy. A big part of college is making sure you prioritize your schedules; I also suggest that you read when you can. I keep real busy during the school year but I always find time to read. My favorite books are by Stephen King; if you’re into mysteries and twisting plots, I suggest that you try some of his books! I hope you have a great first year like I did, and if you need anything don’t hesitate to ask.

Erica Norwood

Zachary Parker

I am a senior marine science major from Manchester, MD. During my time at Coastal, I have realized the importance in being actively involved. Getting involved is a great way to build your social life, as you will meet tons of students that have the same interests as you. I have founded two student organizations at CCU: Coastal Disc Golf, which will be starting this fall and the Coastal Elasmobranch Society, a research program for sharks and stingrays. I also highly recommend to any incoming students to look for on-campus employment. Working as a tour guide for coastal I was able to make a lot of really great connections to faculty within the university that will serve as great references in the future. ??I would actually say the big read from my freshman year, A Long Way Gone, was my most inspiring read. Ishmael Beah's memoir recalled his dark past as a child soldier, forced to commit terrible acts of violence in the civil war of Sierra Leone. I figured a book that we were forced to read would be boring and tedious but once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.

Zachary Parker

Brandy Robertson

Brandy Robertson is a junior at Coastal Carolina University majoring in Marine Science and minoring in History and Biology. She is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC. Brandy is active on campus by being apart of several organizations including Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honors Society, and Order of Omega Greek Honors Society. Brandy has also been a member of the Coastal Carolina University Concert Choir. She enjoys swimming, yoga, kayaking, going to the beach, and just hanging out with sisters and friends. Her tip for the freshman would be to get involved on campus with different clubs and organizations. Try everything because you never know what you may enjoy that you’ve never done before. This also helps you to get to know people who share the same interests as you, whether its zumba, scuba diving, or just having a study group. Brandy’s favorite books would be The Hunger Games Trilogy because it is a riveting series about inequality among society and how the government figures control the population.

Brandy Robertson

 Dariele Scott

Hello my name is Dariele Scott and I am a junior here a Coastal Carolina University. My major is Exercise and Sport Science and with this degree I will become a physical therapist. I am involved with several on campus organizations which include Leadership Challenge, Circle K, Afro Am, and the Dalton Linda Mentoring Program. My advice to you upcoming freshmen is to get involved on campus, don’t be afraid to befriend your professors, and don’t lose focus on what you came to college to do.

 Dariele Scott

Michelle Wilson

My name is Michelle Wilson. I am an rising junior majoring in Accounting. I am from Beaufort, South Carolina and I am 19 years old. I am currently a member of Leadership Challenge, a Brown Scholar and I am also a mentor with the Dalton and Linda Floyd mentoring program. I chose to attend Coastal Carolina because the school has a great College of Business and it also wasn’t too close to home, but not too far either. I like to meet new people, hang with family and friends and shop. I am looking forward to meeting the new freshmen this year and being a positive influence and role model in their lives. A piece of advice I would leave with the freshmen is to always remember it is not how you start, it is how you finish. Your freshmen year is a very important year that you can either take advantage of it.   

 Michelle Wilson