Name: Alley Rivers
Hometown: Grafton, Mass.
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Early Childhood Education
When performing an internet search for colleges in the southern United States, Alley Rivers became aware of Coastal Carolina University. Learning that CCU is home to an excellent education program, she made the decision to become a Chanticleer. An aspiring preschool teacher who wants to teach at that level because of the opportunity to “form children into what they want to be,” Alley is allowing CCU to form her into a well-rounded and talented educator.
Aside from prospering in the Spadoni College of Education, Alley is actively involved with some major CCU organizations. She is a sister of Sigma Kappa sorority, a CHANT411 information specialist and a resident adviser. Although involvement in just one of these activities would give most students a busy schedule and plenty of friends, Alley manages to juggle all three commitments, allowing her to stand out on campus as a familiar face.
“I have had so many great opportunities and I have been able to meet a lot of people,” Alley says about her time at Coastal. “And from all of that I have really grown as a person.”
It is important to have someone who is consistently growing in front of others, especially new students. It sets a good example and shows others that there is always room to improve and evolve. Alley understands the clout she holds among freshmen, and uses it to help them embrace the place where they will spend the next four years.
“The best part about being a resident adviser is being able to help incoming freshmen adjust to Coastal and help them learn what Coastal is,” explains Alley.
Adding that she tries to “instill teal pride” into the new students, Alley is a perfect ambassador for CCU. The best part is that she will have the opportunity to continue her role as a model Coastal student for another two years. Just a sophomore, Alley has many more days left on campus. We thank her for the many contributions she has already made to Coastal and we look forward to having her on campus through at least 2020.
Q&A with Alley
How did you hear about Coastal?: Honestly, I don’t know. I googled “schools in the South” and decided to pick ones to take a road trip to check out!
Why did you come to Coastal?: The weather, the amazing education program and the amount of opportunity I saw from CCU.
Favorite professor: Tiffany Hollis, Ph.D.
Favorite class: All of my education classes have been great so far, I can’t pick a favorite.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The sense of community that the University has! I love that everybody is so welcoming. The faculty at CCU really want every student to succeed and are willing to help in any way possible.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: Being so close to the beach, of course, but also I love the weather that this area gets.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: I am a resident adviser on main campus and a sister of Sigma Kappa Sorority.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I am an information specialist at CHANT411.
Plans after graduation?: (Hopefully) Move to Georgia, get a dog and get a job as a preschool teacher in the Georgia public school system.
What are your hobbies?: In my free time I am usually in the library with my sisters, volunteering in the community or shopping