Name: Ashanté Edwards
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Year in School: Senior
Coastal was familiar, it gave me an overwhelming feeling of home. Simultaneously it felt like I had this new opportunity to be independent and discover myself. My sister attended Coastal as well, and she always had great stories to tell and this broad and mature perspective. One semester she let me stay with her for a week and she gave me a “mini” tour of the campus. When she was in class, her friends took me around campus to the game room and the café, mostly to keep me busy. Even then, I had this great feeling of being welcomed and seeing her friends willing to sacrifice their time for me made me feel special. I mentally noted I wanted to experience my education in that environment, I wanted to build the bonds I witnessed shared between my sister and her friends.
As I come to end of my undergraduate career, I am proud of my accomplishments and failures. As a freshman, being away from home was a tough and a major wake up call. I had these expectations my college experience would be very similar to my sister and I discovered every student must walk their own path. I have joined different initiatives and clubs, I am a mentor and I work at CHANT411. I have proven to myself that I can balance academics and a social life, while still prioritizing my personal needs. I have blossomed into a loyal friend, a dependent coworker and a role model. I am thankful for every opportunity I have earned while at Coastal.
Favorite professor: Timothy Ellenburg
Favorite class: History/Systems of Psychology
Campus Involvement (organizations, activities, etc.): CHANT411, Psychology Club (Public Relations Chair), Women of Color (W.O.C.), and Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program.
Favorite trait of #CCU: Teal pride, everyone takes so much pride being a part of this University, it is amazing.
Favorite Netflix series: Bates Motel
Favorite charitable cause: Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Item you would bring to a deserted island: A knife
Dream job: Forensic psychologist
Favorite Southern food: Pork Chops
Motivating factor in life: There were people in my life who sacrificed their own dreams and plans to help me become the woman I am today.
Some of those people are no longer with me and I owe it to them to dominate anything I choose to do.
Favorite quote: “Nothing without intention. Do nothing without intention.” -Solange
Bonus Info: I also am a business owner. In 2017 I founded an online clothing boutique, Golden Sugar Boutique. I am now well into my second year of business and it gives me a great sense of pride to watch it flourish. I started it on whim and it has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. If there is something you want to do in this world, do it.