Name: Ashley Pribble
Hometown: Pekin, Ill.
Year in School: Senior
Students don’t come much finer than Ashley Pribble. Gifted with unbelievable motivation and unlimited potential, she is currently doing great things on campus while also setting herself up for even greater things in the future.
Service. Let that word sink in and then think of Ashley. Not only is she the executive director of the CCU Relay for Life chapter, she also serves as the president of the CCU Colleges Against Cancer chapter. Under her leadership, the organizations are poised to raise over $100,000 this year. Watching the campus community come together to fight cancer has been, as Ashley says, “the most rewarding experience.”
Ashley is the poster child for the unique undergraduate opportunities at Coastal. For the past year, she has worked in the genetic research lab under the guidance of Daniel Williams, Ph.D. Pointing out that this type of work is almost unheard of for undergrads at other institutions, she cites her time in the lab as “one of the best experiences.”
With the goal to become a doctor, Ashley is still debating what type of medicine she wants to study. However, oncology and neurology are two of that she is deeply considering. In addition to her academic schedule and work in the lab, she is managing to get additional experience that will help her gain acceptance into her medical school of choice. Ashley is an emergency room scribe at Grand Strand Medical Center and she is a member of the Doctors of Coastal club here on campus.
You can’t say Ashley will one day change the world because she already is. However, you can look forward to much more from her as time goes by.
Q&A with Ashley
How did you hear about Coastal?: My grandparents live in Florence, S.C., and had moved here about a year before I applied. They told me about Coastal and I looked it up online.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I knew I wanted to come to the east coast when applying to universities my senior year of high school. I applied to several North Carolina universities and CCU was actually the only university in South Carolina that I applied to. CCU really reached out to me and seemed to truly want me to attend. I received letters almost every other week from Coastal after I received my acceptance with different offers and free stickers, etc. I really liked the idea of being at a campus that seemed to want me there.
Favorite professor: There’s so many!
Former Coastal professor Dr. Holmes was one of them. I really was not sure how I felt about him when I took his class, but as I continued through the course I realized that he was truly sincere about wanting his students to learn the material, which was the reason behind his structure. He was really thrilled when a student understood the course work.
Dr. Williams is among one of my favorites. I have worked in his lab for a year now and he has so much to offer. I have learned so much from him already and know I have much more to learn before I graduate.
Favorite class: Substance Abuse Psychology and Genetics.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: There is so much opportunity here and it is completely what you make of it. I have met people that I know I will keep in contact with throughout my career post-grad. Inspiration never lacks at Coastal. I love the aspect that CCU is continuously growing and what we do here now is part of a foundation for the future. For example, I work in a lab right now that is working on Galactosemia in model organisms that may one day be applied to human screenings. Not many undergraduate students get the opportunities we do here.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: Coming from Illinois, I would have to say weather! However, Conway is great because it has that small city feel and right next to us is Myrtle Beach. We have the best of both worlds here.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: I am the president of Colleges Against Cancer and the executive director of Relay For Life. We have raised over $97,000 last year and this year we plan to exceed $100,000. Two weeks ago we placed first collegiately and fifth place overall in a national competition based on increase in participants registered.
I am also a sister of Gamma Phi Beta and a member of Doctors of Coastal.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I work with Dr. Williams in his genetics lab and I am also an emergency room medical scribe for Grand Strand Medical Center. Making things even more interesting, I work at Banana Republic.
Plans after graduation?: I plan to attend medical school in Fall 2018.
What are your hobbies?: Hiking with my dogs and tennis, however, lately it seems as though studying has been my hobby!
Do you have any hidden talents?: I used to perform (sing and dance). It was a huge part of my life, but I don’t see that in my future.
Bonus Info: My biggest strength is my motivation. I believe CCU has really helped me embrace my strengths and weaknesses and make them into my inspiration to become better and continue onto my future in medical school.