Name: Christopher Stockdale
Hometown: Rock Hill, S.C.
Year in School: Senior
Major: Recreation and Sport Management
“Just be original, be unique. Don’t follow the wave, just be you. Don’t be afraid to be different.”
Christopher Stockdale loves to dress up and is known around campus for his fashion sense. So, when we asked him what he would tell his fellow Chanticleers who were looking for style advice, he said the above. However, his fashion wisdom could just as well reflect the philosophy he has followed for his success here at Coastal.
Commenting that he is a type of leader who isn’t afraid to be “goofy” when the situation calls for it, Christopher won’t hesitate to defy the norm and just be himself. A senior recreation and sport management student from Rock Hill, S.C., he decided to attend Coastal because of the family atmosphere that is evident on campus. Even though it meant leaving his brothers (he is a triplet), Christopher knew CCU was for him.
Involved in SGA, Coastal Activities Board (CAB) and the African American Initiative for Males (AAIM), Christopher has made himself known on campus through the organizations that he is part of. However, nothing brings him more happiness than his role as an orientation leader. To have that initial positive impression on new students is important to Christopher. Revealing that landing the gig made him really want to stay at CCU, you can see how seriously he takes his orientation leader responsibilities.
Christopher has his eye on a student affairs career in higher education. He knows a graduate degree will help him achieve success in the industry so he is looking at more schooling once he graduates. Wherever he ends up studying, that university will have big shoes to fill.
“CCU has really showed me who I am as a person and who I am as man,” Christopher says. “It really got me out of my comfort zone as well.”
Thanks for choosing Coastal, Christopher! Enjoy the rest of your senior year.
Q&A with Christopher
How did you hear about Coastal?: I heard about Coastal through both of my cousins who attended and graduated from this university
Why did you come to Coastal?: I came to Coastal Carolina because it felt like home and it was so family-oriented that I couldn’t say no! I fell in love once I took my tour and saw how beautiful this campus was.
Favorite professor: My favorite professor would have to be Colleen McGlone, Ph.D.! She is always coming to teach with a passion and really cares for us, especially after we graduate
Favorite class: My favorite class would have to be Recreation and Sport Leadership (RSM 389) with Linda Lane, Ph.D. It showed me a lot of useful skills to use to become a better leader around campus.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The clubs and organizations that are offered because there are so many opportunities to get involved on campus, you just have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: My favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area would have to be all the shopping outlets offered because I love to dress up!
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?:
- SNAP Mentor
- Assistant Director of Promotions for Coastal Activities Board
- African American Initiative for Males
- Orientation Assistant for New Student and Family Programs
- Senator for the College of Science
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?:
- Orientation Assistant
- Victoria Secret
Plans after graduation?: Earning my graduate degree in higher education and student affairs and working at a college/university as a coordinator of student engagement or student life.
What are your hobbies?:
- I enjoy playing 2k in my free time
- I love to cook
- I enjoy going to the mall
- Playing basketball at Williams-Brice
Anything else you want to tell us about you?: Yes, I am a triplet. My other two brothers attend Winthrop and Clemson University