Name: Colleen Benedict
Hometown: Norwell, Mass.
Year in School: Junior
Major: Recreation Sports Management
Minor: Sports Coaching
Colleen Benedict describes herself as “positive.” In her young life, she has learned that optimism will lead to a richer existence. After doing her college research, the Northeast native knew Coastal Carolina would be a great place for her to spread her infectious energy.
“Because I have a positive outlook on life, it makes me appreciate life more,” the junior recreation and sport management student explains.
Involved in diverse ways on campus, Colleen works for Campus Recreation, assisting with both the Outdoor Center and the climbing wall inside the HTC Center. She is also a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma and a member of the Recreational Sport Management Association. Perhaps her most visible role is with the Wally Pond Campaign as the organization’s student coordinator. Leading the charge, she helps the campaign realize its mission of bridging the gap between what the community perceives is the norm and the reality of social life on campus.
Colleen desires a professional career in recreation and sport management. Her dream job is to organize clinics designed for talented young athletes who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend expensive camps due to financial limitations. It is her hope to perhaps develop the next NBA or NHL superstar.
Until that time comes, she will continue to be a CCU superstar. Crediting the University for helping her come out of her shell while preparing her for the real world, Colleen still has plenty of time left at Coastal. We look forward to more of her positivity and leadership.
Q&A with Colleen
How did you hear about Coastal?: A few students in my high school went here, and my dad suggested that I look at coming here because they liked it.
Why did you come to Coastal?: Once I did my research on the school, I found out that CCU has an amazing sports management program that will really benefit myself in the long run.
Favorite professor: William Czekanski, Ph.D.
Favorite class: Moral and Ethical Reasoning and Law in Sports and Recreation
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: My favorite aspect about Coastal is the different clubs and organizations on campus. I love how students can dip their toes into a little bit of everything.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: How nice the people are! I am from Massachusetts, and being from the North most people keep to themselves and don’t really smile at you as you are walking or even say “Hey! How are you?” I love how regardless if you know someone, you will always start off your day with a smile because everyone is so nice.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Sigma Sigma Sigma, Wally Pond Campaign, RSMA (Recreation Sports Management Association), Climbing Club.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I currently work with the Wally Pond Campaign as the campaign coordinator. I also work at Campus Recreation in the Outdoor Center renting equipment and bikes to students. Part of the job also entails assisting students with repossessing their bikes. Additionally, I also work at the Climbing Wall area inside the HTC Center!
Plans after graduation?: After graduation I plan to attend graduate school back home! Hopefully working towards my dream jobs.
What are your hobbies?: My hobbies include climbing, sleeping, playing softball...really anything that involves being active and having fun.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I can block both my nostrils at the same time without touching them.
- My big dream job: I wish to one day organize/ hold clinics for less fortunate children who aspire to be the next big professional sports star but are unable to afford to attend high-end clinics to improve their skills.
- In high school I broke the record for stolen bases combined [between] softball and baseball. My record finished at 104 stolen bases.
- I am a Junior Olympian softball player as well.