Name: Cora Allard
Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.
Year in School: Junior
Major: Communication Studies
Minor 1: Psychology
Minor 2: Women and Gender Studies
This past spring, Cora Allard enjoyed a special moment. At the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards ceremony, Cora was nominated for the Rising Leader of the Year honor. In a category stacked with outstanding students, she didn’t think she had a prayer. Imagine her surprise when the name “Cora Allard” was announced.
As the junior communication student accepted her award, she realized something. Slightly doubtful about whether or not she was making a #CCUPositiveImpact in her first two years on campus, there was no longer a question in her mind. Cora was doing big things and people were noticing.
Since that evening, Cora has developed her leadership skills even more. She spent the summer serving as an orientation leader and is currently a Dalton and Linda Floyd Family mentor. She is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi and a student ambassador for the Office of Training, Development and Service Excellence. Through it all, Cora is thankful for the connections she has made at CCU.
“I have met so many people from around the country and around the world just by going to this school because of the diverse population we have here,” Cora explains.
A person who chooses to remain positive despite the scenario she might find herself in, Cora is a great example for fellow students on campus.
“I go into all situations with a positive attitude because I believe going into situations with that type of attitude can really determine how it is going to come out for you,” Cora says.
Cora envisions a future helping the adolescent or young adult population. With her leadership skills and academic background, she will undoubtedly have the same positive impact in the professional world as she has had within the Coastal community.
Q&A with Cora
How did you hear about Coastal?: My friend was applying to the school. It looked pretty, was close to the beach and had my major so I figured I might as well apply.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I am from Massachusetts and always knew I wanted to go to college down South. After applying to Coastal and getting accepted it ended up being one of the most affordable out of state schools so I put in my deposit. My first time on campus was when I came down in July for CINO Quest and orientation.
Favorite professor: It is a tie between Cassandra Hill, Ph.D., and Linda Kuykendall. They have been eye-opening professors who really care about their students in and out of the classroom.
Favorite class: My favorite class is a tie between Media Effects with Kyle Holody, Ph.D., and Abnormal Psychology with Theresa Stanton.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: How we have such a diverse population in respect to where people are from. I have made friends from all over this country just by going to this school.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: I really enjoy the warm weather. Back home it could be snowing whereas here it could warm and sunny.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: I am a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. I also serve on the Panhellenic executive board as executive vice president. My sophomore year I was a resident adviser in Teal Hall (currently DeCenzo Hall). I was an orientation leader this past summer. I am currently a Dalton and Linda Floyd Family mentor.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I work as a student ambassador for the Training, Development and Service Excellence office.
Plans after graduation?: Not exactly sure yet. I know I want to do something that helps people in the adolescent to young adult age.
What are your hobbies? My hobbies pretty much fall under what I do for my extracurricular activities.
Bonus Info: My favorite moment at Coastal was the past spring at the SILA Awards. I won an individual award, Rising Leader of the Year, and my sorority won Chapter of the year.
This summer, I earned an internship in Tanzania working with young women and teenage girls. I will help them deal with the hardships they have faced and assist them with developing goals. I will also be teaching them life skills.