Name: D’Quondre’ I. Gadson
Hometown: Santee, S.C.
Year in School: Junior
Major: Business Management
When we asked D’Quondre’ “Dre” Gadson if he had any special talents, he responded with “I can rap.” It was the #CCUfamily understatement of the semester.
Not only can D’Quondre’ rap, he can rap well. His skills landed him a starring role in last year’s critically acclaimed Coastal Carolina holiday video. Over 300,000 views later, you can say that D’Quondre’ holds celebrity status here at CCU.
But the story of D’Quondre’ goes way beyond his rapping pursuits. A junior from Santee, S.C., he chose Coastal based on the way he was treated the first time he visited campus. Made to feel like CCU was meant for him, he became a Chanticleer to study management, a major he chose because business runs in his family’s blood.
Since enrolling, D’Quondre’ has found himself involved with several organizations, many of them centered on leadership. He has also found employment, serving as a student assistant in both the athletic department and Student Computing Services. D’Quondre’ hopes his academic path, extracurricular activities and work experience will lead him to a career in human resources.
Living out a well-rounded college experience that most would envy, D’Quondre’ graciously shows his appreciation to Coastal through his actions. After all, you don’t lend your face and talents to a major marketing production nor work two on-campus jobs if you don’t hold your University in high esteem.
“Coastal opened my eyes to different viewpoints, people and perspectives of life, basically making me a stronger person,” D’Quondre’ says.
Keeping doing your thing, D’Quondre’, we really enjoy having you at Coastal.
Q&A with D’Quondre’
How did you hear about Coastal?: My advisor in high school at the time told me about Coastal and the opportunities available. She believed that Coastal would be a great fit for me.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I came to Coastal because it felt like home. When I first visited the campus I was treated like family and that was when I realized that CCU was meant for me.
Favorite professor: I like all my professors. I cannot pick one.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: My favorite aspect of Coastal would be the small class sizes and the professors who are willing to know your name.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: My favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area would be the weather and the beach.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: I am in African American Initiative for Males (AAIM), Coastal Activities Board (CAB), Leadership Challenge (LC) and National Honors Society of Leadership and Success (NHSLS).
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I work in the athletic department as a student assistant. I am also employed with Student Computing Services as a student assistant as well.
Plans after graduation?: I plan to pursue a career in human resources.
What are your hobbies?: I like to eat, sleep and spend time with family/friends.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I can rap.
Bonus Info: Every day I live by this verse “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”- Philippians 4:13