Name: Erin Martin
Hometown: New Milford, N.J.
Year in School: Senior (graduating in December)
Major: Political Science
It didn’t take long for Erin Martin to decide that Coastal Carolina University was for her. The moment she stepped on campus, Erin says she “fell in love.” Four years later, that love is stronger than ever – so much so that she doesn’t want to leave when she graduates this December.
Not wanting to leave has everything to do with her love for CCU and nothing to do with not being prepared for the next step. During her undergraduate career, Erin has delved deep into her political science studies, developing an interest in immigration and international law. An aspiring lawyer, she would like to focus in those areas and work directly with refugees.
“That’s become my passion since I have been at Coastal and the teachers have helped me foster it,” Erin explains, specifically expressing her desire to help those who come into the United States from other countries.
Erin has gained leadership skills and conviction while at CCU, traits that will help her succeed in a law career. If not for leaving New Jersey and taking a chance far from home at Coastal, she doesn’t know where she would be.
“Coastal has made me grow as a person,” Erin says. “My confidence has gone up and I have become a leader. I don’t think I would be in the same position at any other school.”
Although her love for CCU was evident from the start, it has since blossomed to encompass the area community. No matter where law school or a career might take her, Erin will always be welcome in this special place we call #TEALnation.
Q&A with Erin
How did you hear about Coastal?: My grandparents live in Surfside. They suggested I visit and I immediately fell in love.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I fell in love with the beautiful campus, the welcoming atmosphere and I wanted a change from New Jersey
Favorite professor: Mariam Dekanozishvili, Ph.D.
Favorite class: Constitutional Law II
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The amazing people that I have had the pleasure of meeting, friends that I know I will have for years to come!
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: The ability to be able to drive to the beach and take a walk no matter the time
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, VP of Programming of the College Panhellenic Executive Board, President of the College Democrats
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: Intern for local law office in Conway, volunteer for the Rape Crisis Center of Myrtle Beach
Plans after graduation?: I want to travel and learn new languages. I also want to attend law school to study immigration or international law.
What are your hobbies?: Always staying busy.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I wish.
Bonus Info: I do not want to leave Coastal in December.