Name: Genelle Thompson
Hometown: Hopkins, S.C.
Year in School: Junior
Major: Exercise and Sport Science
Originally, Genelle Thompson’s plan was to become a nurse. However, after earning her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) degree, the junior from Hopkins, S.C., wanted to take a different path.
“I realized I wanted to do more,” explains Genelle. “So I decided that I either wanted to do physical therapy or occupational therapy. Coming to Coastal I thought exercise and sport science would be the best major for that.”
Notice how Genelle said “more.” Pursuing exercise and sport science didn’t mean she would cease all nursing-related opportunities, evidenced by the fact that she is a certified nursing assistant at a hospital in Columbia. But it did mean she would broaden her academic path and increase her professional opportunities.
Becoming a Chanticleer opened up social opportunities as well. Genelle is a sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a member of Women of Color (WOC). She is also involved with Coastal Activities Board (CAB). If that wasn’t enough, Genelle is a Teal Trailblazer.
“Prior to coming to Coastal, I didn’t have that much courage,” a humble Genelle says. “But now that I have gotten here I have definitely been able to step out of my comfort zone.”
After Genelle earns her undergraduate degree in 2020, she wants to continue taking classes. Her plan is to satisfy prerequisite requirements so she can enter a physical therapy or occupational doctoral program. As Genelle continues to push herself by doing “more,” we see nothing limiting her from significant future success.
Q&A with Genelle
How did you hear about Coastal?: I heard about Coastal because my family frequently visited Myrtle Beach. We would always pass by campus and the teal sign would catch my attention.
Why did you come to Coastal?: My best friend (Terycia) told me she was accepted to Coastal and how much she enjoyed her campus tour. So, while still considering other colleges, I decided to do some research and came to visit during Discovery Day. During my Discovery Day visit I fell In love with the campus and I knew Coastal was where I wanted to pursue my education.
Favorite class: Injury Management
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: I love how the campus is so gorgeous. Being on campus and just walking around is a very beautiful experience.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: I love the scenery of the area! I also enjoy the close proximity to the beach, malls and other fun attractions.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Coastal Activities Board, Women of Color.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: On campus I am a Teal Trailblazer. Off campus, I work as a certified nursing assistant at a hospital in Columbia, S.C.
Plans after graduation?: After graduation I plan continue taking classes to fulfill the prerequisites to attend a physical therapy or occupational therapy doctoral program.
What are your hobbies?: I love to dance and color in my free time.
Bonus Info: I love food!