Name: Jessica Hughes
Hometown: Longs, S.C.
Year in School: Senior
Jessica Hughes likes cars. Specifically, she has a special spot in her heart for the Ford Mustang. A regular at Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach, she will tell you that she has a love for this certain vehicle. However, she will also tell you that she has one other love: Coastal Carolina University.
A native of the area, Jessica never considered going anywhere else for college. As a child and teen, she watched the University grow and developed into a passionate Chant fan. Her annual trips to campus for band camp only heightened her desire to attend Coastal Carolina. Jessica went from a student to a fan a little under four years ago. Once May hits she will transform once again, going from a student to a graduate.
Read Jessica’s questionnaire below to get a sense of her pride for this institution. Take heart in the fact that going to school at Coastal wasn’t enough for her. She had to supplement her experience at CCU by participating in extracurricular activities, working on campus and cheering on the athletics teams. Jessica has been a Chant since she was born and this University is fortunate that she continued to bleed teal when it came time to make a college decision.
Q&A with Jessica
How did you hear about Coastal?: I am from Horry County so I have grown up knowing that CCU is our hometown university.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I came to Coastal because when I was in high school, I already knew that CCU was going to be my home. I was in band all through school so I came to Coastal for numerous camps and even stayed on campus for one. After attending various camps/workshops, I already knew my way around campus. When it came time to apply for colleges, Coastal was the only one that I applied to…I am not sure how to put it except I knew it was the best fit for me. I knew I wanted to be part of the University that I had spent my childhood watching grow.
Favorite professor: Even though I have changed my major from accounting, I would still have to say that Sheila Mitchell is my favorite professor. If you let her, she will definitely take the time to get to know her students. Also, if it was not for her, I may not have changed my major to marketing! She took the time to pull me aside and give me the courage to look into other majors.
Favorite class: People may laugh at this, but I really enjoyed CBAD 344 (Business Law) last semester with Karen Sauls. She made the class engaging and interesting and with it being a Tuesday/Thursday class, we were in there for a longer period of time but it flew by because of how interesting it was.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: I actually have a couple favorite aspects of CCU. The first one would definitely have to be the community; I am a commuter student, but I still feel like I’m an important part of the community. Smiling faces everywhere definitely helps with that. Then I would have to say I love the attitude of “there’s always room for more” that CCU has. Whether it’s the numerous buildings that I have seen go up in my time here, our baseball team winning the national championship this summer, or our sports as a whole going to the Sun Belt, there is always something awesome going on here.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: It’s home. Plus I have definitely been so spoiled by the area that I don’t know how I would ever be able to live elsewhere.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: I am currently the Vice President of Events for Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I just completed a summer marketing internship at Horry Telephone Cooperative in Conway and I have worked in the Accounts Payable Office on campus since freshman year.
Plans after graduation?: …I’m still trying to figure those out at the moment.
What are your hobbies?: I love cars , Specifically the Ford Mustang. I have not been to many recently but I enjoy going to car shows. Myrtle Beach is actually home to Mustang Week, so that’s another great thing about this area. I also love spending time with my family.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I played the Clarinet in high school
Bonus Info: I have a huge t-shirt collection- probably 40% of them are CCU shirts and another 40% are car-related so you can tell what my favorite things are!