Name: Rae’L Jackson
Hometown: Chester, S.C.
Year in School: Junior
Minor (1): Journalism
Minor (2): Photography
When you look at Rae’L Jackson’s resume at Coastal, you might come to the conclusion that she is grooming herself to enter just about any career field she could imagine. Politics? Teaching? Business? Entertainment? Fashion? With a versatile major in communication and involvement in diverse organizations such as SGA, the Coastal Student Success Center, Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors, Designer Dimension Fashion Club and the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Rae’L is well-rounded and experienced.
So, with so many options, what is her top career choice? None of the above.
We forgot to mention Rae’L’s true passion. The junior from Chester, S.C., wants to work in a media-related field, preferably as a photographer or broadcaster. Either in front of the camera or behind it, Coastal has taught Rae’L to take charge.
“CCU has taught me a lot about myself and being confident in the skin that I am in,” Rae’L remarks.
With a new level of confidence in herself, she is able to encourage confidence in others. Rae’L Jackson is a peer leader, providing guidance and motivation to Bridge Program and CEaL Program students who are in the midst of a crucial transitional period. She willingly gives her time to help these individuals succeed.
“I enjoy sewing into others’ lives and being able to give a helping hand throughout any obstacles they might go through during their time at CCU,” Rae’L explains, addressing why she is involved with the program.
Carrying herself with enthusiasm at all times, Rae’L is a phenomenal example of what it means to “Feel the Teal” as she is always willing to help the greater good of the campus community.
Q&A with Rae’L
How did you hear about Coastal?: I heard about Coastal through an older cousin who attended.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I decided to attend Coastal because of the diversity, atmosphere, class size, and affordability.
Favorite professor: Wes Foundren, Ph.D.
Favorite class: Communication Theory
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: My favorite aspect of Coastal is how I feel at home. I am comfortable with the professors and staff. I really have experienced the Feel the Teal attitude since I started attending CCU.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: The proximity to the beach!
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors (CIA), Student Government Association (SGA), Peer Leader for CEaL and Bridge Program, Designer Dimension Fashion Club, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: Currently, I work for CCUFoodCrew and the H&M Tanger Outlet location in North Myrtle Beach. I also intern for the Chanticleer Sports Network (CSN).
Plans after graduation?: After graduation, I plan to work in the media field as a photographer or broadcaster. I really enjoy anything media-related. I am hoping to get a job in Washington, D.C., and live in Clinton, Md.
What are your hobbies?: My hobbies include community service and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy taking pictures for my business (raej.photography) – I cover events and special occasions.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I can sing and I give amazing advice.
Bonus Info: CCU gave me a new outlook on life and I am so glad I decided to become a Chant. Diversity and inclusion means a lot to me and Coastal embodies both.