Name: Veronica Xifaras-Piva
Hometown: Mattapoisett, Mass.
Year in School: Sophomore
Veronica Xifaras-Piva says she is a very optimistic person. It makes sense. Noting that she “took a chance” by traveling 700 miles from her hometown in Massachusetts to attend Coastal, she undoubtedly had a positive outlook that her experience would turn out okay.
So far it has. Pointing out that there is simply a friendly vibe on campus, one that is different from other campuses she has visited, she has found a home at CCU. A communication student, Veronica hopes to use the versatility of her future degree to one day land a job at a public relations or marketing firm.
Recently hired as a Zumba instructor at the HTC Center, Veronica hopes to pass on to her classes not just her fitness knowledge but perhaps some of her optimism as well.
Q&A with Veronica
How did you hear about Coastal?: I learned about Coastal from a college fair.
Why did you come to Coastal?: A big reason was because of the weather (I didn’t want to sled to class).
Favorite professor: Professor Colin Burch
Favorite class: Journalism because it makes me think outside the box.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The networking that is possible and the fact that everyone seems to know everyone else.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: It is close to everything I need. The area has both a city feel to it along with a small town atmosphere.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I was just hired as a Zumba instructor at the HTC Center.
Plans after graduation?: I plan to go back up north and work at the retail stores my parents own.
What are your hobbies?: I like to play volleyball, do puzzles and be crazy with my friends.
Bonus Info: I took a chance traveling far from home to attend Coastal and I love it! If only I could send my Massachusetts friends some of our great weather…