Name: Victoria Gluck
Hometown: Montgomery, N.J.
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Marine Science
Victoria Gluck didn’t stumble upon Coastal Carolina University. She knew marine science was her calling so it didn’t take long before CCU was the top college on her list. Victoria made the lengthy move from New Jersey and once on campus dove headfirst into her academic program.
“I was able to go on a sea turtle inventory,” Victoria explains about her favorite moment at CCU so far. “We were able to help a hatchling into the ocean.”
Just a sophomore, numerous other special moments are bound to follow for Victoria, and not just in the marine science program. A cheerleader most of her life, she joined the CCU Club Cheer team, allowing her to do something she loves while staying active. She also spends time at the Williams-Brice Pool working as a lifeguard.
Still, the passion that drove her to CCU reigns supreme. Victoria’s good standing in the marine science program is already paying dividends for her. When the spring semester ends, she will embark on an exciting opportunity.
“I have been accepted into the Sea Turtle and Aquatic Biology Internship program at Clearwater Marine Aquarium,” Victoria says. “So I will be spending my summer down there (Clearwater, Fla.) playing with the sea turtles and Winter the Dolphin.”
Her internship coupled with her CCU education will prepare Victoria for a career rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing aquatic animals into their habitats. With a plan in full swing and with Victoria executing it every step of the way, you can’t help but admire her as she chases her dream.
Q&A with Victoria
How did you hear about Coastal?: Coastal was a suggestion from a lot of people because I was interested in studying marine science.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I came to Coastal for the marine science program. I fell in love with the campus after I visited.
Favorite professor: Patrick Limber, Ph.D., because he makes class fun and has awesome PowerPoint presentations. He really makes sure that students understand what they are learning.
Favorite class: Marine Science Lab because we go on field trips to the beach.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The ratio of students to faculty is perfect.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: The beach was definitely a big part of why I chose Coastal. I love being able to go to Broadway at the Beach or Market Common on my days off.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: I have participated in the Sea Turtle Club and I am currently on the CCU Club Cheer team.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I work as a lifeguard at the Williams-Brice Pool.
Plans after graduation?: My goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release aquatic animals back into their habitats.
What are your hobbies?: Scuba diving, collecting sea glass and exploring new areas.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I can play the violin.
Bonus Info: I was just accepted into the Sea Turtle and Aquatic Biology Internship program at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. I am thrilled to be spending my summer there.