Name: Amanda Williams
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Year in School: Senior
Minor 1: Pre-Law
Minor 2: Criminology
Amanda Williams came to Coastal Carolina University a little timid. Claiming to shy away from situations that would put her “out there” or require any sort of public speaking, Amanda played it safe at the start. However, it didn’t take long until the #TEALnation culture lured her in.
“Coastal has helped me gain confidence and do things I normally wouldn’t do,” Amanda says.
Would you believe that the girl who shunned speaking in front of others would soon embrace it? Amanda proved to be an energetic, positive influence and was hired for multiple leadership positions on campus. She landed orientation leader and resident adviser gigs, two roles that place a student prominently in front of the CCU community.
Don’t think that Amanda has shed her quiet demeanor completely. Instead of allowing it to hold her back, she now uses it in situations that are advantageous for her to observe and learn.
“I am one of those people that sits back and watches others,” Amanda confesses. “People might not notice me but I am always noticing things around me.”
Amanda’s ability to vocally inspire and silently observe has molded her into an impactful leader. With aspirations to become a lawyer, her unique leadership blend will help her tremendously. We are thankful to Amanda for touching so many students, especially our new ones, and making CCU a better place.
Q&A with Amanda
How did you hear about Coastal?: An admissions counselor came to the high school I was attending.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I loved the location of Coastal. It was far enough away from home for me to gain a sense of independence, but close enough that I can still travel home when I need to.
Favorite professor: Robert Jenkot, Ph.D.
Favorite class: Psychology and the Law
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: It is very modernized. All the buildings look new, and the older ones are in the process of being renovated. Coastal is constantly improving.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: The Boardwalk area. I love all the shops and restaurants overlooking the beach.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?:
-Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society)
-Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Fraternity)
-2018 Orientation Leader
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?:
-Building Manager at the Student Union
-2018-2019 Resident Adviser
Plans after graduation?: I want to attend law school to obtain my J.D. I then hope to practice criminal law
What are your hobbies?: Reading, going to the gym, and watching Netflix