Name: Anaiya Moore
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Year in School: Sophomore
Major 1: Business Management
Major 2: Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management
Anaiya Moore admits that when she arrived at Coastal for her campus tour she was going through the motions. She followed the tour guide and asked the typical questions but the connection wasn’t strong…yet. That all changed when her tour group started to cross Wall Bridge. Standing in the middle of the walkway, a strong feeling overwhelmed Anaiya. She best describes it as an epiphany, saying that she felt “destined to be here.” Remarking that Coastal felt like “home” at that moment, she enrolled.
That defining moment on Wall Bridge has led to other big moments during Anaiya’s first 15 months as a Chanticleer. Involved in numerous organizations from NAACP to SGA to the Jackson Scholars to Women of Color, she has established, so to speak, her own Coastal family. However, nothing characterizes and strengthens the roots of that CCU family more than her involvement as an orientation leader. Singling out her time as an “OL” as her highlight at Coastal so far, Anaiya speaks fondly of her fellow orientation leaders and the new students she has had the opportunity to have an impact on.
An ambitious young woman, Anaiya doesn’t back down from challenges and pushes herself to reach her potential. You won’t hear excuses coming out of her mouth.
“I have so many things I want to do in life and I never limit myself and say, ‘Oh, I can never do this,’” Anaiya says. “I know I can always work toward a goal and get there.”
Her big goal is to make a positive impact in society. A double major, Anaiya wants to make a splash in the business industry. But whether she goes to graduate school or starts a career right after her commencement in 2021, you can bet that she will follow the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi and do her part to be the change she wishes to see in the world.
Q&A with Anaiya
How did you hear about Coastal?: My sister visited the campus and spoke so highly of the University, so my godmother encouraged me to apply.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I was choosing between CCU and another institution, but the beauty of the campus and the family atmosphere helped me make my decision.
Favorite professor: Sheila Mitchell
Favorite class: Surprisingly, Financial Accounting.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: I love all of the opportunities that Coastal offers. I also enjoy the small family atmosphere.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: Being so close to the beach
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Jackson Scholar, Women of Color, NAACP, Student Government Association
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: Orientation Leader/Team Leader
Plans after graduation?: I either plan on earning my graduate degree in business or heading straight into my career.
What are your hobbies?: Shopping, traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants (major foodie), listening to music
Do you have any hidden talents?: Singing! I can also make a mean crème brûlée
Bonus Info: I am a strong believer that each person has more of an ability to change the world than they realize. Mahatma Gandhi has a famous quote that says, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” It is a quote that I live by and has really shaped who I am as a person and how I interact with others.