Name: Ashley Siehl
Hometown: Conway, S.C.
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: International Management
Sometimes it just takes a little bit of time away to realize the value of what you have in your own backyard. Ashley Siehl, a Conway resident since the age of 10, attended a university in Texas after she graduated high school. Not entirely happy with her initial choice, she took some time to reflect on her higher education plans for the next year. Knowing that her older sister had a positive experience at Coastal and encouraged by the opportunities available, Ashley returned to Conway and transferred to her hometown university.
Now enrolled as a Chanticleer, she couldn’t be happier. Ashley is studying international management while minoring in German, a language she decided to pursue to connect more with her family’s heritage. Despite her early desires to attend college out of state, Ashley is pleased with Coastal Carolina. In fact, she is so impressed that she has plans to earn her MBA at Coastal as well.
“I have put in a greater effort toward my education, I am doing better in school and I am a lot happier here,” Ashley explains when describing the positive impact Coastal has had on her.
Surrounded by her family and able to enjoy the ocean once again, Ashley has put herself in a great situation. We are excited to be part of that situation and are thrilled to have her on campus for at least the next few years.
Q&A with Ashley
How did you hear about Coastal?: Having moved to Conway when I was 10, in 2004, I have spent a good chunk of my life in this area so I already knew about Coastal just from living here. But I didn’t really hear about what an amazing school it is until my sister attended from 2009-2013.
Why did you come to Coastal?: The decision to come to Coastal did not come easily to me. Throughout high school I was determined to attend an out of state institution, despite my family’s advice to stay at home and go to Coastal. I ended up going to school at the University of Texas at San Antonio - packing up my whole life and moving over 1,000 miles away from everyone and everything that I knew. Needless to say, that didn’t work out so well for me and two years later, I finally listened to my family’s advice and transferred to Coastal. I finally decided to attend CCU because I realized that being around my family in a familiar environment at a much smaller school was what I needed in order to focus on my mental health and succeed in my education.
Favorite professor: This is my first semester at Coastal, so I don’t know many professors yet. But I would have to say so far my favorite is Peter Gasca.
Favorite class: Intro to Global Business with Peter Gasca.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The beauty of the campus and how friendly everyone has been so far. I especially love how small the class sizes are and the great professors - you can tell they really love what they do and want you to succeed.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: I enjoy the small town, southern comfort of where I live in Conway. The scenery is beautiful. As for Myrtle Beach, I love being so close to the ocean - it’s something I definitely missed in San Antonio.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I work as a Sales Associate at J. Crew Factory in the Tanger Outlets on 501.
Plans after graduation?: I don’t have any plans set in stone yet, but I will probably come back to Coastal for my MBA.
What are your hobbies?: I enjoy the outdoors, sports, rescuing animals, traveling and cooking.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I don’t know if this would be considered a talent, but I can pick up foreign languages pretty easily.