Name: Bessie Wilson
Hometown: Suffield, Conn.
Year in School: Junior
Major: Communication (concentration in Public Relations)
Minors: Marketing, Spanish, Journalism
Bessie Wilson says she is a positive person and that is a good thing. Out of the kindness of her heart, she volunteers as mentor for the Life Program, an opportunity for young adults who have mild to moderate intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to attend Coastal and receive a postsecondary education. Bessie’s optimistic attitude impacts these students in a way that enhances their experience at Coastal.
From Suffield, Conn., Bessie traveled the 700 miles to Coastal because she wanted to enroll in the communication program and also enjoy life in a new part of the country. Since the move, she has devised an academic plan that couldn’t prepare her any better for a career in public relations. Studying communication as her major, Bessie is also completing three minors that include marketing, journalism and Spanish, a path that she hopes will land her a PR job one of these days.
Bessie will conclude her junior year on a high note. She is taking a Maymester course that will take her to Spain. Her Spanish minor will serve her well and she is bound to make lifelong memories. When she returns in August for her senior year, we hope she continues to volunteer with the LIFE Program and maintain her positive disposition.
Q&A with Bessie
How did you hear about Coastal?: When I was in high school one of my friends went on a campus tour and said she loved it. I looked it up that night and applied because I loved it from what I saw on the website.
Why did you come to Coastal?: The communication program Coastal offers is great and I was very excited to live down south.
Favorite professor: Hands down, Linda Kuykendall
Favorite class: Communication Theory with Andrea Bergstrom, Ph.D.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: Coastal Carolina is small enough to know a lot of people, but it's large enough to always see new faces.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: I love the beach and being outdoors. Living here makes that so much more enjoyable.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: I mentor for the LIFE program, I am part of the Honors Club and I am a member of four different honor societies.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: Yes, I am a student worker in the communication department.
Plans after graduation?: I want to travel for a bit, but hopefully I will get a job in the public relations field.
What are your hobbies?: I like to go to the beach as much as possible with my friends or family. I also like to cook and bake.
Bonus Info: I am going to Spain in May for a Maymester course and I couldn't be more excited!