Name: Desmond Brown
Hometown: Charleston, S.C.
Year in School: Junior
Major: Exercise and Sport Science
It took some time for Desmond Brown to find the right higher education fit. The junior from Charleston attended three different schools before giving Coastal Carolina a chance. Once he did, Desmond knew he found “home.”
CCU brought out the natural leader in Desmond. Involved in several different organizations, he has seized numerous opportunities to take charge and motivate whether it be through SGA, Habitat for Humanity, the African American Initiative for Males or the Coastal Activities Board. But if you press Desmond to tell you the leadership role he is especially proud of, he will tell you it is the work he has done as vice president of the CCU NAACP chapter.
“It has given me a chance to impact a small group of people but make a big change on campus,” Desmond says about his service to the chapter.
Mentioning that CCU has given him “the opportunity to prepare for the next level,” Desmond is appreciative of the chances to grow both within his major and outside of it. Hopefully his growth will lead to a physical therapy career. An exercise and sport science student, Desmond entered the “competitive and well-rounded” major to become a physical therapist. However, he doesn’t want to stop there. Desmond would also like to become an investor and one day open a chain of businesses across the Carolinas.
Knowing that a lot of hard work still stands in front of him, Desmond does not get discouraged. He prides himself on being resilient and won’t let any obstacles get in his way.
“I have been in a lot of tough situations in my life but I always find a way to bounce back and make a positive impact,” Desmond says.
Not just a positive impact, but a #CCUPositiveImpact. We are proud of you, Desmond.
Q&A with Desmond
How did you hear about Coastal?: I heard about Coastal through a few close friends from my hometown. I was looking to transfer to a school in state and also closer to home. After doing my research, I found that Coastal has one of the top exercise science programs in the state. This really had an impact on my decision to transfer.
Why did you come to Coastal?: After experiencing transfer orientation and really seeing what Coastal had to offer, I was sold. The atmosphere, the people, the program – everything just seemed like the right fit for me. When the orientation concluded, I made the decision to enroll as a transfer sophomore.
Favorite professor: Professor Amanda Darden
Favorite class: 360 Motor Behavior
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The comforting atmosphere.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: Living near the beach.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Student Government Association (Senator), Leadership Challenge, NAACP (Vice President), Central Activities Board, AAIM (Group Leader), Habitat for Humanity, Exercise Science Club.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: Desk assistant for University Housing.
Plans after graduation?: My plan is to enroll in graduate school to earn my master’s degree in exercise science. Once I graduate, I want to work as a PT assistant for 2-3 years to gain experience. Next, I want to begin my career as a PT and also an investor. My long-term goal is to open my own chain of businesses across the Carolinas.
What are your hobbies?: Photography, music, fashion, traveling.
Do you have any hidden talents?: Poetry and motivational, freelance writing.
Bonus Info: With this being my fourth school, I am very thankful for everything Coastal has offered me throughout my journey here. It took a lot to get where I am and there isn’t a day that goes by where I take it for granted. This opportunity has not only helped me grow mentally, but spiritually. I will continue to serve this campus to the best of my ability and I am truly honored to be in a leadership position at this prestigious University.
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