Name: Sydney "Janelle" Laribo
Hometown: Summerville, S.C.
Year in School: Senior
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Social Media Handle: @ladylaribo (Instagram)
I had friends who attended Coastal but I had never looked into it. Honestly, my experience is less about why I chose to come to Coastal and more about why I chose to stay. Once it was on my list of schools to look at, I visited friends and started coming to games and campus events. The reason why I fell in love with this university is the people. I did both orientation and CINO Quest during my incoming summer and I met so many people. I met mentors and friends that are still huge parts of my life today. I found my family and I knew with them in my corner I could make it through the next four years.
Favorite professor: Andrea Bergstrom, Ph.D.
Favorite class: COMM 350
Campus Involvement (organizations, activities, etc.): Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (president), Rho Pi chapter, Orientation Leader 2017-18, Team Leader (Orientation) 2018-19, member of Women of Color Initiative, student worker for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Favorite trait of #CCU: Family atmosphere
Favorite Netflix series: She’s Gotta Have It, Atypical
Favorite charitable cause: Supporting autism awareness, Pillowcase Project
Item you would bring to a deserted island: Cayenne pepper. I like a little spice.
Dream job: Wedding planner!!
Favorite Southern food: Baked mac & cheese
Motivating factor in life: The people close to me. I am a people person and I want to leave a legacy. I want to be an inspiration and a mentor to others just like my mentor, Fran, did for me. She’s my inspiration and a source of motivation for me.
Favorite quote: “There is no growth in comfort and no comfort in growth” – Dr. Franklin Ellis