Name: Jenna Whittington-Pelant
Hometown: Pasadena, Md.
Year in School: Junior
Major: Digital Culture and Design
When Jenna Whittington-Pelant visited CCU for the first time, she was mesmerized by the “light and beauty” that covered campus on that particular day. Already knowledgeable about the advantageous location and the small class sizes, the special scene from her campus tour helped Jenna decide that Coastal was for her.
A junior digital culture and design student, Jenna grew up in Pasadena, Md. She enjoyed living in a place that had a cozy feel but was surrounded by major destinations. Although she still considers Pasadena her home, the Coastal community has earned a place in her heart as well.
“It just feels like a second home to me,” Jenna says about #TEALnation. “Just the opportunities to be involved on campus and the people that you meet – it just feels like a family here.”
Jenna has taken advantage of those opportunities. She was a 2018 orientation leader and refers to the experience as the best summer of her life. The ability to have an impact, even when she didn’t know she was having an impact, is what delighted Jenna the most about her job. She also is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and a University Housing desk assistant. Although Coastal provided the opportunities, it was Jenna who took the initiative to pursue them.
“I am a go-getter,” Jenna explains. “If I really want something I believe I can get it. It is just a matter of how much you want it and what you are willing to do to get it.”
Jenna has not made up her mind on what she will do after she graduates from CCU but don’t let that worry you. She is still just a junior and is evaluating her options before she makes a final decision. We hope Jenna continues to enjoy her Coastal experience and never stops having a #CCUPositiveImpact on those around her.
Q&A with Jenna
How did you hear about Coastal?: The first time I heard about University I was in middle school and one of my friends did a project about Coastal. Then when I went to high school and started researching colleges Coastal was always one on my radar.
Why did you come to Coastal?: I mainly came for the location and the size, I knew that I would like a smaller campus with a big school feel and Coastal was perfect.
Favorite professor: Keaghan Turner, Ph.D.
Favorite class: Spanish 115
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The opportunities on campus are by far my favorite!
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: Having the beach just a short drive away!
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and 2018 Orientation Leader.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: I work in University Housing as a desk assistant and I also work at American Eagle.
Plans after graduation?: I am not entirely sure exactly what my plans are after graduation, I am still thinking about if I want to go to grad school or not.
What are your hobbies?: I love going to concerts and I love traveling.
Do you have any hidden talents?: This is sort of weird but I can flip my tongue over, not sure how great of a hidden talent that is.