Name: Kaylea Gassaway
Hometown: Pamplico, S.C.
Year in School: Senior
Major: Business Management
It is amazing how humble our students are, especially the ones who have built impressive academic resumes during their time at Coastal. Kaylea Gassaway is a business management senior who is part of the prestigious Wall Fellows program. She has successfully navigated the rigorous and challenging path that membership within the Wall Fellows brings, utilizing her own drive and intelligence to prosper. However, in her humble nature, she rather shine the light on the CCU faculty.
“They aren’t just faculty that in stand in front of you and lecture,” Kaylea begins as she describes how her professors have helped shape her. “But they speak life into you and talk to you about what you are good at.”
Lauding the fact that most of her professors have enjoyed extensive careers in their field before teaching in the classroom, Kaylea has a true respect for the CCU faculty. But as we mentioned, she didn’t arrive to this point solely because of her mentors. Rather, Kaylea is on the verge of graduating with a promising future ahead of her because of the work and time she has put in since arriving on campus. She is part of academic, spiritual and community groups, going above and beyond to reach her potential while helping others out.
When you ask Kaylea to reflect on her time at CCU, she has a tough time ranking her many highlights.
“Every moment I have had here,” Kaylea responds when asked about her favorite moment at CCU before adding, “Because they have all helped shape who I am and who I am becoming.”
Upon graduation, Kaylea would like to complete an internship in Norway and then earn her MBA. After that, you can bet that Kaylea will find herself in a successful career making a big impact
Q&A with Kaylea
How did you hear about Coastal?: I heard about Coastal through a high school teacher who happened to be an alumnus.
Why did you come to Coastal?: Coastal felt like home the moment I toured, plus it was close to home.
Favorite professor: Karen Sauls, Ph.D.
Favorite class: MGMT 309- Leading High Performance Teams. it Is what I hope to be doing after graduation.
Favorite aspect of Coastal?: The professors; they aren’t professors that made a career out of teaching. They taught in their field before and bring back practicality to the classrooms.
Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: It is close to home and the beach.
Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: Honors Program; Wall Fellows Program; Refuge, College Ministry; Carolina Kids Fish; Teal Goes Pink; Delta Sigma Pi, Professional Fraternity.
Do you work anywhere currently (either on or off campus)?: Yes; Wall Fellows Program, Chief of Staff
Plans after graduation?: Looking into an internship in Norway for the summer and graduate school in the Fall.
What are your hobbies?: Shopping, singing, and spending time with family and friends.
Do you have any hidden talents?: I can pick things up with my toes.
Anything else you want to tell us about you?: I love people and I LOVE CCU. GO Chants!