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Social@Coastal: #Influencers

At Coastal Carolina University, we have students who used creativity and digital prowess to become social media influencers. In our Social@Coastal series, learn how these tech-savvy Chanticleers ascended to influencer status.


Name: Taylor Freeman

Hometown: Camden, S.C.

Year in School: Junior

Major: Public Health


Instagram Handle: @tay_the_ginger 

Following: 25,200          

Imagine standing in front of a glacier, surrounded by luscious green fields and snow-capped mountains. This bucket-list adventure is the reality for Taylor Freeman, who spent time in Iceland doing photo shoots all over the island. The life of an influencer was not what Taylor had in mind when she first started gaining followers and becoming recognized by big-name photographers. Through the journey, Taylor has taken the role and made it her own. With every photo shoot, she aims to spread her message of body positivity and raising awareness for those suffering from PTSD. 

Here at Coastal, Taylor dived head first into being a part of #TEALNation and started working with the LiveWell Office. She helped with their social media and was even selected to represent Coastal Carolina and LiveWell at a peer educator conference. Taylor has always been passionate about helping others. She found the public health major here was the perfect option for her. Studying public health has provided her with the foundations to advance her social media skills while guiding her towards achieving her goals in the health care field. Being a transfer student and a commuter can be a tough barrier to overcome, but Taylor found her home here at Coastal and we are happy to have her.

With aspirations after graduation to attend The Medical University of South Carolina to pursue a master’s degree, Taylor’s dream is to open a nursing home one day and cater specifically to veterans with a specialty in PTSD care.  We are honored to have her kick off our new series, Social@Coastal.