Courtney Kilpatrick drives to campus for classes daily at the College of Coastal Georgia from her home in nearby Jesup. She was interested in other schools after graduating from Wayne County High, but she chose our Brunswick school admittedly because she wasn't ready to leave home.
Milton Geddes chose to attend Coastal Georgia for three simple reasons.One, the school offered him a basketball scholarship. Two, he could finish out his degree in education here. And three, it was just a short drive across state lines from his home in Jacksonville.
Not all journeys are a straight path; Mikayla Craft '17 will be the first to tell you that.After completing her first academic Year at College of Coastal Georgia in May of 2013 she decided to take a year off from school. She began her college career in the fall of 2012 as a pre-occupational therapy major, but a trying freshman year left her unsure about her path. Classes weren't going as planned and she felt like she was walking through life without a map, or a destination.
Janne Tullius '16 came to the College of Coastal Georgia as a wide-eyed freshman back in 2012."I was just so mesmerized by what I saw. Everything was so new to me. I was just so grateful for the opportunity, the chance to be in America," she says now.
Samantha Womack '16 is a detective of sorts. She studies bones."Bones are fascinating. They can tell you a lot about a person's health and what is going on in the body," she explained. "That's why I chose radiologic science as my major and healthcare career choice."
David Warden '16 has the credit hours to graduate this December with a B.S. in Psychology, but he's discovered a couple of classes he'd like to fit in before commencement in May 2016, while he's applying to graduate schools. The Dean's List student, who is the recipient of the Marquess Psychology Scholarship awarded by the College Foundation, was also named the Outstanding Student in Psychology (Senior) during the 2015 Honors Day Program on May 1.
Jonathan Parker '16 said studying for his A.S.N. was not like the Army. Sergeant Parker served in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III."In the Army, they show you once and you are expected to pay attention and get it right the first time. In the nursing program, they guide you through it. The instructors don't abandon you, but stand right there with you in the clinical setting."
Erina Bista '17 has made the President's List (4.0 GPA) every semester except spring 2015. That term was ending when a violent earthquake and aftershocks devastated Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people.
Lexi Holloway '16 will actually complete the requirements for her B.S. in Public Management by December 2015. The recipient of two College Foundation scholarships – a Bishop Scholarship as well as the Rose Endowment – will be launching a career in a high demand and highly competitive field as a professional grant writer.
Joey Matheny '16 earned college credit for his experience as a combat medic which applies to his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Not only did that experience as a veteran put him closer to his goal – a career in health care – but it also helped to shape his life.As a high school student in Shelby Township, Michigan, he planned to go to Michigan State and play football. Then 9/11 happened.
Sam (Samantha) Lasslett '18 travelled a long way from home – half way around the world – to attend the College of Coastal Georgia. The Melbourne, Australia student now makes the flight back and forth twice a year, for Christmas and the summer break.
Garrison Penzo '18 makes it perfectly clear: the College Foundation, the Sapelo Foundation, and Zell Miller scholarships are making it possible for him to attend college. The McIntosh County Academy graduate (Class of 2015) and first-generation college student is a Rose Foundation Scholar as well as an Annemarie and Richard J. Reynolds, Jr. Scholar.
Higher math has re-wired how Jedidiah Lindborg '16 processes information. "Logic and Proof [Math 3000] actually changed the way I think and analyze," he said. "Applied math provides the perfect balance of knowledge and challenge. Math doesn't come easily to me, but it motivates me – the more difficult it is to obtain, the more I gain," he laughed.
Ashley Brandies '16 has loved horses since she was a toddler growing up in Jesup. By the time she was eight years old, she was taking riding lessons, but even before then, she was learning the dirty work of grooming and mucking out a stable at summer horse camp. It didn't alter her passion.
Robert "Gabe" Gabriel '17 is a coach at heart. As he works towards his B.S. in mathematics for secondary education, he also works as Student Recreation Specialist-Club Sports and Intramurals in Student Activities on campus and coaches soccer for Golden Isles United on Jekyll Island, a club team for boys ages 10 and 11 from across southeast Georgia.
Oni McCoy '18 was born in Texas, but her family moved to Georgia in 2010 and she graduated from North Cobb High School in the Acworth-Kennesaw suburbs of Atlanta. She chose the College of Coastal Georgia for affordability and the hospitality management program available through the School of Business and Public Management. During her freshman year, however, she changed her major from a two-year career associate degree to a B.B.A. with a concentration in leadership.
Emma Anderson '16 likes a challenge and the Coastal Georgia senior volleyball player knew she was taking on a big one when she accepted an offer to play for the Mariners prior to last season.
Colt Brockington '17 is into teaching. The Compton Scholar (Wayne County High School, 2013) ranked 3rd in his graduating class of 308 students and had taken ACCEL classes through Altamaha Technical College his senior year. During high school, he won awards in mathematics and lettered in varsity baseball as a left fielder.
Real life is looking real good to Alexxis Mells '19. The Brunswick High School graduate and hometown girl is the recipient of the College Foundation's Real Life Scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior who has been active in the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia and will be attending the College of Coastal Georgia.
Tyler Fair '16 loves sports – all types – but he has no plans to build a career around them. He played the horn in the Brunswick High School band until he graduated in 2011 and also in the Coastal Youth Symphony], but music isn't his passion, either. He yearns to travel all over the world, but chose to stay in his hometown to go to college.
This is Stephanie Curry's second year to serve as a campus orientation leader. She works in the Office of Student Life and is also a member of the new Blue Crew.
Jenna McDaniel volunteered to be an orientation leader during the summer. McDaniel said helping her friends out sounded like a fun thing to do.
Peter Snow '16 is a man in transition.
As the recipient of the John Hunt Entrepreneurship Scholarship, Kathy Wood says she is "completely shocked and blown away".
Amber Jordan '16 has a smile that lights up a room, a heart to match, and three goals in life she is determined to achieve.