My name is Chelsea, and I am from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I am 22 years young, and I will graduate with a degree in Communications and a Minor in Hospitality this May! I was diagnosed with dyslexia and a processing disorder in the 2nd grade. I am beating the odds against learning disabled students by attending college and being recognized on the Chancellors list. I hope to work in public relations, tourism, fashion, or the luxury lifestyle industry anywhere in the world.
Some would see a learning difference as an excuse or a reason to quit pursuing education as soon as possible. Instead, I see it as a reason to work harder and overcome the challenges it presents. This mind set has been the key to my success in college; I believe in myself and know what learning strategies work best for me. I also take full advantage of the resources available on campus, from tutors to writing centers.
I travel as part of the Think Different Diplomats Speaking Bureau, a group that advocates for individuals with learning differences across the country. In my college career, I have participated in National Service Society of Leadership and Success, ECU’s Judicial Board, Alpha Phi Sorority, Pirate-to-Pirate Mentoring Club, and Project Eye to Eye. I am very active with promoting heart health in children and have taught jump rope to children in schools, community centers, YMCA’s, and recreation programs in the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, South Africa, Australia, Japan, China, Europe, and Costa Rica. I am fortunate to be a member of the USA Jump Rope Program and the Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Team. In 2008, my team and I performed jump rope at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. I have held jobs and internships while still in school with ARAMARK and J Public Relations in New York City. I also participated in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Program. I am the two-time recipient of an East Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship and serve as an ambassador for The School of Communication. I am skilled at networking, resume building, and exploring interesting opportunities. In my spare time I love to exercise, volunteer, coach jump rope, sew, paint, and eat sushi. For more information on me visit my website.