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Meet Chelsea Roland, ’16

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at C of C chapter.


Chelsea Roland

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina

Majors: Communication and International Studies (Concentration: Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

Expected Graduation Year: 2016 (hopefully)

Describe yourself in three words:

Adventurous, curious, and goofy (in the weirdest way possible).

Tell me something about yourself that is interesting and unexpected.
I graduated high school a year early and spent a year “studying” as an exchange student abroad in Liege, Belgium. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Ask anyone that knows me, and they will tell you that I was born in the wrong era. My ideal Saturday is spent making a huge southern breakfast and listening to Otis Redding on my record player with a cup of over-caffeinated coffee. Also, I am not ashamed that I love the art of doing absolutely nothing, like meditation but less classy and lazier. Sorry, not sorry.

What are your two favorite places to eat in Charleston?
I enjoy Pane e Vino when I’m feeling like an A-lister.  Also, my pantry when I’m reminded that I’m a broke college student (usually because I’ve spent too much at Pane e Vino the week before). 

Are you involved in any on or off-campus groups and organizations? 

I’m the head of the South Carolina Rotex, which is a collection of all previous exchange students who studied abroad with the Rotary International Organization. We act as mentors for high school students who are coming to study in South Carolina, as well as SC students who are preparing to leave to study abroad in other countries. Currently, my big project is the Kilimanjaro Challenge with Hope for Children. I am leading a group of about 40 College of Charleston students to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next summer after having raised a huge sum of money for street children in East Africa! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am so excited to get the ball rolling with this awesome team!  I also volunteer as a Cougar Ambassador for CofC. We are paired with one or two of the college’s international students and we help them get accustomed to life here in the Southern United States. Believe it or not, having butter as the sixth food group does not sit well with everyone who ventures under the Mason-Dixon line.  Last but not least, I’m working part-time at Tatum Dentistry as an administrative assistant. 

What is your dream career?

My dream career would be somewhere between a travel journalist and a program development manager or public relations director for a charity. My two fields of study are different but both have paths that would cross beautifully. I would love to write about the places that I dream of going, as well as develop programs in areas of the world that need assistance,  within our own borders as well as outside of them.

It’s five years after graduation – where are you and what are you doing? 

I’m a big city in the U.S. or somewhere abroad, hopefully pursuing my dream career.

Camilla States is a member of the class of 2015 at The College of Charleston.  She hails from the seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she enjoys spending her summers on both land and sea.  A Communications major also pursuing a minor in Political Science, Camilla aspires for a future career in broadcast or print journalism. She is also studying Modern Standard Arabic, with hopes of one day becoming proficient in the language. From a young age, Camilla has held a fascination for world geography and foreign cultures.  She hopes to someday traverse the world, from New England to New Zealand and everywhere in between.