As an exercise and sports science major, Charley Cox, ’19, knew when she arrived at Meredith College that she wanted to pursue an education career and help build healthier lives within her community.
The senior from Princeton, N.C., has taken advantage of the Meredith traditions and the opportunities available inside and outside of the classroom. Charley, who has always strived to be involved on campus, has participated in Cornhuskin’, the Guardian Angel dance, Ring Dinner, and the Big/Little program.
“I have developed a sense of appreciation for the bond that makes Meredith College so unique,” said Charley. “I have enjoyed being able to grow and be myself here at an all-women’s college. I love all the traditions and the sisterhood that Meredith has to offer.”
A member of the Avenging Angels softball team, Charley serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where she can be a voice for student-athletes, participate in community service projects, and plan various events.
“As a member of SAAC, I was provided the opportunity to attend the USA South Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia,” said Charley. “From this experience, I have become a stronger leader and was able to meet athletes throughout the USA South Conference.”
Charley, who is captain of the Meredith softball team, helped to lead her team to a USA South Regular Season Championship title in 2017, the first-ever in Meredith history. She was also named to the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team as a sophomore and earned USA South All-Academic honors last season.
“As captain, I am excited to use my leadership skills and leave the program better and strong than before,” said Charley. “Being a student-athlete, I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to not only represent myself and my family, but also Meredith College while competing in the sport that I love.”
Charley, who is pursuing K-12 teaching licensure, plans to teach health and physical education upon graduation with the hope of eventually earning a master’s degree in athletic administration. She credits Associate Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science Stephanie Little for helping her to grow in the field and for inspiring her as she looks toward a career in education.
“Dr. Stephanie Little, my academic adviser, has been such an inspiration and role model for me throughout my educational journey,” said Charley. “With Dr. Little’s guidance and support, she has helped me gain the confidence that I need to be the best teacher I can be.”
Aside from teaching, Charley would like to continue her passion in sports by becoming a coach.
“Meredith has equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure success in my future endeavors, in or out of the classroom,” said Charley. “I know that through guidance and faith I will end up where I am supposed to be.”
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