Student Profile- Vatrick Thompson
Vatrick Thompson

Student Profile
Vatrick Thompson

It’s 5:30 on a Wednesday morning. Most Coker College students are probably still asleep. Not Vatrick Thompson.

As his alarm goes off, he thinks to himself, “There are not enough hours in the day.”

The senior business administration major takes a moment to stretch and then gears up for basketball practice, which starts at 6 a.m. After that he has a full day of classes, and after that more basketball practice, then a SIFE meeting, then homework.

It might seem like a lot, but Vatrick can handle it. As a freshman, he participated in Coker’s First Year Experience (FYE).

“In the FYE course, my professor taught me a very simple lesson,” he said. “It was to write stuff in my calendar so I could stay organized. It’s made all the difference in the world.”

The College has implemented this course, which is available to freshmen, to help in the development of non-cognitive skills required for success in college. Additionally, this portion of the four-year program helps introduce new students to the diverse teaching styles at Coker.

Vatrick has also learned many valuable life lessons beyond the classroom. As captain of Coker College’s men’s basketball team, he has cultivated a better appreciation for the opinions of others and a newfound understanding of teamwork.

“I try to make sure everyone gets along and that the freshmen feel comfortable in their new surroundings,” said Vatrick. “And being captain has helped me develop the leadership skills I need to be successful off the court as well.”

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As a member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), which is a community service-oriented program with a business twist, Vatrick is part of a team that focuses on projects that teach business concepts, financial literacy and free market economics.

“Vatrick’s outgoing nature and willingness to provide input and ideas makes him a valuable asset to the Coker SIFE team,” said Neil Sickendick, Coker’s SIFE Director. “His presence as a leader is crucial to the direction and success of our team.”

In the first of this year’s SIFE projects, Vatrick is helping develop a marketing campaign for Coker College’s Kalmia Gardens, which involves the creation of a website and the planning of a fundraising dinner.

Vatrick stayed busy during the summer months as well. He interned at Black Creek Arts Council, where he fine-tuned his task management skills by marketing, managing and monitoring art classes.

And last year, after being elected Junior Class President, Vatrick got another glimpse of management. While in office, he organized events and recruited classmates to help him run those events.

“I thought it would be a good challenge for me,” he said. “It was the first time I ever led a large group of people.”

Because of his extracurricular activities, internship and discussion-based classroom learning, Vatrick will graduate with the skills, knowledge and habits of mind that will provide the foundation for a professionally satisfying life.

“I can honestly say that Coker is getting me ready instead of just saying ‘Ready, set, go,’” Vatrick said. “When you get down the road and become a senior, looking back you realize that Coker really did prepare you for the real world.”

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