Student spotlight: Alex Cooper

Jaylen Harris | Staff Writer

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In a world where genuine people are hard to find, this Hampton University student has no problem filling that void. That guy you saw dancing in front of the cafe is Alex. Some of you may know him as, “Lil Aly,” “President Lil Aly,” or “Chicken Wang.” The infamous Alex Cooper, is a sophomore Music major from Washington, D.C. A man of many talents, Alex is also an accomplished cellist for the Hampton Orchestra who happens to have a deep love for dance.

While walking to class, the cafe, the student center, or basically anywhere on campus you can easily spot Alex with his headphones on doing what he does best, dancing. His energy is magnetic. No matter where he is on campus— Alex is bound to have a crowd recording and cheering him on.

Of course many wonder when and where his talent derives from—yet few people know it all began with the popular Wii game Just Dance.

“I just thought that if I can make Just Dance videos maybe I can make a lot of dance videos for people to watch,” said Alex. “I really like to dance during my free time. It’s kind of like my exercise, dancing gives me a lot of passion.”

In a time where social media is often the focal point of society, it is very easy to get lost and not actually learn to know yourself. You might be constantly comparing your life to glimpses seen of other people’s, either on the internet or in passing on campus. In college managing school work and a social life while you’re away from home, meeting new people, and living in a whole new environment can be stressful. It is often a brand new life that will cause you to question yourself the most at times.

For Alex it is a different story, he is carefree and courageous, marching to the beat of his own drum. He doesn’t conform to what is deemed “normal” in society and is seemingly untouched by the judgement he may face at times, making him an inspiration. Alex adds an unconventional element to Hampton’s campus which people love about him.

“The thing that I love and appreciate the most about ‘Lil Aly’ is that he is very comfortable with who he is and enjoys every chance he gets by doing what he loves the most, which is dancing,” said Antonya Dorcely, a second-year five-year MBA student from Hillside, New Jersey.

Alex is truly living his best life at Hampton and is proud to be such a well-known student on campus. He vows to keep on dancing no matter what, as dancing is his passion in life. Be sure to follow Alex on his instagram @President_Aly where you can watch his dance videos to some of your favorite songs.

In a world where genuine people are hard to find, this Hampton University student has no problem filling that void. That guy you saw dancing in front of the cafe is Alex. Some of you may know him as, “Lil Aly,” “President Lil Aly,” or “Chicken Wang.” The infamous Alex Cooper, is a sophomore Music major from Washington, D.C. A man of many talents, Alex is also an accomplished cellist for the Hampton Orchestra who happens to have a deep love for dance.

While walking to class, the cafe, the student center, or basically anywhere on campus you can easily spot Alex with his headphones on doing what he does best, dancing. His energy is magnetic. No matter where he is on campus— Alex is bound to have a crowd recording and cheering him on.

Of course many wonder when and where his talent derives from—yet few people know it all began with the popular Wii game Just Dance.

“I just thought that if I can make Just Dance videos maybe I can make a lot of dance videos for people to watch,” said Alex. “I really like to dance during my free time. It’s kind of like my exercise, dancing gives me a lot of passion.”

In a time where social media is often the focal point of society, it is very easy to get lost and not actually learn to know yourself. You might be constantly comparing your life to glimpses seen of other people’s, either on the internet or in passing on campus. In college managing school work and a social life while you’re away from home, meeting new people, and living in a whole new environment can be stressful. It is often a brand new life that will cause you to question yourself the most at times.

For Alex it is a different story, he is carefree and courageous, marching to the beat of his own drum. He doesn’t conform to what is deemed “normal” in society and is seemingly untouched by the judgement he may face at times, making him an inspiration. Alex adds an unconventional element to Hampton’s campus which people love about him.

“The thing that I love and appreciate the most about ‘Lil Aly’ is that he is very comfortable with who he is and enjoys every chance he gets by doing what he loves the most, which is dancing,” said Antonya Dorcely, a second-year five-year MBA student from Hillside, New Jersey.

Alex is truly living his best life at Hampton and is proud to be such a well-known student on campus. He vows to keep on dancing no matter what, as dancing is his passion in life. Be sure to follow Alex on his instagram @President_Aly where you can watch his dance videos to some of your favorite songs.

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