Looking back at my time on the campus of UNCW, it seems like just yesterday when I was walking the halls of the Graham/Hewlett dorms and trying to find my way to my Freshman Seminar class. Even though the next stage of my life begins after the commencement ceremony on December 11th, I will take with me everything that I have learned over the course of my time here.
From book-smarts to street-smarts, I have come so far since move-in day. Maneuvering around campus was my first challenge, confusing the Warwick center with Wagner dining hall at least twice. Conquering Chemistry was next, because by the end of the course I somehow managed a B+ in the class (which seemed almost as exciting as winning the lottery at that point). Rushing a sorority was both nerve-racking and exhilarating, and also brought me to some of the best friends I have ever had in my life. Living in the dorms and suites my freshman and sophomore years taught me to both love the carefree lifestyle and appreciate good hygiene at the same time. Once I decided the major for me was Communications, I encountered Research Methods ( COM 200)… and oh did my view of my “study habits” change. All nighters in Randall Library a few nights before projects and exams just wasn’t going to cover it anymore, and thank goodness for the lesson well learned. Once I passed the gateway, it was on to Strategic Writing, IMC and theories galore. From marketing and branding to personal finance and interracial communication, and even how to analyze a companies’ health, I have developed as a person through all of the courses and experiences I have had on UNCW’s campus.
Reflecting on my life in college is a bittersweet task, because although I am so excited to start a career of my own, I am hesitant to leave the college life I am so accustomed to and sad to be moving on from UNCW. As I finish my capstones, and even this Corporate Communication course, I feel ready to take on everything that I will encounter in the future. Not only do I have so many memories created with friends, but with the faculty and staff of this university as well. I truly can say that I lived my life to the fullest while in college at UNCW, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to do so.
So after everything is said and done, Im excited to see what the future holds for me. I feel that I am ready to take the next step, and am confident that my time here at UNCW has prepared me for what lies ahead. Because like Dr. Seuss said:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
– Lora Hampton