Learning cont.

Four years ago I was excited yet dumbfounded to be initiated into the life of a college student. From the bustle of dorm life and fitting in, to the restrictions made by school work and the dread of 8am classes there really wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t learning something new. In-fact if there is one thing that has stuck with me it is simply that; there is never an end to learning.

I came in to the University of North Carolina Wilmington kind of jaded by the thought of being weighed down by more school work and learning pointless material. It was only the past few semesters where I really became disgustingly interested in my classes. If it wasn’t for my chance discovery of the Communications Studies department’s video production courses I probably wouldn’t have found my way so easily. I was actually thinking about that just the other night. If it wasn’t for this school, my courses, and a few teachers I wouldn’t have been a production assistant on One Tree Hill or other major productions that Wilmington houses. The point of college is to find those tiny glimmers of opportunity that randomly present themselves. You have to learn to see them first, though. By learning to see them, I am simply referring to the broadening of one’s mind and seeing the possibilities in something small like a professor’s request for help in an email, or a club event, or anything small that may lead you to meet and come in contact with all the right people.

I managed to take advantage of some of these opportunities throughout my stay at UNCW and now I am lined up with a movie production fresh out of college. I say to those of you in school: don’t be afraid to take risks, do things you may not think you like, and challenge yourself to take your learning off campus. There is a world outside of the university that your teachers are trying to teach you, but you also have to go out and learn some stuff for yourself. Life is a never-ending journey, and I will never stop learning.
By: Sara Kaloudis

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11 thoughts on “Learning cont.

  1. This was a very interesting read for me. I was just thinking about how weird it is that I am graduating in only a year and that all this academia is about to come to close. As I was thinking this, I see the words “there is never an end to learning.” This could not be more true and is a concept that everyone should really grasp. You are also so right when you say life is a never-ending journey. This entire blog was a really good message and it really appeals to a lot of people at our university right now. I think you did an excellent job with this blog post and best of luck with the rest of this semester and with your future ambitions.

  2. I am so glad that I read this post. I am not graduating until December, but at least everyday I am thinking about what I am going to do once I graduate. It is refreshing to hear a post-college story that isn’t along the lines of searching for a job for a year or two. Thanks 🙂

  3. What an awesome and inspiring post! It is always wonderful to read about UNCW students who truely find a passion within their education and classes. I loved the statement that ended this post, ” Life is a never-ending journey, and I will never stop learning.” That is something that should be said for anyone, whether you are earning a college degree or not. We should never stop seeking to learn more, discover more, meet more people, find out more about ourselves. For those who are working to earn a degree, we should be thankful for the fact that we are able to gain knowledge that so many other’s would wish to learn. I think it is important to remember that once we do receive that degree that we use that knowledge and apply it to our passion in life. We can not take it for granted. I think the message of this post was incredibly encouraging! Thank you!

  4. Coming to college definitely was a frightening idea for me. I went to a small private high school and had never really fit in there. My biggest fear coming to college was never finding my own way with what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be around. Having been at UNCW for three years now though, I can call this place more of a home than anywhere else (except my real home). I believe I have grown more in my time at UNCW than the rest of my life before. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the Communication Studies department and am confident with my choice to be in this major.

  5. You’ve touched on one of my favorite things about UNCW. Here there seems to be a real appreciation for learning through experience and opportunities as well as traditional education. Additionally, while people have the chance to go after those opportunities and advance themselves, it never feels like a rat race or a competition with the other ten best people in the school. Instead, one is allowed to find their own appropriate learning path and appreciate it fully.

  6. I agree 100% with this post. As a freshman at N.C. State two years ago, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I had spent my whole high school career focused on getting straight A’s and being the President of every organization that I had overlooked trying to find my place in this crazy world. My first communication course at NCSU, Interpersonal Communication, was the first class that I fell in love with. I was so intrigued with learning about how people communicated with each other. I had found my major. However, I was no longer happy at NCSU. Deciding to come to UNCW was such a great life change for me. Here I am happy not only with my major but also with my school. I have begun to figure out where I want to be after I graduate and I am learning how to reach my goals one step at a time. I think that college is a learning experience and that it is okay to not know exactly what you want to do when you get here. Eventually, it all starts to fall into place.

  7. I like to see that UNCW is actually helping people to get an opportunity for real-life experience and also that students are taking advantage of these opportunities. I wish I could have been a bit more adventurous in taking advantage of such opportunities. This post has really inspired me to think about going to more school functions before its too late!

  8. I understand what you mean. When I first came to school here I did not really know what I wanted to do. I started taking classes in the Com department and was still unsure. It wasn’t until I started this last semester here that I found something that I really wanted to do. People go to college to find out what they really want and UNCW is a school that really helps people understand themselves.

  9. As a graduating senior, I have similar sentiments toward my education. beyond the classroom is where I’ve had most of my lessons. I’ve learned a lot about networking and taking chances. The (unintentional) networking i did as a freshman is the reason i have a job after graduation. i took chances with a student organization (Flicker Film Society) and ended up gaining some of my most valuable lessons from it (as an officer for the past 3 years). Theses days i’m not afraid to take chances i wouldn’t have even 6 months ago. (Last week i Applied for the biggest opportunity I can imagine, and the application alone was daunting. )
    Even though i only have 17 days left in this institution i will be taking from it, most importantly… how to learn.

  10. I think this blog post very accurately describes what one needs to do in order to take advantage of what college has to offer and make a future. I had no idea what I wanted to major in when I came to college but after taking a few communication classes I discovered my passion and what I want to do for the rest of my life. I think it is very important to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself because as I have come to find out, in order to get your foot in the door it is all about the people you know. By taking every possible opportunity to network you are allowing yourself the potential to lead to your dream job or at least find an opportunity that will help get you there.

  11. I don’t think you could be any more correct. I wasn’t particularly interested in anything I was learning during my first 2 years of college — but when I got into my COM classes, I became ecstatic to learn. Throughout my time in college I’ve also learned that learning can happen outside the classroom. I personally believe that life is more about learning from experiences than textbooks, but my time at college has been invaluable.

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