Sea You Later, UNCW!

I made a lot of pit stops on my way to UNCW but after three years, three schools, and four majors, I finally made it in the fall of 2012. Once I was accepted to UNCW, I decided to change my major (again) to Communication Studies because it was a broad discipline that would give me wiggle room in deciding what I wanted to do after college because I still wasn’t sure (I’m a little indecisive, obviously). After taking Public Relations I and IMC I, I fell in love with that aspect of the communication discipline and knew that I had found my niche. I have always had an intense love for sports so I knew that I wanted to channel that into my future career and public relations and IMC would allow me to do that.

The best part about being a COM major for me has been the professors. Each and every one that I have come in contact with has gone above and beyond to guide me and to help me grow not only as a student but also as a person. The professor that has had the strongest influence on me is Professor Chin. She has helped me to perfect my resume, professional portfolio, and presentation and interviewing skills so that I can feel confident any time I walk in to an interview. She pushes her students to do their absolute best because she knows they are capable of it. She cares for each and every one of her students and it shows in the amount of time and effort she dedicates to them.

IMC BlogThroughout my college years, I have had the pleasure of making many friends and meeting a lot of great people. Several of those friends have now graduated so I was able to witness the freak outs they experienced during that final semester. I never understood why they were so scared because I have been ready to graduate since my first day of college. So obviously it came as a shock to me when I found myself sitting on my couch crying because my final semester was coming to an end and I wasn’t ready for it yet. The amount of times I have thought, “When did I become a grown up, and how do I make it stop?” over the past few weeks is very comical and slightly embarrassing. I may not be emotionally prepared for life after graduation, but I am prepared in every other aspect and I have the amazing professors at UNCW to thank for it.

-Malia Swift

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4 thoughts on “Sea You Later, UNCW!

  1. Malia, I know exactly where your coming from. I too changed my major a few times til I saw the light (Communication Studies). I have enjoyed every aspect I have had the opportunity to learn, but am nervous about the next step. However, I agree that the professors in this department at UNCW are extraordinary. They are always willing to help and disclose any information that will aid you in your decisions. I am very thankful for their dedication on this journey.

  2. I have almost had the same exact path as you. I have been to two different colleges and three majors but found a love with Communication Studies. This will be the major that I graduate with and will pursue my career with. I am excited for the next step in my life after college seeing how I graduate in less than a year. Communication studies will be a great lead in to hopefully a great career I will have.

  3. I am in a very similar spot as you just not as close to graduation. I can relate in that I have been ready to graduate from college since day one but I also take your post as a need to slow down and enjoy it all. I am not too far into my Communication Studies major but have already experienced great things from the professors of the Communication Department. I am excited and eager for what is to come and I hope as you graduate you become excited and eager for what is to come with your professional life after college. Good luck!

  4. Elliott, Grady, and Abigail,
    Thank you for responding! It’s comforting to know that I am not the only who went through several major changes before seeing the light as you said, Elliott. I hope you all enjoy the time that you have left here at UNCW because it truly does fly by!

    -Malia Swift

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