My journey to this point has been long and full of bumps in the road, but it has been a memorable and rewarding process. It didn’t start here, but I’m very happy with my decision to complete my education at UNCW. From advising to my current courses, I found UNCW and the Communication Studies Department to be one of the best experiences in my education.
After I graduated from high school way back in 2004, I attended Western Carolina University where I didn’t really take my education seriously as an immature young “adult.” I decided to give my education a rest and sought a different direction for the meantime, which I found in the military. After completing my four years of service, I found myself much more mature and prepared to take on college. Sometimes you’re just not ready for college and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m not one to leave goals unaccomplished. I chose UNCW as the place where I would make that happen and it ended up being a great decision.
Finding the Communication Studies major gave me a new direction and provided me with opportunities that I could really put my mind to. I was originally a history major, which is something that still deeply interests me, but I also had a strong desire to study advertising. I spoke with some alumni who recommended the communication route and changed my major last year. I was soon introduced to the IMC side of the program and haven’t looked back since.
The Communication Studies Department has given me nearly everything that I could possibly need to be successful after graduation and I couldn’t be happier with my experience. Although I have the typical anxiety of venturing into the unknown, I feel ready to take on whatever comes next. I want to extend a huge thank you to all of the professors who have helped me realize my goal and all the best to our future graduates. As Dr. Olsen would say, “peace out” UNCW.