135 course hours later and I have finally finished my double Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Film Studies. People keep asking me how I feel about graduating and the truth is it doesn’t feel real yet. I can’t quite imagine not grabbing lunch in Hawk’s Nest or walking up the steps to Leutze Hall, but in less then a month the day will be here.
It was never a question of whether or not I wanted to attend UNCW. I’ll never forget the day I got my big envelope in the mail. I was ecstatic that my dreams were perfectly falling into place. I began my journey at UNCW in Cornerstone Hall. Unlike many of my peers I started my time at UNCW knowing exactly what I wanted to major in. I’ve always been drawn to the entertainment industry and Communication Studies, Film Studies, and being an active member of the Association For Campus Entertainment was the path I was going to take to get there.
I tried to fill my time in college with as much as possible. I chose to study abroad in Florence, Italy during the summer between my sophomore and junior year, and it is without a doubt one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I learned so much from the Italian culture and enjoyed the opportunity to see more of the world. I can thank study abroad for my new addiction to traveling and my desire to see as much of the world as possible. During the summer between my junior and senior year my desire to travel sparked up again and I embarked on a cross-country road trip to Los Angeles, California to pursue my dream job of working at a record label through a video editing internship.
My Communication Studies degree has helped me in more ways than I could have anticipated. I’ve learned valuable skills in oral and written communication that will help no matter what career path I end up in. I have also gained the necessary skills I need to succeed in an entry-level career in integrated marketing communication and advertising.
It’s hard to say goodbye to my past four years at UNCW. I will miss the people I have met and the amazing culture I have been apart of. I know I am graduating, but I will never leave behind my Seahawk pride. My plans after graduation are indefinite. I hope to move to a big city after graduating, and am actively applying to jobs in the entertainment industry, so if you know a guy who knows a guy tell them to give me a call.