Only a few more days left of classes, a few final presentations, and only two final tests stand in my way. On May 9th, I will graduate from UNCW with a degree in Communication Studies and as a student-athlete. A lot changes in four years. I remember walking into the suites on move-in day just as clearly as I remember turning in Dr. Olsen’s RP2 project. The journey seemed to drag on with no end in sight freshman and sophomore year, but once you hit junior and senior year you know you are onto the final lap. Luckily for me, I was able to recover from a poor freshman year and a not so perfect sophomore year, but I hope every underclassman reading this can understand the importance of each and every assignment.
Yes, I will be graduating in 17 days. Am I ready? No, when you have make the type of friends that I have made, with other students that kept showing up in the same courses that I was taking semester after semester, you aren’t ready to say goodbye when it is time to leave. The time is coming to say goodbye, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years at UNCW and I wouldn’t have wanted my college career to go in any other way.
You will always remember the important things that you experienced and accomplished in your four years as a Communication Studies Student, especially if you ever have to write a final senior blog post. My one piece of advice is to enjoy every experience, learn from every mistake, take advantage of the opportunities presented to you, and grow both intellectually and in character. So as I prepare to start my next chapter in my journey, I will not forget where I came from, the people I will be friends with forever, nor the incredible professors that helped me get to this race’s finish line.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of my life these past four years. I couldn’t have done it without you.