“Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying” -Brian Dyson

Good Afternoon Everyone!

As a transfer student at UNCW, it took me a while to get comfortable with the university atmosphere. I was just a small town kid doing anything possible to leave a two-stoplight town and experience life at the beach. Honestly, I had no idea what major I wanted to pursue, if I’d be able to find a job, and I wasn’t confident in my ability to perform at a university level. Through searching for jobs, catching up on courses I lacked, and connecting with current students, I stumbled upon the Communication Studies Department. For the first time in my college career I was excited about the subject I was studying and the classes I attended.

When you think of senior year only the positive images come to mind; reminiscing on college memories, finding ‘real’ jobs, and, of course, sappy social media posts. Sadly, the truth is that the real world is bit vicious when compared to the previous images. However, no one prepared me for the next stage of my life as Dr. Persuit has. There is something about her gentle reminder “you’re smart, figure it out” that made me understand failure isn’t really an option. Through all the failed attempts and lessons learned, the Communication Studies Department has instilled confidence in my ability to succeed in the ‘real world’ that once seemed so vicious. I wish all of you the best in your future professions, graduate school programs, or whatever life holds in store, and I hope everyone has benefited from the COM program as much as I have!

Colby Cummings