It Feels Like Home To Me

It’s hard for me to believe that this week, I’ll go to my last classes as a UNCW student. I’ll eat on campus for the last time, hear the clock tower chime as I walk down Chancellor’s for the last time, and have my last chapter meeting with my sorority sisters.

As I reflect on the experiences I’ve had during my four years here, one thing is undeniable. This place feels like home to me. Everywhere I go, I see someone I know. Every day in class, I see the familiar faces of my classmates, or someone I’ve met through campus clubs and organizations. I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to these moments.

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Photo credit: Dakota Hersey Photography

If I had to give one piece of advice to other students, it would be to take the classes that challenge you. I took IMC 2 and Advertising 2 with Dr. Persuit, and even though these classes are difficult and the final projects are demanding, I felt more proud of the final outcome than I’ve ever felt about completing any project before. I’m so proud of the work I put in to complete them, and the soft skills I learned about team work are something I can take to the workplace with me. I would also advise anyone in the Communication Studies major to appreciate the friendships that come from working together on a project. A late night working on a marketing plan can easily turn into one of the best memories from the semester with a little bit of laughter (shout out to my IMC 2 friends who kept me laughing throughout finals week!). One of the best things about going to school here is that we have the opportunity to do applied learning, and I think that everyone should take advantage of that.

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After graduation, I’m moving to Richmond, VA to start my professional career. I’m hoping to work in Human Resources or corporate event planning, and eventually I’m going back to school to get my MBA. I’m so thankful for all the wonderful memories I have from UNCW, and I’m thankful for every person who had a part in making these the best four years of my life.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

-Morgan McCleaf