Moving On, But Never Forgetting.

Well UNCW, its been a long journey. One filled with ups and downs and everything in-between. I remember the horror of learning that I would be living in Galloway my freshman year and on the sixth floor no less! I remember having to walk up six flights of stairs every week when the elevator would break, and yet only in a place like Galloway could I have made such awesome life-long friends.

Aside from my freshman year dorm debacles, there were so many nights of beach volleyball with complete strangers. The club tennis practices, walking two miles to cook-out at 2am for no reason, and countless near death experiences with bikes and long-boards on Chancellors Walk. I remember living in the Suites when the Rec Center was being built and being woken up every morning by construction… fun times.

It seems like just yesterday I was grabbing a sandwich in the Landing for lunch and now I’m graduating. Time has a funny way of accelerating with each passing year, and you don’t realize the ride is over until it’s time to hop off and move on to the next one.

I would like to personally thank Dr. Allison Taylor who was my academic adviser and mentor when I was a Biology major. My junior year I was at a cross-roads in my life, not only academically but personally as well. Without her help and guidance I would not have transitioned to the Communication Studies department and I would have most likely been graduating from a different university a week from Saturday. I would also like to give a shout out to Dr. Persuit who has really given me real world experience in her Advertisement and IMC classes. I think it’s called something like “applied learning” hmm that sounds familiar. She is really good at pushing her students to achieve and is the first one to call them out on their crap when she knows they can do so much better. I would also like to thank Dr. LaPierre who also pushed me to give it my all in his classes and really show what I was capable off.

Its been real UNCW, this chapter in my life has closed and a new one awaits, but I’m glad I’ve spent my undergrad career at UNCW. I look forward to the future and the many potential job prospects back home in Charlotte!

-On a side note, all I have to say to the city of Wilmington and of its crazy drivers, traffic, and weird weather is “Bye Felicia”

-Spencer Brenes