Unlike many graduating seniors, I do not have a countdown to graduation. The realization that I am leaving Wilmington, and UNCW, has become all too real to me these past few weeks. Where have the past two and a half years gone!?
My first two years of college I spent in the tiny town of Bridgewater, Virginia attending Bridgewater College. While I had a great time on the equestrian team there, and a couple of my professors helped guide me to become a Communication Studies major, I knew that I needed something different out of my educational experience.
When I found UNCW while researching colleges outside of Virginia (something I had failed to do while I was in high school) I thought it sounded too good to be true. It took some convincing to get my parents to support my decision to apply, but they finally agreed it was a perfect fit for me and were ecstatic when I got my acceptance letter.
My time at UNCW has been even better than I had imagined. I have met some of the most driven,bright, inspiring people I have ever encountered in my life. The COM Studies Department has truly helped me more than I ever could have expected, giving me invaluable experiences and teaching me skills that will help me far beyond the classroom.
Although I am sad my time at UNCW, and most likely my time in Wilmington, is coming to an end, I am so thankful for all of the growth (both academic and personal) I have encountered during my time here. I am excited to see what the next phase of my life holds, but part of my heart will always be in my favorite little beach town.