Auf Wiedersehen and Goodbye…

1,461 days since I left Germany to study in the U.S. – 1,461 days since I left my family, friends, and life behind to live my American Dream in Wilmington!


The 4 years at UNCW were an amazing experience that I will never forget! Being a COM studies major was the best decision E.V.E.R. because I got to meet amazing, creative, and the most authentic people in the department that have made an impact on me and my life. The Communication Studies department and especially the professors -some more than others- gave me confidence in myself and my future. The way professors cared about my future and career has touched me, and made me realize that I can accomplish anything that I want. I thank every professor for that, especially Dr. Weber and Dr. Persuit!


Integrated Marketing Communication in particular made me realize that Advertising is my way to go… It took a long time to know what exactly I want to do after graduation, but with many heart-to-hearts with professors, I realized to embrace this time. To embrace the unknown, the confusion about life, about myself, and most importantly… the confusion about my decisions for post-graduation; because at the end of the day, you will find your way!!

Being scared of and intimidated by the post-graduation time is natural and should be exciting. It is the first time to decide for yourself what YOU want to do – where YOU want to go, and – who YOU want to be.

I thank every person that came into my life during my time at UNCW and everyone who has helped me become who I am today. I am leaving this school with pride, as well as with a crying and smiling eye.


****WE DID IT! CLASS OF 2016****


Auf Wiedersehen and Goodbye, Seahwaks!

– Amaya


7 thoughts on “Auf Wiedersehen and Goodbye…

  1. With this being my first semester as a COM Studies major, it was nice to read your post. It’s good to hear about others’ success and how much they enjoy what they’re studying while in college.

  2. Hallo! (I am taking german 102 this upcoming semester!) This was a great farewell post. I am so happy you enjoyed your time here in Wilmington. I identified with the part where you are going to embrace the time of confusion and fear in regards to post-grad life. I think you should be very excited- Advertising is a great route! I am nervous about post graduation life too, although i have one more year i am beginning to stress about my moves after graduation. Thank you for sharing!

    • Look at your German skills haha… A for you! Thank you so much for commenting on my post. It is important to embrace the stress and time I am in, otherwise I would miss on many new identifications.

  3. I loved hearing about your experience as an International Student at UNCW. It is really encouraging to hear such positive thoughts about the COM major from a graduating Seahawk. I am glad you found out what field you were interested in.

  4. After reading this I am one hundred percent sure about studying abroad. I am also reminded how lucky I am to have been accepted to UNCW and be instructed by such great professors!

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