To The School by The Sea

To The School by The Sea


15 days till graduation 2 more days of school and millions of memories I will never forget. A lot of people are like are you so excited to graduate? What are you going to do when you don’t have school? You’re so lucky you don’t have class anymore! What people really don’t know is…

I am going to miss the all nighters pulled in club Randall with my friends because we procrastinated.


I am going to miss waiting in line for an hour at hawks for Chick-fil-A. 


I am going to miss walking down chancellor’s yelling and waving to people I know.


I’m going to miss going to class and pretending I’m taking notes, but I’m really texting my friends the whole time.


I am going to miss the floods when it rains on campus.


I am going to miss the thunder sounds on the bridge as skateboarders come across.


I will miss going to MAW on a Tuesday night “just for fun”.maw 2.gif


I will never regret a Thursday night at Red Dogs.



UNCW has given many memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. This school is like a community that all care about each other!  The COM department especially is like a family. Choosing communication studies was not first on my list, but has definitely been one of the best decisions I have made in college. Waking up for that COM 200 8 am surely wasn’t ideal, but in the long run if that’s the worst thing I ever had to do.. Oh wait that 20 page conspiracy theory paper comes pretty close.

Even though not every class or assignment was my favorite it made me meet some of the greatest teachers and people I know today! I have loved every minute at UNCW and it has helped me become the person I am today! I am excited to take on the future and thankful for my little school by the sea!



XOXO Kari Skillman

28 thoughts on “To The School by The Sea

  1. Next year is my senior year and I am already dreading it. I don’t want to graduate! Yes school can be stressful and pulling all nighters might not be your ideal Thursday night but at the same time you are making great memories. I’m not ready to grow up.. But I wish you the best of luck!

  2. Wow! I still have a year before graduating and this post made me emotional. I can tell you took your time to really get your feelings out while finding images to help describe them. High school was hard to leave, however, there is something different about college. UNCW is where I have made amazing friends, learned who I wanted to be, and even got my heart broken. I will be incredibly sad to leave when the time comes.

  3. I absolutely love this post because it describes basically every UNCW student to a tee. All nighters, long lines at Hawks, seeing people you know on chancellor’s, texting in class, floods from rain, thunder noises from the skateboarders on the bridge, MAW on a Tuesday, and Red Dogs on a Thursday are all things that every UNCW student knows all too well and will miss once they graduate. I won’t be graduating until Spring 2018, but congratulations to those of you graduating! You made it!

  4. I really enjoyed the nostalgia in this post! Although I am only a junior, it is hard to believe that I only have three semesters left. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by. UNCW has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I completely agree with you when you say that it is a special community! Many people are so eager to finish school but I for one, want to make it last. Yes, school can be super stressful but I would never wish for it to be over sooner than it has to be.

  5. I really love this article (not just because of the gifs) but because I can relate to it. Even though I am not a senior, I have already experienced some of these things. Even though I may not be able to realize it now, just as you are, these are experiences I will miss. This post also helps assure me that all the sleepless nights and studying in Randall will be worth it when I graduate. It definitely gives me something to look forward to. Congratulations to you all!

  6. I still have a semester left but after reading your post, I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to leave! Everything you mentioned is so accurate. My favorite memory will be walking down Chancellor’s Walk and waving to friends without them expecting to see me. These few years have flown by so quickly, questioning where time went is inevitable.

  7. I still have one more year and then I’ll be feeling everything that you’ve just listed. I just transferred to UNCW this fall and it was the best decision I have ever made. I have already met the most amazing people and I could not ask for better professors. Sure, the work is stressful in the moment, but the memories that I am making will last me a life time. I’m definitely not ready to leave this school, but I wish you the very best with what ever you do!

  8. Thank you for this post! It is the little things that happen during college that are often forgotten. However, in the moment it is those little incidents that keep you going and truly create the experience that is made during college. This made me realize how fast the whole experience truly goes and to take a step back and enjoy the little moments.

  9. Even though I have a year left, this post made me realize what an amazing college experience I am having! Majority of my friends will be graduating at the end of next semester and I’m not sure how I will cope without them, I can only imagine what they are feeling at this point.

  10. Aw 😦 I have a year and a half before I graduate but reading this has made me think of everything I’m going to miss when I graduate. Best of Luck!

  11. I loved the emotion you put into this article! It really pulls at the pathos heart strings 😉 ! I transferred to UNCW this semester and I know I will miss it dearly when it comes time to graduate in 2018!

  12. Great post! It sounds like you had an awesome time at UNCW and have some amazing memories. I feel your stress about leaving campus and behind all of the fun things you will remember from Wilmington and the University. The good thing is that their is more things to come in the future, more to look forward too, and memories to be made. Sounds like you made the best of your college experience and I’m sure made tons of friends in the process. Good luck to you on your future endeavors and be proud of becoming a UNCW Alumni! Congratulations

  13. This post is so easy to relate to and I definitely agree that this school is like a community. I am finishing out my first semester here and I can easily say I’ve made friends who will last a lifetime. Thinking about leaving this school is sad to imagine but it’s so awesome that this school creates so many good memories for it’s students.

  14. First of all, congratulations on graduating! With me becoming a senior next semester, I feel like I will be feeling the same way when I get ready to graduate. However, I haven’t been to Red Dogs yet. I will definitely have to try that out sometime! I wish the best for you and your future.

  15. Really good job with this post! As were in a time of stress and finals are approaching it was really cool to read your post that really does point out the great parts of UNCW. I transferred here last year and a lot of the things you mentioned are the exact reasons I fell in love with this school enough to move 8 hours away form home without knowing one person here or in the area. Even though it was short in length, you really put emotion into this blog post. The pictures kept things light hearted but they were impactful. Thank you for the incite into a position I will be in, in just three short semesters. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  16. I still have a year left, but your post definitely put me in the feels about things I never really thought about when it came to graduation. It is the little memories that are made with the people here that will truly be missed. The closer it gets to graduation I think the closer people begin to think about the little things they will miss. Congratulations on graduating and in your future endeavors!

  17. I am an international student, I will leave UNCW at the end of the year but I definitely want to stay here! I love everything about this place… I have so many memories and friends that I don’t want to leave! Even if the class are sometimes hard and stressful I feel home in the USA. Good luck for your graduation I share your feeling…

  18. Congratulations! Graduating is a HUGE step and you should really be proud of yourself for that. Not going to lie, I was definitely tearing up by the end of that post but HEY, it will be fine! I am going to be a senior next year and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that graduation is almost a year away so I can’t imagine how you are feeling right about now but CONGRATS and good luck in the future! Go COM Majors! 🙂

  19. Congratulations on graduating! I really enjoy this post because of the photos embedded throughout the article and how easy it is to relate to for everyone that goes to UNCW! I found it ironic that some of the things that you will miss are some of the things that we complain about while in school, such as waiting in the long line for chick-fil-a! Best of luck with graduating and Congratulations, again!

  20. Congrats!!! I really enjoyed this post. I will be graduating in May and I haven’t really thought about moving on and missing UNCW, the COM department, or Wilmington, but after reading your post I think I’m going to miss all those things. At least I will have the great memories! I loved the gifs you used, they depicted each memory perfectly. Congratulations!

  21. I can’t definatelly relate to many of your experiences here at UNCW. This is a great major with a lot of friendly and enthusiastic people. There is a lot of emphasis on community and pride in being a student here that I cannot help but think is lackluster anywhere else. I wish you luck on your next journey and hope nothing but the best for you.

  22. The relate-ability to everything you wrote it pretty real, and really genuine. I’ve only been here for 2 semesters, and I can already feel the pull of the school and the impression in leaves on a person.
    Lots of personality from a couple of buildings and a few cool teachers really can change the way you live the rest of your life, and how you look back on some of the best/worst times of your life.
    Best of luck on graduating.

  23. I graduate this December and can relate to your post! All the countless nights in Randall, going to Maw on a Tuesday night knowing I have an 8 AM Wednesday. Everyone knows that Thursdays are the best for the beach! These are the days i’ll never forget. Bittersweet.

  24. Loved reading this post! You described a lot of the little things that make UNCW the school that we all love. Even though I still have one more year here before I graduate this post definitely made me feel a little nostalgic. I have to agree with you also that choosing COM Studies as my major was by far one of the best decisions that I have made in college, and despite the tedious amount of work that has to be done at times, in the end it really does pay off. Definitely a relatable post and loved the use of memes!

  25. Although I still have some time left at UNCW I do not take it for granite. College has given me the opportunity to meet life long friends as well as many great experiences I will remember for the rest of my life. I am taking Com 200 next semester, my first 8 am of my college career! I can’t wait…

  26. I’m a political science major and I had to take three COM classes to get my pre-law and nonprofit leadership and management minor but I’ve really come to enjoy my COM classes even though I’m from a different department. I made a lot of new friends within the first weeks of classes just from some general overlap in minors and seeing people who work in the service industry (mainly bars and restaurants). I think everyone can appreciate the nostalgia of your examples just from spending a good amount of time on campus. I really enjoyed this post and good luck in your future endeavors, post graduation.

  27. This post really was an eye-opener. I have one year left at UNCW and I honestly want that year to go by as slow as possible. This is such an incredible school and I am so lucky and honored to be a student here. It’s moments like spending 5+ hours in Randall that will remind me in the future just how important college was and how much fun I had while I was here at UNCW.

  28. I have a growing sense of bittersweet nostalgia when it comes to finishing school. My graduation is in May, so I can empathize with your feelings. As a visual person, I truly enjoyed all of your gifs. You chose well; I felt like they truly represented the points you were making. I am glad you have such a positive outlook on the ups and downs of college, especially with this weather in Wilmington. Congratulations on making it this far and being so close to one of your next big life steps! I hope you have great success with your future endeavors!

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