Well, UNCW, it seems our time together is coming to an end.
We spent 4 years together, and through those years we’ve experienced a multitude of emotions. You brought me plenty of good days, some bad days, and a few days that I would love to re-do. There were plenty of laughs, tears (both good and bad), a few existential crises, and plenty of memories had with you.
Although I came to you in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist, I learned early on freshman year that chemistry is not my friend (*cue breaking out in stress hives at Randall when studying for my chem final*) and that I would be better off in a different field. Enter Scene: Communication Studies.
A big shoutout goes to Dr. McKinney’s COM 104 class for being the reason why I made the switch of majors. Although I took this to fulfill gen-ed requirements, I was in it during the same semester as The Worst Chemistry Class Ever. I realized COM would be a much less stressful path and man was I right (or at least I think I was, no com class has made me break out in hives like chemistry did, so). Plus, with COM I could take PR/IMC/AD classes and mix in some interpersonal communication classes as well. Overall, I’d say I’m satisfied with my choice in major. Each day I genuinely looked forward to seeing my COM professors, especially Dr. Pullum. If you do anything during your time as a COM major, take a class with him. I promise you will not regret it. Just trust me on this one.
I’m not sure exactly what I want to do when I grow up, but I feel confident that my skills learned through COM will be able to help me out in whatever field I ultimately pursue.
It isn’t just my classes that have helped me prepare for my entry into the “Real World.” I went out of my comfort zone and joined a sorority my sophomore year. Middle school me would cringe at college me for doing that. However, I am so glad that I did because it allowed me the opportunity to hold positions and apply what my classes taught me. It also led me to meet some really great gals who have helped me learn more about myself and who I am. Although I still don’t know who I ~really~ am, I think this experience helped me to realize the kind of person I want to aim to be.
A lot of people keep asking me, “are you ready to graduate?”
To be honest, I have no idea. No matter how I feel about it, in 12 days I will be a graduate of UNCW. In 5 days, what I have known to be my life for the past 4 years will come to an end. The world will keep turning. Life will go on, but in a different way.
Do I know what I am doing? Probably not. But am I stoked for the next adventure that lies ahead? You bet.
This isn’t a goodbye, UNCW, but a see you in a few years (when hopefully construction is over and parking exists).
p.s. men’s basketball will make it back to march madness by 2020, you can quote me on that.
– Kiahna Hamilton