As I sit here, trying to gather my thoughts to write this blog post, I find myself constantly switching between writing this post and looking at my photo album from the time I transferred to UNCW, back in 2016, to now. I’m still in shock and disbelief that this semester will be my last.
During my first two years, and still to this day, there would be times that I would walk up and down Chancellor’s and just smile because I worked diligently during my freshman year to get into UNCW. When I received the rejection letter from UNCW my senior year of high school, I knew that I would miss out on the first-year experience. However, I knew that attending Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) during my first year would provide me a solid foundation for me to continuing being successful once I transferred to UNCW. CPCC also introduced me into the major that I’ve enjoyed for the past four years, Communication Studies.
Although the transition from a two-year institution to a four-year university was without a doubt one of the hardest changes that I went through. The people and the professors that I’ve met made the transition more relaxed as the months passed on. I would like to pay tribute to Dr. Weber and Dr. Persuit. Dr. Weber made the “gateway to COM” course enjoyable and gave me the confidence to succeed in any COM class that I take. Dr. P’s Intro to Integrated Marketing Communication class started my journey into the IMC world. Without COM 231, I wouldn’t have enjoyed COM as much as I do now.
As for the friends that I met, the adventures that I embarked on, and the endless amounts of memories, I hope to remember it and hold on to it for as long as I live. To the person reading this post, know that you should cherish every moment that you have, never regret something you once wanted, and remember that the six core skills are not communication skills.
–Kristian Worthy ’19
Wow, this post is almost scary to read due to the fact that my time at UNCW will also be coming to an end soon. Thankfully, my experience at UNCW and specifically with the Communication Studies Department has also been a good one. Thanks for the nice inspiration at the end! Additionally, best of luck with your journeys in the real world and remember, anything is possible!
I can appreciate this post so much. I too, did not being my college career at UNCW, but found my way here as time went on. Although this was not plan A for me, I’m so glad it ended up being plan B. I am so thankful to be attending UNCW and plan to make the most out of my time here. I hope to make an impact on this campus, specifically the athletic department. Likewise, before I leave, I hope I find the same love for communication studies as you did. Happy graduation and congratulations!
Thank you so much for sharing this! I am about to complete my sophomore year and these last two years have flown by faster than I ever could have imagined. Although I did get in to UNCW for freshman year, I think that what you did was extremely admirable and an inspiration for all of those who must make that transition! I have definitely heard that it isn’t easy.
I was also a transfer student into UNCW. I spent my first year of school at Meredith College, which is an all girls private university. The change between a college with 2,500 girls to a co-ed university with 13,000+ students was very challenging. I can relate to feeling how quickly the time has gone. I feel that transferring schools causes one to feel like they missed out on a whole crucial part of the college experience. It was the best choice to change my major to communication studies as well. It’s so nice to hear of another transfer student who had as much as a wonderful experience as I have!
Kristian, I really like what you wrote, Even though that im just an exchange student for one semestre, I can feel the same about leaving UNCW this may. Time goes by so fast that I still don’t realize that we have less than a month left.
Congratulations on almost graduating! I am a transfer student from Cape Fear, and UNCW definitely has opened up my eyes for my degree in Communication studies. I also enjoy COM 231, and I hope to continue my route successfully so I will be able to be at the point where you are today! Good luck in your future! 🙂
Hi Kristian! I relate so much to your post because I’m a transfer student from SPCC. I definitely find myself experiencing overwhelming gratitude because I have dreamed of being here for so long! Thanks for your advice – I’m definitely trying to live in the moment.
I really enjoyed your post and felt that I related to it in a sense. I also am a transfer student. I graduated high school early so I went to community college for 2 years since my high school friends were still going to be in my hometown as they did not graduate early like I did. I really enjoyed community college and in many ways I wish I could just get my bachelor’s degree from a community college because of how intimate the small classes are. However, UNCW has grown on me as its still a pretty small school. Many of classes have been pretty similar in size to my community college classes. I have also learned so much from the communication studies department here at UNCW and am grateful to be able to attend classes led by such knowledgeable professors.
I can relate to this post so much. I too received a sort of rejection letter my senior year, telling me that I would have to wait until the Spring session to transfer in. It seemed like the end of the world to me then, but now I cherish every moment I have had on this campus and wouldn’t change a thing.