As I sit back and reminisce on my time here at UNCW, I can honestly say that these past four years have been the best years of my life. When I first arrived here, I had no clue what I wanted to major in. After asking other people for a couple weeks what major I should pursue someone mentioned COM to me because of my wide variety of interest. That recommendation shaped my four years here and I am forever thankful for that person because his advice changed my life for the better.
I remember walking into Dr. Weber’s 105 class as if it was yesterday. I was filled with nervousness and anxiety because I had no idea what to expect. Thankfully, Dr. Weber and his charismatic personality helped calm my nerves and anxiety and I was able to enjoy my time in the class. After taking 105 I felt confident that COM was the major for me but what career I would pursue with it was still a question I could not answer.
Once I enrolled into COM 200 things began to become clearer for me. Since COM 200 is the last gateway class, during that class I started to get exposed to certain focuses that the department offers. The one that struck me was Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC). I was attracted to IMC because I loved the idea of being able to use my creativity and learning how to market products or campaigns. I think that knowing what attracts consumers and how to properly do the research to determine that are huge components of an entrepreneur, which is what I strive to be.
I can not express enough how much this major had shaped me professionally. Having the ability to communicate and work with others has provided me with internship opportunities and jobs throughout my four years. For those who are reading this and are not for sure about COM, understand that in this department the tools and networking opportunities that you will be provided with are irreplaceable.
It saddens me to think that this is my last month here, but I leave here with no regrets. The friendships I made here, and the things that I learned I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life.