The End Game

The time is coming. The semester is quickly coming to an end and my life post-graduation will be starting soon. Although I won’t be graduating till the summer, the end is near, and I can see the bright future that lies ahead. I’m not crying, you are.

When I graduated high-school everyone told me that college would fly by and be over in no time. Did I believe them? No. I sighed at the idea of four more dreadful years of tests, group projects, and listening to teachers talk on and on about subjects that I could care less about. Little did I know that my experience at UNCW would be one for the books.

I don’t know about you, but I had a rough start. My time as a freshman was full of spending most days in my dorm room being anti-social or working on the many assignments my professors gave me, while everybody else was making new friends and creating memories. I was homesick and couldn’t seem to bring out that social butterfly I knew and loved in high-school. I had a few good friends, but it was nothing like what I had watched in movies. You know, girls gathered in a dorm room, braiding each other’s hair and watching movies. Cliché I know.

But as the next year came along and the years following, that homesick, sad little girl broke that shell. I told myself that I wanted to make the most of my time. I wanted to create the memories that I always dreamed of. So, I moved in with the small group of friends I grew to love, and I made it my mission to go out and be active, taking pictures to document my happiness.

Senior year came along, and I had my first apartment living with my best friend. Oh, the great times we have had at our house. I get teary-eyed thinking about moving out in a few weeks. The trips to the beach, the ice cream and donut runs, the late-night trips to cookout, and the parties; all of which I will miss dearly. But most importantly I will miss the professor who impacted me the most. I came into college thinking I wanted to major in business but realized that was not the route I wanted to take. I took a few COM classes and came across Dr. Persuit’s intro to IMC course. Not to get too sappy but this woman has truly made my time as a Communication Studies major amazing. I not only learned about branding strategies and research, but I learned how to apply my knowledge to a work environment.

Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Though there were some rough times, I wouldn’t change my experience at UNCW for the world. I molded into a strong young woman, discovered my passion for integrated marketing, and created bonds that can never be broken. We’re in the end game now and  my future awaits.

Wow, this isn’t goodbye but see ya later Dub! It’s time for me to spread my wings and soar.


-Kandy Crawford