Centro Hispano

Tiersa Nicole Carlos, Class of 2016

Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Spanish

Heritage: Mexican

Hobbies: I love running and Latin dancing.

Study Abroad: Pontificia Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) Santiago, Dominican Republic

Organizations Involved: 
Mi Gente, MI CASA, Communication Studies Society, UNCW Housing and Residence Life

What are your top 3 accomplishments?

1. My impending graduation. College has been a rollercoaster ride and there was a point when I didn’t know if I was coming back next year. So to finally be graduating is a huge personal accomplishment, and I am proud that I overcame that hurdle.

2. Studying abroad. Everybody kept telling me that I could do it, and I kept saying no with this reason and that reason. Then, one day I was talking to Kassie, and just said that I have to do it. Even as I was hitting hurdles, I was using my resources to help me. I wish I could have done it before for a semester long. 

3. Becoming a Resident Assistant. I like being in a leadership position and being involved on campus. I did have to take a step back for a year to get everything in line for school and to figure out what I wanted to do with my major. Overall obtaining the position has been an accomplishment in itself and being able to return this current year. 

What's after college?
I am going to be in Wilmington until June as a summer R.A. Then I will be home and hopefull take a trip. I am applying and interviewing for jobs now in the Charlotte area and hoping to have one by August. 

Dream job? 
My dream is to work abroad and live in a Spanish speaking country for an extended period of time. Then, I hope to come back to the United States and combine my minor and major in my career field; I would like to use Spanish on a daily basis. 

Any advice to the generation rising at UNCW?

You’re going to come into college with a plan and a vision. Chances are that is not going to go as planned and everything is going to start changing. It may include having to stay another semester or another year, but later on you are going to realize that everything happens for a reason. Nothing that I intended went as planned; however, I wouldn't change it. Doors opened for me and I got involved. When I knew I was going to be here for a fifth year, I took advantage of my last summer and studied abroad. I was also able to spend a year living off-campus with my friends. I had time to figure out what I wanted to do and to learn a little more about myself. Just know that everything happens for a reason, and later you will see it and you will appreciate all of your struggles up until that point. You will come out stronger. 

My advice to anyone is to take advantage of the time that you have here. Don't get discouraged if you do not graduate in 4 years, but rather find ways in which you can better use your time whether it is studying abroad or getting involved on-campus. Use your resources to guide you. Chris Montero helped me find COM Studies and it is great! School has been a joy ever since. I am happy that college went as it did, but I am very happy that I am finally graduating. Go class of 2016!