Lilia Aghzafi ’16

Lilia Aghzafi obtained her Bachelor of Science in business administration from UNCW in 2016. A transfer student from the United Kingdom, she embraced the Seahawk way of life and found that UNCW provided her with tools to pursue her dreams: inspiration to work hard, a community full of support, and a variety of campus organizations and activities to keep her active. A recent graduate of the class of 2016, Aghzafi hopes to stay in North Carolina, either working at UNCW or in a sports environment.

She offers advice to future and current students: “Get involved as much as possible,” Aghzafi said. “There are so many different clubs and organizations on campus that everyone can find something they enjoy.”

Aghzafi herself was part of the Cameron Business Network, the Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society and multiple Seahawk Leadership Conferences. Through all of her involvement, she was able to juggle three on-campus jobs, 18 academic credit hours and two study abroad programs. She became a peer mentor to help other transfer students. With the guidance of Michael Ruwe, learning services coordinator and master tutor trainer, Aghzafi was able to introduce campus services, academic resources and involvement opportunities to other transfer students.

For Aghzafi, the support system she found at UNCW made a big difference in her performance and her attitude in school. She credits Stephanie Ganser and Reed Curtis, instructors of the Transfer Seminar class, for helping her find her way.

“With their help I was able to integrate into UNCW and do things that I had not planned,” said Aghzafi. “I would like to find ways to give back to those who have helped me to be successful, while also helping students achieve their dreams.”

-- Lauren Henderson 15