We Are UNCW Telling our story, one Seahawk at a time.

Robin Smith

May 4, 2018

While senior Robin Smith ’18 may have been a nontraditional student, she still managed to benefit from everything UNCW had to offer. As she prepares to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Smith is grateful for her time on campus.

“When you walk on campus, you’ve been accepted,” said Smith. “There’s something unique about it when you’ve made it to this school. It was a piece of a puzzle that was missing from my life. Once you’re a student at UNCW, nobody can take that away.”

For Smith, the faculty and staff on campus are what make UNCW. While she acknowledged everyone who works in the social work and education department for being helpful, associate professor Hengameh Kermani stood out the most.

“Dr. Kermani has been there for me since day one,” said Smith. “She became a mentor to me and took the time to make sure I was on the right track and stayed there.”

Smith also connected with the campus community through her involvement with various organizations including the Association for Campus Entertainment, CARE (Collaboration for Assault Response & Education), the Seahawk Diversity Network and mentoring with My Stand.

“I asked myself, ‘What can I offer to this campus?’” Smith said. “All organizations give students a chance. Go in and fill out an application, then go from there.”

Now with one degree completed, Smith is looking forward to continuing to be a part of the Seahawk community, as she plans to return to pursue early childhood education in the fall. She also has words of encouragement for other UNCW students, both traditional and nontraditional, who are still working toward their degree.

“Be yourself, believe in yourself and get involved on campus. See what UNCW has to offer you.”

Robin Marie Smith was awarded the 2018 Hoggard Medal for Achievement. This medal, presented through the generosity of the late John T. Hoggard, is awarded annually to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, has shown the most improvement during his or her years at the university. The award recognizes hard and honest endeavor which has resulted in great self-improvement.

--Matt Stephenson ’20M