River Bondurant '18

December 11, 2018

River Bondurant ’18 is always behind the camera, learning something new as a student photographer for the Office of University Relations.

“Every day, I am sent out to cover a different event where I meet new people, learn new ideas and get to try new things,” she said. “All the while, I get to improve my skills as a photographer.”

Bondurant, a double major in communication studies and Spanish, will graduate in December 2018. Starting in January 2019, she will pursue a master’s degree in Spanish at UNCW. “I hope to continue growing as a student, furthering my love for the Spanish language and gaining the experience that I need to go forward in my professional career,” she said. “I also hope to grow my small freelance photography business and get more involved as a local photographer.”

Her long-term goal is to teach Spanish at the university level while also working as a photographer, perhaps as a part of the staff at the same university.

Bondurant has always liked how UNCW students, faculty and staff genuinely care about the surrounding community. In her Spanish service learning class this semester, she noticed this focus on outreach firsthand. “Students found a way to get involved and help the greater Hispanic community in Wilmington, whether it be through volunteering as translators at local schools, working for Centro Hispano or helping with hurricane relief efforts.” Bondurant said she has always felt like UNCW was home for her.

“I know I have a family in the Communication Studies Department, a shoulder to lean on in the Spanish Department, coworkers in the Office of University Relations that are always willing to lend a hand, fellow tutors in the University Learning Center that would be there for me in a heartbeat. I have so many people that genuinely care about me and my success surrounding me at UNCW.”

--Logan Matthews ’19