Nikki Kroushl

May 16, 2019

Nikki Kroushl ’19 “just fell in love” with UNCW the moment she toured the campus as a prospective student, but the university’s nationally recognized Department of Creative Writing was the big draw.

The Clayton, NC, native was especially interested in earning the department’s publishing certificate, a special option available that enhances creative writing majors’ professional credentials. Kroushl, an Honors College student, also majored in communication studies and completed minors in English and German. She graduated summa cum laude from UNCW on May 11.

“I have had a lot of great mentors and faculty relationships that I don’t think I could have gotten at another university,” Kroushl said.

She served as editor-in-chief of the Honors College newsletter and copy editor of Atlantis, an award-winning student magazine focused on art and literature. She also took an active role with the UNCW Student Ambassadors, participated in an internship with Macmillan Publishers in New York City and presented her honors research at conferences in Boston and San Diego.

“I have gotten so much out of different entities on this campus,” Kroushl said. “It’s corny, but I feel like I do bleed teal, and I am a Seahawk forever.”

As a student, Kroushl also held down campus jobs with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Office of Admissions. Kroushl, a Wilmington Fellow, earned many UNCW honors over the years, including distinguished engagement, undergraduate research and academic achievement awards; the Donald R. Watson Merit Scholarship and the Margaret Walthour Lippitt Scholarship; and the first prize for fiction at the North Carolina College Media Association awards in 2018 for an article in Second Story Journal, the Honors College arts and literature magazine.

As a senior, Kroushl decided to step outside her comfort zone and join Ritmo Latino, the Latin dance club on campus.

“I have a lot of friends in the club, and I have always loved dancing and performing,” she said. “It’s like a big family.”

Just like the Seahawk family of alumni that now includes Kroushl and the entire Class of 2019.

-- Andrea Monroe Weaver