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Laura Rojas

April 25, 2017

Laura Rojas ’17 is one of a select few UNCW students who have peered at the world from Sammy C. Hawk’s perspective. While serving as an intern in the Office of University Relations, she eagerly volunteered to don the enormous bird suit and talons to stand in for Sammy at the 2016 N.C. Azalea Festival Parade. It was one of many experiences she will treasure after she graduates in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

Rojas came to UNCW determined to make the most of her time here, while pursuing an education she hopes will lead to a career in public relations.

“Over my four years, UNCW has become so much more than a place to go to class and learn,” she said. “I’ve integrated my relationships and experiences from student organizations, campus jobs, internships and student life to make my unique place here.”

An upbeat outlook and boundless energy helped her juggle academic obligations and extracurricular involvement. She has been active with TealTV – serving as co-president this year – and was student coordinator for the Communication Studies Society’s Dress for Success Fashion Show. She is also a member of the communications studies honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, and an account executive for the student-run marketing communication firm Pier601.

Internships with OUR, the Division for University Advancement and the Chapel Hill public relations firm Kantar Futures as well as a semester in Brazil helped Rojas round out four jam-packed years.

Born in Colombia, Rojas was raised in a bilingual household in Chapel Hill. But she chose to follow her older brother, Julian Rojas ’15, to UNCW.

“I love the beach – I always have – but that wasn’t the main reason I chose UNCW,” Rojas said. “I just realized it was the right fit, and that I could grow here and make my own place.”

With commencement just around the corner, Rojas is focused on finding a job in her chosen field of public relations. But first, she will put the Portuguese she learned in Brazil to use working with her mother at a conference in Portugal and traveling parts of Europe with her parents.

“You can always adjust your circumstances to make the experience that you want in college,” Rojas said. “You will meet your best friends, do things you never imagined, and graduate feeling prepared so long as you come with an open mind and heart. You will change in ways you can’t imagine and you’ll wonder where the time went, but you’ll be grateful UNCW was the place you landed.”

-- Tricia Vance