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

Jacob Turney

Dec. 13, 2017

For Jacob Turney ’18, UNCW has been a gateway to a world of opportunities.

“UNCW has opened a lot of doors for me – from playing sports and exploring Europe to teaching me to think critically and creatively,” said Turney, who is majoring in political science and minoring in statistics and philosophy. “Philosophy has taught me there are no true answers, but I truly love being a Seahawk.”

Philosophy courses have inspired Turney to ask himself difficult questions – questions that have helped shape him, such as his philosophy of failure, which he explored when he decided to stop playing soccer for the Seahawks.

“The best thing that happened to me at UNCW was accepting that playing soccer was not why I was here,” he said. While he is thankful for his former coaches and teammates and the experience of playing a Division 1 sport, he realized after the first season that it was not for him.

At first, Turney said he felt like he had failed because he had always wanted to play at the highest level possible. Moving on from the team was a challenge, but life after soccer has included becoming a Seahawk Link, Resident Assistant, building manager, serving as an Honors Senator for SGA and studying Spanish and politics in Spain.  

The politics and cultures of other nations fascinate Turney and he loves how numbers can tell a story and looks forward to using his interest in statistics to convert research from a social science into quantitative data. After graduation, he plans to travel to Thailand and write a documentary with a close friend exploring climate change on a global scale.

“UNCW has taken down the doorframes of rooms filled with possibility that I would not have explored elsewhere,” he said.

--- Caroline Cropp