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Dyson Ahola

Dyson Ahola

Sophomore
Clinical Research
Clayton, NC
DJA5879@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
I appreciate UNCW because of the amount of change I've seen just within a semester. This campus is always trying new things, making it very hard to get tired of it.

Sabrina Balent

Sabrina Balent

Sophomore
Communication Studies
Greensboro, NC
SLB4313@uncw.edu

My Experience at UNCW
My experience at UNCW has been nothing short of great. UNCW offers so many resources for success in my academic life and great programs to keep up with my social life. Taking advantage of these opportunities made my transition into college much easier.

Kate Beck

Kate Beck

Sophomore
Public Health Studies with Global Health concentration
Wheaton, IL
KLB2206@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
During this past year, I have learned that the choices you make during your time at college shape your future. I learned that taking advantage of the opportunities around you will open more doors than you can imagine.

Hannah Boone

Hannah Boone

Junior
Communication Studies 
Winston-Salem, NC
HHB2544@uncw.edu

Why I Chose UNCW
My Seahawk experience began on my first day of Freshman Orientation. I can honestly attest to say, from stepping foot on campus that day, I felt as though Wilmington was the community I had been searching for within a University. I could not have imagined a better place to be for my four years as an undergraduate.

Sean Boyle

Sean Boyle

Sophomore
Anthropology 
New York, NY
SB1580@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
I have learned since enrolling at UNCW that I am very adaptable. I have learned to communicate with different types of people and live far away from home.

Caroline Brunner

Caroline Brunner

Sophomore
Creative Writing and Film Studies 
Fayetteville, NC
CLB8006@uncw.edu

My Involvement at UNCW
I am heavily involved in the Resident Hall Association. As President of the University Apartments and Belk Hall for the 2017-2018 school year, I have gone to multiple conferences representing UNCW. Some of these conferences include SAACURH (South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Resident Halls) and NCARH (North Carolina Affiliate of Resident Halls). I will also be a Resident Assistant in the APT/Belk area during the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Gabe Castro

Gabe Castro

Junior
Nursing
Raleigh, NC
GTC1691@uncw.edu

My Experience at UNCW
I love my experience here at UNCW thus far. In the classroom, I have done well academically because of all the resources this campus has to offer: supplemental instruction, the writing center, and Randall Library.

Kayla Chapman

Kayla Chapman

Senior
Marketing
Locust, NC
KBC3020@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
I have learned that I am passionate about working with people. This has motivated me to become involved in several different leadership positions on campus. I now know I want to pursue a career in Student Affairs or become a professor at a University.

Dylan Chavis

Dylan Chavis

Junior
Political Science with Social Studies concentration
Indian Trail, NC
DJC7458@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
The thing I appreciate the most about UNCW is how personable the professors are and how they want the highest of success for their students.

Scott Chesnutt

Scott Chesnutt

Junior
Marketing Strategies 
Benson, NC
LSC4079@uncw.edu

My Advice to New Students
Have fun, do your best to succeed, don't get discouraged by the small things. Love this chapter of your life even during the tough times, it makes the good times so much better.

Lydia Clements

Lydia Clements

Sophomore
Spanish with a Teaching Licensure concentration
Louisville, KY
LCC3008@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
I've learned that there's always something that connects you to those around you and that every circumstance I find myself in has different outlooks. I'm still working on trying to find the brightest part in every situation.

Marissa Costello-Toscano

Marissa Costello-Toscano

Sophomore
Nursing
Charlotte, NC
MCC3754@uncw.edu

Why I Chose UNCW
I'm a legacy student, so UNCW was on my radar since I was just a middle schooler. I got to hear my brother's experience and see Wilmington an uncountable number of times and fell in love over and over. The moment I got my acceptance letter, I knew I wanted to call UNCW my home.

Emma D'Anjolell

Emma D'Anjolell

Sophomore
Film Studies and Communication Studies
Southport, NC
ECD6557@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
The people here at UNCW are incredible. Everyone is always eager to help one another, whether it be the students, the faculty, or the staff. I am grateful for such a supportive and friendly campus, for I would not have been able to get as far as I have without them.

Anna-Kelly Fink

Anna-Kelly Fink

Sophomore
Political Science and Criminology 
Mount Pleasant, NC
ANF7531@uncw.edu

My Experience at UNCW
My experience in my first year at UNCW has been rewarding and exciting. I have become an open minded and inclusive person who values diversity and opportunity.

Matthew Garcia

Matthew Garcia

Senior
Communication Studies
Harrisburg, NC
MG5886@uncw.edu 

My Advice to New Students
Be yourself. College is a scary place, but I believe that being yourself will attract the right kind of people to you. Time management is crucial, learning how to manage school and your other commitments will teach you valuable lessons through your college career.

Malon Hodges

Malon Hodges

Junior
Biology and Spanish
Cedar Rapids, IA
MH7876@uncw.edu

Why I Chose UNCW
I chose to attend college out-of-state because I knew it would be a formidable challenge. Being so far from home and my main support system is no easy feat and I wished to see myself grow without the comforting elements of home. I came to North Carolina for vacation and happened to pass UNCW and I decided to take a tour. The moment I set foot on campus, something felt right. After my first experience at this institution, I knew that I wanted it to be my home.

Neva Holloway

Neva Holloway

Senior
Psychology and Sociology/Criminology
Raleigh, NC
NAH7763@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
Since my first day here, I've learned that I have a voice, and I'm essentially responsible for my success. I've realized that I have so much to offer and that it is vital that I step out of my comfort zone and find new things to try and to use those experiences to my advantage. I have learned that being around people who have the same values as I do is what makes college ten times easier, and to simply love myself and love my flaws because I can change the world in some way.

Kaitlynn Isley

Kaitlynn Isley

Sophomore
Marine Biology 
Burlington, NC
KNI9143@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
The thing I like most about UNCW is how nice everyone is. Every staff member has such a positive outlook that helps the students grow in the best way possible. The staff at the University are so adamant about helping students, which genuinely makes us one of the best schools around.

Aimee Kerupetski

Aimee Kerupetski

Junior
Nursing
Monroe, NC
AYK8560@uncw.edu

Why I Chose UNCW
In the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted to attend UNCW. I have been around this community for four years prior to attending, as my sister graduated from UNCW before me, and I always felt this school had a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I already felt I belonged before I began preparing for college. I visited other college campuses, but I did not feel the same excitement that I have each day to step outside on this campus.

Payton Kilby

Payton Kilby

Junior
Business and Psychology
Winston-Salem, NC
PLK4324@uncw.edu

My Advice to New Students
Make the most of your time here at this school and in this town. It will fly by, so make sure you experience everything and don't let it pass by.

Amy Kuhlmeier

Amy Kuhlmeier

Senior
Exercise Science with Exercise Physiology concentration
Salem, VA
ANK6026@uncw.edu 

My Involvement at UNCW
I have become a certified Group Fitness Instructor at the Campus Recreation Center, President of the Exercise Science Student Association, and a student on the Dean's List. UNCW tests me, my strengths and weaknesses, but provides even more opportunities for me to succeed. I have only been a student at UNCW for one year, yet it has been a journey full of self-discovery and ambition.

Brandy Lowman

Brandy Lowman

Junior
Nursing
Morganton, NC
BL1728@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
What I appreciate most about UNCW is that the main focus is student's success and happiness. The campus provides so many resources to ensure that every student is given a helping hand when they are down. Academic, social, and emotional health programs are constantly happening around campus which makes every student feel assured that UNCW is a place of support and encouragement.

Sydney Newman

Sydney Newman

Junior
Exercise Science with Applied Health concentration
Greensboro, NC
SLN9472@uncw.edu

My Advice to New Students
My advice to incoming students is to always be yourself. I know that this sounds cliche but it couldn't be more accurate as you start your journey at UNCW. Just being yourself will help you to find out who you are, your likes and dislikes, what you believe in and what you don't. College is about discovering new things and finding out what makes you - YOU!

Kathryn O'Leary

Kathryn O'Leary

Senior
Communication Studies 
Wake Forest, NC
KAO3425@uncw.edu

My Experience at UNCW
As a transfer student that truly enjoyed my time at my last college, my transition to UNCW started off very overwhelming. Though professors and staff were helpful and friendly, trying to graduate on time, learn my way around campus, meet people, and stay on top of my school work was a lot to handle. Fortunately, the second week of classes, UNCW had their involvement carnival. At this event, I was able to meet many students and staff that shared similar interests. I quickly became a Transfer to Teal tour guide. Becoming involved in these organizations allowed me to find my "place" on campus.

Rickey Orriol

Rickey Oriol

Sophomore
Communication Studies 
Swansboro, NC
OO8008@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
I have learned that I am more resilient than I thought before. Not everything is going to go your way, but you can't let it bring you down. When something goes wrong for me, I reflect upon it, learn from it, and move on (usually feeling better about myself and how I handled the situation).

Tara Parker

Tara Parker

Senior
Elementary Education
Wallace, NC
TEP8544@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
The thing I appreciate the most about UNCW are the opportunities that it provides you with to get prepared for your future. Whether it's interview training, resume workshops, or internships - UNCW is here to make sure that you don't go out into the world confused on what to do now that you have your degree.

Rhianna Powell

Rhianna Powell

Sophomore
Marine Biology and Creative Writing
Wilmington, OH
RGP4849@uncw.edu

My Advice to New Students
Do not be discouraged. Life is full of challenges. They will come at the most inconvenient time, but you are capable of handling them. There is so much to learn from these challenges, and there is always more good than there is bad. Without the lows, we could never appreciate the beauty of the highs.

Marina Roe

Marina Roe

Senior
Elementary Education and Spanish
Garner, NC
MDR2777@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
The UNCW community is what I appreciate most about UNCW. Wherever you go there are smiling faces and helping hands. The professors go above and beyond, and the students here are all so welcoming and open. The campus is so beautiful, and we have great people here to match.

Gabby Schmidt

Gabby Schmidt

Sophomore
Exercise Science with Allied Health concentration
Raleigh, NC
GNS9274@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
UNCW has taught me that once I let myself out of my comfort zone, amazing things can happen! I now appreciate so many things and people that I've never thought I would have the opportunity to come in contact with. And truly, anything is possible with the right mindset.

Nekesa Schutte

Nekesa Schutte

Junior
Political Science and International Studies with Globalization concentration
Durham, NC
NVS9394@uncw.edu

My Advice to New Students
My advice to incoming students would be to try and branch out. Come to UNCW with an open mind and do not be afraid to adventure out and try new things that you never expected yourself to try. This University has created an environment where students are able and encouraged to try new things, and my advice is to take advantage of that environment.

Ian Shields

Ian Shields

Sophomore
Environmental Science
Oysterbay, NY
IJS6718@uncw.edu

What I Appreciate Most About UNCW
What I appreciate most at UNCW is how the staff always sets you up for success. No one here wants to see you fail, and the resources to prevent failure are always provided. There are chances to grow leadership ability, to perfect talents or find new ones, thrive academically, and find out who you truly are. All of these opportunities are laid at your feet; they just expect you to put in the effort to pick them and put them to work.

J.T. Smith

J.T. Smith

Junior
English with Literary Studies concentration
Fayetteville, NC
JTS9945@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
I have learned to expand my mind and challenge the beliefs I had coming into college. Most importantly, I have learned that following my passion is the most important thing for me and my personal growth. I have learned to shoot for the moon, and end up in the stars!

Avery Tilley

Avery Tilley

Junior
Environmental Science
Pilot Mountain, NC
AAT6131@uncw.edu

My Advice to New Students
Find what you are passionate about and never give up on it. Your passions are what make college worth it and will result in opportunities that you never saw coming. Set goals that will get you to where you want to be and never forget the moments that make you happy. Find friends that challenge you to be the best version of yourself.

Alex Vazquez

Alex Vazquez

Junior
Accounting
Huntersville, NC
AMV3164@uncw.edu

My Involvement at UNCW
I am involved with the Office of Transition Programs as a returning Orientation Leader, and I am involved in Greek Life, where I serve as recruitment chair for my organization.

Juan Vera

Juan Vera

Sophomore
Biology
Clayton, NC
JFV1425@uncw.edu

My Experience at UNCW
My experience at UNCW has been one of the best experiences in my life. Since I have been here I have been challenged academically and as an individual. Along with being challenged here, the support I have received has pushed me, and continues to push me, to be the best version of myself that I can be.

Tanner Whicker

Tanner Whicker

Sophomore
Theatre
Kernersville, NC
STW2369@uncw.edu

I Have Learned...
I've found that I can live on my own and make intelligent, mature, and sensible decisions without my parents here to advise and guide me. Maybe most importantly, I have grown to have confidence in myself and my abilities; whether it can be something as simple as making myself dinner or something as complex as finding my true self.

Bria Wright

Bria Wright

Junior
Psychology
Wake Forest, NC
BEW9419@uncw.edu

My Involvement at UNCW
Since arriving on campus in 2016, I've worked with several departments at UNCW. Through Housing and Residence Life, I worked as a Cornerstone Peer Mentor, in which I helped Freshmen with their transition from High School to college. Through the Office of Admissions, I am currently a member of SAND (Seahawk Admissions Network for Diversity), where I work to facilitate a more diverse community on campus and for prospective students. I am a member of Anthropology Club and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).