We Are the Class of 2020 Telling our story, one graduate at a time.

Megan Bolden wearing gold blouse in front of a brick building

May 1, 2020

Finishing her last semester at UNCW while also working as an essential employee at New Hanover Regional Medical Center would be a heavy load for any student, but doing so during a global pandemic certainly adds another layer to the challenge for Megan Bolden ’20M.S.W. Bolden said learning that “change is constant” during her time at UNCW is helping her navigate this time of uncertainty.

The Wilmington native will miss the College of Health and Human Services when she completes her studies, and particularly the School of Social Work.

“From the first day I stepped foot into McNeill Hall, I received nothing but support from faculty. Coming into the program as a non-traditional student brings its own challenges, but I was always encouraged to press forward and do more even when I could not see my own potential,” she said.

For Bolden, having faculty who took the time to both challenge and mentor her made her a better student and a better social worker. “The fire that has been ignited to research, help and serve in my chosen field guides me to my next academic quest of obtaining a Ph.D. in social work,” she said. 

A current recipient of the Jason R. Holcombe Scholarship in Human Services, she was a 2019 Greater Wilmington Business Journal Health Care Hero Award Scholarship recipient as well as a 2019-20 Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship recipient.

Looking back at her academic experience, Bolden cites a faculty-led study abroad trip to London where she attended a two-day training with Harvey Ratner, one of the best-known solution-focused practitioners in the world.

It was during her time in this class that Bolden says she gained a true interest in research and an amazing mentor in faculty member Josalin Hunter-Jones, who guided Bolden through her first research project exploring the influence of music and social media on African American mental health.

“How quickly the time has passed,” said the soon-to-be-graduate. “I suppose the saying is correct that time flies when you are having fun.”

-- Caroline Cropp