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

Nick Pianovich standing in front of the spirit rock

December 7, 2020

December 2020 Update:
Pianovich, who received the William A. Bryan Senior Leader Award, is currently enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill as an MBA candidate in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, studying consulting, technological implementation and general management.
He is a member of the inaugural NC Business Next Program, a pipeline for undergrads to enter directly into a Top 20 MBA program. “Despite all of the adversity that has surrounded COVID-19, I could not be happier with the material I am learning, relationships developed and the people I will help,” he said.
He is scheduled to intern in Washington D.C. in the summer, working on the consulting side of the federal government.

August 27, 2019

Nicholas Pianovich ’20 initially struggled with his transition from high school to UNCW. He had never toured the university and had only been on campus for orientation and Move-In.

Although he questioned his decision to become a Seahawk, Pianovich immediately “found a home” at the university his freshman year, thanks to a student mentor.

“I was mentored by a rising senior my first year at UNCW,” Pianovich said. “He helped me navigate a very trying point in my life and guided me to get more involved at the university.”

Pianovich dove into campus life, holding several leadership positions, including an involvement specialist role with the Campus Activities and Involvement Center; president of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity; and a resident assistant at Galloway Hall. Pianovich will serve as the Student Government Association president for the 2019-20 academic year.

“I want to help other students just as my mentor helped me,” said Pianovich. “Our university is currently experiencing growth, and it is important that the student voice is heard throughout this process.”

Pianovich has many goals for SGA the upcoming academic year. He is particularly excited about the organization’s plans to provide mental health services for students on campus." We want to work with university officials to implement a student-led advisory board that discusses mental health initiatives on campus and brings awareness to mental health,” Pianovich said. Plans include a “Mental Health Awareness Day” and a “Zen Zone,” a space for UNCW students, faculty and staff to meditate and relax.

Pianovich’s passion for helping others has led him to pursue a major in business administration with a concentration in human resources and minor in leadership.“Business is something that’s always interested me,” Pianovich said. “There are so many opportunities available for people to interact with and assist one another on a daily basis.” He plans to work in public relations or human resources after graduation and currently works with Spectrum Telecommunications in Charlotte, NC, as a human resources intern, where he is responsible for prescreening and interviewing candidates. Eventually, Pianovich would like to pursue an MBA in business management and leadership.

With a year left of studies, Pianovich already has many takeaway lessons from his time at UNCW.“The best advice I can give is to take advantage of opportunities presented to you,” Pianovich said. “I never thought that I would be in the position I am today when I was a freshman. The opportunities for students to grow at UNCW are endless as long as you are looking for them.”

-- Fairley Lloyd ’20