Choosing Communication Studies as my major was one of the best decisions I ever made. You don't realize at the time how many intangibles you're learning that will help you succeed, regardless of the career path you choose. I made lifelong friends and built the perfect foundation on which to build a successful career.
The communication courses that I took during my undergraduate career truly gave me the base knowledge that I needed to effectively communicate in the workplace and flourish in my career.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Leadership Studies and an Adjunct Faculty member. I am still utilizing the invaluable skills that I received as a COMM student at UNCW. I love that I can email or call my COM professors lmost 20 years later and still receive the needed and valuable advice, support, and guidance that I received as a student. They care and are still there for me as an alum. I would not be the professional I am today without the foundation laid by the Communications Department at UNCW. People always compliment me on my public speaking abilities. What they don't know is that those skills were honed and developed during my days as a COM major at UNCW! I am forever grateful.
The COM department really is a well oiled machine. I have so much respect for the administration and how they run such a organized and beneficial department. I have developed friendships with professors that will undoubtedly last well into my adult years. COM studies has helped further my knowledge and passion for ministry as well. I am a Worship Pastor currently at a church and many skills I use every week, I learned from my professors. COM students are incredibly bright, and the things they learn throughout the major make them very well equipped to go into the adult world and perform with excellence.
I had transferred from 3 different schools. I wasn’t a bad student, but before UNCW and COM Studies I didn’t seem to fit in anywhere else for educational purposes. When I got to COM Studies, I knew that the eduction these professors would teach me would be the specific information that I wanted and needed to learn for life after college. I still wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do after college, but I had an idea. Throughout my two and half years at UNCW, most being in the COM Studies program, I grew a huge appreciation for marketing in general. The information I learned in those classrooms, with hands on experience in the later classes, taught me real life experience that I use and reference back to today. I am extremely thankful to all professors that I took classes from in COM studies, each played a pivotal part in my education, where I am today and the person I have become. Although I never thought that I would now be working for myself, I use the same core principles from the COM classes for my own company and my clients. Owning a marketing agency, local and non local business acquaintances respect that I have graduated from UNCW from the COM studies program. I am proud to have graduated from the UNCW Communication Studies Department. One quote I will always remember from Dr. Persuit is “Marketing isn’t about changing perception, it is about changing behavior”.
My overall experience in the COM department was great, the professors are interesting and engaging, the class selection is always hard to choose from, and I would say it prepares you pretty well for the job hunt. I remember not being able to decide what classes to take because there were so many options I was interested in and all my favorite professors were teaching them. Being involved with CSS was also a big part of what made my time in the COM department so memorable. I was able to meet COM alumni, network, be involved in the fashion show, and get one on one help with my resume. Going into COM, I had no idea what I wanted to do but thankfully with all the opportunities it afforded, I realized you can really do anything!