Transition Programs

Meet the Leaders

Casey Bailey

Communication Studies and Public Administration
Raleigh, NC

I decided to come to UNCW my senior year of high school when I did my official tour. I had been on numerous tours and I could not find the school that was right for me. As soon as I came to UNCW I knew it was going to be my choice. Everyone is so friendly, and really welcomed me as a freshman. I have learned that you don't need to be around people 24/7 because it is okay to say no to people and just do your own thing.


Hannah Boone

Communication Studies with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor
Winston Salem, NC

Since enrolling at UNCW I have discovered my love for learning. This learning directly relates to events and relationships both inside and outside the classroom. At the root of everything, my passion is people. Before becoming a Seahawk, I never realized how much I enjoyed building relationships with people I meet. Every single person who crosses our path offers us a unique opportunity to learn their story, and I am grateful that UNCW has helped me grow within myself in such a short amount of time.


Caleb Bryson

Exercise Science with Biology and Psychology Double Minor
Thomasville, NC

This school has provided me with the avenues and abilities to reach goals I never dreamed of before coming here and for that I am deeply grateful. At UNCW, I've learned that the greatest barriers to personal success are personal doubts. The highest walls we must climb are the ones we set for ourselves.


Kayla Chapman

Locust, NC

I decided to attend UNCW after a tour the summer before my senior year of high school. As soon as I stepped foot on campus I knew this was the place for me. So far my experience at UNCW has been incredible. I've had the opportunity to become involved as a resident assistant, orientation leader, and many other on-campus student organizations. Becoming involved has allowed me to learn who I am, grow as an individual, offered lifelong friendships, and allowed me the opportunity to make a difference.


Dylan Chavis

Secondary Education and Campaign Management
Indian Trail, NC

Since enrolling at UNCW, I have learned that I am much more capable than I thought of. I had no idea that I would be able to transform into the leader and person that I am today. If I put forth my best, the sky is the limit in terms of potential.


Mara Cobb

Marine Biology
Rockingham, NC

My biggest piece of advice to incoming students at UNCW would be to find a nice balance between social life and school. Get involved on campus, but also focus on your classwork! Overall, I appreciate the passionate professors and caring faculty at UNCW. The professors are passionate about what they teach, which makes learning all the more fun and inspires students to work their hardest.


Libby Fields

Exercise Science on Pre-Physical Therapy track
Durham, NC

My favorite thing about UNCW is how willing everyone is to help. From the professors to professional staff, I always feel like there is someone in my corner to support me in everything I do. The resources we have on campus are incredibly helpful as well. Knowing there are so many places and tools to help ensure success in my classes makes the biggest difference in my academics.


Madeleine Freas

Public Health - Community Health Concentration
Long Island, NY

Since enrolling at UNCW, I have learned that I am capable of a lot more than I let on. At my pervious college, I lacked the academic achievements I knew I was capable of because the programs and opportunities there were not as numerous and diverse as they are here at UNCW. After coming to UNCW, I feel as though I am pushed to my potential each and every day, whether it's in the classroom or outside of it.


Sarah Gagné

Chapel Hill, NC

I decided to transfer to UNCW in the Fall of 2014. I had just finished my freshman year at another four-year institution that I was not happy at. UNCW felt like a perfect fit and was the ideal distance from home. They also had the major and minor that I was interested in. UNCW has taught me a lot about myself. It has pushed me to be my best in school and be the best person I can be. It has taught me to think of others first before myself because that's the kind of love people have shown me here.


Victoria Gonzalez

Communication Studies with a Creative Writing Minor
Jamestown, NC

My experience at UNCW has been unlike any other experience I have had in my life. I've been allowed to spread my wings and grow as a person, and the students and faculty at UNCW have made sure I've never felt alone as I went through this incredible change. I've made so many new friends faster than I've ever made friends before, and I already know that the memories I make here will stick with me for a lifetime.


Kara Goodson

Communication Studies
Jacksonville, NC

Since I started attending UNCW, I have become such an open-minded and welcoming person. Before coming to college I hung out with basically all the same type of people. Now that I am at UNCW I am surrounded by a diverse crowd of people and I have never been more grateful.


Matt Hanson

Wilmington, NC

So far I have had a great experience at UNCW. I was a little bit hesitant to come here since I do not live far from campus, but after walking around the campus and realizing the great atmosphere and culture that are present at UNCW, I knew I had to attend. I have made a lot of new friends and have learned a lot of valuable skills that will serve me well throughout my entire life. There is a place for everyone as UNCW, and people from all different backgrounds can find something to get involved in that interests them.


Ava Hicks

Communication Studies with a Journalism Minor
Iron Station, NC

I can honestly say that my year and a half at UNCW has been the best time of my life. Not only have I grown immensely as a person, I have formed everlasting friendships, matured in my faith, and discovered that I am capable of far more than I could have ever imagined. Though I am only a sophomore, I feel that I have matured more in my time here more so than in the previous 18 years prior. Because of the great support given by my peers and the strong advocacy for campus involvement, I have obtained positions and recognition that I never would have imagined receiving two years ago. Not only that, but I personally have learned so much about myself as a writer, a friend, and a Christian.


Malon Hodges

Marine Biology and Spanish
Cedar Rapids, IA

UNCW has taught me that it is possible to find your home even when you are so far away from home. The greatest thing about UNCW is the independence that comes with the college experience. Being able to make my own decisions and choices can be difficult at times, but it has been awesome experience thus far.


Neva Holloway

Psychology with a Sociology & Criminology Minor
Raleigh, NC

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.


Julie Kaleta

English - Professional Writing Concentration
Hudson Valley, NY

It took me a long time to decide to come to UNCW because it was a big step for me to go far from home. When I got to UNCW, I found myself surrounded by kind, generous and helpful people. I got involved in Orientation and Housing and haven't looked back. What I like best about this university is that the people here truly want to support students and offer them the best they can. I've learned that with a strong support system and finding things I love to do, I can have a home at UNCW as well as NY.


Payton Kilby

Business and Psychology
Winston Salem, NC

Since I've enrolled at UNCW, I've learned how to be myself and what I need to do to make myself the best I can be. Everyday I learn lessons on what I need to change or what good things I can keep doing but can continue to make them even better. College is helping me grow as a person whether it be in intelligence, my heart, or my maturity level.


Maddy Kunkel

Recreational Therapy
Raleigh, NC

Since enrolling at Wilmington, I've taken advantage of every opportunity thrown my way, and still found for weekly beach trips and the occasional Islands' $1 tacos. Take a fitness class at the Rec Center, make friends with the others in your dorm, find the time for a basketball game, treat yourself to a fourth dinner at Wag Out every now and then, after all aren't these supposed to be the best years of your life?


Meosha Lewis

Psychology, International Studies
Jacksonville, NC

I have learned so much about myself after coming to UNCW. Looking back to how much I have grown in only two years, I can safely say it wouldn't have been this way if I attended any other school. Each day I become a better leader, and I can credit that to my involvement in the UNCW community. My RA and Seahawk Link encouraged me to get involved and that has made it easy calling UNCW home. The people I have met and the friendships I have made are once that I will have for a lifetime.


Faith Lingle

Exercise Science
Indianapolis, IN

One thing I have learned since being in Wilmington is to not be afraid to put yourself out there! College is all about trying new things and meeting all different types of people. Many times what puts you outside of your comfort zone is going to be what makes the most memories.


Tristan Maness

Physical Education & Health
Forest City, NC

In the fall of 2016, I transferred to UNCW from another four-year university in North Carolina. Being here has been one of the biggest blessings in my life! I had initially thought I was going to graduate from the first university I attended, but I was injured during Christmas break in 2015 and was not able to return to school. This is when I began to look for schools for transfer to. UNCW was the first school I visited, and as soon as I stepped on campus I knew that Wilmington was the place for me (also being 10 minutes from the beach isn't too bad).


Sydney Newman

Psychology and Biology 
Greensboro, NC

UNCW felt like home as soon as I stepped foot on the campus. Even though I have only been a student here for one year, I have already learned so much about myself and about other UNCW students. I am more open to new ideas, possibilities, and situations that are around me.


Sophia Nicolosi

International Business
Waxhaw, NC

The biggest thing I have learned about myself while attending UNCW is how much I love to learn. I have surprised myself with how eager I am to learn new things and absorb as much knowledge as possible!


Carl Palombaro

Applied Mathematics with a Chemistry Minor
Raleigh, NC

I decided to come to UNCW after my first tour my junior year in high school. UNCW is the perfect distance from my home that I can experience college, but if I need to go home for the weekend it's an easy drive.


Tish Rivera

Anthropology with a Women's Studies Minor
Chesterfield, VA

I learned that I can handle more than I thought possible. College is fun most of the time, but there are times in college that are very hard and I had to mature in order to handle situations that came up in my life. Maturing is not easy and is hard but looking back I know that stuff I have been through at UNCW has made me a better person.


Justin Sanchez

Environmental Science with a Chemistry Minor
Fayetteville, NC

One thing I appreciate the most about UNCW is the faculty and professional staff. I have never come across a group of role models and leaders that have taken a more genuine interest in the students and their time here at UNCW.


Brandon Schmitt

High Point, NC

I decided to attend UNCW in the Spring of my senior year. I was looking for a school that I didn't know too many people at. UNCW's study abroad program was also of big interest to me. My experience at UNCW has been amazing so far! I have formed friendships that will last a lifetime, pushed myself to achieve my potential and enjoyed participating in various UNCW sponsored events, all while receiving a phenomenal education. One of the things that I appreciate most about UNCW is the small school vibe that you get in the classroom. I have sat in lecture halls with over 300 students and because of the way the professor taught, I've felt like I was one of maybe 10 students in the class. I think the professor's genuinely have your best interest at heart and teach accordingly.


Bethany Seagle

Charlotte, NC

Since enrolling at UNCW I have learned a lot about myself. Specifically, I have learned that the best version of myself is when I am confident in who i am and my abilities. I tend to second guess myself a lot and be afraid to do things even when I know I am good at them in fear of messing up. I like the quote, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take," as a basketball player I take this literally and figuratively. I have learned that I have to be confident in myself and not let the potential to disappoint dominate what I do. There is nothing more satisfying than accomplishing a goal that you worked towards and not letting the possibility of failure prevent you from trying. Surrounding myself with people that support and encourage me has been a huge factor in discovering what once was a weakness turn into a strength.


Carey Shook

Creative Writing with a Psychology Minor
Holly Springs, NC

My advice to both freshmen and transfer students is to get involved on campus as quickly as you can! There are so many clubs and activities, and by getting involved, you'll find your people and where you belong. Since I enrolled at UNCW, I've learned that it's possible to be truly happy. Things might get rough sometimes between classes, friendships, and personal lives, but with the amount of support UNCW offers - both professional, like CARE, or unprofessional, like peers - it really is possible to happy and see the bright side in all situations.


Davis Sutton

Cary, NC

I have learned that there are always people on our campus that are willing and able to support you and I have learned to accept their help and even seek it out.


Alex Vazquez

Huntersville, NC

My experience here at UNCW so far has been amazing. I have made so many close friends and experienced so many new things. This university offers everything that a student needs in order to succeed. I truly appreciate the amazing professors here at UNCW. The class sizes are the perfect size because they are small enough for students to get the personalized attention they need. All of the facilities are amazing, and the university has so many benefits that students are able to take advantage of. I have learned that anything is possible if you put in the effort. I surprised myself on multiple occasions. I have learned that I am capable of reaching my goals and pushing myself to a higher standard.


Sierra Wagner

Raleigh, NC

UNCW is the first place where I was encouraged to use my voice. I discovered my self worth and established my future here. Professors and friends always push me to be the best version of myself. Choosing this university is still one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have gained so much support and kindness that I have never felt before. UNCW has made me a better and stronger woman.


Basil Williams

Marketing Strategy
Wilmington, NC

I decided to attend UNCW in the second semester of my senior year initially because I didn't get in to my top choice and because of it being in my hometown. When I first arrived at UNCW, I felt like I wouldn't fit in and that I would transfer and not enjoy myself. My experience was the complete opposite. The people that I've met and the things I've experienced here are simply amazing and I wouldn't trade it for anything. UNCW has a real family atmosphere and made me feel so welcomed.


Corey Williams

Biology with a Leadership Studies Minor
Lillington, NC

My experience at UNCW is a constant growth. Every semester feels like a different phase with a different goal. I've grown in social, academic, professional, and many other ways during my time here based off of the different things I have experienced every semester. Every moment I spend here is an amazing opportunity to learn something about myself, and I feel like that's the biggest goal from college aside from academics. First, get that degree. Second, figure out who you are as an independent person!