Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I'd Rather _____ Than Write a College App Essay

How would you fill in the blank above?

  • Have a root canal
  • Eat dirt
  • Stick needles in my eyes
  • Do anything else

It's hard, we know. Maybe not for everyone, but for most.

Even though it's difficult and challenging, it can also be very rewarding once completed.

It is also time well spent. Why? Because a strong, polished essay could set you apart from another applicant. Good writing skills will always be important. Grammar and composition count. More importantly, it gives the admissions committee the chance to hear what you have to say, and how you say it, which is unique to you.

You may have already read all the tips about writing a good essay; they are easy to find out there on the web.  We offer a few of our own on our Admissions website.  The essay prompts are available as well.

And if you have any questions, we are always here to help!  Feel free to contact us any time at or 910-962-3243.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Freedom Isn't Free


 I have to share with you the experience I had this past weekend which was unlike any other Memorial Day weekend that I can remember. I followed a group of about 35 individuals who were taking part in the 2014 Ruck to Remember 60 to 60.  This is a 60 mile ruck from Harper’s Ferry, WV through our Nation’s Capital to Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.
If you didn’t know, Section 60 is the burial ground for all military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The purpose of the ruck was to honor the men and women who had made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our rights and freedom.

The route was 60 miles long

My job, along with a few other volunteers dubbed the “Red Shirts” was to provide food and water re-supply throughout the three days of this mission as well as some smiles and motivation!  As “Red Shirts” we saw it all: tired faces but relief in their eyes as they reached another resting point, we saw blistered feet as they patched up and got ready for the next few miles, we saw sad faces but we also saw happy faces, people laughing together and sharing their experiences of service with one another.

Harper's Ferry, WV Starting Point

20 miles

What really brought this event and the people in it together was sharing “Stories of Valor,” a way for everyone involved to keep in mind the reason why we started. All of us had some sort of connection to the military, whether it was having served time or knowing someone who did.

Team Athletes told "Stories of Valor" on the service members pictured above
at several rally points

Listening to each person in the team share the story of a historically remembered military member or the story of a loved one was compelling. Words cannot explain how those stories touched every one that was present.
There really is no number of miles, no amount of sweat, no amount of sleep deprivation or level of pain that can compare what these service members before us did.

The Lincoln Memorial

I really give this troop so much credit for completing the mission. Stopping to thank a service member for their service is one thing, to leave your family behind, throw a 40lb pack on your back and ruck day and night for two and a half days with about 30 other people you’ve never met, I think, is another. 

Red Shirts waited for the arrival of the Team Athletes
near the Reflecting Pool around 5am on the morning of
Memorial Day

Three of the team athletes and I grabbed lunch after the ruck was over. I remember the look on the face of one person as they hobbled into the restaurant behind me. He asked “What run did you guys just finish?” After hearing that they had just finished hiking 60 miles he said
“Why would anyone want to hike for 60 miles?”

“To honor those military service members that have fought for your freedom.”

Hiking through Washington, D.C, nearing the end of the hike

It certainly was a Ruck to Remember.

-Patty Martinez, USMC
Office of Admissions VA Work Study

The Three Soldiers


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

UNCW Virtual Tour -- New and Improved!

*One of the new photos on the virtual tour and one of the
reasons why we love it here!

The UNCW Virtual Tour recently received a makeover!  Key changes includes:

-The entire walking tour is now in high definition;
-Updated photos and panoramas of the renovated Student Recreation Center;
-The addition of the new Teaching Lab Building to the walking tour;
-Updated panoramas and photos throughout, including various areas of campus, residence halls and campus events including the Involvement Carnival; and
-Updated photos and panoramas of the Wrightsville Beach area*

If you can't make it to campus, check it out. It's the next best thing to visiting UNCW and the area in person!

Monday, May 12, 2014

One Year at UNCW Down!

Greatness is sifted through the grind; therefore, don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end. 
Sanjo Jendayi

As my first year at UNCW comes to an end, I realize it is easy to make the choice to go to college. What is not easy, however, is putting in the hard work and having the discipline to maintain focus through each semester. 

One of the most difficult things for me was finding middle ground between social life and academics. Then there was finding the motivation to spend time at home studying after I had just spent the whole day in classes! This is something the military transition classes did not prepare us for!

Sure, this first year back to school was not easy, and sometimes it was stressful but I can assure you it is nothing you cannot handle!

Patty Martinez, USMC
Office of Admissions VA Work Study

Friday, May 2, 2014

Attention FYSA students! Curious about Ireland?

National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM)
Maynooth, County Kildare

Admissions counselor Shannon Rodenheiser recently visited Dublin regarding a program for First-Year Spring Admit freshmen. She notes the following about her experience:

From March 8 to 14, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit one of UNCW’s Academic Partner institutions, the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM). The university is located in Maynooth, County Kildare, approximately 30 minutes outside the capital city of Dublin.

While UNCW has been sending study abroad students to Maynooth for quite some time, I was there with UNCW Academic Advisor Geoff Zuckerman to expand our relationship with NUIM, and develop a program specifically for our First Year Spring Admit students! Starting this fall, all FYSA students are invited to spend the fall semester studying abroad in Ireland at NUIM. Students will earn a full semester of academic credit while living on NUIM’s campus with other UNCW FYSA students.

During my visit, I met with many of the university’s student service offices to get an idea of the resources that would be available to our FYSA students. I was also able to tour both their historic South Campus (including the famous historic seminary St. Patrick’s College), and their very modern North Campus. One evening our host Jodi, who works in the NUIM International Office, even took us for an evening walk at Carton House, a golf and spa resort facility where the national Irish Rugby team trains just down the road from NUIM. Imagine our surprise when on our walk we stumbled upon the entire team staging a group photo! That Sunday they went on to become Six Nations Champions!  

I was also able to spend some time in nearby Dublin.  I walked the campus of historic Trinity College and visited their Book of Kells exhibit, took a tour of the old Jameson distillery, walked all over St. Stephen’s Green and ate lots of Irish food! The trip from Maynooth was a pleasant 30 minute train ride, and gives students in Maynooth convenient access to all Dublin has to offer.

Of all the wonderful sights I got to see, my favorite part of the trip by far was meeting so many lovely Irish people. I am so envious of our FYSA students who will get to spend the entire fall semester in such a beautiful country full of such kind, fun people!”

River Liffey; major river that runs through Dublin

St. Stephens Green Park, Dublin

Dublin pubs preparing for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Rugby Team (trains near NUIM)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

DEPOSIT DUE by midnight tonight!

Tonight at midnight (May 1) is the deadline for the $100 enrollment deposit due for admitted students (students admitted late have an extension; check the enrollment deposit form sent with your letter).  Please log into your MySeaport account for payment instructions. 

Questions?  Call the Admissions Office: 910-962-3243.  

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