Advice from Sally Seahawk


Genevieve Guenther

Sally Seahawk, Contributing Writer

Q: I have been considering writing for The Seahawk for a while. I don’t have any experience with writing at all. What do you suggest?

A: I’m happy to hear that you are interested in writing for The Seahawk. The Seahawk is a great place for UNCW students who are interested in journalism to get their start and grow as journalists. You don’t need any experience to join The Seahawk. All the editors started in the same place that you will be starting.

I would suggest that you come to one of The Seahawk’s weekly meetings. The Seahawk meets on Mondays in Dobo Hall in room 103 at 5 p.m. At the meeting, each editor in Sports, Lifestyles, Opinion and News presents possible assignments that writers can take on. If an editor says a story you’d be interested in writing, you just let them know and it’s yours. You are also free to suggest story ideas as well. I may be a bit biased, but I love writing for The Seahawk and I highly recommend it.

–Sally Seahawk

Q: I recently went through a really bad break up and am having a hard time not contacting him. I really miss him and want him back. What can I do to get my mind off of it?

A: I am sorry you went through a break up. Break ups are hard but especially ones that ended with strong feelings still involved. I would say the best thing right now is distraction. I would fill your time with activities and studying. The more you are doing, the less time you have to dwell on your past relationship. I would suggest getting your friends together and doing something that involves self-care. Go to the beach, go for a hike, eat junk and watch Netflix, etc. As cliché as those things sound, being around people who care about you can really help during difficult times.

While you have down time and are thinking about it, I would remind yourself why it ended and why it didn’t work. Most times when exes get back together, whatever issue broke them up comes back up again. I would maybe delete your ex’s social media and try to refrain from checking up on what they are up to. Stay positive, you’ve got this.

–Sally Seahawk

Q: I am 26 years old and am an undergrad, so obviously not the same age as the vast majority of my classmates. I don’t feel like I fit in, any suggestions?

A: You are considered a non-traditional student at UNC Wilmington, and believe it or not there is a growing population of non-traditional students here. The PERCH services, provided by the Office of Dean of Students, is specifically here for non-traditional, off campus and graduate students. They send out emails notifying non-traditional students about upcoming events that they can be a part of. If you haven’t been receiving those emails, I would reach out to the PERCH office to make sure you’re included.

I would definitely suggest going to some of those events. There is a place for you here, you just have to find it. It will take some searching but you’ll find it. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you are still a part of the Seahawk community.

–Sally Seahawk