My name is Nathan Zak and I am a proud Hawktale Player for UNCW. I grew up in Harnett County NC for nearly my entire childhood. After graduating high school I attended Sandhills Community College for 3 semesters. I needed a change in my life and decided to transfer to UNCW. Moving to Wilmington is the best decision I have made so far. Initially, I chose the class to fulfill my second COM 400 level requirement. The first few weeks I honestly dreaded the class. I struggled to find motivation and see how the class would benefit me in the future. I grinded it out and did what I could to keep up with my peers. After my first performance at an elementary school I realized why Dr. Scott and many others were so enthusiastic about the course and what we do. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone and truly connect with an audience. Seeing the reactions and the pure joy in the kids’ faces is definitely worthwhile. I have learned a lot about myself because of this class and view myself as a much stronger public speaker.