Not Just a Number: Communication Major Anne Evans on Why WPU

Oct 12, 2020

Much to her surprise, Anne Evans felt immediately at home at William Peace University.

She had already decided to attend the University of Tennessee, but as soon as she stepped onto WPU’s campus, she said, she fell in love.

“My tour guide was from Beaufort, South Carolina, which is only 25 minutes from where I’m from,” Anne said. “It was such a small world, so as soon as I left, I said to my mom, ‘I think I want to go here.’”

Since then she’s never looked back. Now a junior, Anne is studying Communication with a Concentration in Multimedia. She also plays on the women’s lacrosse team, swims on the swim team, is Multimedia Editor of The Peace Times and serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

But when you ask her what her favorite part about WPU is, she brings up another part of her experience altogether: the relationships she and all WPU students get to have with their professors.

Professor Christman has helped me so much in particular,” she said. “I had him my first semester freshman year, and ever since I told him what I was interested in, he’s helped me find my path in communications and beyond.

“He’s just helped me so much to grow as a creative and as a person. And I feel the same way about the majority of professors I’ve had at WPU.”

Anne has had a camera in her hand since she was 12 years old when she started photographing her brother’s swim meets to fight boredom. Ever since then, she’s wanted to pursue creative work, which led her to the communication major.

“The communications degree at WPU offers a lot of things, because half of us are on the creative side and half of us are on the PR and news side,” Anne said. “It’s a really diverse group of people.”

Her background in photography ignited an interest in graphic design and learning how to do more with her creative skills. So she set about teaching herself, and taking classes in, the platforms included in the Adobe Creative Suite, such as Photoshop and InDesign.

This ultimately led her to discover a dream opportunity: a graphic design internship for a major league lacrosse team. With the help of Professor Christman to ensure credit transfer, Anne was able to turn this golden moment into an incredible learning experience.

“I definitely learned a lot,” she said. “If you look at the difference from the work I created at the beginning of summer and the art I was creating by the end and am creating now, there is such a noticeable progression in how much I improved.”

It is through this experience that she gives her best advice to other WPU students.

“Be as involved as you can with whatever opportunities your professors provide to you,” she said. “Our professors are great at finding unique opportunities for students, so if one of your professors reaches out to you, or says they can help you with something, take them up on this, because they have connections that you couldn’t even believe.”

Anne plans to graduate in 2022 and dreams of working as a Professional Sports Content Creator.

“I’d say my favorite thing is the people and the environment and the positive vibes that WPU gives me.”


Give Courageously to Peace

Thanks to the generosity of William Peace University supporters, current and future WPU students have access to the resources needed to learn through immersive experiences, build upon their courage and develop the confidence needed to turn passion into purpose.
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
a student uses a laptop on a green bench at William Peace University

Give Now

Support future Pacer success. 

 

Become a Corporate Partner

Find out how your organization can collaborate with Peace.

Visitors

Whether you’re hoping to attend WPU or hosting an event, you’re welcome to visit WPU! 

Wedding at WPU
Phantom in downtown Raleigh

Conferences and Events

Host your conference, event, or wedding at WPU.

Location and Directions

Get directions, our address, a campus map, and hotel discount information.

Counselors

Learn about WPU and all it has to offer so you can guide your students to the best fit for their next step. 

Admissions Info

Meet and connect with our Admissions team.

Schedule a Visit

Learn about our processes and schedule a visit.

Alumni

Our success as an institution has always been rooted in the strength of our community. As an integral part of that community, we invite alumni to stay informed and connected. 

Alumni outside at WPU
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
Building at WPU

Get Involved

Stay connected to Peace.

Donate

Contribute to the success of future Pacers.

General Info

Read about alumni benefits.

Parents

Families are an integral part of a student’s path to WPU. Find answers to your questions here. 

Commencement
Two WPU students work together on a project during class

Student Success: Why Choose WPU?

Learn about the value of an education at WPU.

Billing and Due Dates

Questions about your student’s enrollment or billing? Start here.

Current Students

Already a Pacer? Here’s your quick path to information, links, and other useful stuff.

Group of students talking
Students high-fiving each other

Current Students

Missing something? Can’t find a link? Start here.

Current Parents and Families

Is your student a Pacer? Here’s where to get information and contacts.

Future Students

Welcome to William Peace University! We offer programs for both traditional undergraduate students and online/hybrid classes through our School of Professional Studies. Find your path to WPU here.

Three WPU students walk through a brick archway on campus.
Three students discuss their work during class.
Older gentleman at a computer

First Time in College

Your WPU education will help you build practical skills for your future.

Transfer Students

Transfer up to 90 credit hours from any institution. 

Working Professionals

Enhance your existing career.

A WPU student works on a video game in the new esports and gaming lab on campus.
Woman in army green typing at computer
Two female international students

Readmission

If you previously attended WPU and are ready to return, start here. 

Veteran/Military

Learn more about how to apply the GI bill.

International Students

Find out how to attend WPU.

About

WPU has a long history as one of the city’s oldest universities. Find out more about our institution in the heart of downtown Raleigh. 

2023 Student Showcase
Staff Pumpkin Painting

History

Through 160 years, William Peace University has evolved to meet the changing needs of the students we serve.

Leadership

William Peace University is a small, private institution located in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Work at WPU

Join our team and see why William Peace University was voted one of the Triangle’s Best Places to Work!

DEI Staff
Design Rendering of WPU

Contact Us

Contact the University

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn about DEI at WPU.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Learn about WPU core tenets. 

Student Life

Whether you want to know more about on-campus events or see our residence halls, get a sense of what life is like as a student at WPU.

WPU Student on bouncy slide
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
WPU Safety Officer

Clubs, Activities and Events

Discover what’s fun at WPU.

Housing & Dining

When people say that WPU “feels like home,” we think that’s the ultimate compliment.

Safety & Security

The Office of Public Safety is committed to providing a community-friendly approach to enhancing campus safety for students, faculty and staff.

Dining room at Peace
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
Health and wellness at WPU

Athletics

Cheer on your Pacers at their next home game.

Student Support Services

Find out how the WPU team supports the whole you.

Health and Wellness

Learn about physical and mental health services available to students.

Academics

WPU offers a mix of more than 30 degree programs and additional minors. Our courses are four credit hours each, and every course features immersive learning experiences.

A student in WPU's online School of Professional Studies works on her homework.
2023 Internship Showcase

Immersive Learning

Find out about WPU’s unique approach to learning.

Center for Student Success

Peer tutoring, a first-year success program, and an internship program are just part of why Pacers succeed. 

Admissions

Start here to find out how to apply, visit, and learn more about WPU.

Before you apply:

Admissions team
students walking on campus
A student reviews scholarship and payment information in the financial aid office.

Connect with an Admission Couneslor

They’ll be your guide through the process.

Visit Campus

Get a feel for campus life.

Understand Costs

Find out about Financial aid and other options to pay for college.