Even among the enthusiastic students whom UNCW English Professor Paula Kamenish took to Argentina in spring 2016, Samantha Santana ’17 was a standout. Her scholarly curiosity and mature willingness to engage fully in the culture were evident throughout the two-week program, Kamenish said.
The travel abroad experience was Santana’s first, and one that she never thought would be possible: for two years, “home” had been a red Chevy.
“I was homeless during my sophomore and junior years” at UNCW, she said. “Studying or doing homework comfortably was nearly impossible, so instead I used to study at Morton Hall from dawn to dusk.” English professors would stop by to chat. “I didn’t mind too much that I was homeless then, because Morton Hall became my home. The professors and students became my family.”
Their encouragement and her tenacious work ethic paid off. She was awarded the Gerald S. Rosselot Scholarship from the English Department in 2015. “The scholarship really helped me through my struggles,” she noted.
Read more about Samantha on pg. 25 of the UNCW Magazine.