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Aug 22

Advice from your UNC Adviser

My fellow Tarheels! Hello once again, my name is Kiyah McDermid. I am a pre-nursing, Sociology and Exercise and Sports Science double major. The new semester is upon us and choosing classes can be a difficult situation if you are not prepared! But little to fret, if you feel like taking on the registration war yourself, God-speed, but if you are like me and need advice and assistance, then talk to your adviser. Upon entering the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, you will be assigned an academic adviser. He/she is assigned to you based on certain criteria like your major to better assist you in your journey at Carolina. Please understand that Advising is your partner in creating and navigating your academic experience at UNC. They truly do care about your success and want to get to know you and work with you to become connected to the varied resources on campus!

Some quick facts to know about UNC Academic Advising:

  • You can begin to make one-on-one appointments starting at 5 p.m. on August 22nd (today)
  • There are walk-in hours each weekday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • There is an online chat program available to students that begins on August 26th, each weekday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

From personal experience, I received an immense amount of helpful advice and assistance from my amazing adviser, Dexter Robinson and he is a fellow Tarheel! Through a leadership program called LeaderShape, I was able to connect with Dexter, who was a faculty staff member and he soon became not only my adviser but a great friend and mentor!

LeaderShape 2013
[Red arrows: me (Kiyah McDermid) and Dexter Robinson]

So I urge you my fellow Tarheels, if you need help or advice to go the Academic Advising website and explore what options you have for majors, find the resources you need to succeed, and visit regularly because Tarheels are bred to care and create lasting bonding relationships with one another. Who knows, maybe your adventure into Advising will give you comfort and a confidant like it did for me.

Kiyah McDermid
University of North Carolina ’15
Pre-Nursing | Exercise and Sports Science B.A. | Sociology Minor
Co-Chair | Celebration of Black Womanhood
Connections Chair| Theta Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Buckley Public Service Scholar

Aug 17

Tips for FallFest

Fall Fest Banner

FallFest is an annual event at Carolina where you can learn about student organizations, clubs, teams, and snag free food and swag!
In its 17th year, FallFest is a must for any Carolina student, here are some tips for when you head down to South Road Sunday.

1. Head down early
FallFest officially starts at 9pm, so be sure to be around South Rd. around 8:50 so that you are
ready to pounce on any free food and items. Lines begin to form fairly soon so get there early to avoid waiting too long! Getting there early also means a chance to scout out activities and stuff.
2. Use the resources given
Download a map of how tables and organizations are arranged so you know where everything is happening, link to the FallFest page is here. Also follow @UNC_FallFest on Twitter and like UNC FallFest on Facebook to stay up-to-date on any changes.
Student Organization TablesFollow your favorite organizations on Twitter or like them on Facebook, many student groups have special prizes/opportunities as well as information about where to find them or who to talk to online, hear about them first and don’t get left out!
3. Bring a bag and some tupperware
FallFest is the best time to grab some free pencils, pens, notebooks, coupons, condoms, and whatever else they are handing out. Be prepared by bringing a tote bag or something of the sort so that you can throw whatever you have gotten inside and be ready to grab some other stuff somewhere else! There is also a lot of free food at FallFest, you can always try eating all that night. But I found it a lot easier and more cost-effective to put into tupperware containers, there is a lot less mess plus you know you have quality food for the future!
4. Bring a pen
There will be lots of opportunities to sign for clubs, events and prizes. Don’t get stuck waiting for a pen-bring one so that you can get in and out.
5. Relax
FallFest can get hectic, the University estimates that 25,000 people are going to be there. Take your time and don’t run around, FallFest lasts ’til 2 a.m. and you’ll definitely grab some quality stuff. Meet some people, sign up for some clubs, watch some amazing performances, remember to just have fun at FallFest! Remember there is always next year!




-Wynton Wong ’15

Aug 13

Returning Home

Hey everyone! Hope you have all had a fantastic summer, but move-in officially begins now! I hope you are all prepared for the exhilarating year that awaits each and every one of us at UNC.

When I say “home,” I mean UNC and all of its accessories, including the rest of Chapel Hill, Carborro, Franklin Street, etc. It was only a year ago that I left my real hometown to join thousands of others in this beautiful campus, but already I have found myself growing quite attached to and fond of this place. I can’t quite put my finger on what makes this place so marvelous. Is it the smiling peers that surround me during my walks between classes? The classic yet impressive architecture? I can’t be certain, but what I do know is that I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to call this place “home” for four years.

While moving in is a terrible hassle (oh, the boxes, checklists, forgetting things, and remembering things…), it marks the beginning of yet another year at my home away from home. With its heartwarming environment and pleasant scenery, I could think of no better place to spend four of the most important years of my life. With that being said, I am beyond ready to kick off the 2013-2014 school year surrounded by some of the most amazing opportunities, professors, and peers in the nation.

I wish everyone a smooth and successful move-in day! Hope you see you all around at our home away from home. Go Heels!

Dorm Move-in

-Amy Yang

Aug 12

So What’s Being a Carolina Student Really Like?

Manning Hall

Hello everyone! Over the past few years I’ve shared many of my experiences as a Carolina student. I’ve blogged about Summer School, class registration, First Year Seminars, and even given a photo tour to name a few. I can’t wait to share a few more experiences during my Senior year, but right now I’d love to share a few other sources that will give prospective students a real glimpse into what being a Tar Heel is all about.

In one of my classes last semester (an Anthropology and English combined class on narrative medicine), an English graduate student attempted to bridge the gap between the two disciplines. He explained that those who study English also study culture just like anthropologists, except they look to the written word to help decipher what a particular culture is like. I hope the following sources will help shed a little light onto “Carolina culture.” I encourage anyone interested in the Carolina experience to read what these other students have to say to get a better feel of what being a Carolina student is really like.

The Daily Tar Heel. This award-winning student-run newspaper gives the best look into the UNC undergraduate experience. Read some recent news stories and some older ones to get a feel of what’s going on around campus and the surrounding Chapel Hill community, and especially check out the Opinion section’s editorials, letters, and Kvetching Board to see what students are saying about Carolina.

Carolina Passport. This student-run magazine publishes UNC students’ international experiences. Check out recent issues to see what it’s like to study abroad, travel the world on a Carolina-funded scholarship, or even experience Carolina from an international-student perspective.

UNC Memes. Many of these student-generated memes humorously capture many quintessential Carolina moments. Scroll through a few for a lighthearted look at the Carolina experience.

UNC News. Though not written by students, this site is a great resource to see what’s going on around campus and find noteworthy student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Carolina Arts & Sciences. Another publication that isn’t student-generated, but still worth a look. This magazine covers classroom learning, teaching, and research in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences (the school in which all students enter Carolina and many graduate from). Skim through recent issues to find out what you could be learning about soon.

Thrill City. This new lifestyle online magazine from the popular Chapel Hill-themed apparel startup offers an eclectic look into UNC’s broader Chapel Hill community. From student-written pieces on the best burrito joints and athletic rivalries, this is a must-read for a fresh perspective on the Carolina experience.

UNC Undergraduate Admissions Blog. Chances are you’ve already found this all-encompassing blog about applying to Carolina and what life is like once you get here, but if you haven’t checked it out recently it’s worth another look. Look for admissions tips and spotlights on student life.



Aug 6

The DOs and DONTs of Registration

Hello beautiful people! It’s that time again for me to share some information with you amazing readers. I hope everything has been going swell for you. Personally, I’m constantly counting down the days until I return to Chapel Hill. You’re probably thinking “You just left school, why are you so anxious to go back?” Well being from an extremely small town with no interesting occurrences has a way of pushing you to “make it out”.

Anyway, being that this month is August, I thought I would blog about something we as Tar Heels all experience during this month…REGISTRATION. You know that one family member who’s constantly worrisome and annoying, but vital to all family gatherings? Well, consider Course Registration as that annoying cousin and your college career as the annual family reunion. No matter how stressful and tedious it sometimes is, it has to be done.

Personally, I have learned a few helpful tips in the last two years that truly help with the headaches and frustration. Mind if I share them? Perfect.

Connect CarolinaTip #1: Be Prepared. Course Registration is a very rigorous process that’s bearable with a plan. It’s important to “enter the battlefield” focused and ready.
Tip #2: Have Alternate Options. You must remember, UNC has a pretty big student body. Registering for one course can become competitive when there are lots of other students doing the same. It’s important to have other classes you want/need on standby or in your shopping cart.
Tip #3: Register for Courses with YOU in Mind. When coming to college, it’s easy to take the freedom of registration for granted. Make sure you’re taking classes that you need and not just because your friends are enrolled.
Tip #4: Stay Calm! There’s a big chance your scheduling will not go as planned. That’s okay! If you can’t get every course you want, there’s always wait lists, and next semester.

In the end, Course Registration is not as bad as it seems. Once you get the hang of it, you discover the most productive ways to get the job done. Plus these four tips can do nothing but help the situation. I can guarantee you that after registering, you will finish with your sanity and a smile on your face.

Well, that concludes my post for this month. I hope I helped out at least one First Year who’s probably on Connect Carolina about to scream! Remember it’s not as bad as it seems. You control the process, don’t let it control you.

With Tar Heel Pride,

Aug 1

Autumn leaves and..Hip Hop?

Photo Courtesy of: is August 1, 2013. That means two things: Another beautiful autumn season in Chapel Hill is right around the corner.. and summer is coming to an end. Somewhere in between sunny days and cold ice teas, the summer days slipped away. Pretty soon, they will only be a memory! After completing my first – year at Carolina, this summer after was filled with excitement and anticipation about returning to campus in the fall. Unbelievably my new journey as a sophomore will start in just two weeks! While selecting classes for this semester, I often would think about my experience registering for classes as a first – year. I was (extremely) nervous as my CTOPs instructor guided us through the process. I’m sure most UNC students will agree that those first few moments on Connect Carolina were some of the scariest of their life (lol). But regardless, the satisfaction of getting into that one class that you really, REALLY, wanted was enough to keep you motivated. For me, that class was my first year seminar, The Poetic Roots of Hip – Hop. It was taught by Professor Glen Hinson, an associate Professor in the Anthropology Department.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…an entire class devoted to talking about Hip Hop? I know it sounds to good to be true, but it’s not! The University offers unique courses that really speak to the vast range of interests that students may have. Since I was 6 years old, I loved Hip Hop…who would have thought that I would have the opportunity to study it in my first year of college? Anyway, back to the course… it was incredible, to say the least. We talked about everything from first instances of rhymed speech in West Africa to the influence of hip hop on modern politics. There were less than 20 students in my seminar, which allowed for debates, close – knit conversations, and an overall “family” type setting. Everyone in the course, including our professor, was bound by two things..a love for Hip Hop, and a love for UNC.

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Quick history lesson: Did you know that George Moses Horton was the first black author to ever be published in the South? Beginning in the 1820s, Horton wrote poems for young male UNC students to give to their sweet hearts; the boys would pay him $.25 in exchange for each poem! He became so popular that two (not one, but two: Joseph Caldwell and David L.Swain) university presidents became fans of his work, so much so that the Horton dormitory was named in his honor.
That is just one of the many amazing people that we learned about..sounds pretty cool right? It was, in fact, that class is my favorite class that I have taken so far at Carolina!

The moral of the story is to take advantage of all the unique academic courses that UNC has to offer! If you want to study about fairytales in the German culture, there’s a class for that. Want to learn about the plight of woman in Roman history? There is a class for that! Would you like to learn how to make robots with legos?Well guess what? There is class for that as well! First – year seminars are an amazing opportunity to ease into these sorts of courses, so why not enroll in one? Just do it, as Nike would advise. I promise, you won’t regret it!


Jasmine Jennings
University of North Carolina ’16
Journalism and Mass Communications