Thank you for your continued interest in Carolina. We’ve enjoyed talking with you over the phone and seeing your smiling faces in our office and on campus.
First, we are proud to announce that Sarah M. Bufkin (Class of 2013) earned a Rhodes Scholarship, the world’s oldest and best known award for graduate study. Sarah is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 49th Rhodes Scholar since the program began in 1904, and the fourteenth Carolina student selected since fall 2000. We’re lucky to have great students at Carolina – and the interest of other great students who are thinking about joining us.
Second, November is flying by, and we’re working hard on reviewing applications to get Early Action applicants their decisions by the end of January. If your application is missing materials, help us out by taking action and following up with us. We really do want to read your application!
Below are some of the most common FAQs we’ve received over the phone and through email.
I took the SAT/ACT in November and my scores are not available yet, what should I do? No worries, if you took a standardized test in November we should receive those scores shortly.
My recommender is unable to submit their letter of recommendation. Have your recommender email the letter of recommendation to email@example.com. Please make sure your full name and date of birth is included.
Can I fax my fee waiver? Yes, you may fax your fee waiver to (919) 843-2326. Fee waivers must be signed by the applicant and counselor.
Can I fax my transcript? Unfortunately, we cannot accept faxed transcripts. However, your counselor may forward transcripts to us via electronic submission using one of the following: Common Application, CFNC, Docufide, E-Script and Avow.
Please note that due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our office will be closed November 27-28. If we don’t talk to you before the holiday, please accept our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. If you follow Twitter, you might be interested in how our office is giving thanks this year to the many departments who help us in our work to communicate the strength of the Carolina community to students such as you. Check it out at #UNCthanks.
For the latest news from our office, please keep visiting our blog or connect with us on social media (@UNCAdmissions). In the meantime, please let us know if we may assist you in any way.
As a sophomore, I would say I’m still actively trying to learn “how to do college.” I don’t think you ever really figure it out, but in my short time here at UNC I’ve learned some very important things that I’d wish I had known as an incoming first-year. That being said, let this speech of wisdom from a 19-year-old who still can’t do his own laundry ensue.
Number One: be spontaneous. I think it’s so easy to come to college and place yourself in this extremely structured schedule of places to be and times to be there. I’m definitely not saying don’t emphasize time management and organizational skills, but do visit other places to study on campus instead of sitting in the same cubicle every day all semester. One thing that I love to do is walk different ways to class every single day. This allows me to not only see so much of the beauty that our campus offers, but it also let’s me see so many different people on a daily basis. On the note of being spontaneous, have lunch with that random friend you saw while walking to class. Sit on the quad and enjoy the hustle and bustle of campus for 15 minutes. I say do these things to break the regularities that cause us to forget how blessed we truly are to be a Tar Heel.
Number Two: don’t compare yourself to others – in any sense. This is one that I’ve struggled with the most since being in college. When I was in high school I was so concerned with being a certain number in my graduating class and I took that competitive nature into my first-year and it didn’t turn out well. I was constantly thinking, “I’m pre-med, so I have to take all these classes now because he/she is doing it and that’s the way you’re supposed to.” That’s not the case at all! There are so many routes to graduate school, study abroad opportunities, research… you name it. Just because someone you know moved to Africa when they were 8 years old and cured a disease in 6th grade doesn’t mean you have to. All jokes aside, knowing that you can only be the best you is something I definitely wish I would have known earlier into college.
Number Three: go outside of your comfort zone at least once a day. I know this sounds super cheesy, but I fully believe it’s vital in getting the most of your college experience. There are so many days where at the end of the night I have nothing to really remember the day by. When you go through the motions you have no memories or relationships to share with people, which are things I really cherish. Even on a minute level, like asking a question in your lecture or practicing your Spanish at Bandito’s on Franklin St. These little things are the things you’ll remember, or more importantly, what makes you grow as a person. When you’re in situations of ambiguity and you have no choice but to give something all you’ve got you’re bound to grow and develop. That’s what college is all about, right?I guess that’s enough with the cliché advice from a person who is still very much so learning how to really do college. Here’s to hoping that we both got something out of this and miraculously become experts at life!
Nicholas Hastings is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social and Economic Justice, also on the Pre-Med track. He is an Admissions Ambassador, Morale committee member for UNC Dance Marathon, and a Club Baseball player. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, November 19, over 80 Carolina students (and alumni!) in the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program got a jump on Thanksgiving by gathering for a meal and a moment of thanks. Led by Rebecca Egbert, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with help from Program Coordinator Brian Woodard and Graduate Assistant Olivia Hammill and made possible by grant funding, C-STEP helps talented low and moderate income high school and community college students make their way to Carolina. Students are guaranteed eventual admission to Carolina if they are admitted to and complete the program successfully. More than 500 students have been served by C-STEP since its founding in 2006. Becky opened the event with a moment of silence for gratitude and then she gave thanks to the students for all they bring to Carolina.
As part of their annual Thanksgiving celebration, C-STEP students collect donations of food that are provided to feed hungry children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This year, students also sent messages of thanks to UNC that were compiled in a presentation that ran during the dinner.
“This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge at Carolina and share this incredible experience with my family.” —Carlos A. Cordero, Cadet, U.S. Army (and Purple Heart recipient)
“As a new Carolina Covenant student, I am thankful to the late Fred Clark and to my favorite Covenant team member Ann Trollinger. When I graduate debt free from UNC, they’ll be the ones I have to thank.” —Sarah Kaylan Butler
“I’m thankful to be a part of this program and for allowing me to attend my dream school along with meeting so many amazing people.” —Katherinne Wawrzonek
“I cherish being a senior because I am that much closer to achieving my goal. However, this goal wasn’t easy to attain without the incredible help that I have received. At this point in my life, I am grateful to my family and friends, my mentors and fellow-students at C-STEP, and last but not least, all my professors and friends I met at UNC who supported me throughout this journey and are helping me achieve my goal.” —Devangana Sharma
“I am extremely thankful for the friends I have made at UNC thus far. I already consider many as family, my Carolina family, and it is a bond I do not think can be broken. I am also thankful for the opportunities I am being exposed to on campus within student organizations and enhanced chances to be involved in community service. I have felt welcomed to campus in a way I never expected. It feels like home. Thanks for all you do!” —Lauren Key
“I am thankful for my life, my achievements, my goals, my family and my dreams. I am thankful for all the amazing people I have met through my life journey. I am thankful for all things beautiful in my life and all the things yet to come. As always, I am thankful for C-STEP.”—Chizoba Nnoruka
“I am thankful for my peers and loved ones! Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today!” —Makenzie Bollinger
“I am thankful because I have more than I could have ever asked for. First of all, God and my family because they are a 24/7 support to every aspect of my life. Then, to everyone at Carolina who cared enough to know me.Lastly, I am so grateful as a non-traditional student because out of thousands of people dreaming to have the education we have at Carolina, WE were the chosen ones. It is such a humbling feeling.” —Camila Hargett
“I am grateful for the wisdom I have attained, which is guiding me to not take these next two years for granted, and to truly enjoy the little victories which will lead to bigger ones down the road. In addition, I am grateful for the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with people who possess great character and values here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” —Enrique L. Lambrano
“I am thankful for the opportunity to attend UNC and all the support of everyone here!” —Caroline Anders
“I’m thankful for the love and support of family, all the staff, students and C-STEP, and God!!!!!!!”— Kelly Vance
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the University thank our C-STEP students for the numerous gifts you bring to our community—your dedication, intelligence, and compassion. It is a pleasure to work with you and help make your dreams come true.
On Friday, Nov. 21, we traveled to Rockingham High School in Reidsville where Chancellor Folt presided over a meeting with local officials, legislators, advisers, and students about the value that the UNC-Chapel Hill-based Carolina College Advising Corps is bringing to the area. Funded by grants and private gifts and led by Yolanda Keith with assistance from Eric Smith and Meredith Allred, the Corps places advisers in schools in counties with heavy populations of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students. We were honored to be joined at the event by three legislators who have served as advocates of our work: longtime U.S. Congressional Representative Howard Coble, N.C. Senator Phil Berger, and N.C. Representative Bert Jones.
The Chancellor opened the event by remembering how impressed she was by the students she met as she walked into the high school assembly room during her first visit here in 2013. “You’re the reason we’re here!” she said to the 20 high school seniors who gathered for the event. She then thanked each legislator individually for their support of the Corps and education in general. “The Corps brings a special magic,” she said, “because it builds on advisers who are young graduates and who go to schools and use their amazing energy to reach out to students.”
Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions spoke next, commending the numerous local officials for their support of the Corps which has served 5,000 area high school students since its humble beginnings in 2007. “We’re here,” he said, “because of the generosity of the people of Rockingham County.” Today the Corps serves 60 high schools (with 42 advisers) across the state. Local officials in attendance included Rodney Shotwell, Superintendent, Rockingham County Schools (and 2015 N.C. Superintendent of the Year); Richie Weaver, Principal, Rockingham County High School; Elliot Miller, Principal, Reidsville High School; Elaine McCollum, Board Member, Rockingham County Board of Education; William Aiken, Interim President, Rockingham Community College; and Marilyn Payne, Executive Director, Rockingham County Education Foundation.
Due to strong local support, we are so fortunate that both Rockingham County High School and Reidsville High School are served by just one adviser each (Madeline Merrill and Gloria Schoeberle, respectively). This means that the students served receive even more individual attention as they make plans after high school. During the roundtable discussion, Ms. Merrill spoke movingly about her work with local high school students to help them prepare for and apply to college. “We do our collective best to ensure these students are cared for and to help their dreams come true,” she said. Several Rockingham High School seniors spoke next, giving Ms. Merrill high marks for her energy and the great care she gives to her students.
If you’ve talked to a UNC student or alum, you’ve probably heard about a Carolina tradition or two. Whether it’s rushing Franklin Street after beating Duke or drinking from the Old Well on the first day of classes, Carolina loves a good tradition.
One of the most followed traditions on campus is drinking from the Old Well on the first day of classes. The story goes, that if you drink from the Old Well the first day, you’ll have a 4.0 GPA for the semester. It’s definitely worth a try! Some students go at midnight and others line up before their first class. This tradition is relatively new (compared to how long the school has been here at least), but the Old Well has been around a while as it used to be the only water source on campus.
Before it’s even time to drink from the Old Well, there’s Sunset Serenade – a concert the night before classes start in which most of the a cappella groups on campus perform. The UNC Clef Hangers, the Loreleis, Harmonyx, The Achordants and others perform to kick off the school year on the right note. We have some really talented a cappella groups on campus and even though they all hold concerts throughout the year, there aren’t many other chances to see them all perform at one time. I always look forward to Sunset Serenade as soon as I get back to campus at the beginning of each school year. And one of the best ways to begin each year is with a Tar Heel tradition.
One of my favorite memories at Carolina so far is rushing Franklin Street after beating Duke in men’s basketball. Last year I ended up with a ticket to the Duke game through the student lottery. There was a lot of anticipation for this game, as there always is, but it was even crazier than usual because Duke had cancelled eight days earlier due to “weather.” By the time game day arrived everyone had been talking about it for a week and the excitement level was exceptionally high. My seat was about three rows from the top, so I had a birds-eye view of the Dean Dome, but considering it was the Duke game, I was pretty happy just to be in the building. The noise was insane and the feeling of being part of that excitement is really hard to describe if you haven’t felt it yourself. The game was close most of the way, but as the final buzzer neared, it became clearer that we were going to win. And when we did, we had to celebrate! Everyone rushed through campus to Franklin Street, which was packed with people high-fiving strangers and shouting “Go to hell Duke.” The Carolina community is strong, but it felt especially strong that night on Franklin Street when everyone was celebrating the victory.
The traditions I’ve mentioned are just a snapshot of the traditions here at Carolina and the best part is that new ones can be created at any time. You might take part in the big traditions, but the smaller or personal ones are just as important. Maybe it’s a tradition to eat at YoPo (The Yogurt Pump) every weekend with your suitemates, maybe you always study at a certain table in Davis Library, or maybe you never miss Sunset Serenade. No matter what the traditions are, the traditions I have taken part in have enhanced my Carolina experience and always remind how proud I am to be a Tar Heel.
Nicole Siegel is a junior Psychology major with a minor in Journalism. She is a member of Order of the Bell Tower, she is a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, and she works for the Daily Tar Heel. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Do you think research is just about sitting in a lab all day? Think again!
Just ask senior Layla Quran, a Global Studies major with a journalism minor, who has been involved in research since her first semester at Carolina. Layla travels the world for her research, making trips to Palestine and Turkey to conduct interviews.
As a first-year, she developed a personal research project on the mental and physical barriers that were formed between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq after the US invasion. She interviewed Iraqi refugees in the US and an Iraqi man living in Baghdad, and created a website to display her work.
Her research focusing on the Middle East carried over to the summer, thanks to a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). “I spent the summer of 2012 researching the impact and role of the arts in the Palestine occupied territories. With the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, I was able to interview 50 Palestinian artists in 10 major Palestinian cities in the West bank and create a short film based on my research.”
But that was just the beginning. After her sophomore year, she traveled to Turkey to research the Kurdish minority group of the country, the largest stateless population in the world and largest minority in Turkey. “I wanted to know if or how Kurds distinguished themselves among a Turkish majority in a nationalist country, what non-violent resistance and cultural practices they undertake in order to maintain a Kurdish identity, and how they view the state of Turkey now. I collected hours of sound bites and footage in the hope of this research project someday becoming something I could share with a broad audience.”
This past summer, she returned to Palestine to conduct research on the cultural boycott of Israel for her honors thesis. And even when she’s back in Chapel Hill, Layla doesn’t slow down. Last year, she did research with the UNC Southern Oral History Program about the UNC-CH student and faculty experience during the 1970’s sexual revolution. Whether it’s across the ocean or in your own backyard, you never know where research opportunities at Carolina will take you!
For some it’s the ringing of the Bell Tower after a Carolina victory, for others it’s a walk through the quad on a beautiful fall day, and for a few others it’s the people and memories that made a person’s time at UNC like no other; whatever it may be, Carolina has a way of drawing its students—current or former—home.
UNC celebrated Homecoming on Saturday. The football game, against the Pittsburgh Panthers marked the end of a week full of fun, exciting, and memorable events.
This year I’ve had the opportunity of serving on the Homecoming committee, which organizes student events for the week. Every university has its own homecoming traditions, and UNC does not disappoint.
Everyday in the pit, students had the opportunity to participate in games and photo opportunities, enjoy free food, and purchase Homecoming t-shirts. Each day had a theme, ranging from “Show Your Class,” a class spirit day including an inflatable football toss, to “Tar Heels Till We Dye,” a day in which students could tie-dye free t-shirts. This year, one of the days focused on giving back to the community. On the “Day of Giving” the Homecoming committee held a canned food drive and blood drive. Nonperishable food items were donated to the Salvation Army and Carolina Cupboard, an on campus food pantry. The blood drive was a huge success, in which the Homecoming Committee’s student participation goal was exceeded by 105 percent.
To kick off the week, Carolina Dining Services, in conjunction with the Homecoming Committee, hosted a football themed meal. Students were greeted with Carolina blue desserts, football shaped stress balls, a photo booth, a balloon artist, and a caricature artist. The band and cheerleaders also joined in on the excitement by cheering and playing throughout Ram’s Dining Hall.
Mr. and Miss UNC
During halftime at the Homecoming game, Mr. UNC 2014, Russell VanZomeren, and Miss UNC 2014, Meghan Cabell, were crowned. How they won, however, is no beauty pageant. The student body voted on two seniors, one female and one male, that embody scholarship, leadership and philanthropy—the pillars of the Carolina Way. Mr. and Miss UNC will complete a service project during the spring semester under the platform in which they ran. The goal of Mr. and Miss UNC is to better the UNC and Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.
The banner competition is designed to promote school spirit and student involvement. Any UNC student organization had the opportunity to participate in the competition and win their organization money. Student organizations painted banners involving the Homecoming theme “Tar Heels on the Prowl.” The banners were hung in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union where all students who passed by could see them. Pictures of the banners were uploaded to the UNC General Alumni Association and the number of likes determined the winner. Timmy Global Health was the 2014 winner and received a $175 prize for their organization.
Where else can you see artists such as Gloriana and Earl Sweatshirt for less than $25? This year the Carolina Union Activities Board organized two concerts open to the public with discounted student tickets. Gloriana performed Tuesday night, while Earl Sweatshirt performed Wednesday night. I was able to go to the Gloriana concert and, despite not being extremely familiar with songs other than “Wild at Heart” and “(Kissed You) Good Night” they did not disappoint.
The events listed above are just a glimpse of what your Homecoming could be like at UNC. These are the events and experiences that will make up the best years of your life. Whether it’s taking a picture with Ramses in the pit, painting a banner for your student organization, or attending a concert of your favorite artist, there’s no doubt in years to come that your memories will have a way of drawing you back to Chapel Hill—drawing you back home.
Jane Violette is a sophomore Journalism major, with a minor in English. She is currently involved in Wesley Campus Ministry, the Student Alumni Association Homecoming Committee, and Blank Canvas Dance Company. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonder how Sarah Cooley, a senior from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, went from being a first-year who was undecided about her major to knowing that she wants to study glacier processes in Greenland?
Sarah shared with us her path to geological research, and it all started with a research-based First-Year Seminar. “I arrived at Carolina knowing that I was interested in science but very unsure of what exactly I wanted to study,” said Sarah. “I took Field Geology of Eastern California, a First-Year Seminar, during my first semester at UNC, and as part of the course we went to California for a week during fall break to conduct independent research in the Sierra Nevada.”
Sarah fell in love with both geology and research. “I began talking to my professor who at the time was chair of the geology department, and I slowly began to consider majoring in geology.” Since then, Sarah has worked as a Research Assistant in the UNC Wave Propagation Laboratory, as well as conducting several independent research projects with professors in the geology department.
She is currently working on her senior thesis, which focuses on studying the Arctic river ice breakup using satellite technology. She works closely with her adviser and favorite professor, Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky, who Sarah says is “studies global climate and hydrology and is very enthusiastic about his research area.”
Sarah is currently applying to grad school for a Ph.D in physical geography to study outlet glacier processes in Greenland and hopes to someday become an Arctic researcher. “My professors at Carolina have been extraordinarily supportive and helpful in this process, and I feel strongly that all of my undergraduate research experience has prepared me well to begin an academic career.”
Conducting research during your first year can seem like an intimidating task. What do you want to research? How do you find a lab to join? What kinds of skills do you need? But the truth is, it can be easy to start research as a first-year.
One way to get involved is through the Carolina Research Scholars Program. Mihir Pershad was admitted into the Carolina Research Scholars Fellow Program and started research the spring of his first year. Since Spring 2013, he has done research in the Campbell Lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the UNC School of Medicine.
“Working in a lab has helped me to learn what it is like to be a researcher and to determine that research is something I want to pursue as part of my career goals,” said Mihir. After graduation, Mihir says he wants to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry and conduct research that has medically-relevant applications.
Another great way to get involved with research as a first-year can be through First-Year Seminars, which are open to all majors. In PSYC 066: Eating Disorders and Body Image, students conduct research experiments about eating disorders and body image from a psychosocial perspective. In ENGL 75: Interpreting the South from Manuscripts, students learn to conduct archival research and how to analyze and interpret historical records, presenting a final research project in a video format.
Still wondering how you can find research opportunities as a first-year? The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) suggests these tips:
- Talk to other students who are doing research in an area of interest
- Make an appointment to talk with a liaison for undergraduate research
- Discuss your research ideas with a faculty member who is doing research that interests you
- Sign up for a research intensive course
- Check the postings in the OUR Database of Research Opportunities
This semester I took advantage of an aspect of Carolina that extends beyond campus. It was not our extensive libraries, knowledgeable professors, or helpful advisors. Rather, it was an aspect that reaches across the state, country, and globe: our alumni.
Upon returning to Chapel Hill after summer break, I was ready to step up my game and take on an internship in addition to my classes. I wanted to apply what I was learning in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to real world situations, and I wanted to begin fleshing out my résumé with experience in the work place.
I began frequently checking both the journalism school’s twitter (@UNCJCareers), as well as the UNC Career Services twitter (@uncucs), for internship listings. Both accounts do a great job of retweeting companies that are looking for interns and mentioning resources for students.
One day, I saw a tweet that advertised a position working under not only a fellow tar heel, but also a fellow j-school graduate. I was intrigued and decided to follow the link. I ended up exploring DurhamCares’ website, a nonprofit doing great work in Durham.
Before I knew it I was meeting with their Marketing Coordinator, Elizabeth. Elizabeth graduated from Carolina in 2010, just two years before I began my freshman year.
During the interview we found common ground through our mutual love for the Carolina experience. Like myself, she was an active member of the Greek community. She asked if I had begun prepping for the necessary j-school grammar test or decided what my immersion would be. I felt at ease discussing life on campus, and it helped calm my nerves during the interview knowing that she had once been in my shoes.
When I learned I had landed the editorial internship I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait for my first day in the office.
On that first day, I was thrilled to find out that I was going to get to create content for the newsletter and the website, as well as conduct interviews and blog. What I didn’t expect was all the other skills I would pick up along the way, such as learning how to organize effective campaigns or work Thunderclap and Mailchimp.
All of the skills that I am picking up are wonderful, but I could have learned them at any business. The one thing that has set this experience apart from other opportunities has been Elizabeth. As a UNC alum, a title I will hold in one short year, she has my best interest in mind. When I am stressed about my impending media law exam, she knows exactly what I am talking about and why I have cause to stress. As a fellow tar heel, she wants me to succeed. Already she has passed on future internship opportunities with businesses that she has connections to, and always offers to help me network.
I highly recommend looking for internships and jobs where you get the chance to work with alumni. The internship hunt can be stressful, but the connections that you make by networking early are worth it! The web of alumni connections is extensive, and you are sure to find alumni near and far that are successful in your prospective field. Check out the University Career Services site, http://careers.unc.edu, for more information on how Carolina can help you prepare for life after graduation.
Hannah Freyaldenhoven is a junior majoring in Journalism-Advertising and minoring in English. She is a member of the UNC equestrian team and writes for Blue & White Magazine. She can be reached at email@example.com.