If you’re wondering what your days would look like as a UNC student, you’re not alone! Before I came to UNC, I had no idea what a typical day would be like, so I wanted to give you a glimpse into a “Day in the Tar Heel” life. One of the great things about college is that every day varies so much from person to person, and for each person, it even varies day to day, but here’s a sample Wednesday in the life of a journalism and political science major:
7:45- alarm goes off. Get dressed and head out the door to meet some friends for a chilly morning run. It’s easy to find running buddies since UNC’s such an active campus, but if running or waking up early isn’t your thing, there are two gyms that offer classes like yoga, kickboxing, zumba, and pilates in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
8:45- Get back from run, take a shower, eat breakfast (microwaved oatmeal), and get ready for the day.
9:45- Leave for first class of the day, Psychology 101, and arrive by 10:00.
10:10- Class starts. It’s a huge lecture class with 400 people, and the professor is hilarious, so class flies by. It ends at 11:00, giving me more than enough time to walk to my next class.
11:15- Second class of the day, Policy 101, starts. It’s a smaller class with about 35 people. The professor’s funny and engaging, and she uses a lot of examples from her personal life, as well as video clips, to supplement her lectures.
12:05- Class ends and it’s time for lunch! I meet up with a friend at Lenoir Dining Hall, which is right near classes. Underneath the dining hall, there’s a food court with a Chick-fil-A, Subway, and a lot of other options, but we decide to swipe into the dining hall for lunch.
1:00- After lunch, I have a few hours to kill until my next class, so I walk to Graham Memorial building. Its lobby has cozy couches, blazing fires, and even a little coffee shop inside, so it’s the perfect place to work on a paper, especially on a cold winter day. I write for the Daily Tar Heel student newspaper, so I also do some phone interviews and start my article for the day.
3:35- My last class of the day, Political Science 239 (European Politics) starts. It’s a small class with about 25 students, and the teacher is fun and bubbly. She learned everyone’s names by the second day of class! Even though class is an hour and 15 minutes, it usually feels much shorter.
4:50- Classes are over for the day! I finish doing phone interviews and writing my article for the Daily Tar Heel and walk to the newspaper office.
5:30-7:30- Go over my article and make edits with my assistant editor, then my desk editor, and then the editor-in-chief.
7:45- Catch a bus back to South Campus, which is where I live, along with most other freshmen. The buses are a really convenient way of getting around campus when it’s dark or rainy.
8:00- Arrive back at my dorm and eat dinner. This is what frozen meals were created for! I catch up with my roommate and finish my schoolwork for the day by 11:30. I get ready for the next day and am in bed by 12:40!
So, as you can see, you’ll have lots of free time and you’ll get to pick how to spend it. You can join an intramural sports team, book club, a social justice group on campus, or you can hang out with friends and watch Netflix, or you could even join the newspaper staff. There are a lot of great ways to get to know other students, and it’s easy to customize your days to suit your personality and your interests!
Olivia Bane is a freshman double majoring in Political Science and Journalism. She writes for the Daily Tar Heel and loves going on runs with friends around UNC’s beautiful campus. Olivia blogs about living a fun and balanced college lifestyle at www.healthy-liv.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapel Hill may be land-locked, but that doesn’t stop the Marine Sciences minor from offering lots of opportunities for students.
On campus students have access to UNC’s Aquarium Research Center (ARC), a fully equipped, 900-square-foot flow-through seawater lab.
And students can also spend a semester studying in Morehead City where the Atlantic Ocean is your lab!
Wonder what kind of work you’ll be doing? See for yourself:
Earlier today, we posted decisions for Early Action applicants on ConnectCarolina. (Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our Instructions for Viewing your Decision.) Below are some FAQs for admitted, deferred, and denied students. The questions for admitted students are in this post, please scroll down to the next posts for deferred and denied FAQs.
I’ve been admitted! Yay! Now what?
Congratulations! We hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years. We might be biased, but we think it’s about the best undergraduate experience to be had. We’ll do our best over the next few months to help you find out all you can about Carolina, so that you can decide if it’s the best place for you. One of the best ways to get to know our community and the opportunities available here is to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An invitation to Explore Carolina is included with the enrollment packet that will arrive early next week, and you’ll also get more details via email within the next day. From the events section of your MyCarolina, you’ll be able to view all of your admitted-student event invitations and choose which event you’ll attend.
Our Enroll pages have detailed information on the next steps you’ll need to take when you’re ready to enroll.
Will I receive any merit scholarships?
Early Action applicants who are being considered for a merit-based scholarship will receive an invitation for Scholarship Day. At Scholarship Day, students take part in discussion sessions with faculty members and other scholars. After the event, final scholarship selections are decided. The majority of the merit-based scholarships offered by Carolina are awarded to the students who attend Scholarship Day.
All invitations for Scholarship Day will be delivered by mail and email within the next couple days.
If you aren’t initially offered a merit-based scholarship, please know that at Carolina you will have multiple opportunities to earn a variety of awards once you arrive on campus. Read more about Scholarship Opportunities for Carolina students.
Also, any student admitted for our Early Action deadline can also apply for the Global Gap Year Fellowship, an opportunity that awards seven incoming first-year students up to $7,500 for an international year of service. Read more and apply here.
Am I being considered for Honors or any other special opportunities?
Earlier this evening, we sent an email to select admitted students regarding Excel@Carolina, a special program featuring 13 extraordinary opportunities for outstanding first-year students. In the email, we ask students to indicate which of these opportunities they’re most interested in. We’ll then use those preferences as part of our final decisions about these opportunities.
What about financial aid?
All students who apply for financial aid by the priority deadline of March 1 will receive their aid in the weeks following the deadline. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid awards student aid packages as quickly as they can, but you can help by making sure they have all of the information they need. Check your To-Do List in ConnectCarolina periodically to make sure they haven’t requested more information. Also, create your Onyen and UNC email account, as that is how the Student Aid office will communicate with you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.
Have questions for UNC students?
Join the Facebook group Admitted: UNC19 to connect with both other admitted students and current UNC students. In the group, you can ask current students any question you like, and you’ll also get a chance to meet other admitted students who are considering Carolina.
You can also meet other new students using the hashtag #UNC19 on Twitter and Facebook.
Congratulations again on your admission to Carolina. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall! Just let us know in the comments below if you have any additional questions.
If you received notification that you have been deferred, we’re sorry to ask you to wait longer for a final decision. I know this is incredibly frustrating, particularly given that you applied Early Action and have already waited so patiently, but we promise to have a final decision to you by the end of March. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for Deferred Students. We’ve summarized some of the points below as well.
What does a deferral mean?
A deferred admissions decision means that we need more time and more information – about your performance this school year and about our applicant pool – in order to make our final decision. We will consider everything you have already submitted to us, the midyear grades you will report, and the overall strength of our applicant pool to aid us in making a final decision on your candidacy.
What are my chances?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict at this point. On our FAQs, you can see that we ended up offering admission to 379 deferred students last year and 346 the previous year. We won’t know until March how many we’ll be able to admit this year.
Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
Send us your midyear grades. We’ll be sending you an email soon with instructions on how to self-report your midyear grades online. Don’t ask your counselor to send us a paper report; instead you’ll enter your own grades online. If you have new test scores, you can send us those as well. Our code for the SAT is 5816, and our code for the ACT is 3162. Beyond that, all you can do is wait and focus on successfully completing your final year of high school.
Should I still apply for Financial Aid?
Yes! The Financial Aid deadline is March 1, so you’ll still want to submit your application in case we are able to admit you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.
Please let us know what other questions you have.
If we disappointed you today, we are truly sorry. We know how hard it is to receive this kind of bad news, and we really hate delivering it. Please know that it’s not you, it’s us. We have so many talented applicants – more than 17,000 for Early Action this year – and space for only about 4,000 in our first-year class. We have to deny many talented students who would do great things here.
Is this decision final?
Yes. We’re sorry, but we can’t re-consider your application this year. However, if your heart is set on Carolina, there’s always the option of transferring after a year or two at another school.
Why did you deny me?
There isn’t a simple answer to this question because our review is holistic. We don’t deny any student on the basis of a single number or a single grade, but instead we consider everything we know about a student. We review each application multiple times and ultimately we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for the many talented students who apply.
I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?
Each year we enroll approximately 900 transfer students into the sophomore and junior classes at Carolina. Transfer students bring with them a diversity of background and experiences that enrich our community tremendously, and we welcome them into the full academic and extracurricular life of the University. For more advice, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.
Please let us know what other questions you have.
Did you know UNC has its own observatory right on campus?
The astronomical observatory atop the Morehead Observatory houses a 0.6m (24″) professional Perkin-Elmer telescope for use by students in the astronomy program.
Students also have remote access to telescopes placed in Chile and South Africa.
Not an astronomy major? Don’t worry! Morehead is also used to host observatory guest nights for the public. You can also visit the Morehead Planetarium for shows like “Carolina Skies” and “Black Holes: Journey into the unknown.”
Check out this video produced by Morehead and the UNC Department of Astronomy that looks at the galaxies beyond the visible spectrum with the help of a GALAX space telescope.
To learn more about UNC’s program in physics and astronomy, visit here.
Here at UNC-Chapel Hill, and most likely every other university, I can almost guarantee you that you will be asked, “What’s your major?” every time you meet someone. That’s definitely one of the icebreakers in the college world, along with what high school you attended and where you are from. Specifically from what I can remember, it was freshman year of high school when I was certain that I wanted to pursue a career in journalism. I was a member of the yearbook staff throughout high school, and when I applied to UNC I immediately chose journalism as my desired major. Since then, I’ve never had a thought about changing it. As a junior, I’ve now had experience within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The courses are challenging, as are most courses at UNC, but they are extremely beneficial.
Even though I have always been on track with the same major, I know people who have changed theirs multiple times, along with adding a second major, adding a minor, or being undecided. There’s nothing wrong with not being completely confident in a major and switching it to a whole other subject area. One of the main aspects of college is to find out who you are, and that means academically as well. What are you passionate about? What subject area are you most comfortable in? If you are unsure, that’s completely fine. UNC is a place that allows you to explore and take classes that simply seem interesting to you.
For my spring semester of freshman year, I really wanted to enroll in a first-year seminar. Therefore, I took COMP 80, which is a course called “Enabling Technology.” Now, being a journalism major didn’t exactly correspond with this course, but I was up for the challenge. The main part of our final grade in this course was a project that had to be included in Maze Day, which is an event for impaired and blind students in grades k-12 that is held on campus every year.
My group decided to build an actual maze that took up the space of an entire classroom, and we incorporated different obstacles throughout it. Along with that, we had an “Around the World” theme to the maze, and there would be stations with music and other aspects of each culture. Our maze was a complete success, as it was safe for the kids and the parents really enjoyed it as well. Seeing the smiles on their faces after crossing the finish line was so rewarding for me.
With all of that being said, even if you are confident in your future major, don’t hesitate to enroll in a course that is out of your comfort zone. COMP 80 is still one of my favorite courses I’ve ever taken, and I’m definitely not a computer science type of person at all. Take a part in the opportunities that are offered here, and yes; there is even a course on the history of American sports. Pretty cool, right?
Maddie Taylor is a junior majoring in Journalism-Public Relations. She is a Daily Visitation Assistant for UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Today we welcome UNC senior Liz Bailey for some advice on surviving Chemistry 101!
As a chemistry major who has taught Chemistry 101 lab and tutored at the chemistry help center and the learning center, it is safe to say I’ve learned a few “Do’s” and “Don’t’s” on being successful in UNC’s chemistry department. There are quite simple changes you can make that can totally alter your performance in many science courses, especially in the introductory, often intimidating courses like Chem 101. It’s often said that Chem 101 is a “weed-out” course for first years hoping to pursue scientific majors, but this is far from the truth. Using the tips below, any student can shake off the class’s daunting image and get that A.
- Be present in class. This may seem like a no-brainer, but being present in class is key to success. This means not only physically attending both lecture and lab, but also turning off your cell phone and laptop. For me, it also means sitting near the front of the class so I can stay engaged.
- Take notes by hand. Chemistry is all about physical elements and how they interact, which includes a lot of visualization. You will need to write many chemical equations and draw lots of pictures. Laptop notes won’t help you much in this class.
- Read the lecture material prior to attending class and do the practice problems. The textbook will be HUGE and is not something that will be a useful tool if you just flip through it a few times. Do a little bit every day so that you can get the most out of class time.
- Make a friend in class. This doesn’t mean sit with the buddy you met in the dining hall last semester. Building a relationship with someone new who’s learning the same material will help you stay productive and focused. Meet outside of class to study together and go over class material.
- Develop a relationship with your TA and Professor. Carolina chemistry professors and teaching assistants LOVE to teach. Trust me, I’ve enjoyed teaching Chem 101 lab twice. They want to answer your questions; don’t be afraid to ask, in lecture or during office hours.
- Don’t get behind. With chemistry, so much of the material builds on itself so it’s imperative to spend time making sure you understand the topic covered in one class before attending the next one. Go over your notes, using the textbook as a reference to help clarify anything confusing.
Here are the steps to view your decision when it’s available online.
- Go to Connectcarolina.unc.edu.
- Click on “Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center.”
- Login with your Guest ID. If you do not have a Guest ID, please follow the email instructions we sent to you. If you do not have these instructions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Under Admissions, click on “Click here to view your decision in a new window. Please make sure popup-blocking software is disabled.”
In order to view your decision, please note that, if applicable, the pop-up blocker feature on your browser must be disabled.
- In the menu bar, go to Tools and navigate down to “Pop-up Blocker”
- Click on “Turn-Off Pop-up Blocker.”
- On the right side of the Toolbar, click the wrench icon.
- Go to the Tools
- To allow pop-ups, uncheck the box next to “Pop-up blocker.”
- Click Save.
- Click the menu button and choose Options.
- Select the Content panel.
- In the content panel:
- Block pop-up windows: Uncheck this to disable the pop-up blocker altogether.
- On the AOL Toolbar, click the Blocking Pop-ups icon, then click Turn Pop-up Controls Off.
- Note: The Pop-Up Blocker icon will display a green light symbol over a white window to indicate that you have enabled pop-ups on all websites.
- Click on the Yahoo Toolbar’s popup blocker icon option arrow. This arrow is pointing down beside of the popup blocker icon.
- Click on “Enable Pop-up Blocker” to uncheck.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- In the “Privacy” section, click the Content settings button.
- In the “Pop-ups” section, select “Allow all sites to show pop-ups.”
- Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Security.
Or, for an older version of Safari, try
- Open Safari
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Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”
This week, we’ll be looking at studying the natural sciences at UNC–and we have a lot to cover! Follow us on Twitter as we talk #sciUNC all week. First up is Environmental Studies. Whether you want to study important issues like environmental change, conservation, and biodiversity, or just want to be a good friend to the environment, UNC is the place for you. Below are just a few of the ways we are trying to reduce our impact on the environment.