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Sep 30

700+ Clubs Making Carolina Home

By Teddy Gonzalez

I came to Carolina seeking the “quintessential” college experience. I expected a college basketball game every week between lots of classes and hanging out with new friends, but I never really thought about student clubs. It quickly became apparent that UNC offered so much more than what I expected, though. I went to Fall Fest, a huge academic year kick-off event that celebrates student activities, and I learned about hundreds of diverse student organizations that all seemed to be doing amazing, exciting, fun things.

I pulled a classic first-year move and signed up for dozens of different organizations because they all seemed so great. Now, four years later as a senior balancing academics, social life and sleep (which is very important), I remain an active member of Carolina Kickoff, the Scholars’ Latino Initiative and Admissions Ambassadors. These student organizations have enhanced my time at UNC by helping me forge great friendships, develop my Carolina circle, find extracurricular fulfillment, learn outside of the classroom and give back to the community.

I participated in Carolina Kickoff as a first-year coming to UNC, and I’ve had the blessing of serving as a Carolina Kickoff counselor since my sophomore year. Imagine a three day camp filled with 175 first-year students and 40 upperclassmen where you learn every chant at Carolina, take part in tons of fun community-building activities and make a new friend what seems like every five seconds. That’s Carolina Kickoff! It’s the best way to kick off your UNC journey and meet fellow Tar Heels.

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Enjoying Carolina Kickoff with some fellow counselors

The Scholars’ Latino Initiative is an organization that connects a sophomore mentor in college with a sophomore mentee in high school. For three years, the mentor serves as a resource to the mentee and helps the mentee work toward attending college themselves. The Scholars Latino Initiative has helped me connect with younger students and the local community.

Finally, Admissions Ambassadors is an awesome way to give back to the university and connect with other top UNC students from a wide-range of backgrounds, academic experiences and passions. Admissions Ambassadors members are student representatives for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and help build the next generation of Tar Heels by serving as tour guides for prospective students and participating in special visit and recruitment events. Organizations like these have turned Carolina into my home, and I can’t wait to see which clubs and organizations make Carolina your home as well.

Learn more about UNC’s student clubs and organizations here.

Teddy is a senior from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is majoring in Health Policy Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Sep 30

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason #61

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2015. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason #61: The UNC Residence Hall Association offers many opportunities for first-year students to get involved in their community by organizing fun events like the Parker Haunted House!

Click here to learn more about RHA.

Sep 29

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason #60

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2015. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason #60: Because this time next year you could be joining Carolina for the Kids, one of UNC’s largest organizations, and participating in their dance marathon!

Click here to learn more about Carolina For The Kids.

Sep 28

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason #59

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2015. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason #59: UNC boasts more than 700 student organizations that you can get involved in during your time at Carolina.

Click here to learn more about different organizations at UNC.

Sep 27

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason #58

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2015. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason #58: Because this time next year you could be joining your first intramural team (sand volleyball, perhaps, or water polo?) and on the way to a championship t-shirt.

Click here to learn more about the intramural sports.

Sep 26

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason #57

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2015. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason #57: Because while at Carolina you could take part in more than 50 intramural sports.

Click here to learn more about the intramural sports.

Sep 25

Why Carolina? Featuring Shannon Dwyer

Watch as UNC student Shannon Dwyer shares her Why Carolina story.

Sep 25

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason #56

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2015. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason #56: Want to be the next big-name reporter? All applicants are automatically considered for assured admission to the School of Media and Journalism.

Click here to learn more about the School of Media and Journalism.

Sep 24

Carolina College Advising Corps Celebrates a Circle of Giving!

Today we officially kicked off the work of the Carolina College Advising Corps with an event that has become a tradition at UNC-Chapel Hill. While our mission hasn’t altered—changing lives through education—our numbers have increased significantly. We’ve grown from 4 brave advisers in 2007 to 45 today!

Last year the advisers served 10,034 graduating seniors and helped these students submit 16,142 college applications. These same students, announced Yolanda Keith, who has directed the Corps for 5 years, earned over $109 million dollars in federal aid and scholarships, and 5 of them earned the Morehead-Cain, UNC’s premier merit-based scholarship.

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Adviser Sierra Lloyd reminds us that when you help others you actually help yourself, and in this way the Corps is a “Circle of Giving.”

One of our advisers is Sierra Lloyd, who serves Lexington Senior High and Thomasville High School. She shared a moving story about her own adviser, Donovan Livingston. As a first-generation college student she relied on the help of Donovan who encouraged her to dream big and was actually the first person to learn that she earned admission to UNC. Sharing the “big envelope” with Donovan provided her with a life-changing moment of clarity that helped inspire her own life’s work, and today she has helped numerous other students achieve their dreams. And Donovan himself, now earning a M.A.T. at Harvard, continues to inspire others.

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Yolanda Keith chats with Venessa Harrison.

Venessa Harrison, President of North Carolina A. T. & T. was our keynote speaker. She described herself (1 of 10 children) as once being an “at-risk child.” But she chose to ignore the odds and take the advice of her mother, who told her that she was only “at the risk of doing great things.” Today this respected business leader touted the value of the Corps, which is vital to our state’s prosperity in a digital and global economy where 84% of Fortune 500 companies require prospective employees to apply online.  She generously credited Carlos Sanchez, Vice President of A. T. & T’s External Affairs, for bringing the Corps to her attention.”If I had had the Corps when I was in high school,” she said, “I might have been President of the U.S.A!”

In addition to thanking Venessa for the support of A. T. & T., Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, commended other supporters, including Dr. Nicole Hurd, founder of the national College Advising Corps, who brought the Corps to North Carolina, and donors such as Americorps, Bank of America, John M. Belk Endowment, Rockingham County Education Foundation and Reidsville Area Foundation. He also recognized Christina Piard, Community Engagement Coordinator for U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield and Dave Russell from the Office of U.S. Representative David Price.

Other supporters present included Dwight Stone, Chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, along with members of the UNC Access Advisory Committee: Brian McMerty, Carole Johnson, Gay Shackelford, and Rajal Patel.

None of our work, stressed Farmer, would have been possible without this support.

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Advisers Peter Vogel, Rachel Worsham, and La’Mon Johnson share wisdom.

Farmer closed the event by again commending the University for its support. “We are so lucky to work for an institution that believes we should have the resources we need to do the work that we can do.” But there is a lot of good that remains to be done. “If you enjoyed your time here” he said, “I would like to ask you to help us by spreading the word about the Corps. Tell your family, your friends, your leaders and anyone who cares about the future of this state about how the Corps is making a difference.”

For more information, please see the website for the Carolina College Advising Corps.

Sep 24

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason #55

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2015. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason #55: UNC’s Information Science program boasts the highest job placement rate for undergraduates, and Excel@Carolina students have the opportunity to receive assured admission into the program. UNC’s information science program focuses on the intersections of humans, information and technology.

Click here to learn more about the program.