To High School Seniors/Prospective Students,
I’m shocked by how fast the semester has come and gone. It seems like it was yesterday I passed the Old Well with its blooming pink azaleas and a line of 4.0 GPA aspirants.
With almost a year and a half under my belt at UNC, I want to take the time to share with you my top reasons I’m thankful for Carolina.
- School Spirit: The atmosphere at Carolina has probably been the best aspect of my college experience. My classmates’ positive energy continuously rubs off on me, no matter how I may be feeling. They constantly inspire me to shoot for the best and be successful. Also, I can’t get enough of Carolina sports. Whether I’m cheering on our Coastal Division Football Champions or our standout basketball team, I know there are hundreds of thousands of other Tar Heel fans cheering along with me.
- Affordability: I have probably talked about this in all of my other blog posts, but I must keep reiterating how the Carolina Covenant program has been beyond helpful for me and my family. Being able to graduate from college debt-free will be one of the greatest blessings that I have ever received, and for that I will always be thankful for Carolina.
- Academic Rigor: You’re probably wondering why I’m thankful for super hard classes. Knowing that I go to one of the most prestigious and academically-challenging institutions in the state, country, and world, brings me great comfort because I will earn a well-respected degree.
- Different Perspectives and a New View: With over 25,000 students on campus, you’re bound to run into people with different perspectives. Although people may have different views on controversial topics, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for dialogue and sharing ideas on campus. Having an open mind and simply listening to others’ perspectives has given me a new view on the world.
- Diverse Professors: How could I even receive such an exceptional education without my instructors? I have had multiple professors go out of their way to refer me to valuable opportunities, write letters of recommendation and just offer help to do well in their classes. These connections will be beneficial for many years to come.
- Phenomenal Food: Over the past few months, my favorite meals in the dining halls have consisted of mainly seafood. In Rams Head and Lenoir, I have enjoyed blackened tilapia, salmon, and even shrimp and grits. Even when I’m on the go, it is effortless for me to grab Chick-fil-A, Alpine Bagel or Starbucks. Oh, and Franklin Street. Enough said. But no really, I’ll name a few restaurants for your convenience. If you happen to stop by Chapel Hill, I would suggest going to Sup Dogs, Bandido’s Mexican Café, or Mellow Mushroom. For breakfast, my friends and I love Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe and Waffle House, and for dessert we enjoy Sweet Frog and Ben and Jerry’s.
Overall, Carolina has provided the perfect college atmosphere. Even when I am gone years from now, I will always have a special place in my heart for Carolina, and I will be forever grateful.
From a Tar Heel who knows,
Achsah “Reneé” Coleman is a junior majoring in Child Development and Family Studies. She works as a Communications Assistant for the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Anderson Sullivan
For UNC students, the yearly “What are you thankful for?” question at the Thanksgiving dinner table is easily answered. UNC provides so many reasons for students to be thankful for and appreciative of their education. I’m thankful for the opportunities, connections, and experiences that I’m offered at UNC.
Opportunities: Whether through class, extracurricular activities or work, UNC offers students one-of-a-kind opportunities. UNC has given me the chance to take classes that I would never have even considered before (like my first-year seminar about the communication of places). It has given me the opportunity to stand for 24 hours with Carolina For the Kids and raise more than half a million dollars for the UNC Children’s Hospital. It has given me the ability to take classes from the professors who wrote the textbooks, and so many more opportunities.
Connections: The people you meet at UNC will challenge you to try new things and grow every day. Professors are more than happy to help you with more than just class questions. The students you meet here will inspire you every day. The UNC connections you make will stick with you a lot longer than your four years on campus.
Experiences: UNC provides students with experiences that I will always be thankful for. Because of UNC, I have had the chance to drink from the Old Well on the first day of class, volunteer with children at the hospital, and have real life experience in my field of study. As a huge Tar Heel sports fan, I’ve had unforgettable experiences in the Dean Dome and Kenan Stadium. UNC has given me the experience of rushing Franklin Street with my best friends after beating that school down the road that wears the other shade of blue.
When my family asks what I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving, I don’t have to think hard about my answer. There are so many things that I experience every day as a UNC student that I’m grateful for. This year, and I’m sure for many years in the future, I’m thankful for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Anderson is a junior double majoring in Communication Studies and Journalism and Media with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is involved in Carolina For the Kids, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Carolina Athletic Association. She can be reached at email@example.com.
1. School Spirt. I could yell “TAR” in the middle of campus and someone around me would scream “HEELS!” I never really enjoyed sports before coming to Carolina, but there is nothing quite like going to a sporting event and being surround by people who love your school just as much as you do.
2. Affordability. Everyone at Carolina worked with me to make sure I could attend my top school at an affordable price. If it were not for the financial aid office I would not be attending UNC and I would not have all of these things to be thankful for! Funding is a stressful part of a college student’s life and I am thankful every day for an institution that is able to make it less stressful.
3. A beautiful campus. I mean just look at it. Need I say more?
4. The people I have met here. I have so many people in my life that I never would have met if it weren’t for Carolina. College is a big adjustment and we all need those people we can always count on. I’m thankful Carolina gave me the opportunity to spark my best friendships. Thank you to David, Will, Aaron, Sia, Elizabeth, Anna, Luke, Samuel, Natalie, Jordan, Hart, and every other person that has befriended me here. College would not be the same without each and everyone one of you.
By Jennifer Barber, ’18
By Maddie Taylor
Every year on Thanksgiving, each person in my family shares a few things that he or she is thankful for. So for my post this week, I wanted to give a little insight into what a Tar Heel is thankful for.
I’m thankful for:
- Sports. Especially UNC sports. #IGotYourBack. “We goin’ to the ship!” –everyone, last Saturday.
- Friendsgiving. Celebrating the holiday with some of my closest friends was a great way to spend a Sunday. Also, Christmas movies, decorating and football was involved. Festive, much?
- Music. Yes, I am that girl who was super excited for the new Justin Bieber and One Direction albums to be released. And they definitely didn’t disappoint. Don’t think I forgot Adele, though. Four years without new music from her is just too long. My Spotify playlists are freshly updated, just in time for the holidays…. and exams.
- Concerts. In one week, both Ed Sheeran and Joe Jonas were on campus, and I was #blessed to see one of them. I attended the DNCE concert, aka Joe Jonas’ new band, at Local 506. Let me just say, it was amazing. Also, if you’re ever in town visiting, stop by IP3 for a slice of pizza. Joe Jonas might not serve it, but it’s still just as good.
- Target. I think this goes without saying, but I’ll just say it anyways. Having two Targets close to campus is dangerous, because it is the prime place for my procrastination as a senior. I’ve been there three times just in the past week. Am I ashamed? Not one bit.
- A Beautiful Campus. It’s starting to get chilly here on the Hill. Walking to class can seem daunting, but the thought of hopefully seeing this campus covered in snow soon is 100% sweet and 0% bitter. Bring on the typical Old Well snow pictures.
- Home Football Games. I put this separately from sports because it deserves special recognition. My LAST home football game as a student has come and gone, and I’m still not over it. From my favorite first-year football game, which was the NC State game (aka the Gio game), until now, I have enjoyed every Saturday spent in beautiful Kenan Stadium. Hark the sound.
- The Tar Heel Family. I could go on for hours about how much I love UNC. I’ve written several posts about it, and that’s still not enough. I have truly come out of my shell during my time in The Southern Part of Heaven. I had no idea what I was going to experience from that first day I stepped foot in Parker Residence Hall as a first-year. The friends who turned into family, the tears that turned into joy, the late nights that turned into memories. Yes, I’m cliché, but it’s true. I hope you prospective students get to see what it’s really like to be a Tar Heel, because there’s nothing else like it.
Happy Thanksgiving, from my Tar Heel family to yours!
Maddie Taylor is a senior majoring in Public Relations in the School of Media and Journalism. She is a daily visitation assistant at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Mallory, a senior from Buffalo, New York, majoring in Economics and minoring in Entrepreneurship.
1. When all of your friends are starting or have already started at least one company.
2. When you secretly feel cool every time you walk into the e-minor suite.
3. When moving to San Francisco or Silicon Valley is your ideal post-grad plan.
4. When you don’t know how you’re going to do it, but you know you’re going to change the world.
5. When your non e-minor friends often ask you what entrepreneurship even means.
6. When you feel like the world is ending when you’re in your intro to entrepreneurship class and you realize you’re going to have to change your company plan.
7. When 50% of your grade is resting on your final pitch and you’re so nervous you may or may not throw up.
8. When you’ve invented five hypothetical start-ups by the time you’re a senior.
9. When you have guest speakers in class that casually have multi-million dollar net worths.
10. When you’re on a first-name basis with all e-minor staff and faculty.
Austin Helms is a perfect example of how student entrepreneurs can thrive at Carolina. Austin, a senior from Valdese, North Carolina, is an aspiring entrepreneur in the Kenan-Flagler Business School. During his time at UNC, Austin has taken full advantage of Carolina’s entrepreneurial resources and has successfully launched his own venture: Waterless Buddy’s.
The business plan for Waterless Buddy’s was born in Austin’s Intro to Entrepreneurship class. Waterless Buddy’s is a simplified wash-while-you-shop carwash service that’s both convenient and sustainable. Since Waterless Buddy’s uses only cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth, a Waterless Buddy’s carwash saves 45 gallons of water per wash compared to normal car wash services.
Austin has been able to grow and improve his venture thanks to a number of entrepreneurial resources available through UNC and Kenan-Flagler Business School. Austin and his team competed in the 2015 Carolina Challenge and won third-place and valuable seed money for Waterless Buddy’s. In summer 2015, Austin had the opportunity to study social entrepreneurship in South Africa. The Waterless Buddy’s team had the chance to travel to Los Angeles for the 2015 California Dreamin’ business competition. Austin was recently selected to join the Adams Apprenticeship, a program connecting students with successful founders, funders and growth executives. This year, Austin and his partner were tapped to join Launch Chapel Hill, a business-accelerator program that helps students turn young businesses into sustainable enterprises. The opportunities for entrepreneurship are endless, and they’ve helped turn Austin’s class project into a legitimate business.
Austin came to Carolina and launched his own start-up carwash venture. What will be your Carolina creation be?
UNC alumnus Georgia Titcomb was recently featured as GreenHill NC Arts’ artist of the week thanks to her creative work combining art and biology. Georgia graduated from Carolina in 2014 with highest honors in Studio Art and a double major in Biology. While studying Biology, Georgia became intrigued with the layers of life revealed on a microscopic scale.
Georgia bases her artwork on biological topics and questions that she seeks to answer through an intersection of art and science. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Biology at UC Santa Barbara and making more fabulous art!
By Jane Violette
Pepsi vs. Coca-Cola. The Yankees vs. the Red Sox. Team Jake vs. Team Fitz. For years, people have debated which side of a rivalry is best. One thing is for certain, however; the greatest rivalry on earth is UNC vs. Duke.
Many students view Homecoming as just another game or a special time for alumni, but I’d argue it’s so much more. As a member of the General Alumni Association Student Homecoming Committee, I helped plan and implement Homecoming events and service projects to build excitement for the annual Homecoming celebration. Here are three things you don’t want to miss during Homecoming Week:
Free food, fun and activities all in the central part of campus – what more could you want? Each weekday in the pit, students had the opportunity to participate in activities ranging from a photo booth to carnival games to a cake walk. Free food from Franklin Street favorites SupDogs and Insomnia Cookies was also provided to the first 200 students each day. Almost every student walks by the pit on his/her way to class, so it’s the perfect way to get involved in Homecoming festivities.
Insider tip: To ensure you get free food, get in line around 11:45 a.m., as food is promptly served at 12 p.m.
Kick-Off Theme Meal
Students eating dinner at Ram’s Head Dining Hall the Monday night of Homecoming Week were pleasantly surprised. The Homecoming Committee, in conjunction with Carolina Dining Services, hosted a Tobacco Road theme meal to kick off the week and engage students in Homecoming. The event included a DJ, balloon artist, caricature artist, photo booth and a visit from football players, cheerleaders and the marching band. Students were also able to enjoy classic southern cuisine while amping up for Homecoming Week.
Insider tip: Avoid peak dining hall times and get there early! The caricature line is often the longest, so get there before the 6:30 dinner rush comes through. The band usually performs around 7 p.m., so be sure to stick around and sing along!
The Homecoming Game
It wouldn’t be Homecoming without the actual Homecoming game. The Tar Heel football team has dominated this year and continued to do so in their 66-31 win over the Blue Devils on Saturday. The entire stadium was packed and the student section had energy like no other. If you go to any football game during the season, go to the Homecoming game.
Insider tip: Get to Kenan Stadium at least 45 minutes before the game to ensure a good seat in the student section. Mr. and Miss UNC are also crowned before the game, so you’ll be able to see all the action and won’t have to run around to find a seat.
Jane is a junior Journalism major, with minors in English and Composition, Rhetoric and Digital Literacy (CRaDL). She is a marketing communications intern at VIF International Education. Jane is involved in the leadership team of Wesley Campus Ministry and serves as the Student Alumni Association Homecoming Committee Chief of Staff. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The University honored veterans and military-affiliated employees and students this morning in a two-part ceremony. The first event took place at the Carolina Alumni Memorial at 11:11 a.m. and was hosted by the University’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The second part of the ceremony, the annual Tar Heel Tribute, took place at the Carolina Club and was hosted by the University.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Undergraduate Admissions Office would like to thank all those who have served or are currently serving to protect this country. Go Heels! Go America!
By Kayla Wilkinson
One of Carolina’s most valuable resources is its extensive alumni network. More than 300,000 Tar Heel alums live and work in all 50 states and more than 140 international countries, serving as thought leaders and trailblazers in their respective fields. Most importantly, alumni provide current Tar Heels a huge networking advantage, as alumni can help fellow Tar Heels get their foot in the door. The Tar Heel connection goes a long way – it’s helped me land internships and is providing me an upper hand as I apply for certain jobs
Below, check out where some of Carolina’s talented alumni currently work, and where you can have an advantage getting your foot in the door thanks to that Tar Heel connection.
Healthcare and Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, National Institutes of Health, United States Army, Pharmaceutical Product Development, GlaxoSmithKline, CVS Pharmacy, UNC Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, Duke University Medical Center, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US Food and Drug Administration, Quintiles, National Cancer Institute, Wallgreens Pharmacy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer
Media and Communication
CNN, Bloomberg, ESPN, Poynter Institute, National Geographic, The New York Times, CNBC, Ketchum, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Fox News Channel, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Time Magazine, Nickelodeon, Edelman, TripAdvisor, Pixar Animation Studios, Los Angeles Times, Guardian News & Media, Country Music Association, Vogue Magazine, McKinney, NPR, Cartoon Network
Business and Technology
Amazon, Google, Apple, SAS, Facebook, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, The Home Depot, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, Wells Fargo, The Walt Disney Company, Red Hat, Lockheed Martin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nike, Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Credit Suisse, Uber, Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newell Rubbermaid, The World Bank, Shell, JP Morgan, National Basketball Association
Community and Social Services
Habitat for Humanity International, US Soccer Foundation, Sierra Club, Peace Corps, US Environmental Protection Agency, United Way Worldwide, American Red Cross, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Smithsonian Institution, US Department of Education, The Nature Conservancy, Alzheimer’s Association, National Park Service, Autism Society of America, Teach for America
Kayla is a senior from Frederick, Maryland, majoring in Strategic Communication in the School of Media and Journalism. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.