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Feb 24

Meet a Tar Heel Dramatic Art Major

Meet Gabriela Pickett, a sophomore Dramatic Art and Advertising double major from Fort Myers, Florida.

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Why Dramatic Art: “I always knew I wanted to be a drama major because of my love for being on stage.”

Dramatic Art outside the classroom: “I am passionate about the performing arts and the theatre companies at Carolina have given me many opportunities to grow in this craft. In my free time, I also like to participate in the UNC Swing Dance club—I really wanted to learn this new skill when I came to college!”

Dramatic Art goals: “I hope to one day incorporate my love for acting into a career. The Drama Department at UNC inspires me everyday to follow this dream. My professors are actors too—I often spend my weekends watching them perform in professional shows with PlayMakers Repertory Company. I have found professors here who are willing to share their experiences while simultaneously pushing me to create my own positive theatrical experiences.”

Why Carolina: “UNC was the only school I toured that was multi-dimensional. Touring this campus made me feel like this wasn’t just a school—it was a life. Carolina students are happy people. I cannot walk through this campus without having someone smile at me or stop to chat. It’s this sort of positive energy that reminds me, even on my worst days, to stop and thank God I am a Tar Heel. No amount of research, statistics, or rankings will prepare you for how much Carolina can impact your life in areas you never even knew could be improved.”

Feb 24

Meet a Tar Heel Art History Major

Meet Dana Rodriguez, a junior Art History and Psychology double major from St. Louis, Missouri. 

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Why Art History: “I chose to pursue a major in Art History because I have a passion for art and my favorite hobbies include painting and drawing. Art History balances out the “science” side of my brain, and opens my mind to a very different skill set. However, both art and psychology can fall together very well.”

Favorite Art History extracurricular: “I received a Burch Fellowship for the summer of 2015. Through this program I conducted art history research in Spain and Italy during June and July of 2015.”

Why Carolina: “Carolina truly provides everything a new student is looking for as a home away from home. There are countless reasons why UNC consistently has the happiest students and the highest retention rates, but simply put, the people at UNC are special individuals, and no other school in the country has a better combination of an empathetic, intelligent, caring, and passionate student body.”

Feb 24

Financial Aid 101

By Anna Ross

When I was applying to schools, I was always conscious of the price tag that came with them. I knew that at the end of the day, no matter how much I loved the school, I would have to consider my financial situation before making my decision.

Fortunately, UNC made that worry go away. With a combination of loans and work study grants, my financial aid package worked out and I was able to come to my dream school. Financial aid is just one way that UNC proves its commitment to an affordable education. Nearly half of all UNC students receive financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, work study grants, and/or CCI laptop grants.

Carolina is also focused on providing students with low debt, which is why they have programs like the Carolina Covenant Scholarship. This program offers eligible low-income students debt-free financial aid. It is because of these programs that we have been named #1 in value for public universities by Kiplinger for 15 years in a row.

I strongly encourage you to apply for financial aid-you never know what opportunities it could provide for you! The process is simple, just submit two documents to our office by March 1:

  1.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov (UNC code 002974)
  2.  The CSS Profile at student.collegeboard.org/profile (UNC code 5816)

Haven’t received your decision yet? You can still apply for financial aid. In fact, we encourage you to apply by March 1 to receive priority consideration.

Anna Ross is a senior Advertising and Political Science double major from Winston-Salem, NC. She can be reached at rossat@live.unc.edu

Feb 22

Celebrating Black History Month: The First Black Students to Enroll at UNC

Below, is a photo of the first three black students to enroll at UNC-Chapel Hill. The photo was taken September 15, 1955 on the steps of South Building after the students completed class registration. All three of them attended Hillside High School in Durham prior to attending Carolina.

Leroy Frasier, John Lewis Brandon, and Ralph Frasier (left to right), on the steps of South Building after completing registration, 15 September 1955.

Feb 19

The Perfect Major Fit

By Maddie Taylor

When I applied to UNC in October of 2012, I listed “Journalism” as my intended major. Four years later, I will be graduating from the School of Media and Journalism in May. I knew I wanted to be in the MJ-school since I took my first news writing class my first year of high school. I was a yearbook staff member for three years, and my desire to study journalism grew even more.

Coming into the MJ-school, I didn’t know what to expect. I declared my specialization as Public Relations, and I took my first course, Principles of Advertising and Public Relations. I had one professor for the PR half, and another for the advertising half. This course was an introduction, and I loved every second of it. My professors were focused on us really knowing the fundamentals of PR and advertising. They had so much experience in the real world, and used that to give us insight on how everything works. I mean, it’s pretty cool when your assigned reading for the course is a novel written by the professor himself.

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Inside the MJ-school

I really fell in love with PR when I took a writing course that was specifically PR focused. I came in the first day, and by the time I left, I had written a news release. My professor did not waste time, and she pressured us to meet deadlines. I built the beginning of my portfolio from this course, and I can write a polished, professional news release in fewer than 30 minutes now.

As a senior, this past fall semester I took a PR Case Studies course. It was purely discussion based, as we came in with assigned readings and voiced our opinions. Sounds boring, right? Think again. I was so aware of the news occurring around the world because of this course, and we discussed everything PR related from the Starbucks red cup controversy to the New England Patriots Deflategate scandal.

Being a PR major has exceeded my expectations. It’s important to go to class and love what you’re learning, and that’s how I knew I had found the right place for me. At UNC, there are so many majors to choose from, you have a special opportunity to find the perfect fit.

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 taylormm@live.unc.edu.

 

Feb 19

Why UNC Journalism

By Jane Violette 

Our lives seem like a never-ending checklist. Get involved in every extracurricular and make good grades in high school so you can get into a good college. Keep your GPA up and get the competitive internship in college so you can get a good job. Work hard at your job so you’re the one chosen for the promotion.

However, as a student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism, I don’t feel this way. The School of Media and Journalism (MJ-school) is challenging this life pattern with its motto “Start Here, Never Stop.” Instead of fixating on point B, I’m encouraged to see school, a career and life as a vast opportunity, not something to merely attain.

UNC has been consistently ranked as one of the top journalism schools in the country and covers fields far beyond just broadcast or reporting. The MJ-school offers 10 specializations: Advertising, Broadcast and Electronic Journalism, Business Journalism, Editing and Graphic Design, Multimedia, MyPlan, Photojournalism, Public Relations, Reporting, and Strategic Communication. My specialization is Public Relations (PR), and I’m learning each day the necessary skills to be an effective communicator and relationship builder.

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So why choose UNC’s School of Media and Journalism?

  1.  Real-World Experience

Each class I’ve taken in the MJ-school has involved a project with a client or real-world scenario. In my New Media Technology course I served on a social media team in planning a district court judge campaign for a local lawyer. I worked with a client for the duration of my PR Writing course, providing a needs assessment and corresponding PR tools. I’m currently in a Video Production for Marketing and PR course in which I’m working with a non-profit to create an informational, promotional video. In all of these projects, I have been involved in the strategy, development and execution, gaining real-world experience. The MJ-school is preparing its students for success, not just teaching from a textbook.

  1. Community

You’ve heard it before when applying to colleges: you can make a big school feel small but you can’t make a small school seem big. While UNC may seem like a large university, I was able to form a community within the MJ-school. The class sizes are fairly small, allowing me to make great friends. I’m currently in an International Media Studies course in which I’m learning about British media alongside 15 peers, then visiting media outlets in London over Spring Break. Learning in community settings like this has made college even more enjoyable.

  1. Prestige

Professors at the MJ-school hold students to a high standard. Because the school has been nationally ranked for years, we are expected to be the best of the best. Further down the road, employers will look for the top journalism students, and UNC’s MJ-school is where those students will be found. The school takes pride in where its alumni have been and where they’re going. MJ-school graduates work at CNN, The New York Times, ESPN, Google and more. Why not join the prestigious alumni of the MJ-school?

Trying to determine a major in college may seem like another thing on your to do list, but look at it as an opportunity. More than just taking classes to earn a degree, college is a time to find yourself and experience life. Choose UNC. Because when you start here, you never stop.

Jane Violette 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 Wesley Campus Ministry, the Student Alumni Association Homecoming Committee, and she loves to write. Check out her blog, follow her on Twitter or email her at jviolett@live.unc.edu.

Feb 17

Meet a Tar Heel Media and Journalism Major

Meet Gwendolyn Smith, a sophomore Public Relations major in the School of Media and Journalism from Charlotte, NC.

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Why Public Relations: I entered UNC as a broadcast journalism major. After taking JOMC 101 and learning about the various opportunities in the media industry, I switched my major to Public Relations because I liked the leeway it provided in career opportunities.

Favorite MJ-School class: JOMC 490: Sexual Minorities in the Media. Our class was largely discussion based which enhanced how I understood the material we covered in class. The course expanded my view of the impact of media representation. Prior to the course, I solely focused on race and gender issues. Now I am consciously aware of the perception of sexual minorities in the media and how they compare to non-sexual minorities.

Favorite MJ-School professor: Dr. Rhonda Gibson-Hester. In addition to being an incredible person, she’s an excellent teacher. She provides space and time for students to articulate their responses to material covered in class, and challenges them to view them in a different light. Additionally, she incorporates “In the News” assignments where students are required to find recent events and analyze them in light of the topics covered in class

Future journalism plans: I aspire to earn my Ph.D. and conduct research in media, specifically examining the relationship between mainstream media and underrepresented populations. JOMC 490, Sexual Minorities in the Media, allowed me to examine the affects of media perception outside of racial realms. The final assignment given in the class further solidified my goal. I loved examining and critiquing advertisements and analyzing how the campaign aligned with the mores of the company.

Why Carolina: The moment I stepped on campus, UNC felt like home. No matter who you are or where you come from, there is a place for you here at UNC.

 

Feb 17

Black History Month and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center

By Christina Townsend

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, originally called the Black Cultural Center, was established on July 1, 1988 and gets its name from the late Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone. Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone was an associate professor of Afro-American Studies but she is remembered for so much more. Dr. Stone, who passed away unexpectedly in 1991, was the founder and former director for the Southeastern Black Press Institute, NAACP’s Woman of the Year 1981, the first recipient of the Outstanding Black Faculty Award from the UNC-CH General Alumni Association, the adviser for the Black Student Movement from 1974-1980, and filled many other important roles at UNC and across the nation at large. What better way to celebrate and remember her life than to commemorate a center created to raise awareness of and appreciation for African-American culture by the campus community, in her honor.

Now for a little history on the building…

After outgrowing its 900 square foot space in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, a coalition of students, faculty, and staff petitioned for a building built specifically for the center. The University agreed to build the center in 1993, ground was broken in April 2001, and the much anticipated three story, 44,500 square foot freestanding center was opened in August 2004. Since its opening, the center “has focused its efforts on the interdisciplinary examination of African diaspora arts, cultures, literatures and histories. The Center’s current focus is on integrating cultural development with community development, and on building ties to communities and institutions in the African diaspora in the Americas.” Although its mission is “to encourage and support the critical examination of all dimensions of African-American, African and African diaspora cultures,” the center is also the home for classes from various academic departments. It is equipped with classrooms, a computer classroom, and a 10,000-volume lending library. Additionally, the center serves as an event space for student organizations with seminar rooms, an art gallery and museum, a 360-seat auditorium, a multipurpose room, and a dance studio. There is a full time staff that occupies several office suites and single offices within the Stone Center.

What does the Center mean to students?

As I was looking into the history of the center and its impact on campus, I couldn’t think of a better way to research the building than to reach out to students and alumni of color to discuss why the Stone Center is important and what it means/meant to them during their time at UNC.

Aaron Epps, a sophomore majoring in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and minoring in Political Science, talked about what the building represents: “Black students on campus rarely find a space where they feel fully accepted; and the Stone Center is that place for us. The building is more than a symbol of our culture; when we enter the Stone Center, we know we’re home. It is a place we can go to study, discover ways in which we can impact our communities, and even receive resources that are catered toward our success. And that’s comforting to know.”

Judy Robbins, a senior majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Education, said that the Stone Center is an important part of black students’ history on UNC’s campus: “So often at Carolina, black students are excluded from spaces – not just in building names, but in textbooks and conversations. The Stone Center provides a positive space for us that rejects that bigoted narrative by celebrating our history and our lives.”

Jocelyn Byer, who graduated in 2015 with a degree in English and a minor in Sexuality Studies, reflected on her time at UNC and the impact that the Stone Center had on her Carolina journey: “The Stone Center was not only the first place that I worked but it was also a place where I saw myself and my culture reflected. At a school and in a country where my race is the minority it is comforting to have a place where I can see my culture celebrated.”

Go forth and learn…

It is clear that the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History is making a significant and lasting impact on students and alumni alike. I would strongly encourage all UNC students to take the time to wander the halls of the Stone Center and soak in the history that the building holds. Byer said it best — “The Stone Center is not just for black students, it is a place where the entire Carolina community can go to learn and celebrate black culture and history.”

Feb 15

The Chapel Thrill Charm

By Maddie Taylor

First of all, congratulations to those who have been accepted to this amazing university thus far. More than 35,000 students applied, so it’s a true honor to be offered a spot into the class of 2020 (wow, I feel old). As a second-semester senior, I would say that I have some knowledge about life in The Southern Part of Heaven, and for those of you who are questioning whether to join the Tar Heel family, I’m here to give you some insight.

I encourage all of you to come to campus for an official visit, if you haven’t already. Coming from someone who has worked at the admissions office for the past three years, it’s extremely beneficial to hear and see all of what UNC has to offer. Walking around and taking in the campus is very important, from the Pit to the Quad on a sunny day. The beauty of this place has taken my breath away so many times, from Kenan Stadium on game days to the Old Well surrounded by blooming flowers in the spring. Also, while you’re here, head on down to the Carolina Basketball Museum, because who doesn’t want to see tons of memorabilia, including the letter from Coach K after Michael Jordan chose to attend UNC? It never gets old.

Franklin Street is another staple in this town. It’s famous for lots of things, like how students flood it after the basketball team defeats that school eight miles away, and the restaurant that has been open for more than 90 years: Sutton’s. If you know me, you know Sutton’s is my absolute favorite place on Franklin. The employees know me at this point, which I like to think is an accomplishment. It’s really hard to beat a lunch at Sutton’s. I went there for my 21st birthday lunch, which says something.

Since my first year, I have had the same spot on campus that I absolutely love, and it’s the balcony of the Student Store. It’s kind of a hidden gem, and it looks out toward the Bell Tower. My friends know exactly where to find me on a nice, sunny day.

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If you’re debating on officially joining #UNC20, take what I have said into account, and come see this magical place for yourself. You’ve earned your spot in the Tar Heel family, and all you have to do is say yes.

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 taylormm@live.unc.edu.

Feb 15

Midyear Grades Reporting Deadline Postponed until Tuesday, February 16

For the convenience of our students, and due to today’s closure of our office, we have decided to postpone the deadline for reporting midyear grades from today until tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16.

As a reminder, we do require that admitted students, deferred students, and all regular deadline applicants self-report their grades using the form available in their MyCarolina/ConnectCarolina Student Center. Please log into your MyCarolina/ConnectCarolina Student Center  and follow the instructions on your Admissions To-Do List to self-report your grades online.

We apologize that we cannot accept these grades by email, even if you or your counselor already submitted a transcript through Naviance or any other provider. The only way we can accept them is if you self-report them through MyCarolina/Connect Carolina Student Center.

For more information, please see: Midyear Grades Reporting Instructions.  You are also welcome to email us with any questions at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or call us tomorrow at 919-966-3621 and we will be happy to help you.