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Jul 27

Meet a Tar Heel: Radhika Arora

Meet Radhika, a junior business administration major.

Radhika Arora

Her Summer Activity: Foreign Service Intern at the U.S. Department of State

How Carolina Classes Helped Her: My courses at Carolina thus far have been a balanced mix between liberal arts and business. I’ve been able to connect my classes on global cultures, warfare, and migration to the tangible, strategic mindset of business administration and use these experiences to appeal as a well-rounded and diverse State Department intern.

How Extracurriculars Helped Her: My extracurriculars reflect my passions for addressing international affairs through measurable and specific goals– a business mindset. I’ve been involved in the world’s largest, student-run non-profit, AIESEC Chapel Hill, since my freshman year, working towards achieving global peace and human fulfillment through providing international exchange opportunities. My time in Exec Branch has reinforced my interest in the political process and student-led change, inspiring me to continue my work on a federal level this summer.

A Personal Goal: A personal goal of mine was to defy the freshman fifteen and get into better physical health in terms of what I ate and how much I exercised. Early on in my college career, I gained valuable insight on how to approach these goals through the LFIT curriculum, and continued on this path through the group fitness classes (ex. Bootcamp) at Campus Rec and PHYA classes each semester. These methods make it very clear and convenient for me to set aside time to dedicate to my health, despite the stress and strict timelines that a packed schedule can bring for a motivated student.

Her Path in College: Going into college, I knew pretty well what I wanted to do. While I retain that vision, I’ve broadened my horizons to other career paths because I’ve encountered so many experiences and employers on campus that have presented other options to execute the type of meaningful work that I desire.

Why Carolina: The highlight of my Carolina experience has, simply, been the opportunity to attend a school with such a rich history and a student body that cares deeply about creating a spirited and inclusive environment.


Jul 26

Incoming First-Year Wins World Championship

We have a world champion in our Class of 2020!

(Raleigh News & Observer File Photo, May 2016)

Incoming first-year Marcus Krah of Durham, N.C., took home the gold medal for the 110-meter hurdles at the World Athletic Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland last week. His winning 13.25-second run was a career best.

Rising sophomore Nicole Greene also competed at the high jump, where she finished as the top American in fifth place. Greene was an All-American high jumper for UNC during her first year.

Want to join a community of champions? Apply to Carolina for Fall 2017 admission. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.

Jul 26

UNC School of Media and Journalism Wins National Competition

The University of North Carolina has achieved the status of “the University of National Champions.” (Again.)

The School of Media and Journalism announced on June 3rd that their students had won the 2016 Hearst Championship. UNC has now won the Championship for two years in a row, with top 5 finishes every year since 2004.

The Hearst Journalism Awards hosts year-long competitions for writing, photojournalism, radio news, television news, and multimedia news for undergraduate students. 108 member colleges and universities from around the country with accredited journalism programs participate and compete. Schools earn and accumulate points over the year for student-made journalism.

UNC MEJO (Media and Journalism) placed 1st in Photojournalism, 1st in Broadcast, 2nd in Multimedia, and 5th in writing. Individual students received awards as well. Read more here.

Jul 25

Meet a Tar Heel: Alexis Shiro

Meet Alexis, a senior business administration and political science double major.

Alexis Shiro

Her Summer Activity: Consulting Internship with Ernst & Young in Boston, MA

How Carolina Classes Helped Her: Interacting with the people in my classes at UNC was most beneficial for me.  In the past 3 years, I’ve met so many classmates and professors willing to talk to me about recruiting, my fields of interest, and strategies for success.  Tar Heels are often vying for the same internships and jobs, but everyone works as a team to ensure we each get where we want to go.

How Extracurriculars Helped Her: I know that my extracurriculars helped set me apart from other people interviewing for the same position.  I serve as the president of LingoKids, a UNC club that matches college-aged mentors who speak foreign languages with local youth.  Being able to tell recruiters that I’ve negotiated deals, cold called schools, and arranged a program that reached hundreds of students is great because it gives me so much to talk about–and LingoKids is something about which I truly feel passionate.  Additionally, my decision to be active in several clubs helped show potential employers that I can balance school and other activities.

A Tip for Students: Check out our Residence Hall Association (RHA) on Facebook!  Every residence hall on campus has a Community Government that hosts free events like game nights, pizza nights, movie screenings, and water balloon fights.  Carolina’s RHA is one of the best in the nation, and coming to their events is a great way to meet new friends!

An Unexpected Part of College: I definitely didn’t think my political science degree would lead me to study the death penalty so closely.  As part of a class, I took a trip to the execution chamber at Central Prison and went to dinner with a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole (but has since been exonerated).

Why Carolina: I’d have to say eating lunch in Cafe McColl at the business school each day.  As a business major, I spend most of my time on south campus.  Cafe McColl is where I eat, study, hang out, take power naps, etc.  And when I’m feeling tired or stressed, I know I can always find a friend there to give me a high five and some words of encouragement!

One Last Tip: Bring an umbrella for the random Chapel Hill rainstorms!

Jul 20

Five Months Abroad

Emily Belding, class of 2017, is a Political Science and Global Studies double major with a minor in Japanese. She spent five months in Nagoya, Japan this spring at Nanzan University.

Emily and her host sister, Sawa.

Emily and her host sister, Sawa.

Why did you decide to study abroad?

I wanted to improve my Japanese language skills, learn more about Japanese politics and its relationship with the United States for my Political Science and Global Studies majors, and just experience a new culture. I had never travelled abroad before so I was excited to see and experience a different country.

What did you learn about yourself over your semester abroad?

I learned that I can be more independent than I thought. I managed to make my way around Japan with limited language proficiency, travel with friends and alone, and settle myself in a community abroad.

Emily on a day trip with her friends Kelly (middle), from Australia, and Max (right), from Indiana, who she met in her classes abroad.

Emily on a day trip with her friends Kelly (middle), from Australia, and Max (right), from Indiana, who she met in her classes abroad.

Do you have a favorite memory or a defining moment of your study abroad experience? Can you describe it?

There were so many great memories, from seeing 20 foot-tall snow sculptures, to hiking up volcanoes, to touring the streets of Tokyo and the temples of Kyoto, but my favorite memory was whitewater rafting in Oboke Valley. The view was breathtaking with green mountains on either side and kites hanging above the river for Japan’s Boy’s Day/Children’s Day celebration. We had a Japanese rafting guide, but the company was Australian-owned so it was a neat mix of cultures.This experience was so special because rafting is something I never thought I’d do. It was just one of the many ways I ventured out of my comfort zone abroad and ended up with wonderful adventures and memories.

What was the most unexpected thing about your experience?

The most unexpected thing about my experience was how at home I felt by the time I left. I had a host family that I became very close with and made many friends at my school there. Even when travelling, my friends and I were able to make friends with many Japanese people we met.

How did you feel coming back to Chapel Hill?

Coming back to Chapel Hill was both exciting and sad. I wanted to see my friends and family again, but I had made a home for myself in Nagoya as well, and it was really hard to leave my friends and family there as well. I definitely want to go back someday!

Jul 13

What’s there to do in Chapel Hill?

There is so, so much to do here — it’s one of the reasons I came here, honestly. I previously attended smaller colleges that made me crave more opportunities and activities, which is exactly what UNC has.

Want something to do, but don’t want to walk too far? Check out these cool things to do on campus:

  1. Sporting events. UNC students work hard in the classroom and on the field! You don’t have to wait around for the next football or basketball game, either: UNC has 28 varsity sports enjoyed by students of all kinds through the initiative of Carolina Fever, which is a student-run organization that promotes attendance of all varsity points through a point-award system. Students are awarded points just for attending sporting events. Once you get a certain amount of points you can win prizes like UNC swag or (maybe!) Phase 1 tickets to a men’s basketball game!
  2. On-campus museums. There are a few museums located at UNC: the Women’s Basketball museum, the Men’s Basketball Museum, the Ackland Art Museum, and the Morehead Planetarium. With museums like these, you can enjoy exhibits from photographic journeys through American society to a personal tour of the stars!
  3. CUAB. The Carolina Union Activities Board is solely devoted to making exciting and engaging activities on campus for students. During the school year, CUAB screens free movies, creates opportunities for free food, and hosts big events like FallFest and spring Jubilee.
  4. Campus Rec. From playing basketball with some friends to climbing the rock wall at the SRC to the plethora of fitness classes available, it’s hard to not enjoy Campus Rec’s facilities and programs.

Feeling restless and want to get away for a while? Here are a few things to do outside of the campus sphere:

  1. Southpoint Mall. This is probably my favorite place to go on weekends. Southpoint is so big that there’s practically a store (or many stores) for everyone! My personal favorites: Target and Michael’s Arts & Crafts.
  2. Jordan Lake. This nearby park is a favorite among my outdoorsy friends because of its hiking trails, camping sites, and swimming opportunities. If you want to pay a little, you can rent a kayak or a canoe for an afternoon out on the water.
  3. DPAC. The Durham Performing Arts Center hosts some of the best music and dance performances in the region. Their Broadway shows are a must-see! On the 2016-2017 schedule of events: Lindsey Stirling, Nick Offerman (yes, the one from Parks & Recreation), Lyle Lovett, Newsies, Kinky Boots, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and more!

Jul 7

Letting Go Can Be as Important as Signing Up

By Emily Gregoire

I never thought I’d have any association with Greek letters in college beyond the ones that showed up in the formulas in econ class. That’s what a lot of people say when they come to college, and a lot of people change their minds. While some students do change their mind about going into a social fraternity or sorority, many students are changing their mind by going into one of the many other co-ed fraternities, honor societies, or interest-based fraternities and sororities.

That’s what I did. During my first semester of college, I discovered that my social circle didn’t have as many people in it as I wanted. I was involved in a few clubs and groups, but I wanted more friends, not just a bunch of acquaintances. After doing a little bit of research, I found Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-educational professional business fraternity. So, I decided to try to join during my second semester.

It was a much different experience than I expected.

The process of pledging was time-consuming, but it really helped me form a tight circle of support among my pledge class and future brothers. (Since it’s a coed fraternity, everyone in the fraternity is a brother.) We spent many, many hours together over the next few months, and all 27 of us were one unit.

Two and a half years later, I’m still glad I did it, but I’m not very involved with AKPsi anymore. I decided that I wanted to focus on other activities at Carolina, such as a campus magazines that I joined during my first semester and an off-campus job where I got to tutor young kids in math and reading, and I couldn’t do that while still being an active brother in AKPsi.

Nevertheless, I live with people I met through AKPsi, one of my best friends is from my pledge class, and I always have someone to sit next to in class or work on a group project with. I’m never going to completely separate from AKPsi, and I don’t want to. I’ll just have a different kind of connection with it now.

Joining AKPsi was an important experience for me, and I would be a completely different person without it. Nevertheless, if I hadn’t let my path diverge from AKPsi, I don’t think I’d be where I am now. Being able to let go of activities that were formerly a major part of your life can be just as important as getting involved with them in the first place.

Jul 5

Frequently Asked Questions about the New SAT

If you are considering applying to Carolina for Fall 2017 and beyond, here is some information about how we will evaluate tests scores now that students have begun taking the redesigned SAT (March 2016). While test scores are important, please remember that they are only one part of our holistic review. Academic program and performance, along with activities, essays, and the letter of recommendation, will continue to be significant factors in our evaluation.

Our advice is to do your best, but try not to stress. (Easier said than done…we know)!

If you have questions about the SAT itself, please visit the College Board website for more details about how the test has changed.

Do you prefer the SAT over the ACT?
No. We encourage students to take the exam that suits them best. While only one exam is required, some students may choose to submit scores from both exams. In that case, we use the test results from whichever exam is most advantageous to the student.

Will you accept SAT scores from the old test and the new test?
Yes. We will accept scores from either the previous SAT or the redesigned SAT. If you’ve taken both versions, you aren’t required to submit scores from both, but you can if you’d like.

How will you evaluate scores from the previous version of the SAT with those from the redesigned version?
The College Board is providing a concordance table that will allow us to compare and align scores from the previous version of the test with those from the redesigned version.

Will you superscore the redesigned SAT?
Yes. We will continue to superscore the exam. That means if you have taken the redesigned SAT multiple times, we will use your highest individual SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores to calculate your combined score.

Will you superscore the previous SAT and redesigned SAT together?
No. We will superscore results from the same version of the exam, but we will not combine scores from the two versions.

Will you require students to take the essay portion of the exam?
No. The essay is not required for your application to Carolina. Also, if you plan to take the ACT, you should know that we no longer require students to submit the writing portion of the ACT.

However, as testing requirements differ at each institution, we advise that you read the requirements of each school carefully if you plan to apply to other colleges and universities.

Jul 1

2016 Final Waiting List Update

Yesterday we posted final decisions for remaining students on the first-year and transfer waiting lists. Students can now log into their ConnectCarolina Student Center to view their decision.

Because we had a very strong response this year, we had very few spots in our incoming first-year and transfer classes available for students on the waiting lists. We were able to admit fewer than 65 students from the first-year waiting list and fewer than 40 students from the transfer waiting list.

We’re sorry to disappoint the many students who have waited for a final decision. We greatly appreciate your patience as we used the time to see if any more openings would become available.

As always, we are happy to assist you if you have questions or remain interested in attending the University after one or two years of study elsewhere.  You may contact us at through email at or by phone at 919-966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

Whether you find your new home at another institution or apply to Carolina as a transfer student, we believe you have a bright future ahead of you. We wish you the very best as you continue your education.