This past week at UNC was our Fall Break, otherwise known as the glorious time to catch up on sleep and rest after a hectic couple weeks of midterm exams. Starting last Wednesday at 5pm, Chapel Hill began to get a lot quieter as people made their trek back to their hometowns.
While most students use this as a time to cuddle with their adorable dogs and catch up with old friends, we can also take advantage of other opportunities available around the school for travel and maximizing their educational experience.
This week, I did exactly that on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for four days. It’s included as a part of one of the classes I’m taking in the School of Media and Journalism.
The class is called Workroom FashionMash and is taught by Dana McMahan, where we experiment with practicing an experiential marketing event around the fashion and lifestyle industry. Since so much of the fashion industry is located in New York, we decided to take a trip up for some inspiration.
I had a complete blast going around the city and meeting professionals working in all different kinds of industries, from branding designer clothing at Rachel Roy to agency communication at Spring Studios. We also had our fill of Museums, going by the Whitney and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Between everything we did, I gained a lot of great ideas about how to present an experience to someone in an engaging and interesting way.
But don’t worry, the trip didn’t focus solely around professional tasks. We also got in plenty of touristy attractions, Instagram-ready meals and fun nights out on the town. We spent a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Central Park, saw a comedy show and had some time to window-shop around 5th Avenue at stores way out of our price range.
The entire trip was a blast, and it’s not the only travel opportunity available to students. The MJ School also takes up a group of students to network with influential Alumni in NYC hoping to make connections for jobs and summer internships. And there are plenty of other travel opportunities available through the university for a more memorable fall break.
UNC has boundless opportunities for something like this, and I can’t speak more highly about the impact it has had on my college experience. Be sure to be on the lookout for opportunities like this once you get here — you won’t regret taking them.
To those of you who have applied to Carolina for the first-year Early Action deadline, we thank you*. We look forward to getting to know you through your application.
Now that you’ve completed your application (hooray!), you may be wondering what’s next. We’ve put together a short list of tips of what you can do in the next few weeks.
- Look out for an email with your Connect Carolina Student Center guest ID. An email will be sent 5-7 days after you submit your application to the email address you provided to us in your application. After you set up your Connect Carolina Student Center account, you’ll be able to check on the status of your application and view any items on your application to-do list.
- Allow for 2-3 weeks for your Student Center to-do list to be updated. We will accept supplemental materials such as the teacher letter of recommendation, secondary school statement, and official transcripts through November 1. Because it takes some time on our end to process this information in our system, it may take up to 2-3 weeks for the items to appear complete on your online to-do list.
- Check your email regularly. Once all of your supplemental materials have been received and have been processed in our system, you will receive an email confirming that your application is complete. Any updates regarding the status of your application will continue to be sent to the email you provided to us in your application for admission.
- Apply for financial aid. You can apply for aid before you receive an admission decision. March 1 is the priority deadline, but if you applied Early Action, we encourage you to go ahead and apply for aid by winter break to receive fullest consideration for need-based scholarships. To apply for financial aid at Carolina, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid Profile.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (919) 966-3621 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember to pat yourself on the back for getting your application in!
*In light of several areas being impacted by Hurricane Matthew, the First-Year Early Action application will remain open until October 23 on the Common Application. If you were unable to submit your application by October 15, you have until 11:59 pm on October 23 to submit your application for consideration for the Early Action deadline.
On Tuesday, we celebrated the 223rd birthday of the University. This special event featured a number of inspiring speakers, including our own Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. In his speech, The Miles We Travel, he spoke about the history of the University, the courage of the students who broke barriers through the years to come here, and the ideals that make Carolina worth fighting for today.
As you continue to search for a college that might be the kind of place you could see yourself fighting for, we encourage you to hear these words for yourself.
Over the past several days, we’ve received several questions about the upcoming first-year Early Action deadline as well as the extension we’ve offered to students impacted by Hurricane Matthew. To provide you with additional information, we’ve put together the following FAQs.
Please note that while the Common Application states that the first-year Early Action deadline is October 23, we are asking students who were not impacted by the hurricane to proceed with submitting their application by the original deadline of October 15.
If you have a situation that we haven’t covered in the below FAQs, please do not hesitate to contact us either at (919) 966-3621 or at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest in Carolina. We look forward to getting to know you through your application!
Q: Why did you extend the deadline for students impacted by the storm?
A: We made the decision to extend the deadline for students in affected areas, understanding that many of them will need to focus on helping their families and community recover from the storm.
Q: If I was not affected by Hurricane Matthew, can I still submit my application on October 23 and be considered for Early Action?
A: The deadline extension is intended for students impacted by the hurricane who may need additional time to complete their application. We ask that all other students submit their application by the original deadline of October 15.
Q: I live in an area that was affected by the hurricane, but I wasn’t greatly impacted. Should I submit my application during the original deadline of October 15?
A: If you are in a position to do so, please submit your application during the original October 15 deadline. We know that each student’s situation with regard to the hurricane will vary, and we wanted to be mindful of students who are in need of the additional time as a result.
Q: To be considered for the Early Action deadline, do my test scores, high school transcript, and letter of recommendation need to be submitted by the deadline?
A: Whether you are submitting your application by the original deadline of October 15 or the extended deadline of October 23, you will need to submit both your application and application fee or fee waiver in the Common Application by 11:59 pm on the day of the deadline.
We will accept supplemental materials such as transcripts, the letter of recommendation, and secondary school statement until November 1 for students who wish to be considered for the Early Action deadline. Additionally, we will accept test scores from October and November testing dates. Please have the testing service send your test scores directly to our office. Additionally, please have your official transcript and letter of recommendation sent directly to us from your school.
Craven Community College English instructor and C-STEP advisor, Jessica Saxon (center) is pictured with students Myra Parker (left) and Jeremy Zollars (right) who enrolled in the UNC-Chapel Hill transfer program along with several other CCC students.
Since 2011, Craven Community College (CCC) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) have partnered together to provide CCC students a transfer opportunity through the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence (C-STEP) program. C-STEP is designed for high-achieving, low- and moderate-income high school and community college students.
“Prior to joining C-STEP, many of the students felt that going to Chapel Hill was beyond their reach financially and academically,” said Jessica Saxon, CCC English instructor and C-STEP advisor.
C-STEP students are guaranteed admission to UNC-CH if they successfully complete the program and obtain an associate in arts or science degree. C-STEP is not a scholarship program. However, there is no cost and students save on tuition by attending community college for the first two years. Once C-STEP students transfer, UNC-CH works to meet students’ demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, and loans.
C-STEP students who have transferred typically perform better academically and graduate at a higher rate than other UNC-CH undergraduate students. “The C-STEP program provides a support system that prepares students, so Craven students know Chapel Hill before they go,” said Saxon.
During the program, students participate in campus tours and meet with advisors at UNC-CH. Students are also guided through UNC-CH’s admission process. In addition to the college support system, a peer support system develops during the two-year program.
CCC student Jeremy Zollars is a U.S. Navy veteran who served at U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Base Camp LeJeune and USMC Air Station Cherry Point. Zollars said he realized his earning and other opportunities would be limited without a college degree, so he began attending CCC in January 2014. In addition to motivating him to do well academically, Zollars said networking through C-STEP has been a source of peer support. He plans on entering UNC-CH’s religious studies program in fall 2016.
“C-STEP has been very beneficial for me. Ms. Saxon and the Chapel Hill advisors and alumni have been great,” said Myra Parker. She joined CCC in fall 2014 and the C-STEP in spring 2015. In addition to C-STEP, Parker was a member of ENCORE!, the college’s singing student ambassadors, and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She plans to study music at UNC-CH in fall 2016.
The income requirements for the C-STEP application are at or below 300 percent of 2012 Federal poverty guidelines. For example, a student would need a household adjusted gross income of $69,150 or less for a family of four.
Current CCC students who would like to enter UNC-CH in fall 2017 must apply by October 1, 2015. High school students graduating in spring 2016, or high school seniors with less than 30 hours of dual-enrollment credit, or CCC students with less than 30 hours of earned college credit must apply by April 1, 2016.
For more information about C-STEP, call Saxon at 252-672-7504, or visit the college’s website at CSTEP.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal. From the Craven Community College website.
Planning a visit to Carolina? In addition to our regular undergraduate admissions information session and campus tour, you may also want to consider joining an academic department tour. Select departments such as UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy offer prospective student events throughout the year.
To learn more, please visit admissions.unc.edu/visit/touring carolina.
We hope that you, your family and friends are safe following the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew. We understand that helping your family and community recover from the storm may be your top priority over the next few days, and we have extended our Early Action application deadline to Sunday, October 23 for applicants impacted by the hurricane. We will continue to accept supplemental materials, including recommendation letters and transcripts, through November 1.
If you are a student who has been impacted by the hurricane and wish to take advantage of this deadline extension, please note that there is no need to contact us. Simply submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on October 23 and you will receive full consideration as an Early-Action applicant.
We wish you all the best as you continue your college search. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we may be of any assistance to you. You may contact us at (919) 966-3621 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, we’ve recently posted some FAQs about the Early Action deadline that you may find helpful. To view these FAQs, please click on the following link: FAQs about the Early Action Deadline.
Carolina will be celebrating University Day on October 11 in honor of its founding. Serving as the event’s keynote speaker is our very own Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. In advance of the celebration, Steve shares his thoughts about the importance of University Day and looking to both the past and future as we commemorate the University’s beginnings. To read the complete article, please click on the following link: Four Questions with University Day Speaker Stephen Farmer.
For more about the event, please see the University Day website.
By Jenn Morrison
The question that used to be a place of infinite possibility and carefree imagination has come back, demanding a definitive answer that will dramatically impact your life:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
As a college applicant, you have some people telling you that you need a clear direction, a particular passion, or a “dream career” in mind. After all, college is a major investment, and you want to make sure you are dedicating your tuition and years of studying towards the interests that align with your skills and long-term passions.
But simultaneously, you have others telling you that you’re young. You have all the time in the world to figure out what you want to do, and college is a time for exploration. It’s an opportunity to dabble in new interests or even discover a field you had never knew existed.
It doesn’t make it easier, but both of these perspectives are correct.
You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do. Yes, you are young, and while you may have already had rich experiences that are guiding you in a certain direction, you are about to have your world turned upside down for the better.
If you approach college in a way that is not simply going from Point A to Point B, but rather stopping and learning from the people you have the privilege to be surrounded by, in a supportive community full of people with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences than your own, you will undoubtedly change. Your interests will change, your character will change, and your career goals may be wholly unidentifiable from what you set out to achieve as a senior in high school.
For some of you, that can be intimidating, and that’s okay. It’s okay to embrace the unknown, to be undecided, to change your mind about your major once or twice or ten times.
For others of you, you don’t believe me. You have found something you’re passionate about and are on a clear track towards accomplishing your goals. This is not meant to dishearten you or dissuade you from your passions, but as you set foot on campus, remember you’re in a unique opportunity to explore new interests without penalty. Even if you continue on the path you set out on, you can only become better at what you do by learning from more perspectives.
At UNC, the risk associated with being undecided or changing your goals often is practically nonexistent. You’ll be in the fortunate position of having more than 70 majors and minors to choose from, with world-class programs across a variety of fields. There is no wrong choice, and there is no limit to your choices.
As an incoming first-year with a specific major in mind in a professional school, I was resentful of the seemingly lengthy list of general education requirements. I thought I knew what I wanted to learn and didn’t want anything slowing me down. Now as a senior, I can honestly say some of those requirements turned out to be my favorite classes and introduced me to ideas and issues that have had a major impact on my goals and on more importantly on my character.
So as you think about your potential field, or fields, of study, don’t be apathetic towards the decision but take a breath and enjoy the process. There is no shame in not knowing what you want to do, but the best way to figure it out is to actively learn. Join a new club, take a class you wouldn’t normally consider, and don’t be afraid to change your path. You have a whole community of people waiting for you here who will help you no matter which direction you choose, even after you graduate.
When you set foot on campus, I hope you feel the same excitement of limitless possibility as you did as a kid being asked what you want to be when you grow up. Because the truth is, you don’t have to pretend you’re already grown up, and you still can choose anything.
As you may be aware, the National Weather Service has been monitoring Hurricane Matthew and its potential landfall along the eastern coast of the United States. While our information session for Friday (October 7) is still scheduled, our greatest priority is the safety of our visitors. If you are scheduled to visit us, we encourage you to use caution when traveling to campus.
The University will continue to track reports from emergency management agencies about this powerful storm and post relevant information on the Alert Carolina website. For the latest weather conditions, please monitor your local news or the National Weather Service.
If you are scheduled to visit us, and you need to reschedule your visit, please call us at 919-966-3621 or visit our website.
Please let us know if we can assist you in any way. Thank you for your interest in Carolina.