Congratulations to UNC Hillel, which was recently named as the most impactful chapter in North America by Hillel International, a worldwide organization that promotes Jewish campus life at colleges and universities across the globe. The awards were a culmination of Hillel International’s nationwide survey of more than 10,000 Jewish college students to evaluate the impact of its programs.
About 5% of Carolina’s undergraduate and graduate student community is Jewish, and UNC Hillel promotes the celebration of Jewish life and learning at Carolina. With a building on campus, UNC Hillel hosts weekly events in addition to providing an inviting space for students to study and relax. One celebrated event is the weekly Shabbat celebration with student-led services followed by a delicious, complimentary Kosher dinner.
Students new to UNC can learn more about UNC Hillel through its website and during the Week of Welcome, which features a series of events introducing new first-year and transfer students to the many opportunities at Carolina.
If you’d like to join an active community that celebrates students of all backgrounds, beliefs, and interests, we hope that you’ll consider applying to Carolina (if you haven’t already). The final deadline for first-year applicants is January 15. The deadline for transfer applicants is February 15.
It’s been a great year to be a Tar Heel, and we have much to be thankful for. Together we celebrated (among many highlights):
Before we wrap up the year, we wanted to let you know about a few key dates that are just around the corner. The University will be closed for winter break starting on Friday, December 23 at 5:00 pm. Our office will re-open on Tuesday, January 3 at 8:00 am. Although we will not be offering information sessions and campus tours over the winter break, you may still register for future sessions and tours while the University is closed. To schedule a future visit, please click here.
To those of you who have applied for the 2016-2017 First-Year Early Action deadline, we thank you, and we look forward to reading your application. You can expect to receive your decision at the end of January, and we appreciate your patience as you wait to hear back from us. In the meantime, you can check the status of your application any time at connectcarolina.unc.edu.
We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday, and we look forward to hearing from you in the new year!
Graduating from high school next year? If you live in Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person,
Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain or Warren County, you might be interested in The Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship, which pays for about one-half the cost of an undergraduate education for 17 graduating high school seniors. The scholarship was established in 1955 by a Trust endowed by the late Aubrey Lee Brooks and is administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The maximum award for the 2015-2016 academic year was $12,000.
Awards are made annually to seventeen (17) graduating high school seniors who meet all of the following criteria:
- Complete an Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship Application
- Demonstrate financial need
- Plan to enroll as full-time students in a degree-granting program at N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, or UNC-Greensboro
- Permanently reside and attend high school in one of the following counties: Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain, or Warren
Of the 17 scholarships, one is awarded to a student from the areas of Greensboro and High Point and to a senior at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics who is from an eligible county. Additional criteria include merit, leadership, character, and the desire of the recipient to prepare for a career as a useful and informed citizen.
For more information, and to apply, visit the website for the Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship.
As you pass through the Student Stores, you may notice the piles of scantrons and blue books have suddenly become as in demand as a Phase 1 ticket to the UNC vs. Duke basketball game.
It’s exam time at Carolina.
UNC students have a work hard, play hard mentality, and when exam season begins, the mood around campus can seemingly switch from the lively singing and laughter bouncing through the Pit to a collective hush throughout libraries.
For a body of students who are just as passionate about their schoolwork as a range of other interests, whether it be their a cappella group, their club team, their political grassroots work, or the non-profit they volunteer with or even founded, this is a time when we all take a step back and focus on the core of why we are all at Carolina. And that is that we are first and foremost students.
If you come to tour campus within these next couple of weeks, don’t be alarmed. We students may seem a little more stressed than usual, but that comes with the territory of choosing a prestigious academic institution. As Carolina students, we know just how much work goes into earning the grades we want.
Fortunately for us, UNC is looking out for us to keep us sane and get us through these grueling weeks with smiles on our faces. We have several days of visits from therapy pets, and no matter how frustrating that chemistry exam is, having playtime with puppies is always enough to wash away the stress. We even have the tradition of “Late Night at Lenoir,” where we have the best buffet of the year at Lenoir Dining Hall on the first reading day before exams. Carolina Dining Services pulls out all the stops with fluffy blueberry pancakes, pastries, trail mix, hot cocoa and more, whether you want comfort food or brain food. CUAB, the Carolina Union Activities Board, also plans tons of events throughout the week to make sure students have plenty of chances to relax, celebrate the end of the semester, and snag a few free blue books.
Even with pressure of exams, Carolina is not the cutthroat environment you’ll find at similarly rigorous universities. We’re here for each other to get through the stress, in study groups, in Google Docs, in sharing amusing distractions to add a bit of levity.
More than anything, we see finals as a nostalgic reminder that things are coming to an end. It’s an end of a semester spent with the family you can’t find anywhere else. And while we can breathe a sigh of relief walking out of that last exam, saying goodbye to this campus and to the people that make it home, even if just for a few weeks, ends up being one of the hardest parts of finals season.