Tell us about yourself!
I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies. Currently, I am a director at a company called Royce which brings unique experiences to the world of fashion accessories. I’ve been featured by The New York TImes, NBC’s Today, and Glamour Magazine for creating an innovative location-based tracking device placed in wallets, so you never lose your valuables again. We’ve sold this product to retailers like Selfridges and proudly have our own shop at 424 5th Avenue, New York in Lord and Taylor.
Additionally, I am a partner at a tech company providing thousands of language interpreters across 220 languages on-demand through an IOS and Android mobile application called OPI Translate. Most recently, we provided our donated our interpretation services to HIAS, the oldest refugee resettlement agency in North America.
How has Carolina prepared you for post-grad life?
The most influential experiences at UNC Chapel Hill were in the African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies Department with mentoring from professors like Professor Robert Porter, Dr. Kenneth Janken, Dr. Charlene Regester and Dr. Eunice Sahle. These passionate academics taught me to analyze the dynamics of power and how its constructions are manipulated to help or hurt different communities depending on race, class and ideology.
How has Carolina helped you with your personal goals?
Carolina has transformed many of my personal goals into collective goals. I graduated from this University with humility and critical reflection on my role in leading more inclusive action within our world. One of the shortcomings of our society is we focus on our personal development without reflecting on how we positively or negatively impact the environments we occupy. In the future, I want to better listen to the needs of people within my community, so I personally can become a more respectful and inspiring leader.
Carolina is a determined community of activists on a quest for social change. Our students question close-minded coercion, we search for cohesive coalitions, and we use the fluidity of our liberal arts education to mobilize responsible action.
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By Jenn Morrison
It’s almost time. The recently extended regular decision deadline of Monday, January 16 is quickly approaching, and we know how hard you all have worked in translating your best self onto paper. And believe it or not, we really do read every word you send and enjoy getting to know you. So as you hit the final stretch before submitting your application, we want to help you get to know us a little better.
Sure, you know the legacy, the rankings, the traditions, the iconic spots of campus, and some fun facts about UNC. Hopefully you’ve either come or are planning to come to campus and gotten a feel for the student body as well. But there are some things that you may not know just from looking around.
It’s the little moments, the ones you might not catch on a tour, the ones that aren’t in the books, that define what it means to go to UNC.
To an outsider, “The Carolina Way” might sound cheesy, but it’s undoubtedly a philosophy that runs deep in our campus, since its inception from Dean Smith’s approach to basketball in playing hard, playing smart and playing together.
Over the years, my favorite moments at UNC absolutely fall into that category. Carolina isn’t just a proper noun; it’s not just a place or a setting. It’s also an adjective. People will describe an act as being “so Carolina,” and it carries a distinct meaning.
It’s when students in Kenan-Flagler Business School raise money each year to send children with life-threatening diseases to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when an undergraduate started a food pantry for hungry students on campus, or even when students line up for hours to get a coveted volunteer position at the hospital.
But it’s also the moments of a more quiet kindness that we as students see and take part in every day.
It’s when a professor invited any of his students who couldn’t make it home to his own for Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s when I was walking through Lenoir Dining Hall, and a student dropped her belongings on the floor. Within seconds at least ten students had dashed up to help her. When thanking us with an unsurprised but humbled tone, she said, “You guys are the best,” to the group of otherwise strangers.
Of course you can find small acts of kindness on any campus, or so we hope, but what makes Carolina so unique is that these are not rare occasions but rather the moments that easily accumulate into the fabric that ties together this campus. It’s a common thread of community, around the way that we treat each other every day.
So whether you’re making the final tweaks of your application or eagerly awaiting your Early Action decision, we want you to know that we do deeply appreciate your interest in us and we wish you the very best.