As you begin to think about what your Carolina experience could be like, you might be interested in hearing the stories of three young people who found their place and ultimately thrived at Carolina. Sponsored by Thrive@Carolina, the Share Your Journey Spoken Word Project is a cross-campus initiative to open up a dialogue around the challenges of college.
The first video features Donovan, who attended UNC as an undergraduate. He lends his voice and art to his experience of transitioning into college as a student of color. Donovan followed his success at UNC-Chapel Hill by completing two master’s degrees, one at Harvard and one at Columbia, and is currently pursuing his PhD at UNC Greensboro.
Another video comes from Daniella, a current student whose family came to the United States as Cuban political refugees. She raises raw and real questions about how opportunities happen for some and not for others.
The third is from Mikeala, who realized after coming to Carolina, that the dream of Carolina doesn’t always happen automatically. She speaks candidly about what it’s like to wrestle with those illusions.
We hope you enjoy reading these amazing insights from first-person perspectives. In the words of one of the student leaders on the project: “I want to say: I’ve walked in your shoes. Let’s walk together.”
A special thanks goes to the Share Your Journey Spoken Word Project Team: Dana McMahan, Professor of the Practice, UNC School of Media and Journalism; Terence Oliver, Associate Professor, UNC School of Media and Journalism; and Mark Katz, Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities. This project would not have been possible without the contributions of the students featured in the videos and many others who assisted with the production. Visit the project website to learn more.
Pop quiz! What do Yoga, Nascar, and Japanese Myths have in common? They’re all topics discussed in first-year seminar classes for this fall! With these and so many other enriching and foundational courses to take, your academic advisor will be a great resource for helping you make the most of your academic journey at Carolina.
Don’t Miss Out: But before you meet with an academic advisor during new student orientation, don’t forget to complete the brief academic advising survey you were sent via email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The survey includes information about foundational English options, foreign languages, first-year seminars and academic interests areas. In light of AP exams, the deadline to complete the survey has been extended to Sunday, May 14 at 11:59 pm.* Click here to take the survey.
Based on your responses, you’ll be enrolled in two courses to help you get your fall semester schedule started. If you are do not complete the survey, you’ll be randomly assigned to two courses so we highly recommend that you complete the survey if you haven’t already. If you have any technical issues with the survey, please click here for help.
*If you are a first-year admitted student who has been invited to Honors Carolina, please follow the instructions and complete the survey you were sent from the Honors Carolina office instead of this one.