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Feb 23

How I Made It to the Super Bowl

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If I’ve learned anything from my time at Carolina, it’s just say “yes” to any opportunity.

Sometimes your professor might ask if anybody can volunteer to put in some work on a project on a Thursday evening. Even if you have plans to grab dinner with your friends, just say “yes.”

Other times, a cool company or person might make an appearance on campus, but a project deadline is approaching fast. Even when you feel like you can’t get away from the library for a second, just say “yes.”

And especially when you get an email that says “This is an official invitation to media week for Super Bowl LI. Are you able to come?” Just say “yes.”

I guess I need to explain that one.

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In the fall semester for my Advertising Copy and Communication course, one of my professors coordinated with a program at FOX called Fox Sports University. We worked directly with a group called PROcast that takes real content created by athletes and posts to Fox Sports social media, their website and the live broadcast.

PROcast had just been acquired about a year before, and they wanted to use the FOX Super Bowl as a chance to raise awareness about the PROcast brand. Throughout the whole semester, our class split into groups and worked on plans for communicating the PROcast brand around the super bowl on their social media and in-person at Media Week.

Since we’re working around sports we had to keep things competitive, so each of the groups competed in our pitches to see whose work would be used. Our team won after hours and hours of preparation.

After that, I thought I wouldn’t hear from them again. I started the new semester and continued on barely thinking about the project I just finished when the craziest email I’ve ever seen popped into my inbox: an invitation to Media Week for the Super Bowl.

Fox Sports flew us out to Houston and toured us around their entire operation for the week leading up to the big game. We saw their production studios for their analysis talk-shows, went to field level at the stadium and radio row where all the major networks set up camp.

While we didn’t get a chance to see the game in person, it was still an unbelievable experience. And the long hours we put in outside of class perfecting our pitch and polishing on our work (which they actually ended up using) were all worth it.

Even though it may seem tough at the time, be sure to say “yes” to every opportunity. You never know where it’ll take you.

If you’re interested in a closer look at what we did while we were in Houston, check out the video my friend Wyatt made about our experience.

Feb 13

Global Gap Year Fellowship Application Now Open

Are you an admitted student interested in taking a gap year and enriching your life before you start your journey at UNC? We encourage you to explore Carolina’s Global Gap Year Fellowship—a unique and life-changing opportunity to take a formal pause in your education, traveling the world and performing service on a $7,500 stipend before coming to Carolina. The Global Gap Year Fellowship is the nation’s only college-sponsored gap year program that allows participants to design their own gap year.

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During her gap year, Phun H. traveled to Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia, building close relationships with students while teaching them English and learning the local Indonesian dialect.

Each year, a group of talented high school seniors become Global Gap Year Fellows. As Fellows, these students will conduct six to 12 months of service around the world while maturing into global citizens and making incredible memories. Following their Global Gap Year Fellowship, the Fellows return to UNC for their first-year fall semester and use their gap-year experiences to enrich the Carolina community.

The Global Gap Year Fellowship is one of many opportunities UNC students have to participate in global service. If you’re interested in applying, please review the application instructions and apply by Monday, March 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

What will you do with your Global Gap Year Fellowship?

Feb 13

How Carolina Celebrates Black History Month!

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With February being Black History Month, now is the perfect time to explore how the UNC community is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive campus. We hope you’ll consider joining us in celebrating African American history and culture through the variety of events offered throughout the month.

Although we have these special events for February, our incredible student groups, faculty, and staff make honoring African American history and diversity a focal point of campus year-round. Here’s a brief list of some of the ways you can get involved with the African American community on campus:

  • Black Student Movement: one of the largest student groups at UNC, serving as a voice for black students on campus and promoting black culture.
  • Harmonyx: an a cappella group and subgroup of BSM, singing R&B, hip hop, and gospel music with a goal of spreading unity and diversity.
  • Black Ink: campus magazine that serves as an outlet for African American students to write about issues facing the black and overall Carolina communities.
  • Carolina R.I.S.E: connects self-identified minority students with mentors and networks to succeed on campus and in their intended careers.
  • Carolina MALES: collaborates with University resources to advocate for the academic and social success of minority men on campus.

This is just a snapshot of the diversity that will help you learn and grow should you choose to come to Carolina. We wish you all the best as you prepare for college.

Jan 27

High Traffic on ConnectCarolina – UPDATED

The ConnectCarolina performance issues have been resolved, and all students should be able to view their decisions now.  We apologize for the difficulties you may have experienced, and we greatly appreciate your patience.  For the latest updates from our office, please continue to visit this blog.

Jan 27

FAQs for Early Action Students Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on ConnectCarolina for all those Early Action applicants with a decision. For FAQs by decision outcome, please click on the individual links below or scroll down to the next three posts.

FAQs for Students Offered Admission
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Deferred to Regular Decision
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Denied

Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our blog post: Instructions for Viewing your Decision.

I applied as an Early Action applicant, but I can’t see my decision. What do I do?
If your application is still under review, you should have received an email notification about when you’ll be able to view your decision.

If you haven’t been notified of a delay, and are unable to view your decision after following the instructions, please contact us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or at (919) 966-3621.

We are so honored by your interest in Carolina and enjoyed getting to know you through your application. Please contact us if you have additional questions. As always, we’re here to help.

Jan 27

FAQs for Students Offered Admission

If you’ve been notified of your admission to Carolina through your ConnectCarolina Student Center, we hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years.

I’ve viewed my decision in my ConnectCarolina Student Center and learned that I’ve been admitted! What do I do next?
Over the next few weeks, we’ll help you learn more about Carolina. If possible, we encourage you to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An email invitation to Admitted Student Day will be sent to you shortly, which will include instructions on how to register for the event in MyCarolina.

When you’re ready to enroll, please visit the Enroll section of our website for detailed information on next steps.

Am I being considered for any special opportunities such as merit scholarships or Honors Carolina?
All students being offered admission were considered for merit scholarships and other special opportunities. Students who have been selected for one of these programs will be notified over the next several weeks.

If you are not initially invited to participate in one of these programs, please note that you will be able to apply to many of these programs once you’re on campus.

When will I hear back about financial aid?
All students who submitted both the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the priority deadline of March 1 will receive information about their aid packages shortly. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid awards student aid packages as quickly as they can, but you can help by making sure they have all of the information they need. Check your To-Do List in ConnectCarolina periodically to make sure they haven’t requested more information. Also, create your Onyen and UNC email account, as that is how the Student Aid office will communicate with you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.

Please let us know if you have any other questions; by writing to us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

Jan 27

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Deferred to Regular Decision

If you received notification that your application has been deferred to the Regular Decision pool, we’re sorry to ask you to wait longer for a final decision, and we promise to be back in touch with you by the end of March. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for Deferred Students. We’ve summarized some of the points below as well.

What does a deferral mean?
A deferred admissions decision means that we need more time and more information – about your performance this school year and about our applicant pool – in order to make our final decision. We will consider everything you have already submitted to us, the midyear grades you will soon be asked to report, and the overall strength of our applicant pool to aid us in making a final decision on your candidacy.

What are my chances?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict at this point. On our FAQs, you can see that we ended up offering admission to 339 deferred students last year and 423 the previous year. We won’t know until March how many we’ll be able to admit this year.

Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
Submit your midyear grades online. You will receive an email the first week of February with instructions on how to self-report your midyear grades online. We do not need an official midyear transcript; instead you’ll enter your own grades online. If you have new test scores, you can send us those as well. Our code for the SAT is 5816, and our code for the ACT is 3162. Beyond that, all you can do is wait and focus on successfully completing your final year of high school.

Should I still apply for Financial Aid?
Yes! The Financial Aid priority deadline is March 1, so you’ll still want to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile in case we are able to admit you. This will then allow you to be considered for the fullest array of financial aid opportunities. More info is available on the Student Aid website.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or at (919) 966-3621. We wish you a successful finish to your senior year and thank you for your patience as you wait for a final decision.

Jan 27

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Denied

We know how hard it is to receive this kind of news, and we regret that your decision was not the one you had hoped for. We have so many talented applicants – more than 24,000 for Early Action this year – and space for only about 4,200 in our first-year class. We have to turn away many talented students who we know would do well here and contribute to the life of the University.

Why did you deny my application?
There isn’t a simple answer to this question because our review is holistic. We don’t deny any student on the basis of a single number or a single grade, but instead we consider everything we know about a student. We review each application multiple times, and ultimately we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for all of the talented students who apply.

Is this decision final?
We’re very sorry but in almost all cases, yes, the decision is final. If a student truly believes a violation of the admission policy or a material error occurred during the application review, the student may file an appeal within 30 days of when his or her decision has been made available online. Only the student may file the appeal, and it must be made in writing. Please note that it is very seldom that an appeal results in a change of decision. To find out more about the Admissions Appeal Procedure, please visit the policies section of the admissions website.

If your application has been denied, and your heart remains set on Carolina, we encourage you to read on to learn more about the transfer student experience and how to apply.

I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?

If your heart is set on Carolina, please know this may not be the end of your journey here. Each year we enroll approximately 800 transfer students at Carolina. Transfer students bring with them a diversity of background and experiences that enrich our community tremendously, and we welcome them into the full academic and extracurricular life of the University.

If you’d like to find more information about the transfer student experience, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.

Please let us know if you have any other questions; by writing to us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

We wish you the best of luck as you begin your college experience – whether you decide to apply as a transfer student in the future or if you find your new home at another college or university.

Jan 27

High Traffic on ConnectCarolina – UPDATED

We are very sorry, but due to high traffic on ConnectCarolina, we are continuing to experience performance issues on our server. While some students have been able to view their decisions, we understand that others are experiencing difficulties, and again, we apologize. If you are unable to access ConnectCarolina at this time, please try again later.

We are currently working with our technical team to try to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. For the latest updates from our office, please continue to visit this blog. We plan to post another update around 7:30 p.m.

Jan 25

How to View Your Decision When Available

By the end of January, students who applied for the First-Year Early Action deadline can expect to receive their decision unless they are otherwise notified. Here are a few tips on how to view your decision when it’s available in Connect Carolina.

Note: ConnectCarolina will be unavailable the evening of Thursday, January 26 from 5:00 pm until 12:00 am. During this time, you will be unable to create your GUEST ID and reset your password to log into Connect Carolina.

  1. Go to https://connectcarolina.unc.edu/.
  2. Click on Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center.
  3. Login with your Guest ID.  If you do not have a Guest ID, please follow the email instructions we sent to you.  If you do not have these instructions, please email us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu.
  4. Under Admissions, click on “Click here to view your decision in a new window.  Please make sure popup-blocking software is disabled.”
    In order to view your decision, please note that, if applicable, the pop-up blocker feature on your browser must be disabled.


Internet Explorer
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  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Internet options
  2. On the Privacy tab, under Pop-up Blocker, select or clear the Turn on Pop-up Blocker check box, and then select OK.


Google Toolbar
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  1. On the right side of the Toolbar, click the wrench
  2. Go to the Tools tab.
  3. To allow pop-ups, uncheck the box next to “Pop-up blocker.”
  4. Click Save.


Mozilla Firefox
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  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
  2. Select Content from the left side navigation.
  3. In the content panel:

• Block pop-up windows: Uncheck this to disable the pop-up blocker altogether.


AOL
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  1. On the AOL Toolbar, click the Blocking Pop-ups icon, then click Turn Pop-up Controls Off.

• Note: The Pop-Up Blocker icon will display a green light symbol over a white window to indicate that you have enabled pop-ups on all websites.


Yahoo Toolbar
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  1. Click on the Yahoo Toolbar’s popup blocker icon option arrow. This arrow is pointing down beside of the popup blocker icon.
  2. Click on “Enable Pop-up Blocker” to uncheck.


Chrome
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  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under “Privacy,” click Content settings.
  6. Under “Pop-ups,” select an option:

• Allow all sites to show pop-ups


Safari
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  1. Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Security.
  2. Select “Block pop-up windows,” then deselect Allow WebGL and Allow Plug-ins.

Or, for an older version of Safari, try

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click on the Safari Menu
  3. Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”