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May 10

Let’s Walk Together and Thrive@Carolina!

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.



  1. Grey Garvin says:

    Any word on the waitlist? Signed, a nervous OOS student.

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