The Tar Heel Blog

Current students write about life at Carolina

The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mar 16

Meet a Tar Heel: Sofia Ocegueda


Meet Sofia Ocegueda

Psychology major and Hispanic Studies minor, on the Pre-Med track.

Involvements on Campus: I’m involved with a lot of mentoring programs, including SOAR, a mentoring program for middle-school Latinos, and NC Sli, a mentoring program for Latino high schoolers. I feel like it’s important to give back to the community and give back the knowledge you acquired, and just let other students know that it’s possible to become a Tar Heel.

Carolina Opportunities: I am a Covenant scholar, and…

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Feb 28

Meet a Tar Heel (ROTC): Taylor Edwards


Meet Taylor Edwards, Class of 2017

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Major: Psychology

Why did you join Army ROTC at UNC?

I joined ROTC my junior year, and I really love it. At first I was skeptical because you have to wake up at 5 a.m. and have to devote a lot of time to it, but it really taught me to step outside my comfort zone. It gave me a lot more confidence, and it brought me closer to a lot of people that I may not have otherwise met….

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Feb 14

Meet a Tar Heel (ROTC): Emily Drake


Meet Emily Drake, Class of 2018

Majors: Environmental Science and Peace, War, and Defense

What do you like most about ROTC?

For me, the best parts of ROTC are obviously the people. I get to know some amazing students who are interested in the same stuff I am. I’ve met not just students but also officers and enlisted people who will be mentors for the rest of my life in all walks of life.

What kind of opportunities has the UNC ROTC provided?

I went to Morocco this summer for…

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Feb 7

Meet a Tar Heel: Tarik Woods


Meet Tarik Woods

English and Public Policy double major with a minor in Philosophy

Involvements on Campus: Rules and Judiciary Committee for Student Congress, Carolina for the Kids, Relay for Life, and the International Affairs Committee for the Executive Branch of Student Government.

Best Experience at Carolina (so far): My favorite experiences would just be the sense of community I feel when I publish a new video on an issue here on campus. I try to go around and talk to as many students as possible, and I…

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Jan 20

My Tar Heel Experience: Anderson Sullivan


A lot can happen in 24 hours. On March 24-25 over 2,000 UNC students will stand for 24-hours to support the patients and families of UNC Children’s. This year, I will join them for the fourth time.

My first year, it was simply a challenge with friends to stand for a full day, but now it’s the biggest event of the year for Carolina For The Kids, an organization that has shaped my college career.

Last year Carolina FTK, the largest student-run philanthropy in North Carolina, raised over $614,717.71. Throughout the year Carolina…

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Jan 17

Meet an Alumnus & Innovator


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

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Jan 10

An Undercover Look at the Carolina Way

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…

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Dec 5

No. 2 Pencils and the #1 Home

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…

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Nov 29

Students Give Back to UNC ‘One Cup at a Time’

By Scott Diekema, Morehead-Cain Scholar from the Class of 2019


A few weeks into my freshman year, Keegan McBride (Class of 2017) approached me with a radical idea – opening an entirely student-run café in the Campus Y, UNC’s Center for Social Justice. The concept was not novel; I soon learned that students had been toying with the idea for almost seven years. The reoccurring issue, however, was that each time a business plan was developed, the student team would graduate before they could…

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Nov 10

Come Home to Carolina


This past weekend, thousands of Tar Heels came home.

UNC homecoming means going back to where it all began. Where that professor forever changed your perspective, where you met lifelong friends, and where you first had that idea that led you down a more fulfilling path than you could’ve imagined.

Enrolling at Carolina means entering a vast support system of not only the resources to get you where you want to go, but also the people who genuinely care about how you get there. Of course leaving…

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