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 8 weeks…

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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 of campus,…

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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 bring…

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Oct 6

Undecided But Actively Deciding

By Jenn Morrison


The question that used to be a place of infinite possibility and carefree imagination has come back, demanding a definitive answer that will dramatically impact your life:

What do you want to be when you grow up?

As a college applicant, you have some people telling you that you need a clear direction, a particular passion, or a “dream career” in mind. After all, college is a major investment, and you want to make sure you are dedicating your tuition and years of studying towards the…

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