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Nicholas wants to be the best version of himself. He looked far and wide, and found that UNC, just down the road, is that place for him.

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Andrea Orengo is passionate about environmental science and social work — and you might also see her teaching a spin class at Campus Rec.



Club Baseball teammate Grant Cabell balances arts and sports; he’s also a member of the Achordants, an acapella group.

Helen Wang studied abroad in Milan through a Business School exchange program.

Friend and mentor Jasmine Martin shares Nicholas’ passion for Dance Marathon, a group on campus that raises money for pediatric cancer research.

Nicholas swears by Davis Library. A few hours of studying there, and he’s ready for anything.

For Nicholas, choosing his college was about a lot more than a major. He wanted to go where he would be inspired by his classmates, explore a wide range of interests, grow as an individual, and find a community that he loved and was proud to be a part of. Where he could become the best version of himself.

Every day, he hears about what his passionate friends are doing, and he’s truly floored. What he forgets is that he’s contributing to our community of excellence, too. Between preparing for Dance Marathon, Club Baseball practice, and giving tours to excited potential Tar Heels, Nicholas embodies the Carolina spirit in all that he does. You’ll never see him without a smile, and he’ll be the first to offer help to those in need.

His generous spirit and kind manner will serve him well in the medical field. It also leads him to quickly credit others, because he wouldn’t have the opportunities that he does if it weren’t for them.  The Career Services office has been an amazing resource for him, offering pre-med networking events and guidance. Also, Professor Knorr, for connecting his passion for Spanish to volunteer opportunities. But really, UNC is the lucky one. It’s students like Nicholas who make our community vibrant and connected.

Name: Nicholas Hastings

Hometown: Shelby, NC

Major: Sociology, minor in Chemistry


Admissions Ambassador, Carolina for the Kids: Morale Committee, Tar Heel Blog writer, NAMI on Campus at UNC: Public Relations and Activities Chair (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and Club Baseball.

Advice to prospective students: College is the time to become the person you want to be – and I believe whole-heartedly that Chapel Hill can be that place for any student.

Conversations that I have with my friends, peers, professors continue to enlighten me on perspectives I could never understand on my own.