The One Thing I Had to Bring to College

In bins, bags, and boxes, students carry items to Chapel Hill that keep their families and histories close.

For these Tar Heels, a little piece of home is anything from a video game console to a homemade scrunchie from grandma, each item representing students’ unique stories and traditions for a campus rich with diversity.

UNC student Katie Billings and her mom

“I brought my memory box, which is filled with a random assortment of things from my life, including my prom corsage, tickets to high school baseball games, friendship bracelets from summer camp growing up, and so much more.”

Katie Billings, UNC ’22

Chapel Hill, NC


“My Bible. College can take you out of your comfort zone, meeting new people and being in new surroundings. Taking something with me that served as a reminder of from where I came, of the family and friends I had supporting me, and of a God who directed me to Carolina for a reason was a calming force.”

jonathan “carter” hall, UNC ’22

bahama, NC
UNC student Mikayah Oxendine

“One thing I had to bring with me is my UNC themed fabric scrunchie that my Grandma Mary sewed for me when I was younger. If she were alive today, I know for a fact she would be so proud of me going to college but most of all to UNC!”

mikayah oxendine, UNC ’23

maxton, NC

“I have a Carolina pennant that was on my childhood bedroom wall since I got it at the school book fair in 4th grade. I always saw it on my wall and it encouraged me to work hard to reach my goal of attending UNC for college.”

amelia harris, UNC ’24

greensboro, NC
UNC student Aleks Trivanovic

“My PlayStation – that way, I can still connect with my friends all around the world, no matter where I am or where they are.”

aleks trivanovic, UNC ’22

Charlotte, NC


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