My views on why the “First Year Experience” is so important.
“South campus is soooo far from everything. Definitely live on mid campus”. Statements like this were constantly thrown at my roommate and I as we debated where to call our home for our freshman year. Should we try for Carmichael? Maybe Avery? Having never stayed in a residence hall on campus, we were thrown for a loop. How were we supposed to know what would be best for us? As incoming student-athletes, my roommate and I were able to opt out of tradition first year housing and live in dorms typical of sophomores and student athletes. These shiny mid-campus dorms promised things like a shorter walk to class, proximity to the dining hall, a two minute walk to weights and many more ‘advantages’. But as we talked to more students and researched, we realized that these dorms were missing one very important thing, Carolina’s First Year Experience.
So many students come into their first year at Carolina trying to be cool and independent, and I believe they miss out on so many things that are available exclusively to freshman. Yes, south campus is further from class. Yes, other freshman dorms like Everett and Aycock are far from south campus. But all of these dorms are part of the first year experience. Almost every student gets to participate in this program. From the Week of Welcome, to FYE events all year long like the Food Truck Rodeo, there are so many opportunities to get involved and meet new people. As cliche and cheesy as this all my sound, that is what a real first year experience is. So branch out, form new connections, try something you’ve never done before, and I promise you, it’ll be a first year experience you’ll never forget.
It’s now only one month till move-in (!!!!), which means the thought of dorm shopping has probably crossed your mind two or three times. Or fifty, if you’re as nervous and clueless as I was last year.
While superstores are jumping to protest how you needneed need the million decor options they offer, let’s set the record straight. The secret to packing for college is actually to avoid overpacking, which will leave your room cramped and your wallet cranky.
Here are 10 things I promise you’re better off leaving at home or on the shelf:
A blaring siren cuts through the darkness of the room. I roll over and cover myself with my pillow, pretending this isn’t happening. Not now, not today… A sigh comes from beneath my lofted bed. My roommate grumbles as he slips into his Nike slides. I reluctantly sloth down from my mattress padded palace as he open our door. Light from the suite hallway floods our faces, causing me to squint. The obnoxious alarm, which I thought couldn’t get any worse, is now twice as loud and accompanied by strobing emergency lights. I pass by my half-awake suitemates and exit onto the hall balcony.
All ten stories of Morrison are up out of their beds.
Everyone is up. And everyone is angry.
Starting TODAY, the newly-bought UNC Student Stores is filled with a college student’s favorite 4-letter “S” word!
No, not that, silly. I’m talking about S-A-L-E.
The back of the store is basically an all-you-can-take, $0.99 buffet of everything from supplies to random knick-knacks. Being a wonderful combination of “Broke College Kid” and “Carolina Housing Intern”, I scoped out the sale for 5 things you NEED to up your dorm game:
Ten people who are smarter than me sum up what Chapel Hill is all about
I am extremely lucky to go to the best University in the world, and I’m not the only one who feels this way. Grab some tissues, and settle in to read some very eloquent people say what Chapel Hill means to them.
Adjusting to college is hard, and it can be a lot harder if you don’t have a good relationship with your roommate. You two will be spending a lot of time together, so it can be good to surprise them and do them little favors. The smallest things can go a long way in making sure you stay friends throughout the whole year. Use some of these ideas to make your roomie’s day!
While we love being here for y’all by making goofs of ourselves, chatting it up when you stop at our table in during orientation, and organizing giveaways to stuff your cribs, we’re also well aware that things aren’t always sunshine and unicorn farts.
Life happens, and sometimes it can get a little tough. So as true family, just know that we are always ready and prepared to get you through whatever it is that you’re going through. Here are five (of the many, many, many) ways we’ve always got your back: