Hello all, and welcome back for the Spring semester. Thank you so much for all of the awesome feedback for potential reslife blog topics! I will address as many requests as I can, however I am starting with this one for a reason. Hopefully First Years (and everyone else) enjoy what I believe is the best advice I could give to students early in their Carolina career. Please feel free to comment all the cool things I don’t mention (there will be lots since, you know, UNC is such an incredible place.)
Avoid your room like the plague (during the day).
I considered making a buzzfeed-type list for this post, but then I realized how much elaboration this advice requires. It took me until my second semester to figure it out, but staying in your room during the hours you are awake will seriously deprive you of the awesome opportunities UNC has to offer. Think about it. When you are not in your room, you are most likely doing one of the following extremely self-benefiting activities: going to class, studying in the library, participating in some form of student organization, playing a sport, meeting new people, discovering new places on campus or in Chapel Hill, etc, etc. Have you ever heard someone say they met their spouse by staying in his/her room all day? Do you think binge watching Netflix will make for a good story when your kids ask about your favorite memories at UNC? Get out of your beds and explore, people, I promise you a great return for semesters to come if you invest in the paradise that is Carolina. It doesn’t matter what you do, but just go out and do it. You’ll be glad you did.
Alright I couldn’t help it, but you’ve also definitely got to start using UNC Class Checker. Simply add the closed classes that you are interested in, and UNC Class Checker will text you the moment they open, so you can get a head start on enrolling in them before everyone else. No, I did not make this website- it really is my honest advice.