All posts by Megan Carroll

Spring Room Changes

Photo of Ram Village apartment
December graduation creates new vacancies in Ram Village apartments for Spring semester.

Mid-year moving is easier than you think

There are different options if you are looking to make changes to your room assignment for Spring semester.

Option 1: You are studying abroad in the Spring or graduating in December 
Since you are graduating/going abroad, there is no cancellation fee for you! You just have to let Housing know by December 1 by emailing  If you are going abroad, make sure to include a copy of your acceptance letter in the email!

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W.O.W. I’m in college!

Top 10 Events of Week of Welcome!

You just got to campus. There is so much going on: over 100 events from August 16-25, so where do you even begin? Go to as many as you can, but here is a list of the my recommended top 10 must-go-to events during your first week at Carolina:

Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on South Road.
Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. on South Road.

1) FallFest! The alcohol-free celebration welcomes students to campus from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday August 18th on South Road. The 16th annual FallFest will include free food, performances by student groups and bands, games and more. This year, over 250 student organizations and recreation leagues will have information tables where students can learn to get involved at Carolina.

2) New Student Convocation. Put on your Carolina Blue and attend your official class induction on Sunday August 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Join Chancellor Carol Folt and distinguished guests in a ceremony marking your beginning as a Tar Heel.

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Admitted Student Receptions

Were you just admitted to UNC?

Do you have questions about Housing or UNC in general? Housing staff will be traveling to area cities for the Admitted Student Receptions:

  • Wilmington – April 10 at 7 p.m., Hilton Wilmington Riverside
  • Fayetteville – April 11 at 7 p.m., Hilton Doubletree
  • Charlotte – April 15 at 7 p.m., Hilton Charlotte University Place
  • Greenville – April 16 at 7 p.m., Hilton Greenville
  • Triangle – April 17 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP
  • Triad – April 18 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons

There will be a program at the reception where current students and professors will speak about their experiences at Carolina.  After the program, there will be a Q&A session with many campus organizations. You can also meet fellow students who live in your area who are also attending Carolina. Maybe you’ll find your roommate or future best friend.

Top 10 Things that Won’t Change

Exciting changes are ahead, but some things will remain the same

By Megan Carroll and Simon Suber

Starting a new year at school and being away from home can be scary.  You always hear about the many changes that you’ll go through during this transition.  However, there are a several things that you can look forward to staying the same.

You must balance study and free time. You are at college to learn after all.

1. School is still school.  You will be sticking to the basics: going to class, taking notes, studying, and taking exams.  The material you learn may be different, but the concept is still the same.  Keep your wits about you and create a good mix of general education courses, first-year seminars, and courses that interest you for your first couple of semesters.

2. You still need basic school supplies. Notebooks, binders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, etc., are all a good idea to bring. College provides you with great new material to learn, but you still have to write it down. Learn the best way to take notes for yourself, and then make sure you have the materials that will help you succeed.

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Your holiday home away from home

Decorating is worth the trouble

We put up lights around our room and put presents for each other under our little tree.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is decorating for Christmas. I love all the lights and putting presents under the tree. And don’t worry, the beautiful decorations don’t have to be just for your house. Last year, my roommate and I had a blast decorating our room for the holiday season. Pick up some decorations while you are home for Thanksgiving break and enjoy turning your room into a winter wonderland.

 I would recommend lots of lights. You can put them around your windows, on your beds, and around your doors. They create a fun ambiance when you turn them on and turn the main light off. It’s fun to watch movies and drink hot chocolate while surrounded by warming glowing lights.

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Top 10 Skills Employers Seek

The RA position prepares you for jobs beyond college

by Sam Smith and Megan Carroll

John French
John French was an RA for 3 years, working as the RAM in Kenan his senior year.

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, there are 10 skills that all employers are looking for. Housing believes that the job of Resident Advisor provides students with the listed skills.

While neither one of us has ever been an RA, we have lived in several very different residence halls with very different RAs. We both also have several friends who work as RAs. Through these experiences, we have evaluated the RA position in relation to the 10 skills employers are seeking.

1) Ability to work in a team – Because housing is set up in communities, all RAs learn how to work with a team. As an RA, you’ll be constantly working in collaboration with residents, other RAs, community government, office assistants, community managers, community directors, and other members of your community. On big floors, the RAs have a partner; when on rounds, there are always two people on a shift. RAs take huge pride in their communities and the team of people they work with.

2) LeadershipAs an RA, you’ll have the ultimate leadership experience.  You’ll create a vision for your hall and community, develop ways to make that vision a reality, implement your plan and then get to see the results of your actions. You’re a peer mentor to others, so you could end up playing a huge role in someone’s housing experience. When people are looking to you for advice and guidance, your leadership can really have an impact.

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Take the keys to Zipcar

Zipcar program allows students to rent cars

With Zipcar, you can venture into the world off campus. Zipcar is a car-sharing program that lets students reserve cars by the hour or day for low rates that include gas and insurance.

Zipcar U's program puts rental cars on college campuses.

There are 8 locations on campus that have Zipcars, so there will be one close by no matter where you live. This is a great and easy alternate to not having a car on campus or having to buy a parking pass.  Each location also has a different type of car, so you can drive many models. Just be sure to return your car on time in case another student has reserved the spot right after you and to avoid late fees.

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Bikes, bikes and more bikes

New bike sharing initiative increases student mobility

Don’t want to bring your bike to campus? Don’t worry; now you can borrow bikes from your residence hall! The Bike Share Task Force in conjunction with the Residence Hall Association has created UNC’s first bicycle share program called Tar Heel Bikes. The bicycle share program provides Kona AfricaBike Three bicycles to be checked out for short-term use by community members for trips on and around campus.

The mission of Tar Heel Bikes is two-fold: to provide community members access to bicycles and to promote sustainibilty and cultivate a biking culture on campus.

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Advice from an out-of-state transfer student

One transfer student’s positive Housing experience

Vicky (second from right) made great friends through her sorority.

I met my friend Vicky through my Living-Learning Community. My hall was very close and we quickly became friends. I soon learned that she was a transfer from Boston College, but she seemed to be having a great time at UNC. I asked her a few questions about being an out-of-state student (from Florida) and being a transfer.

M: Why did you choose UNC?

V: I chose UNC because of its high academic ranking and its great value as a public university. Additionally, UNC’s location in the heart of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the wonderful weather sold me on this university.

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