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Housing & Residential Educ

Get Eco-Friendly for Earth Day

How to Make Every Day Earth Day

Let’s face it: you have been  too caught up in “finals mode” to realize that it’s Earth Day today! Though you may not have time to celebrate the Earth, hopefully you guys strive to live eco-friendly every day. Here are some tips to get started if you don’t know how:

  • Liven up the room

I truly believe that a living plant in one’s room increases happiness by 200% . I’ve had a plant from IKEA since freshman year and let me tell you, it has made me appreciate the Earth so much more. There’s something cool about having something grow in your own room (not including mold!!!) Making an investment in going green becomes so much better when you can see what you’re saving.

If you stop by one of our pit sits this summer, keep an eye out and you may acquire one of our cool planting kits:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You have probably heard the mantra like ten thousand times. However, this elementary motto does make for a pretty good checklist. Have you been reducing your usage of light, water, and waste lately? Do you make an effort to live a sustainable lifestyle? Do you use the blue recycle bin? Ask yourself these simple questions throughout the day, and you’ll be surprised by the answers.

  • Don’t Ditch it. Donate It!

Each spring, Carolina Housing partners with the UNC Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling to make it easy for you to donate your unwanted but still usable items. Through the “Don’t Ditch It, Donate It!” program, UNC has saved nearly 500,000 pounds of unwanted items from entering local landfills.

Find out more information here: Don’t Ditch it. Donate It!

  • Invest in an eco-friendly lifestyle

No, I don’t mean going for a boho-chic look and buying tapestries. When I say investing in an eco-friendly lifestyle, I mean becoming a more informed and aware consumer. Buy reusable items, such as reusable water bottles and dishes, rather than disposable items. Bring a bag with you when you shop for groceries, so that you don’t have to use nasty ol’ plastic.

Even if you’ve never gone green before, it’s never too late to start! Now more than ever, the Earth needs us. Being a college student doesn’t have to stop us from making a difference.

A (Semi-Serious) Guide to Registering for Classes

How to get the classes you want without shedding years off of your life.

It might just be the indecisive NC weather, but it seems like we’re approaching the end of the school year! That’s right, only one more month of excruciating Mondays and nights in Davis. If you’re not hit with the nostalgia of senior year, you probably have to register for classes. I created this guide so that you don’t end up doing something like clicking on the wrong button when you’re registration time starts (I may have done this).

Step 1: Check Your Time

Time to pull out your four-leaf clover, because this part is all luck. I heard a rumor that UNC gives you two good times, two bad times, and two okay times, but this still has to be proven. Make sure you know your registration time and plan accordingly! Pro Tip: If you have a 9:00 a.m. registration time, you will probably get into that 300 person class. Just sayin’.

Step 2: Make your schedules!

For me, this is the most fun part of the process (I am saying this as an experienced online shopper). Here, you can at least pretend that you’re considering taking 8ams. In my opinion, Connect Carolina’s schedule planner is the best way to schedule classes. You can access it by clicking Plan -> Shopping Cart -> Schedule Planner (located underneath the search button).

The schedule planner is little hidden!

Step 3: Wait

So you know your registration time, filled your shopping cart up the wazoo, and made realistic schedules for yourself—now what? Well, all you can do is wait… and get ready for the madness that is class registration.

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It’s showtime.

Step 5: OHMYGOSHCLICKCLICKCLICK (AKA REGISTER)

All that time spent hovering over the button has come to this! I would use an online world clock to be sure you aren’t clicking too early or too late. My only advice for this part of the registration process is to click like you’re semester depends on it.

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Step 6: Celebrate!

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You did it!

Congratulations, you are registered for another semester at UNC! If you don’t get the classes you want, don’t freak out. Just keep an eye out for those classes throughout the rest of the semester and summer.

I hope this post helps relieve at least some of the stress you’re feeling. It may sound cliche, but things always work out in the end.

Life as an OA

Have you ever wandered what it is OAs exactly do? Lucky for you, we asked sophomore Yash Nalla what being an OA actually means, and why you should be one too!

 OA SPOTLIGHT

(Unfortunately we don’t have a banner for OAs yet…)

What’s it like being an OA? It’s really chill. It’s a job where I feel i can utilize my people skills, and really exercise my love of talking to people and helping people. It’s also [a job] where I have the freedom to create my own schedule and not have to suffer under strict rule and regulations.

Why did you decide to apply to be an OA? I decided to apply to be an OA after being a part of Community Government in my first-year dorm. From there, I learned that one of the best ways to get further involved in Housing is to apply to be either an OA or RA.
What kind of duties do you do as an RA? It’s a lot of administrative, secretarial-type stuff. You have to mann the desk, answer phone calls, and sort mail. If there’s any type of enhancement that residents want to check out or utilize, you have to keep track of those.
Do you talk to other people who work in Housing? I’d actually say that a lot of the other OAs and even some RAs are some of the closest friends I’ve formed relationships with during my entire time at Carolina. It’s honestly one big family.
What did you least expect when you became an OA? I think it’s really how close I ended up growing with a lot of the OAs and some of the RAs.
What are the typical shifts like? I clock in at some point, I clock out at some point, and in-between there can be anywhere from 4 hours to one.A large part of the job is to have a friendly, smiling presence at the front desk. I’ve also worked shifts that were eight hours long. It’s just dependent on what the needs of the desk are at that particular day and time. The schedule is so flexible; most OAs work between six and ten hours in a week.
What should someone applying to be an OA know? When you go into your interview, emphasize how much of a people-person you are, how you can connect with people very easily, and how you can keep your calm under stressful situations.
What is the best part about being an OA? Just being able to meet a lot of people in my community. I know that residents sometimes have a hard time meeting other people. As an OA, that’s one of the positions where you have a pretty high surety of being able to meet new friends.

Healthy Heels are Happy Heels

Hey y’all! I hope you guys have been well. I especially mean it because this flu season has seriously been bad. If you think this flu season has been worse than in years past— you’re right. Apparently, it’s considered to be the “worst” flu season since 2009. Here are 5 tips to keep you healthy this flu season:

  • Get The Flu Shot!

This one is kind of a given. You can get vaccinated at at Campus Health Services, Student Stores Pharmacy (3rd floor of Student Stores) and Campus Health Pharmacy (basement of campus health). You can find more information here. Be sure to get it sooner rather than later, as the vaccine can take up to two weeks before coming into effect.

  • Sleep!

I don’t think college students need help understanding the importance of sleep. But in case you do, sleep is essential in helping the immune system fight disease! Sleep depravation can lead to impairment of the immune system, so make sure you rest up to give the flu a good fight.

  • Eat Healthy!

Having a nutritious diet is essential in making sure that your immune system is in good shape. Eating healthy will not only keep away the flu, but it will keep you alert throughout the day! Foods that are high in vitamin D are especially good in fighting the flu.

  • Exercise (not when you’re sick)!

If you still haven’t kicked your New Year’s resolution into high gear, now is the perfect time to do it. Increased circulation and blood flow throughout the body helps better circulate the immune system as well. However, if you’re already feeling sick, exercising may not be the best idea.

  • Don’t Overdo It!

Being a student at UNC means that the workload is anything but easy. It may feel wrong to “skip” class because you’re not feeling well, but are you going to learn much in between sneezes and coughs? Sometimes, the best decision is to leave your work for another day and get some rest. You’ll be doing yourself— and your classmates— a big favor.

 

These tips may seem a bit elementary, but it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself while you’re on the #grind. Stay healthy, Tar Heels!

RA Spotlight: Kane Cooper


Kane Cooper

Year: Junior

Residence Hall: Sustainability RLP RA in Morrison

Major: Biology and Chemistry

Other Extracurriculars: Band

 

Why did you decide to be an RA? My first year, I wasn’t “in the know” on a lot of things. I felt like my sophomore year I was more knowledgeable about everything, pretty much because of my RA. I really enjoyed talking with her and seeing how she enjoyed [being an RA]. I thought, “Huh, I think I might try it. It could be cool.”

How do you come up with ideas for events? At first, I used Pinterest, but after that I wondered how I could personalize it. Some people said that they would want to do things like trivia, so I took note of what people said that they wanted. I kind of ask myself, “Would I come to the event?”

How have you been able to manage your time? It’s a lot of late nights, but it gets done. It’s definitely become a lot more about using my time efficiently, but I have a planner where I have everything written down on it. Planning has become a lot more of a reliance for me.

How has being an RA impacted your experience at Carolina? I would say it’s definitely positively impacted my experience. Now I feel more connected with the community and the people here. The residents are really cool and involved with the community in general. People come together a lot more in Morrison, and it’s just a fun time.

 

 

How To Host a Friendsgiving

“Thanksgiving is about following tradition; Friendsgiving is about making new ones.”

Hey y’all! Thanksgiving break is coming up soon, and I’m sure you guys are excited to see your family again. It kind of sucks not being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends from college- but fear not! Friendsgiving has been a popular event for people who don’t get to spend the holiday with one another. It’s basically Thanksgiving, except with your friends!

I had my first Friendsgiving with my suitemates last year, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable events of my first year. If you’re interested in establishing your own Friendsgiving, I have some advice to make it great.

Great Friends = Great Friendsgiving

How to Host a Friendsgiving to Remember!

  • Pick a time and place

Yeah, I know it seems like basic advice. But picking a time and venue where everyone can meet can be difficult. My suite held our Friendsgiving in the Ehringhaus lounge and found it to be the perfect place. I highly recommend looking into your residence hall’s lounge for Friendsgiving (plus- chances are it’s close to the kitchen)!

  • Assign roles

To have a successful Friendsgiving, everyone needs to play a part! Do you have that one friend who bakes cookies for everyone during midterms? Designate that friend as head chef amongst your friends. If you’re not as savvy in the kitchen, don’t worry! You can help out by buying utensils, ingredients, and decorating.

  • Food

You can’t have a proper Friendsgiving without food! Friendsgiving isn’t meant to be as extravagant as Thanksgiving, so don’t worry about breaking your wallet. A turkey is a great homage to tradition, but a chicken makes a fine substitute. Think about investing in foods that will feed a lot of people for low cost. Macaroni and cheese and biscuits are some examples of great foods to invest in.

The Friendsgiving platter is important!

Whether you plan on having a Friendsgiving or not, be sure to take time to be thankful.


Don’t know how you’re getting home for Thanksgiving? Check out this PDF:

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Studying abroad with On-Campus Housing

Way easier than subleasing. Trust me.

Hey fellow Tar Heels! The on-campus housing application opens soon (Oct. 23!!!), and I know there are a lot of things to consider. One of the reasons why I’m living on-campus next year is because of UNC Housing’s flexible study abroad policies! If you’re thinking of taking a semester abroad, here are some FAQs that can clarify any questions you may have:

How do I apply for UNC housing if I want to study abroad?

You would go through the same application process as a student that wants to live on campus. For students planning to go abroad in the fall, we suggest that they apply for on campus housing in the even that their study abroad plans fall through. For those going abroad in the spring, students will sign up for housing and we will cancel the spring portion of their contract without penalty.

What are important dates I should know?

·         November 1st – Spring housing application date

·         October 23rd – Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 application opens

·         November 26th – Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 application closes

How much will UNC housing cost if I study abroad for a semester?

There is no charge for on campus housing while you’re abroad.

How much is the cancellation fee for housing if I study abroad?

There is no cancellation penalty for students choosing to study abroad.

What happens if my roommate studies abroad for a semester?

·         If your roommate is going abroad for the fall, you can either try an fill that space with someone that will be leaving in the spring or we will try and fill the space with a 1 semester exchange student. We cannot guarantee or hold the space for their return in the spring. We can also work to reassign you to another room with your friend when we make room assignments for the spring.

·         If your roommate is abroad in the spring, you will have an opportunity to fill their space with another student. If you’re unable to find someone, we will open the space to another student to fill though our the assignment process. In limited cases we can offer the room as a single room buyout.

I hope you found this post informative and helpful! Wherever you decide to go abroad, I hope you consider living on campus when you get back.