All posts by Kalina Mackay

To Hate Like This…

Currently it’s 10:21 p.m. on a Sunday evening. But tonight is not just any Sunday evening. No, tonight is THE Sunday evening that kicks off a glorious week at UNC. A week of hatred and rivalry where two schools will fight for two VERY different shades of blue. On Wednesday we will face the symbol of all things evil, the Dook Blue Devils, 8 miles down Tobacco Road in Durham – and I am excited.

If you know anything about me, you know that there are very few things I love more than Carolina Basketball. Along with that, I can confidently say there is no person, place or thing I hate more on this earth than Dook Basketball. UNC alum Will Blythe once said “to hate like this is to be happy forever” (and also wrote an incredible book about it, 10/10 would recommend) and honestly, I’ve never related to anything more.

It’s something about that nauseating feeling I get when I see that awful color blue or hear Dickie V rave about Zion’s latest dunk, it exhilarates me. And this week, so many first-years will learn to share that same feeling for the first time ever.

You can read all you want about the history of the rivalry or why you should hate dook, but the truth is, watching a Dook-Carolina basketball game as a UNC student is a truly special experience. No matter where you watch it – whether it’s in the Great Hall at the RHA watch party, your dorm lounge with all your hallmates, or a random sports bar on Franklin Street – you’ll feel that indescribable rush for approximately two hours and fifteen minutes.

The beautiful thing about this rivalry is, win or lose, you’re guaranteed to walk out of that watch party a little different. You’ll develop a hatred with a basketball player that you’ll probably keep with you for the rest of your life (*cough, cough… Grayson Allen…*), you’ll lose a couple decibels of your voice for a few days and you’ll fall even more in love with Roy Williams – if that’s somehow possible.

Because as a Carolina student, you know that you are a part of that team on the court. Those are your classmates fighting for a title that may be nothing more than a win or a loss on a record at the end of the day, but means much, much more than that. In fact, this rivalry would be nothing without you, the students, to support your University through thick and thin and embody school spirit.

Maybe this #BeatDookWeek you’ll watch your older friends change their Facebook profile photos and post throwback selfies with random basketball players. But by that rematch in second week of March, you’ll be all in – wearing a different Carolina blue article of clothing each day of the week to show your pride and alliance with the #BetterBlue, clear and true.

Your first time rushing Franklin street will be a highlight of your four years at Carolina. Whether you get to do it Wednesday night or not, you’ll soon agree that there is no better feeling than standing at the corner of Columbia and Franklin, singing the alma mater with strangers, huddled around a burning couch. Out of breath and unsure if your friends kept up with your pace from the sprint from Hojo, you’ll lose yourself, forgetting about the stress of school and tests and everything. In these moments, you’ll realize that you are in fact a Tar Heel forever.

You’ll try to tell your friends and family about the night, you’ll take tons of snapchats and pictures to capture the memories – but they will never understand this euphoric feeling, and nothing can ever replicate this joy.

Or maybe, on the other hand, things don’t go exactly as you and I hoped they would. The next day you’ll wake up (maybe still a little discouraged) and get to go to class on the greatest university on this planet. Those Dookies (who just sat outside in cold tents for MONTHS to witness that) simply cannot say the same.

So here’s to hating hard and claiming our state. This week, watch a few hype videos and pull out your favorite Tar Heel gear each and every day. May the Tar Heels rise victorious, and may you never forget that it is forever and always a Good Day To Be A Tar Heel.

How To Have Your Best Semester Ever!

Winter break is over, you’ve cozied back into your dorm, and you’ve conquered your first week of classes.  These first couple weeks can be make or break and have an impact on the rest of the semester! Here’s how to make this semester your best one yet:

  1. Plan ahead. Fill your agenda with all exam dates so nothing takes you by surprise. It may feel silly filling up your month of April with every future project, test and assignment that you won’t think about for another three months, but you will definitely thank yourself for this one later! This way, if you get stuck with three midterms and a research paper due on the same day you can start mentally preparing now…Image result for color coded agenda
  2. Change your routine. Try something new, maybe join a new club or start going to a gym. With over 800 student organizations and endless resources and opportunities at UNC, there’s a niche for everyone. Breaking out of your comfort zone can be an amazing way to not only better yourself, but also meet new people. If there’s ever a time in life to try something new, the time is now. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a hidden passion!Image result for try new things gif
  3. Make a schedule. Once you get into your routine, document it. Use an online schedule maker, some pretty fonts, and bright colors, print it, and hang it on your wall. This way, you don’t need to scroll through your screenshots every Monday to figure out which room number you’re heading to or what time your gym class starts.

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    Pinterest has some cute templates and inspiration!
  4. Clear the air with your roomie. Maybe you and your roomie didn’t get along as well as you hoped. Truth of the matter is, you have a whole semester left together, and it will be much easier if you guys are on the same page. Clear communication is the best way to make your expectations a reality, so strike up a conversation!Image result for roomie gif
  5. Redecorate your dorm. This is the space that you probably spend a lot of time in, so it can be rejuvenating to give it a refresh! This doesn’t require intensive crafting, it could be as simple as printing some new pictures to make your room a little more homey. Be sure to capture some of those mems you made last semester on your walls!!

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    Yet again, refer to Pinterest!!!
  6. Set your goals high. Make goals (and write them down) to keep yourself on track. Think of this like New Year’s Resolutions (that you’ll actually keep) for your academics. Maybe it’s to never skip class, or actually keep up with all the course reading. The key here is to make them attainable rather than astronomically unrealistic, this will make you feel amazing when you reach them, and your GPA will thank you!Image result for setting goals gif
  7. Beat procrastination early. Don’t let syllabus week be an opportunity to slack off. Prepare all your work while you have the free time and set the tone for the semester. You’ll be much better off with #6 if you do this!Image result for no procrastination gif

Maybe it’s your second semester, maybe it’s your eighth – regardless, this semester still brings about the opportunity to make it the best one yet. Have a positive attitude and Summer break will be here before you know it!

A Comprehensive Guide to the Unrecommended All-Nighter

All-nighters, maybe you’re familiar with them, maybe you’re not. But one thing we can all agree on, they’re not. fun. Trying to juggle five classes, a job, extra curriculars, and a well-balanced social life can be difficult, and sometimes we just don’t have time for sleep. You’ll notice that this is my guide to the UNRECOMMENDED all-nighter – avoid it at all costs. Time management is important, but sometimes you end up in a situation, and this happens…

Phase 1: Overwhelm

This moment when everything hits you is a stressful moment. You’ll feel like your all of the sudden carrying the world on your shoulders. You open your agenda and realize that it is simply impossible to study for your astronomy exam tomorrow while also completing that English paper and math assignment. Try not to let the stress get the best of you, because it only makes the situation worse. It’s not impossible, you are much stronger than you know and you got this!!

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Phase 2: Denial

“I will not pull an all-nighter tonight. I will NOT pull an all-nighter tonight…” you repeat while chugging your first Starbucks double-shot espresso of the night. If you get started right now and spend two hours on each assignment, you still have three hours left to power nap… that will work, right?

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Phase 3: Procrastination

Maybe this is just me, but when I get stressed, I LOVE to procrastinate. Whether it’s making lists of everything I need to get done or scheduling down to the minute how much time I should spend on each assignment, I’m the first to admit I’m the queen of procrastination. And if you’re pulling an all-nighter, it’s probably some form of procrastination that got you in this situation in the first place. It’s easier said than done, but avoid this step at all costs. It’s toxic, and at this point time is money.

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Phase 4: Acceptance

The denial phase never really lasts that long for me, reality typically sets in within the hour. The clock is ticking and that deadline is not moving, so at some point you have got to get serious. Grab another Starbucks and settle into your fav study spot (10/10 recommend the study lounges in your residence hall, then when you’re done of your torture you don’t have to leave the building before dashing to class), because it’s going to be a long night.

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Phase 5: Delirium

Maybe you’ve had three energy drinks too many or maybe it’s just way past your bedtime. Regardless of the catalyst, the phase really makes it challenging to be productive. You were on such a roll and then all of a sudden, your brain turned to mush and you couldn’t think straight. At this point I typically abandon my perfectly color-coded schedule from phase three and switch assignments – maybe you can get back on track with some differential equations.

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Phase 6: Exhaustion

Here you will face the greatest test of will power in existence – don’t give in. You’ve come this far, don’t ruin it with a ’10-minute power nap’ that you’ll never wake up from. Grab another energy drink and when it sends you into delirium, repeat phase 5.

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Phase 7: Accomplishment

Hitting submit on Sakai is one of the proudest moments you’ll experience, at least for that 24 hours. Now it’s time to truck to class and compare your all-nighter with your classmate’s while counting down the hours until you can go home and climb in that oh-so-cozy bed.

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While the all-nighter is the worst, the next sleep is the best, most rewarding feeling. During finals season if you fall into this situation… good luck Tar Heel.

High School Who?

You’re in the full swing of things at college. You’ve found your people here at UNC and now high school seems like a distant memory. You swore to your friends back home that you’d keep in touch, but it’s just not happening the way you imagined. So what now?

You’re Friends Feel the Same Way

It’s hard to put it into perspective, but all your friends in high school have closed that chapter of their lives, and they’re all on to bigger and better things. So don’t feel like its your fault that you’re growing apart because it’s definitely not.

Communication is a two-way street and it takes effort on both ends, there’s nothing stopping your friends from reaching out to you. But this goes back to the fact that they’re busy/stressed/overwhelmed too and they probably have very similar feelings that you do.

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Not Talking Doesn’t Mean Not Caring

The fact that you’re thinking about them and concerned about your friendship already shows that you haven’t lost interest. Just because you don’t have time for deep hour long chats about your lives and constant updates on your whereabouts doesn’t mean you don’t want to maintain the friendship.

You’re very very busy and it’s completely understandable for you to forget about shooting your hometown friends a text every so often. That never compromises the fact that you guys have created an amazing bond that’s sure to last a lifetime.

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You Don’t Have to Talk 24/7

Even though you probably talked at all hours of the day in high school, that’s not realistic when you’re in very different places. Again, less communication is not a sign of growing apart – it’s only a sign of growing up.

If you have time to squeeze in a FaceTime sesh each month or so, that’s a great way to reconnect with your besties. If not, a quick ‘hey I’m thinking of you’ text every now and then will go a long way!

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Fall Break is Around the Corner!

Coming home is the best because you have so many people to get lunch with and catch up! Honestly not talking all the time makes these hang outs much more fun because you have way more news and life updates to discuss.

Not every school has the same fall break (it’s actually pretty rare that they’ll line up), so you may only get to see your friends who still live near your hometown. But for Thanksgiving everyone will for sure be home and you’ll get to have an even bigger reunion.

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Realistically, you just won’t stay in touch with absolutely everyone you thought you would on graduation day. But going to college does show you which friendships you care enough about to fight for – because it requires a lot more effort than it did last year. As they always say, distance makes the heart grow fonder!

Random Roomie Fears

If you’re active on the UNC 2022 social media pages, you’ve probably seen tons of your classmates meeting their new roomies and forming bonds and friendships. But you went random and you still haven’t talked to the person you’ll be sharing a room with for the next nine months – eek! Fear not, I’m here to tell you it’s going to be okay, and share an awesome story of two girls who were in your exact shoes this time two years ago.

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My Opinion

Okay so here’s my (maybe unpopular) opinion: picking a roomie beforehand doesn’t really affect anything. Yeah, it may ease your mind in the moments leading up to move-in, but once you get to college you’re all on a level playing field.

When you pick a roommate, whether you do it through Facebook, the housing portal, someone you personally knew, etc., you were still in high school. No matter how much you fight it – college changes you. I’m not saying you’ll have a major personality crisis but you’ll definitely grow up a lot.

The best way I know how to put it is this: if my college self met my high school self, we wouldn’t be friends. I have different routines, hobbies and interests – it just wouldn’t work.

So choosing a roommate before you know how you’ll behave in college is nearly impossible. And for a lot of people, they don’t end up besties. But in most cases, they don’t hate each other either. All the stories you’ve heard about bad roommate cases are rare, extreme situations.

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Going Random

I personally didn’t go random, and if I did it all over again I don’t know if you could have convinced my high-school self to do it. Living with someone sounds like a big commitment and hating where you live sounds like a terrible experience, but like I said, that probably won’t happen.

If you really think about it, you share a lot of qualities with all of your classmates. You’re all coming to college for the same reason – to find your destiny, academically, athletically, or however it may be. You’re all hoping to push yourself to become the very best versions of yourselves in the next four years before you step out into the world all alone. You’re all nervous (whether or not you will admit it) to start this journey – it’s a big step and it’s totally normal to be nervous!

Who really cares whether you rush a sorority/fraternity, join a certain genre of club, practice a religion, are undecided or have picked your double major and minor, the list goes on… College is all about diversity, and I’ve found the most interesting conversations in the people the least like me, those are the kinds of people you can really learn something from.

Yes, sleeping schedules are important, maybe you can’t sleep with the light on and your roommate wants to study six hours later into the night than you do. But we’re all human. Start things off the right way, communication is key. Have an open conversation with your roommate and I’m sure they’d be happy to accommodate you as long as you’re willing to accommodate them. That means maybe they study in the study lounge at nights and you quietly get ready for class in the bathroom while they’re still snoozing in the mornings.

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Meet Kate and Sarah

These two gals are two of my best friends. They’re two of the only people I know that went random, and also two of the only people I know that had minimal roommate drama. They both had their own friend groups and didn’t have to do everything together, but also genuinely got along together so well!

While Sarah studied for her hard-core math classes, Kate fell in love with ancient paintings in art history. They didn’t take the same classes or even go to bed at the same time for that matter, but as roommates they worked.

“I went random because I didn’t know anyone at UNC, and it turned out to be my greatest first-year experience” Kate said. “We’re so different that we might never have met if we hadn’t been paired and I’m SO glad we did.”

It’s the differences that brought them together, leading them to tons of late night life convos (that I 100% crashed probably too often). They didn’t spend every waking minute together but they made tons of memories in suite 208.

It’s cool to note that out of our HoJo suite, they are the only room that went random and the only pair that stayed together the following year!

 

Go random, don’t – it’s honestly all the same. Your roommate situation is what you make of it. Go in with an open mind and communicate often, you’ll be okay and I promise your freshman roommate does not define your college experience unless you let it!

South Campus Commute

UNC First-years and South Campus make up an iconic duo matched by few. While living on South Campus may have it’s pros and cons, there’s one thing that’s for sure – if you’re going to live on South Campus, you better put on your walking shoes. As a Hojo vet, I’m here to give you all the inside deets on your future commute to class.

The Facts

Okay, so your room isn’t exactly located right next to your classes, but chances are your house wasn’t any closer to high school. Depending on where you’re going and how fast you walk, it will probably take somewhere between 12 – 20 minutes to get to class (you’ll learn your own art of slimming it down as much as possible so you can get those extra seconds of sleep before your 8am). You can get to any Franklin Street essential in under half an hour by foot – and that’s a pretty generous number, it shouldn’t take you that long.

Franklin Street is the most northern part of our campus, everywhere you need to go should be somewhere between the Dean Dome and Franklin Street. That’s less than a two-mile span. So while it may seem like we have a dauntingly huge campus, you’ll get used to it super quickly and it will seem like nothing in no time!

The Tactics

Personally, I loved getting my steps in and making the hike to class every morning – but it’s not for every one or every day. Just like you weren’t forced to walk to school in high school, you certainly aren’t forced to walk to class in college!

The Bus 

The Chapel Hill Transit is a resource that is FREE to all Chapel Hill residents and it will be your best friend, especially on a rainy day. There are a lot of buses and it seems scary at first but we’ve all been there, clutching our suitemates on our first bus ride, unsure if we would be getting off on Mid-Campus or Mid-Raleigh. Fear not, because most of the buses you don’t pay for don’t leave the Chapel Hill-Carborro area, so worst comes to worst you’ll be back at your original stop within an hour.

The only buses you need to know about immediately are the U and the RU and they both make a big circle around our campus in opposite directions. The P2P is like the night owl version of these, operating from 7pm to 4am to satisfy whatever late-night adventure you’ll be going on. Download Transit (includes the P2P) or NextBus (a little more user-friendly in my opinion) and you’ll be set! You can even follow your location on the app while on the bus so you know exactly when to get off. When it’s time to get off the U or RU, pull down the yellow cord to ‘request a stop’.

Fore even more about buses, read this!

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Bike

Whether you bring your own bike to campus or not, you can bike to class! Yep, you read that right. Thanks to the handy dandy Tar Heel Bikes, you can find a bike rack near you, bike to your class, and then drop it off at a rack near your destination.

Warning: UNC is notorious for its uneven bricks. Which, as you can imagine, doesn’t mix particularly well with two-wheeled vehicles. But that really doesn’t stop the large portion of the population that loves to bike around campus. In my opinion, this method requires a lot of skill and talent that I just don’t have – but hey, it’s an option!

Trying to decide whether you need to bring your own bike to campus? Read this!

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Make a Friend

If you make the same commute every day at the same time, chances are you’ll start recognizing the faces of the people around you. Make friends with them – it makes the walk go by way faster!

If you’re in a primarily freshman class, ask a classmate if it’s their first class of the day. If it is and if they’re also coming from South Campus, this can be a super helpful way to get a study session in without noticing it. Okay, I realize how nerdy that may sound, but seriously, sometimes you don’t have time to meet-up outside of class to discuss things you’re confused about and it can be incredibly helpful to have someone catch you up on classes you may have missed.

Another reason to make a friend for the commute? You’ll have someone to check on you during those inevitable ‘one or two’ mornings you oversleep. Maybe that “you coming?” text won’t pull you out of your deep slumber, but it’s better than nothing.

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Stay On-Campus

Don’t go home multiple times during the day if you don’t need to. Stay on-campus during breaks between classes, or the time between classes and evening extra curriculars. There are a billion locations calling your name to be your home for the next hours, let them! The union, one of the many libraries, the quad on a sunny day – you name it!

Not only does this save time and energy, it also allows you to crush procrastination. You’ll be more focused to get work done when you don’t have your cozy bed enticing you to climb in and watch Netflix. Or maybe you give up and take a nap in the UL, it happens to the best of us.

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The Pros 

  1. The Dean Dome – South Campus is home to my personal favorite on-campus location, the glorious Dean Smith Center. That means you can get there 20 minutes earlier than your upperclassmen friends to snag that front row spot on the risers!
  2. STEPS! – With the hike to class, you’ll hit 10,000 steps in no time. Who needs a gym when you’ve got your commute to burn your cals!
  3. Next year, you can’t get further from classes – Excluding the B-school, there’s literally no dorm further from your classes than those on South Campus. So if you stay on-campus, the commute will never get any longer. Even if you’re in Morrison which is just up the hill, you’ll save a solid five minutes not having to wait for that pesky intersection.
  4. Meeting people – as described above, this is a great way to meet up with people outside of classes. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your future bridesmaid on your walk to class!
  5. Free daily tour of the campus – UNC is a beautiful campus, so consider yourself #blessed to get to see the scenes on your walk to class!

 

South Campus is a super fun community filled with eager freshman, which totally makes the commute worth it! I have so many incredibly memories associated with South Campus and I know all of you will love it just as much as I did!

So You Want to Go to a Basketball Game…

Being a student at UNC has a lot of perks – endless career-advancing opportunities, a community of outstanding faculty, and of course, complimentary tickets to athletic events. Yep, the rumors are true, you can get into any home regular-season game of any Carolina sporting event with just your OneCard… except basketball. While basketball tickets are still free for students, they are a little harder to finesse than other sports, given that these tickets are highly coveted by many Tar Heel fans across the globe. But I’m here to break it down for you so you never miss a game in the Dean Dome again!

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The Lottery  

Pre-season games are typically fair game for students, no lottery or ticket required! Just show up with your OneCard and you’ll be good to go. Conference games are a little trickier. Early in the year, students will receive an email with a list (example pictured right) identifying lottery and non-lottery games, along with dates the lottery opens and closes. The lottery is entered through an online website, and then students are randomly selected to receive tickets. Odds of ‘winning’ the lottery and receiving tickets vary by game and number of students requesting tickets.

On the designated date, students will receive an email either containing their tickets or notifying them that they have not been selected. Winners receive two tickets to every game except the Dook game, so you can take a friend! Tickets are allocated in ‘phases’ which decide what time you can enter the arena. Phase One means you can get in the earliest (typically 90 minutes before tip), giving you the best seat selection.

Risers are first come first-serve, but from my experience you should have Phase One tickets and arrive one to two hours before your entry time to line up for to ensure you get a good spot in the risers (this is highly dependent on the game and time of the game, however).

The Turn-It-Back Line

If you don’t get tickets from the lottery, don’t let that discourage you from attending. The Carolina Athletic Association distributes all excess tickets in-person through the Turn-It-Back Line. This occurs a few days before the game, but specific details frequently change, so for more information, refer to your lottery rejection email!

The Stand-By Line

If all else fails, turn to the Stand-By Line. At tip-off, any unused student ticket will be redistributed to students in the stand-by line. While you won’t get a front row seat, you still get the game-day atmosphere within the Dean Dome, and it’s still tons of fun! I’ve found this line to be highly successful (especially for the Dook game where the redistribute all tickets, not just student tickets), so it’s definitely worth a shot.

Carolina Fever

Fever is a student organization for the highly dedicated fans. Essentially you get points for attending athletic events such as football, soccer, lacrosse, etc. and during basketball season the top 150 students with the most points are guaranteed two phase one tickets to every game, as well as one phase one ticket to the Dook game. In order to get full points, you must swipe-in and out of games with your OneCard (no, you can’t get away with swiping in and leaving five minutes later).

While this is a pretty high commitment, in my opinion it is completely worth it! It boosts comradery for the other sports and gives you incredible perks (no more stressing about the lottery!). You’ll meet some amazing people just as passionate as Carolina athletics as you are and you’ll have the opportunity to be on the risers in the Dean Dome for a Dook game (which is an incredibly big deal and honestly was one of the highlights of my college career thus far).

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Pro-Tips

So now you know how basketball tickets work, here’s my insight on how to use the system to your advantage:

  1. Follow @unccaa, @UNCStudentTix, and @CarolinaFever on Twitter. These accounts are all super helpful in reminding you to enter the lottery, keeping you updated on all things Carolina, and giving you all the resources to get you in the game.
  2. Write the lottery dates in your calendar, make a poster, or set up alerts on your phone. Forgetting to enter the lottery is the absolute worst, so be proactive and make sure it doesn’t happen!
  3. Work out a ‘you take me when you win and I’ll take you when I win’ deal with a friend giving you a better shot at getting tickets. (note that this one can become sticky and cause drama with other friends so be careful how you go about it!)
  4. Don’t buy or sell student tickets. It’s a violation of the Honor Code and could jeopardize your ability to receive tickets in the future!
  5. Don’t not go to games if you receive tickets. There is a way to turn back your tickets if something comes up leaving you unable to attend, use it. Otherwise you get penalized in future lotteries, slimming your chances of winning.
  6. Arrive at the Dean Dome with friends you want to sit with. You need to have the same phase, otherwise you won’t be able to sit together (unless the person with the better phase is willing to sacrifice and go in later). There is a strict no seat-saving policy and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  7. Don’t give up when you don’t get tickets – exhaust all options. If you are persistent enough, I promise you can get into (almost) any game you want, including the Dook game!

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Basketball games are one of my favorite parts of being a student. This opportunity of not having to pay for tickets is something you have to take advantage of while you have it! Only 103 days until the first home game… Go Heels!!!

Meet the Rivals

“Rival (noun) – a group that competes for superiority due to jealousy or bitterness despite the fact that Carolina is the University of National Champions, and no one will ever top that title. – dictionary.com” – Kalina MacKay

Let’s get one thing straight… The UNC-Dook rivalry is THE best rivalry in college basketball. However, those pesky gothic devils aren’t the only ones that UNC has beef with. Being the top-notch university across the board has its perks, but it also comes with many haters. Here’s your inside guide to all the schools that we love to hate:

Dook

Okay, obviously this is a big one. Being only eight miles down Tobacco Road, we run into these guys a lot. And they’re the absolute worst. I’m not going to go into a lot of depth here because I’m sure you all know lots about this rivalry, but if you don’t: here are some resources to study up. Hating dook is a rite of passage here at UNC, if you don’t… “you can’t sit with us”.

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Hating Dook 
  2. The History Behind the Hatred 
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We know… it’s hard being a Dookie… he’ll come to the good side one day 🙂

Maryland

Before the Blue Devils there was the dreaded Terps (honestly #blessed that our mascot isn’t a terrapin, how unfortunate). This rivalry began in 1954, when the Heels used to play men’s basketball in Carmichael arena. While I can’t say I ever personally witnessed this rivalry, it existed when Maryland was one of the most competitive teams in our conference. Upon leaving the ACC in 2014, we began to forget about the Terps. However, women’s lacrosse still has major competition with this school, as they often face each other towards the end of post-season.

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Villanova 

Ha… the ultimate source of heartbreak and tragedy are the Villanova Wildcats. Let’s set the scene. April 4th, 2016, the National Championship game. Looking like an impossible victory for the Heels, there was 14 seconds left and we were down by three. Through some form of twisted miracle, Marcus Paige made the craziest three-point shot that probably would have never gone in without the pressures of this being a national title game. So now there is four seconds left in the game and the Heels are thinking there’s no way the game doesn’t go into over time… right? Wrong.

Villanova answers back with an immediate, buzzer-beating three silencing all Heels across the nation, and cuing immediate yellow and white confetti. The title was dangled in front of our face and then immediately ripped away.

Lucky for us we came back with the best redemption story of all time in the 2017 tournament, but that doesn’t void the fact that this game sucked…

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Marcus’s miracle shot, may or may not have cried while reliving the horrible mems to get deets straight for this post.

Miami

So this one totally comes from a place of personal hatred, and the average Tar Heel probably wouldn’t consider the University of Miami our rivals at all – but I’m bitter so I’m going to share. It was February 27th, 2018, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson’s last game as students in the Dean Dome. While Miami has a decent team, being senior night and going into the NCAA tournament, we should have beaten them with no problem.

As you probably assumed, this wasn’t the case. Now maybe I’m a sore loser, but it was the worst possible way to lose – you guessed it, a buzzer beater. A very ‘Nova-esque situation: it looked like we were going to take a defeat, but our hero Joel Berry hit the perfect 3-pointer with only five seconds left in the game that tied it up. Thinking we were going into overtime the crowd went nuts – and an instant later, total silence. It was over, they somehow managed to answer with a 3-pointer in under 5 seconds.

The saddest thing about this game was afterwards Joel and Theo gave their traditional senior speeches. And they were SO disappointed that they ‘fell short’ for us. Those words really hit home – I don’t think there was a dry eye in the student section. (luv you 5ever Joel & Theo)

The next day some Miami fan had the audacity to make a geofilter for the UNC region about a “hurricane warning”… Soooo yeah Miami isn’t technically a rival, but I really hate them.

How freaking rude!

NC State

Ugh. This is a very one-sided rivalry (hence why it’s last on this list), but you need to be prepared because you’ll definitely run into it. I think from State’s perspective, they hate us as much as we hate dook. Which I’ll honestly never understand, but that’s the way it is.

The Wolfpack is a very… passionate… group of people, and they are very outward about their spirit. They really, really hate Carolina, and love expressing this hatred. The best way I know how to describe this relationship is that State is like our annoying little brother that’s always trying to start something. So people will often call our matches ‘rival games’, which may be the case on their end, but for us – we know that Dook is the real target.

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The energy around ‘Beat Dook Week’ on campus is this indescribable feeling that none of these other schools on this list can match. But it’s okay to have some hard feelings towards other universities who have done us wrong. Being a Tar Heel means being the good against a lot of evil…

A Letter To Rising Freshman

Dear UNC 22,

My name is Kalina MacKay, and I’m incredibly jealous of you, rising freshman. I’m going to be a junior this year, which means I’m halfway done of my time at this magical place. And for that reason, I would give anything to be in your shoes – bright eyed and ready to begin my journey as an official Tar Heel.

I remember my summer between high school and college, not knowing what the future had in store for me. Would I make friends? Would I change in college? Would I get homesick? Spoiler alert – yes, yes, and yes. Going to college is one of – if not THE – biggest transitions of your life to date. So having these questions, is beyond normal. You’re not alone, we’ve all been there too.

My first snap as an official Tar Heel!

Yeah, you can read hundreds of blogs just like this one on how to prepare for college, but none of them can mimic that feeling of stepping on campus on move-in day, knowing that that day is this first day of the rest of your life. What I wouldn’t give to go back to that feeling. An overwhelming feeling of pure independence…, freedom…, and wait, I kind of miss my Mom…. Not everything about college is easy. In fact, college is very, very hard. But it’s also incredibly worth it.

Yikes, clearly I learned a lot since freshman year… like how to work my blinds….

Freshman year is SO fun. You’ll learn a lot about yourself. You’ll probably make a lot of mistakes and fall on your face a couple of times. But it’s okay because it’s your first-year and you’re still getting the hang of the whole college thing. You’re not expected to have your life together or start planning your future yet, your main priority is yourself and learning how to function on your own.

Maybe you’ll fail a test… or two… I know, I know, we’re all Carolina kids, and we all care about our grades – failing a test sounds like the end of the world. But may I repeat: College. Is. Hard. The beautiful thing about UNC is, even if you fail a test, you get to step out of that classroom onto the most stunning campus in the world, maybe go to a football game or basketball game to let out some stress and forget about it.

I can’t speak for everyone but personally, high school did not prepare me for college. I had no clue how to read a textbook without a quiz at the end forcing me to know the material or study for an exam without a pre-made study guide outlining the exact material on the test. But I figured it out, and you will too. One or two bad test grades in a gen-ed class is not going to wreck your GPA forever.

My first football game with my suitemates Zoe, Sarah, and Kate (208 forever)

Your first-year at UNC will be filled with tons of magical moments in unexpected places: your first time watching a Carolina victory and getting goosebumps knowing those are your classmates; your first time seeing the campus flooded with alumni during homecoming and realizing how big the Carolina community really is; your first time singing the alma mater at the end of a game and nailing every single word, feeling each syllable come from the bottom of your heart; your first class where you feel like ‘this is it – this is what I want to do for forever’.

College is this amazing time in your life where you get to grow up and reach new heights but also are still allowed to be a kid from time to time. You get to plan for the rest of your life and figure out your passions and purposes, while still pulling some dumb stunt at 3am with your roomie.

As the four years progress, things get more serious. Your classes get harder, maybe you get a job or internship, or maybe you get more involved in an organization. Now don’t get me wrong, all this stuff is tons of fun and great experience, but it also occupies a lot of your time.

Not only do you start to get busier, your friends also start to get busier. You’ll find yourself trying to squeeze an hour out of your busy schedule for lunch with your freshman suitemates whom you haven’t seen in ages. It’s never the same as your first-year when you all had free time in the evenings to go to dinner at the dining hall whenever you felt like it.

That’s why I’d kill to be a freshman again. Yeah, I struggled and learned a lot, but I also definitely took advantage of the carefree lifestyle your first-year allows for.

My first time rushing Franklin!!!

From that first move-in moment onwards, I’m not kidding when I say time will fly. So, breathe in every second. Every late-night laugh with your suitemates, every midnight mental breakdown tear in Davis Library, every TARRR shouted from the top of your lungs in the Dean Dome.

Make the most of your time here because honestly, you’ll never get another opportunity quite like this. For probably the first time in your life, you’re in complete control of your life without someone telling you to finish your dinner or be home by 10:00. But at the same time, you’ve got an incredible support community of RA’s, professors, and peers when you need it.

Being over dramatic on my last night in my dorm…

Whatever fears and worries you have about college will disappear in no time and before you know it, you’ll be tearing up as you drive away from campus for the Summer. Carolina is contagiously welcoming and calling yourself a Tar Heel is an honor, tradition, and a privilege. Whoever said high school was the best four years of your life clearly didn’t go to UNC.

 

Lots of love from one of many who’s rooting for you,

Kalina

 

UNC Campus Celebs

Carolina is full of personality to say the least. With that, there are tons of notable figures on campus that our students both worship and love to hate. We love our super successful alumni, but this one is for all the current Heels… Here’s the ultimate breakdown of all the current UNC celebs!

Carol Folt

Of course, the first celebrity I had to mention is our beloved chancellor – Carol Folt. Always dressed to the nines (probably in some form of Carolina blue), Carol is the true QUEEN of UNC. She loves our school and it’s students, and can be found supporting them at various events throughout the year, so stay alert because you never know where you’ll see her! Also, if you see her – you HAVE to ask for a selfie, she loves taking them, and it’s #81 on UNC’s bucket list!

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Roy Williams

Easily my fav celeb on this list is THE Roy Williams. He’s only the coach of the greatest college basketball program of all time (Bias? Maybe a little, but that doesn’t make it not true…). Let’s just take a minute to acknowledge this man’s coaching accomplishments.

  1. Over 800 career wins
  2. 17-time regular season conference champion titles
  3. 7-time tournament conference champion titles
  4. 9 Final Fours
  5. 3 National Championships [1]

I have nothing else to say other than this Roy is an angel in human form and we LOVE him!

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Any Basketball Player

Along those same lines, any player on the UNC basketball team is regarded as a celebrity on campus. They walk around like skyscrapers in a crowd, which makes them pretty easy to spot. I’m sure when they walk around campus they constantly hear “omg, there’s Luke Maye/Kenny Williams/Cam Johnson/etc.”, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t alert whoever you’re walking with – it’s the friendly thing to do, right?

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After Luke Maye saved the day keeping us alive in the 2017 Elite Eight game vs Kentucky, he showed up bright and early to his BUSI 101 8am lecture!

Gary the Pit Preacher

Gary is a man that sits in the pit or the corner of the Quad and screams very radical religious statements at innocent passerby’s. Regardless of your religious beliefs, its very amusing to sit and listen to his claims and watch people’s reactions. Gary has become such a part of UNC culture that students have dressed up as him for Halloween!

Rumor has it that Gary has retired/is retiring soon, and many new pit preachers are surfacing to fill his shoes. But no one will ever replace Gary the original.

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Quad Whistler

I’m not really sure if this counts as a notable figure since most wouldn’t recognize him in person, but one thing is for sure – we’ve all heard that whistle. He strolls through McCorkle Place so often that you may think there’s an automated whistling sound track running over some loud speakers in the quad.

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The face behind the voice, courtesy of DTH!

Joann Traffic Guard

As you cross the streets of UNC, you’ll often be greeted by traffic guards making sure you make it safely to the other side. Joann is one of these people, but she’s incredibly special to the Carolina community. She will always respond to your “thank you”, and always has a smile on her face – through rain or shine. Students are such a big fan of this hero that a GoFundMe page was started to fund Joann’s travels to Arizona to visit her son. This fundraiser raised over $7700 – 11 times it’s original goal of $700!

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Joann receiving her funds, photo courtesy of DTH.

Dan Reichart

It seems fitting to end with another beloved, but less-known UNC hero. Before November of 2017, Dan Reichart was just a Physics and Astronomy Professor. But when there was an attempted bombing of the Davie Poplar tree, Reichart literally jumped in the fire to save the day. Surviving with second degree burns, the fire exploded on the professor as he was trying to extinguish it. We’re so thankful for Reichart’s actions in saving the momentous Carolina tree!

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Reichart trying to put out the Davie Poplar fire

 

If I missed your favorite current UNC figure, let me know in the comments! And if you see any of these guys around campus this year, be sure to ask for a selfie 😊

[1] https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/coaches/roy-williams-1.html