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20 Tips I Wish I Knew My First Year at UNC

  1. Put your walking shoes on and get ready for 15 – 25 minute walks to class. Comfort is key here as a first year. T shirts, shorts, and tennis shoes will be your go-to outfit at the beginning of the year. Trust me. I tried to look cute and showed up to class with sweat covering my shirt and the blisters on my feet were killing me. A rain jacket would be a nice touch too because you never know what to expect from NC weather.

  1. Any of the science classes will make you feel like you are incompetent, but you aren’t. The 101 classes are popularly known as “weed out” classes. Just keep pushing through the lab reports and lectures. You have a lot of resources to use – two of them being Dey Hall peer tutoring and the Writing Center.

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  1. Lenoir Dining Hall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. is a rush and seats can be impossible to find. You’ll be making rounds around the dining hall until you find seats. Keep your eyes peeled seats will open up! Lenoir has sushi but Chase Dining Hall (south campus) has late night. I think the cooks make late night food with extra love.

4. Free swag is offered at a lot of events through the year. I started the school year with two Carolina t-shirts and now I have a drawer in my dresser completely full of free t-shirts. It’s not just t-shirts either, you will be set for life on water bottles, shoe laces, koozies, clif bars, key chains, cups, visors, towels, and more. You can even regift some of these things.

  1. Registering for classes will have you stressed. Have your phone on you to count down the seconds for your registration period and make sure you have good internet because nothing is worse than losing internet connection during registration. I usually stress out more than usual, but I always end up getting into good classes.


  1. If you do not get into all of the classes you wanted, then don’t panic. Sign up for class checker/coursicle online and fill out all of the information. People will drop the class and it’ll all work out… even if it’s during the first week of classes. Email professors too. They understand that the process can get chaotic.


  1. Remember Cs get degrees! You are probably use to getting all A’s and the occasional B *GASP* but fear not C’s are passing and if you get one or two it wont hurt you. Work hard and try your best, but sometimes you learn a lot from the classes you get Cs from. If you get an A in calc 2 I applaud you.


  1. Gary is the preacher that sits in the pit. UNC is a very accepting place and Gary can sometimes be not so accepting. Just sit there and enjoy the nonsense. He shares some funny stories and his debates are always amusing.The Office Ugh GIF by Romy


  1. You might meet your best friends for life in the first week of school. Get ready to open yourself up to others. The first month of school can get tiring because you’ll have to be especially friendly, but you’ll see that it was worth it in the end. Plan on doing something with your suitemates at the very beginning that way you can have some people to help you find your niche. And it’s okay if you don’t find best friends that first week!New Girl Friendship GIF


  1. If you have an hour between classes and you’re tired don’t walk back to your room to nap. There is zero shame in napping in the library, the union, or even the dining hall. We all get it and we’ve all been there. Be respectful of others space and nap with confidence.
  2. Chancellor Carol Folt loves selfies. If you see her ask her for one! And nothing is cooler than saying you’ve met Carol and the picture is a bonus.


  1. If it snows prepare yourself for one of the best days of your life and maybe scariest. Stock up on snacks and be careful when making the trip to the dining hall. Students will grab anything to slide down the hills. The hill leading up to the dean dome is the ultimate hill. If you use your mattress you run the risk of ruining it, just use someone else’s. Pizza boxes and plastic containers are also good last minute resources. Warning: People will be out there until 3 a.m. sledding and screaming. Oh and you won’t find out until 6 a.m. if classes will be cancelled.

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13. Franklin Street is FAR from south campus with that being said learn the bus system. The U and the p2p are your best friend. They will get you to the library, franklin, and south campus when you’re incapable of making the walk back. There are several busses and it can get confusing. If all else fails look up the route online or ask the driver if this takes you close to the destination you are trying to get to.

  1. You can search Pinterest for hours and make the ultimate packing list, but you will still forget something because you never know what will hit. I have borrowed shoes, money, butter, jerseys, neon sports bras I mean EVERYTHING. Don’t stress yourself out when packing, you’ll have a lot of people to help you put a last minute 80s outfit together.
  2. Technology can be really cool and a great resource on this huge campus. Download the following apps!
    Venmo: If you don’t have cash use venmo to pay your friends back!
    GroupMe: If you don’t have a groupme prepare yourself. It’s a group message app that can get crazy. I was in one for pickup soccer games… this group message was lit 24/7
    UConnection: This app will give you the exclusive deals for all the food on Franklin Street and around town. At the push of a button you instantly get a deal.
    Uber: As a first year you won’t have a car so Uber is a great way to get to different places. It’s also good when you’re running late… yes I am guilty of taking an Uber to class.
    NextBus: You can track the busses with this app, this will give you a good estimate of when you should go to the stop and how long it’ll take for the bus to get there.

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  1. Carolina for the Kids. Great cause and you should get involved! At least do it once. Dancers last year helped raise over $434, 139
    . This money helps the families who have kids staying in the hospital at UNC. The purpose of CFTK is to help the families emotionally and financially. You can sign up for a certain committee (tech, social media, fundraising, entertainment) or you can sign up to dance. Dancers raise $150 each and stand on their feet for a full 24 hours. One thing the people in the committees do is stand all around campus and ask you if you have signed up to dance. You’ll get asked everyday at least four times a day.


  1. There are always things to do on or around campus. Whether it’s 5Ks, a cappella performances, or club fees you will constantly be pulling money out of your pocket. Be cautious when spending money because it can quickly shrink your bank account.


  1. The old well is the basic place to take pictures. She looks pretty all year round so can ya blame this beautiful monument? This place is full of magic water. Rumor has it, if you drink out of the old well on the first day of classes (FDOC) you will get a 4.0. Didn’t happen to me, but I got close.


  1. You don’t like basketball? Well now you do. Carolina Basketball is the best thing that has ever happened to me. If I saw a basketball player, I would freeze and text someone. They’re basically celebrities. I have gotten to enjoy standing in a line for three hours in 30-degree weather to watch some basketball and I have never left unsatisfied. Even when we lose there is so much pride for our team. Get ready for Carolina basketball. Get ready to hate duke (aka dook). The atmosphere of the campus changes during basketball season. Everyone is ready to watch the game and if we beat duke… we rush franklin street, jump over fires, and sing our alma mater to the top of our lungs.Franklin Street after the Duke Win


  1. Don’t sweat it. You go to a top university and if you don’t know your major that’s okay. Half of first years will change their majors at some point. Relax, enjoy the free swag, the basketball, and the wonderful place you can now call home.

Spring Break

Happy Monday Tar Heels! Within a couple of days many of you will be embarking on several different trips for spring break. If you’re headed home or going on a fun cruise we’ve compiled a list of things to consider before you leave UNC.

1. Be careful who you share your location with

Now a days snapchat, find my friends,Facebook, Instagram, and tons of other social media devices share your location with others. Sometimes we don’t think about who we share this information with , but when you add a location to Instagram all of those followers can now keep up with where you are. Double check to make sure you’re only being seen on the snapchat map by people you want to be seen by. You have to edit this yourself or else you are public to everyone.

2. If you’re of age, safe drinking tips:

If you’re drinking in a hot to be careful because alcohol can dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure which means the effects of alcohol come at faster and stronger rates.

Don’t leave your cup lying around and make sure you keep your eyes on it wherever you might be.

Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know

3. Carry Cash

You never know when someone only accepts cash, but I’ve been there MANY times. Tolls especially get ya with this. So be prepared and carry around cash. If you’re going abroad 1. I’m jealous and 2. make sure you plan conversions and withdraw some cash ahead of time. Look out for atm fees while abroad too. Make sure to notify your bank ahead of time and let them know you will be traveling if you are.

4. Write down important addresses and phone numbers

We live in a day and age where we are so dependent on our phones but the minute they die we lose a lot of valuable information. Make sure you have someone’s phone number and addresses where you are staying written down. Maybe plan ahead and try to take a portable charger with you if you are staying out for long periods of time.


Apply, reapply, and conquer the outdoors. Whether you’re spending time tanning in Florida or hiking around a mountain the sun is still out so protect your skin. Even on a cloudy day you should still put on some sunscreen because the sun is still there. You’ll be glad you applied in 30 years anyway… less wrinkles and sunspots. Win win!

Fall Trips to take while at Carolina

Fall Trips

Ten Places to road trip this fall around Chapel Hill


I’m personally a huge advocate for going to the mountains during fall. The 828 is the place to be, I’m bias because that’s where I’m from BUT still. Best places on earth are in western North Carolina.

  1. Asheville is 3 hours give or take away from campus. It’s a nice drive over especially since you can see all of the colored leaves (also perfect time to start a mountain-esque playlist). You could go hiking, zip lining, check out the Biltmore, and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.

  1. If you’re looking for a place to get away but still want that college vibe Boone is it. Appalachian State is located right in downtown, there are great places to hike, if it’s not too cold it’d be a nice place to go cliff jumping, and there are always cool places to shop and buy antiques. It’s also about 3 hours away so not too shabby.

  1. Do I have to explain why you have to go to DC? Oh and it’s only 4 hours away so talk about hype.

  1. Charleston, SC is gorgeous year round. I scoped it out during spring break and it was great, but the best time of the year (bias again) is fall. So pair up a great place with a great time of year and you’ll have…. a GREAT time. Okay seriously though, Charleston is historic and gorgeous. There are markets, museums, and of course the beach.

5. Gatlinburg, TN is roughly 5 hours away. You can pass by a great view so the drive isn’t even that bad. There are trails, the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Dollywood, and the small version of the space needle. It’s nice to be close to other states and venture around them.

  1. American history is so cool, yeah I’m a nerd. Anyways, learning about Native Americans and how much it has affected North Carolina. The area is really great and everyone should visit to get an understanding of the art and culture.

  1. First in flight? That’s right go to Kitty Hawk. It’s 3 and a half hours away and the beach should be pretty empty when it gets kind of chilly, but still so beautiful, and peaceful.

  1. This is for sure on my bucket list. Hanging rock in Greensboro is only an hour and a half away and you can just hangout and relax. Take a weekend trip here this fall. It will be worth it.

  1. Eno River Falls is right here in our backyard. Located in Durham only 20 minutes away this wonderful getaway is so close that you can take a large group of people jump in the swimming hole, rope swing, and ENO!

  1. Savannah, GA is like Charleston, in that it’s a historic town. There are horse carriage rides, parks, Paula Deen’s restaurant (lit), and many shops. The drive is about 5 hours and definitely feasible for a three day weekend.