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Where to Nap on Campus

It’s that time in the semester. All the exams and deadlines start to blur together. The library becomes your second home.  And all you want is one real good nap.

Sometimes, you just need to take a quick break and recharge the ol’ noggin. Let me tell you about some of the spots you can catch a quick snooze.

The Bottom Floor of the Undergraduate Library

The super long curvy couch on the bottom floor of the UL is a solid nap spot. There’s enough room to bring along some friends and rock a group nap! The only thing is that it’s right at the entrance of that room, so you’re kind of being ~presented~ to everyone walking in. I’m insecure about my sleeping face but if you’re a normal person, it’s probably fine.

The Beanbags in the Aquarium Lounge, Student Union

These aren’t the most comfortable for napping in, but they’ll do. They’re like long beanbags, which you’d think would be great for sleeping. But I tried to lie down in one of those and I was a little disappointed. It’s structured like a chair, so it’s better for a relaxed sit rather than a full-on sleep. I mean, who designed those things? What did they think I would do in it? Sit and do work? It’s an okay place for desperate shut-eye, but it’s not the best. 2/5 stars.

Class of 2000 Lounge, Student Union

Okay, I’m honestly kind of conflicted about including this because it’s such a primo location. So please keep this between us. It’s usually pretty empty, and there’s a bunch of long chairs ready to cradle your tired body. Plus, it’s typically pretty quiet in there. It’s basically a sanctuary, 10/10. Please don’t all rush in there at once.

The Quad

It’s warm out. The sun is shining. You decide to lie down on the grass. You open your laptop fully intending to work on that paper you’ve been putting off. Then all of a sudden, that *sweet* breeze hits and you fall asleep on your keyboard. Of course, this only works during the warmer seasons. As long as you don’t mind the possibility of getting hit with a frisbee, the quad is a solid nap spot.

Meditation Room, Student Union

Apparently, in 2016, the Carolina Union changed the Meditation Room policy to allow for naps.  I’ve personally never been in there, but according to my friends who have, it’s great for a snooze. It’s quiet and peaceful, and I hear it’s not too crowded.

A Desk, Any Library

Sometimes you just need the quickest of power naps. Just scoot some of your stuff around and make a small space to rest your head. And make sure to set an alarm! You can take a quick rest, then get right back to work. Peak efficiency.

 

These are just a few of the cozy spots on campus. Let me know if I didn’t mention one of your favorite sleep spots! You can comment on this blog post, or let us know on social media.

Now get to napping!

 

 

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.

The Pros & Cons of Living on Campus

Attention Tar Heels! This is the post you’ve been waiting for. So many UNC students, young and old, have the debate every year:

“Should I stay on campus?  Should I move off campus? What are the benefits of living on campus still?”

We’ve got the answers! We want to help you make this super difficult decision by provided a well-rounded view of on-campus living. Check out the details below:

The Pros:

  • You live so close to all of your classes!

I am notoriously late for almost everything, but my close proximity to classes means that I almost never have to be that guy, sneaking into class after it’s started, trying to keep my professor from noticing.

  • Dining hall food means there’s no need to worry about cooking

I’m honestly too scared to move off campus because then I would have to fend for myself! My nutrition would probably fall apart, so I’m going to delay the inevitable as long as possible & enjoy my dining hall food!

  • All of your friends are just a short walk away

I don’t know about y’all, but I couldn’t survive without my best friends at Carolina. My favorite part about living on campus is being super close to them at all times!

The Cons:

  • You’ll have too much fun, not enough time to study!

This is what I look like in Davis Library after avoiding all of my responsibilities, while enjoying the entertaining programs on campus provided by student orgs like RHA and CUAB.

  • Passing the gyms everyday will make you feel like you have to exercise

I know that walking past Rams Recreation Center everyday makes me feel guilty about not going inside.. I feel obligated to exercise! I guess it’s good for health… but at what cost..

  • Running into your friends in the Pit.. never fun!

Gosh.. isn’t it just awful to be bothered by your friends as you’re just trying to make your way to class? Living on campus can be such a hassle.

There you have it, Tar Heels! It was definitely hard to think of a few cons, but I tried my best. You all should definitely keep this in mind as you’re making your housing decisions.

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.

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Week of Welcome: The Rundown

We know you’re super excited to be on campus. For #UNC22, welcome! For all our upperclassmen, welcome back! The first week of the semester is easily one of the best times of the year. Most classes involve just going over the syllabus, you’re reuniting with friends you haven’t seen since May, and most of all, all the Week of Welcome activities are happening! The Week of Welcome (aka WOW)  is an event put on by the New Students and Family Program. This week is meant for students to adjust to life at Carolina, as well as experiencing everything Carolina has to offer. Here are a few of my favorite WOW activities:

Arguably the best benefit from the week- all the free food. If there’s one thing I learned my freshman year, it’s that meal swipes are VERY valuable at the end of the semester so saving any swipes you can is the way to go. Throughout WOW, you can find food in almost every corner of campus. My first year, my roommate and I challenged ourselves to find a free dinner every night! UNC is blooming with diversity, and with that comes different religious groups. I’m not saying you need to convert or anything, but each religious group on campus traditionally hosts a dinner to welcome new students. You don’t need to have the same beliefs, just an open mind and a desire to meet new people! Another way to go is to follow the #phreephood accounts. The twitter and Facebook page updates regularly with where you can find your latest snack. My one suggestion is to get there early, trust me you’re not the only Tar Heel that will be thinking the same thing. Last year I went to Chipotle with the Chancellor. By the time I got to the front of the line they didn’t even have plates left :/

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But Carolina is all about balance, so to offset all that free food, make sure to join one of the Campus Rec sponsored activities. They’ll have sessions in everything from pilates to zumba, so grab a friend and go to the SRC! You don’t think the freshman 15 is real until you’re sick at Campus Health and they weigh you and you’ve somehow gained 25 pounds. Not saying I’m speaking from experience or anything.. Yikes. Anyway, make sure you pick up healthy habits from the start. Make your roommate your workout buddy so you can keep each other in check. The buddy system didn’t fail you in kindergarten, and it won’t fail you now.

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Who says academics have to be boring? The UNC Libraries sponsor fun events such as button making and mini golf. What better way to make fun memories inside the UL than with putt putt? At least when it’s midterm szn and you’re pulling an all-nighter, you’ll be able to look across the room and remember the simpler times when all you had to worry about was getting a hole in one. As far as the buttons go, every UNC student has a north face, so make sure you add buttons to your backpack to stop it from getting lost in the crowd! Also new this year are all the makerspace activities! If you haven’t already stopped by, check out the BEAMakerspaces. You can do anything from 3-D print to cutting out your own stickers, so it’s definitely worth making time for. Aside from that, many academic departments host informational events (again with free food) to help those who still aren’t clear on what they want to study at Carolina. You’d be surprised at all the cool majors this school offers.

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Those are just a few highlights of the week, but if you want to see a schedule for all the events, check out the guidebook from NSFP!

First Year Tips: The Learning Center!

As we make our way back onto campus this fall, it’s important to remember some of the awesome resources available to us when classes start again! My first blog post in this series was about Academic Advising, and can be located here.

I also thought it was important to highlight the Learning Center here at UNC! According to their website,

“Students enter the Learning Center when they want to improve their academic skills and/or grades, get better at managing time, have questions about learning disabilities or ADHD, want to understand their strengths and weaknesses, and more.”

The rest of this post will highlight some of the services provided by the Learning Center, and I’ll probably mention my experience with these services as well!

Test Prep Resources

Looking to go to medical, dental, law, pharmacy, or one of the many other professional schools that are so popular for UNC students? Guess what that means? More standardized testing!

Thankfully, the Learning Center has a ton of resources to make sure you’re prepared. They offer free practice tests online and strategy sessions for each of the major exams. Additionally, they offer test prep classes through a partnership with the Princeton Review, so you can get some face-to-face help as well!

Peer Tutoring

Let’s be honest–the classes at UNC can get pretty hard sometimes. Whenever I’m struggling in a class (probably math), I like to go get help from the Peer Tutoring Center! They offer services in “150+ of the most popular classes at UNC,” so chances are they’ll be able to help you.

I sometimes prefer to go see a Peer Tutor rather than go to my professor’s office hours, simply because they’re super approachable and were just in your shoes a couple years ago. They truly understand what it’s like to be a UNC student, so they can advise you on the best ways to study, among other things.

Study Groups

If a one-on-one tutoring session is not your style, you could probably benefit from one of the Learning Center’s study groups! They offer these in many popular, larger undergrad classes, like General Chemistry & Biology, as well as Calculus.

I used to attend their Bio Cell study group for BIOL 101, and it was really nice to see some of my fellow classmates there & talk through the content with them.

Academic Coaching Sessions

You know those days where you just feel like you can’t retain any information, no matter how hard you try? Same.

This past semester, during finals season, I went to a study tools workshop through the Learning Center, where they taught me to analyze my study habits and work to maximize my time. They also offer one-on-one sessions like this with an academic coach, where you can talk about goal-setting, time management, sleep schedules, and really anything you’d like to. Check it out!

The Learning Center obviously provides a ton of FREE, awesome resources to students, so you should definitely check it out. They’re located in SASB North, right next to the Housing office (come say hi!). Additionally, they have drop-in tutoring in Dey Hall and certain appointments out of Greenlaw.

Let us know what other cool resources on campus you’d like to hear about, and we’ll get back to you. Good luck, Tar Heels!

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…