Hey UNC fam! Welcome back to Chapel Hill! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m seriously ready to start anew. If you’re like me and need motivation- look no further! I’ve supplied five movies that will get you ready to tackle the year ahead.
Running Time: 96 minutes | Rated PG-13
Legally Blonde is the most of the “pump up” of the movie list. The story centers around the young, blonde, and cheerful Elle Woods. After getting dumped by her longtime boyfriend, she’s determined to get him back- by getting into Harvard Law School.
Legally Blonde is a treasure trove of wisdom. It not only shows you the power of hard work, but touches on topics such as stereotypes and feminism.
Did I mention that it also has one of the most motivational montages in movie history?
Good Will Hunting
Running Time: 126 minutes | Rated R
This movie will make you want to hit up the library more often. Matt Damon plays Will Hunting, a troubled teen who’s secretly a genius. When his talent is discovered by a professor, Will is pushed to reach his full potential.
The characters are written in such a way that I shed a tear or two. The relationship between Will and Sean inspires me to find that one super cool professor to be best friends with.
Mona Lisa Smile
Running Time: 117 minutes | Rated PG-13
I remember mindlessly browsing through Netflix when I came across this movie. I thought this movie would be about art thieves or something; turns out it’s about college girls and their art professor.(Kind of close?)
Julia Roberts plays Katherine Watson, a professor from California, who is hired to teach at Wellesley. She soon realizes that Wellesley is not nearly as progressive as she thought it would be- cue the drama!
The big theme of this movie is opening up to new perspectives even if they’re completely different from yours. It’s a pretty timeless theme that is good to keep in mind during any class discussion.
The Social Network
Running Time 120 minutes | Rated PG-13
You have probably heard of this movie. If you haven’t, you know what this movie is about: Facebook. This pretty inaccurate account of Facebook’s creation focuses on Mark Zuckerberg in his college years. It’s kind of crazy thinking that such a gigantic company was created by someone our age. I mean, I’m struggling to cook meals for myself as it is!
After watching this movie, I thought that maybe taking COMP 401 wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.
Running Time: 109 minutes | Rated R
This movie is basically the college classic.
I hope these movies at the very least keep you entertained. Happy syllabus week!
Great question. As a student at Chapel Hill, you not only live on a beautiful campus, you also live right next to the coolest small town on earth.
I’m biased since I grew up there, but take it from me – Carrboro is full of great stuff. Too many of my friends never made it up there during their first few years at Carolina, and now they can’t get enough.
Trying to figure out where Chapel Hill ends and where Carrboro starts can get a bit confusing. It’s kind of a local meme. I always tell people anything past Wings Over is officially in the next town, but the two towns are so close-knit that they might as well be the same place.
Except Carrboro is way cooler. I’m talking fresh donuts, fresh greens, fresh dance moves, live music, live people, live bars, dive bars and anything you could want to do while in college. Chapel Hill is great and I love it. Campus is wonderful and incredibly conducive to learning and bettering yourself and all that jazz. Carrboro is conducive to some straight up ignance.
Try it out the second weekend after you move in. Get your friends together and stroll on over to Jade Palace. Or 2nd Wind if you’re 21. Just really soak in the small town goodness, and make sure you complete the taco truck rodeo at least once before you graduate.
Only thing about Carrboro is, you might not actually want to live there just yet. It was a great place tog row up, but man does it suck to have to walk to the bus stop at 6 in the morning. Great place to visit, less great place to live as a student. Being able to walk to class in 10 minutes is a get out of jail free card you don’t even realize you have until it’s gone.
The best time to visit ton is going to be during one of the music events, which happen pretty much all of the time. Weaver Street Market is a really great spot to go and relax and eat something healthy, and they’ve always got a band or two playing there. If you’re more of a night owl, Cat’s Cradle puts on some seriously kick-ass concerts year round. They’ve got Towkio and Amine coming up in October.
So get into your class routine, buy all of your textbooks, then take a night off and go appreciate some dank tacos and tunes in the sleepiest town that never sleeps.
You did it. You’re a Tar Heel, now and forever. You go to the University of National Champions (or I guess technically it stands for North Carolina but whatever).With great power comes great responsibility, and no responsibility is greater than upholding the proud tradition of hating Dook.
If you’re new, you’ve probably heard of the tobacco road rivalry, and you probably also spell the other school’s name “Duke”. You’re in college now so it would be pretty embarrassing to make such basic spelling errors in public. Stay ahead of the curve of incoming first-years and make sure to refer to them as Dook as much as possible 100% of the time.
Now, you guys only have a little bit of time before basketball season starts, so now more than ever it’s important to teach yourself the basics. Basketball is kind of a religion here, and being able to point out exactly which foul Grayson Allen just committed will be sure to make you a few friends.
As for watching the games, the golden rule is one person per square inch of space on the TV screen. Basically watch the games with as many people as possible. It’s a bonding experience, and one that can help you make friends with literally anyone on campus.
On a more serious note, there are very specific etiquette rules surrounding interactions with students from opposing schools. First let’s talk about NC State fans.
Now these guys will stop at absolutely nothing to get you to acknowledge a rivalry between UNC and State. One of the great truths you must learn during your time here is that there totally isn’t. State’s a good school, so are we. On the off-chance that they make the NCAA tournament, you should absolutely cheer for them.
Dook is another story. They are evil. Their mascot is a devil. They know they’re evil. Now you know they’re evil. For you humanities kids, Dook by any other name would smell as gross. For you comp sci kids, Dook.equals(“the worst”). For the rest of you, just check out this guys face, it says it all.
When interacting with Dook students however, it’s important to treat them with as much respect as physically possible. They’re good people who work hard and a lot of the time are actually studying the exact same thing as you. Just remember that you’re school is infinitely better because their shade of blue sucks and this one internet review you read told you they are arbitrarily evil.
Whenever Dook plays someone in the tournament, it is absolutely imperative that you cheer against them. Obtain opposition gear and memorabilia whenever possible. If another school defeats Dook or knocks them out of the tournament, that school is now cool and must be treated as such.
Finally, the most important tip, and what may become one of your best memories at Carolina…………….the Franklin Rush. If you’re from in state you might have heard of Franklin Street. It’s a pretty cool place that;s usually bustling and full of exciting things and people. After we beat Dook you won’t be able to walk. If you’re a current student, I’m sure you remember the championship rush. If you’re new, just picture one of the horde scenes from The Walking Dead. That about sums up how much elbow room you’ll have during the celebration.
The town absolutely explodes after a win and there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. If you cheer a little bit and then go back to your lab report, that is incorrect and your roommate will become morally responsible for delivering a swift smack to the back of your head. If you scream and run out of your dorm straight for Franklin Street as fast as possible that is correct and you will have an incredible night. Running is very important. If you were on the cross country team, you have an obligation to run the entire way. If you were on the debate team, keep a steady pace that is doable for you and think of clever slogans to paint on the signs (my favorite is “Duck Fook but hey).
You can’t really appreciate the full magnitude of Dook’s suckitude until you get here, so I’ll leave it at that. Come watch Grayson Allen trip someone in the Dean Dome and you’ll understand.
Watch with your friends, buy running shoes before the big game, Go Heels, Duck Fook.
Yep, we’re millennials, and we’re not ashamed. So what if we spend a few hours taking some pictures for a few likes? Don’t deny it, we’re all guilty! I know I am! (Shameless plug: Follow me @fania_the_funion :P)
To make it easier for you guys in your Instagram endeavors, I’ve compiled a list of the most photogenic spots on our campus that YOU NEED TO INCLUDE in your dossier before you graduate. We’ll be following our InstaMap, so let’s take a walk, shall we?
1. Dean Dome
Our first stop is the coveted Dean Dome, home to our illustrious basketball team and recent 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. (Duke who? Never heard of ’em.)
Around basketball season, your Insta will be full of pics of the stadium, people in their favorite jerseys, etc.
Go to a basketball game, and cross this one off your bucket list. If you wanna be more artsy, go when no one is there and do some crazy poses. It’ll look good either way.
2. Kenan-Flagler School of Business
Our next spot is just a stair climb away. Though not as popular as some of our other spots, Kenan-Flagler really is a hidden gem.
It’s got a beautiful and regal aesthetic. I mean, it is the business school, duh. There are so many different angles you can go with.
Pro Tip: Check out the flag gallery under the awning. It’ll make you feel like you’re at the U.N. KF also makes a great setting for your LinkedIn photos. Get those connections, homey!
3. SASB Plaza
After a 15 minute walk, we get to our next spot. SASB Plaza is so underrated and it breaks my heart! The brick aesthetic is the ideal! So geometric! So perfect! Plus, all the flowers and trees make this place irresistible . Not only is it nice to lounge in, but it’s also nice to take photos in Not to mention, bonus, our housing office is like, RIGHT THERE, and that’s always amazing.
4. Kenan Stadium
One of my personal favorites is up next, Kenan Stadium. Everything is in Carolina Blue and oh man is to die for. Kenan Stadium is open until 11:00 p.m so you have plenty of opportunities to cross this off your list.
This one is essential for every Tar Heel! I have yet to get one, but I’m excited! Put on some spirit wear and grab some shots with your friends!
5. Bell Tower Amphitheater
This one is nearby and doesn’t really need to have a person in it. This one is a great landscape shot, especially
with the beautiful reflective surface of the Genome Science building right behind it. Pro Tip: Pick a cloudy day for the most beautiful shot!
6. Bell Tower
This shot is an obvious one. Your InstaBucket list is incomplete without this one. This is a great choice for graduation pics if you want something iconic.
Take one in the hedges or feature the pretty teal ceiling from underneath the bell tower.
Composition Tip: Act like you’re leaning against it! This is such a creative shot. People will look at you funny, but it’s so worth it!
7. Wilson Library
For those who want to seem more studious than they are, choose a shot of Wilson Library.
The columns can make any class clown seem serious.
Wilson is one of the more famous landmarks, so it can be hard to get a shot without other people in it, but it’s worth the wait. If anything, it makes good selfie material!
8. Old Well
If you thought I would forget to include this spot, you were poorly mistaken. This well is our symbol, our trademark, our pride. . . Modeled after the Temple of Love in the Garden of Versailles, this well will be giving you all the feels.
Whether it’s an FDOC “drinking from the water fountain picture” or just a beautiful landscape shot, you can’t go wrong with this one. Beautiful in all seasons, the Old Well is definitely a classic.
9. Coker Arboretum
Coker Arboretum, which is on the East side of Cameron Avenue, is one of the most picturesque places on campus.
Home to a variety of native plants, this little piece of Eden is a great place for graduation pics, couple pics, profile pics, or just any kind of photo shoot you can think of.
Benches, flowers, and trees make this a beautiful place to include on your Instagram.
10. Forest Theatre
Last, but not least, is the Forest Theatre right in front of Cobb Residence Hall.
Get in touch with your theatric side, because the magnitude of this place is humbling. With rows upon rows of stone bleachers, you’ll feel as if you were transported back into Shakespearean times. After a few pictures here, you can take a walk around Battle Park, which is right next door, and complete your InstaJourney.
Even though I’ve only included ten spots in this journey, there are plenty more Insta worthy shots all over campus. It doesn’t matter where you are in UNC, everything is beautiful and yours for the taking!
Make sure to follow us on Instagram and send us all your InstaBucket shots for the chance to be featured on our account! #UNCHousingInstaBucket @unchousing
10 ways to make even the worst days seem dry and fly!
Welcome to Carolina, the place where the skies are always Carolina blue and the sunshine is always shining! For a few minutes.
Let’s be real for a second- the weather down south can be a *bit* temperamental, which means that the outdoor barbecue you were planning could be ruined by a torrential downpour if you aren’t lucky. Nevertheless, the great thing about living on campus is that even when it’s dark, dreary, and wet outside, residence halls are always LIT on the inside! 😉 Know what I’m saying? Here are 10 ideas for you to try out the next time a tropical storm comes hurtling up the coast.
1. Go Outside!
I know y’all think I’m some sort of crazy for suggesting this, but I have seen plenty of people who actually choose to stay outside in the rain. As long as the clouds aren’t wearing their thunderware and lightning belts, it can be fun to just play in the rain, and literally let nature wash your problems away.
2. Food n’ Friends
When it’s raining cats and dogs out and you don’t feel like taking a shower on your way to Rams, have a potluck dinner with your friends. Have everyone chip in whatever food you guys have in the fridge, get together on your floor’s kitchen, and just have a good time cooking and chatting over some homemade food! It could be one of your favorite memories one day.
3. Netflix and Pizza
When it’s thundering outside, cozy on up inside. Grab your suite mates, pitch in for a pizza, and binge watch you some House of Cards. Or the Office. Or Sense 8. All Housing Intern approved. Don’t have Netflix? Did you know that by living on campus you get free access to HBOGo? Well you do now! HOUSE OF THRONES GUYS, go, go, GO!
4. Take a Nap!
Don’t feel like doing anything? This one is easy. Just curl up in bed and catch up on your ZZZZZs. The soft pitter patter of rain on your windows will lull you to sleep.
5. Yoga Time
Rain is zen, and you should be too. Get in touch with nature AND yourself by doing some downward dog. Stressed about an upcoming midterm or final? Pro tip: The bridge pose (https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/bridge-pose) is great for releasing anxiety!
6. Game Night
Residence Halls are equipped with an arsenal of enhancements! I’m talking video games, board games, and rec room games. For example, Craige Residence Hall not only has a pool table, ping pong table, and air hockey table, it it also has an XBOX 360. Use these to your advantage! Go have some fun!
7. Spa Night
Listen, we’re all stressed. We go to one of the best universities in the country! Stress causes wrinkles. Treat yo’ skin by doing some facials. Put those cucumbers on your eyes and get rid of bags! It can be so relaxing. Turn your night in into a spa night!
8. Arts n’ Craft
Sometimes, you just have to paint something. It can be super fun to break out the scissors and glue stuff with your roommates. Plus, your room could always use some more decorating. Peep some ideas on our Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/unchousing/)!
9. Karaoke Night
Go on YouTube, load up your favorite songs, and have a good time belting it out with your friends. Heck, invite people you don’t know! There is no better bonding than badly rapping to Chance the Rapper. Pro Tip: Check if your residence hall has a karaoke machine in storage!
10. Working Out
Okay, this probably isn’t as much fun as a choice as eating pizza, BUT if you have free time, why not make some gains? Do squats, work on the booty, and thank me later. 😉 It’s still better than studying!
I could go on and on with fun things to do. Just because the sky is crying, doesn’t mean you have to also! It’s always a good day to be living in Carolina, rain or shine!
An incomplete list of the times Carolina brings on the waterworks
UNC has made us all cry at some point. And if it hasn’t made you yet, it will. Be it tears of joy, pain, laughter, anxiety, awe, or anything in between, we have all let a tear or two (or hundred) fall for Carolina.
While it’s true I’m a sensitive soul who cries at least once a day for any number of silly reasons, I don’t think you have to have the same emotional muddle of a mind I do in order to experience the many overwhelming feelings that come with being a Tar Heel.
There are just some things that resonate deep within all our Carolina souls and hit us straight in the Tar Feels—and we can’t help but cry.
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