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Notes from a Large-Scale Housing Veteran

A blaring siren cuts through the darkness of the room. I roll over and cover myself with my pillow, pretending this isn’t happening. Not now, not today… A sigh comes from beneath my lofted bed. My roommate grumbles as he slips into his Nike slides. I reluctantly sloth down from my mattress padded palace as he open our door. Light from the suite hallway floods our faces, causing me to squint. The obnoxious alarm, which I thought couldn’t get any worse, is now twice as loud and accompanied by strobing emergency lights. I pass by my half-awake suitemates and exit onto the hall balcony.

All ten stories of Morrison are up out of their beds.
Everyone is up. And everyone is angry.

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5 Campus Support Resources Every Tar Heel Should Know

Hey Carolina Fam,

While we love being here for y’all by making goofs of ourselves, chatting it up when you stop at our table in during orientation, and organizing giveaways to stuff your cribs, we’re also well aware that things aren’t always sunshine and unicorn farts.

Life happens, and sometimes it can get a little tough. So as true family, just know that we are always ready and prepared to get you through whatever it is that you’re going through. Here are five (of the many, many, many) ways we’ve always got your back:

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The Ultimate Carolina Housing Bucket List

50 Things You Have To Do While You Live on Campus

Bored at home after another unforgettable year at Carolina? Or maybe you just can’t wait to experience your first year on campus? Keep reading to fix some of the summer blues, and plan the exciting year ahead! Unfortunately, your time living on campus can’t last forever. Make the most of your on-campus years by completing everything on this list. I promise, you’ll have the time of your life doing it. And if you do, don’t forget to snap a few pictures and send them in so we can post them on our social media accounts!

  1. Stargaze in Kenan Stadium. You won’t always be walking distance from this legendary football stadium. Take your significant other (aka your roommate) and soak in a beautiful Chapel Hill night.
  2. Sled down Skipper Bowles on a snow day. Grab your best friends and anything with a smooth, slippery surface for what’s sure to be the best 10 seconds of your day. Extra points if you use a DPS traffic block (you didn’t hear it from us).
  3. Hang a hammock on Ehringhaus lawn. Study, nap, play the guitar – whatever you want, and relax – you’ve earned it.
  4. Have a picnic on the quad. Nothing screams college more than picnicking in front of Wilson Library on a sunny day.
  5. Go to a free CUAB movie at the Union. Be smart – embrace the life of broke college student.
  6. Join every club you like at Fallfest. And then unsubscribe from almost all the listservs. It is important to find what you’re actually interested in, but tha
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    Students in one of many UNC clubs

    t doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give Quidditch a chance.

  7. Create or join an intramural team. You don’t have to win to have fun… but those intramural champion t-shirts are pretty cool.
  8. Get an on-campus job. Sometimes having money is nice, and this way you get to stay on-campus and meet some awesome other students (shoutout campus rec).
  9. Go to a group fitness class at the SRC or Rams Head. Try something new like Zumba and get your workout in. Don’t forget to show off your moves somewhere next Saturday night too.
  10. Pull an all-nighter. Don’t be afraid to wear your pajamas in the UL at 4 am, as Zac Efron said, “we’re all in this together”.
  11. Get a 100% on an exam. Good luck with this one.
  12. Collect as much free stuff as possible at Fallfest. College motto: If it’s free, take it. Do I wear my XXL UNC Women’s Rugby Shirt? No. Do I regret getting it? Definitely not.
  13. Play racquetball at Fetzer Gym. Need a fun date idea? Impress that girl from your Bio 101 class with your new LFIT skills.
  14. Take a selfie with Carol Folt. Our chancellor is infamous for her selfies with students, and it’s sure to get you maximum likes on Instagram.
  15. Follow UNC Housing on social media. Shameless plug, but you won’t regret it – I’ve heard they’re hilarious.
  16. Rush Franklin when we beat Dook this year – or win the Natty. Don’t be that person that walks, run like your life depends on it.
  17. Host a Cinco de Mayo party in your dorm. If you’re done with exams, celebrate/mourn the end of the semester with your suitemates.
  18. Order in with your roommate. Have some roomie bonding time by ordering something from Takeout Central and watching a movie together. Even if you hate each other now, you’re gonna miss this person when you don’t see them everyday
  19. Sneak onto a roof. Any roof, anytime, 
  20. Go to TEDxUNC. Learn something new and have fun doing it.
  21. Jog around campus. One of the best ways to explore campus is jogging through it. Chances are you’ll run into that hot boy from your 8 am and show him how #fit you are.
  22. Go to the Sunset Serenade. This is my favorite Week of Welcome event. Watching all the acapella groups sing is a great way to start fall semester.
  23. Take lots of pictures. You’ll want to remember these years.
  24. And occasionally, don’t take any pictures. Sometimes you need to just put down your phone and live in the moment.nywhere, just do it.
  25. Attend a Varsity sporting event that’s not football or basketball. I don’t know about you but I’ve heard the rowing team’s home race is pretty lit. #ROWHEELS
  26. Paint your face and get in the front row for a football game. People say we’re not a football school, but did we go undefeated at home this year? Oh yeah, we did, didn’t we?!
  27. Drink from the Old Well on FDOC. I must be doing it wrong because for some reason I don’t have a 4.0 gpa.
  28. Go to YOPO. Go to Yopo a lot… like a lot. And try the Oreo.
  29. Take pictures in front of the Old Well with your squad on a snow day. Or a sunny day, or on a cloudy day… or just any day.
  30. Link arms with strangers at the end of a Basketball game in the Dean Dome to sing ‘Hark the Sound’. It’s always a magical moment, especially when we win, which is most of the time.

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    A game at the Dean Dome
  31. Binge watch Game of Thrones. Take advantage of the free HBO GO while you can. I’m not telling you to procrastinate studying for your upcoming midterm, but…
  32. Watch a basketball game from the risers. Worth the wait. 
  33. Sit in the arboretum. A beautiful hidden campus gem; meditate, do yoga, picnic, or make out on a hidden bench, the possibilities are endless.
  34. Go to Late Night at Rams. Especially when they have turkey burgers, or when Say is making omelettes, or just go every night.
  35. Go to Late Night at Lenoir during exams. It’s like late night met an awkward middle school dance – and there’s candy… lots of
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  36. People watch in the Pit. Watch Gary the Pit Preacher while you run into approximately everyone you’ve ever met.
  37. Visit the Outdoor Recreation Center. A short walk from south campus, you won’t regret exploring everything this underutilized resource has to offer. From glowstick ziplining to high ropes courses there are plenty of ways to bond with all your new friends.
  38. Ride the full P2P route. One night that you don’t go out, grab your friends and ride the whole thing. If you go on a Saturday night you’re sure to be fully entertained… just avoid the guy that looks like he’s about to puke.
  39. Go to RHA’s silent disco. It’s your own private dance party with thousands of your closest friends. Get there early to get a free t-shirt because #freestuff.
  40. Run the stairs at Kenan Stadium. Get a peep into the life of
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    The Davie Poplar Bench

    a student-athlete, and then go get a large Yopo after.

  41. Sit on the Davie Poplar Bench with your significant other. Who knows, I’ve heard lots of stories about married couples that met during undergrad at UNC.
  42. Climb the climbing wall at the Rec Center. Utilize this cool place while you live just a few minutes away, and get a cool insta at the same time.
  43. Walk across campus in the morning as the sun is rising. You only get a few years to live on the most beautiful campus in the country, make sure you take the time to appreciate it.
  44. Go to $1 hot dog day at the Bosh. A 2 min walk from Ehaus and Avery Baseball, hot dogs, and the Tar Heels. #MERICA

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    Boshamer Stadium
  45. Join a random group of people playing soccer on Ehringhaus fields. Chances are they’ll be happy to let you join, and if not, slowly walk away and avoid eye contact.
  46. Make a walk of shame… from Davis to the UL at 2 am. We’ve all been there, and at least you won’t be doing it in heels.
  47. Visit Gimghoul Castle. Go explore this haunted building at night, but don’t forget your flashlight.
  48. Nap on a couch at Graham Memorial on a rainy day. Don’t even try to study on one of these overstuffed couches, you will fall asleep within 3 minutes flat.
  49. Watch the streakers in the library during exams. Or be a streaker – that’s a personal preference.
  50. Be thankful every single day that you live in the best place on earth.  It’s always a GDTBATH.

    The Old Well
    The Old Well

Don’t forget to email me pictures of all your adventures next year – jessschm@live.unc.edu!

-Jess

Meet The Bloggers: Luke Gaines

Hi, my name is Luke Gaines and I am Carolina Housing’s summer’s video production intern! You’ll be seeing a lot of videos about tips and tricks for things relating to living on campus this summer. If you have any comments or questions you would like answered, feel free to give me a shoutout on our Twitter, Instagram, or through an E-mail!

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Hometown: Asheville, NC
Year: Junior
Major: Communications (Media Production)
Where I’ve Lived On Campus: Hinton James, Morrison
Campus Involvement: Executive Producer for Carolina Film Association
Email: luxtegan@live.unc.edu
Let me start off by saying that living on campus is a crucial part of the illusive Carolina Experience. My experience living on campus can be summed up in a single word, and that word is family. UNC is a big school, and it keeps on getting larger with each new class. It can be intimidating moving to a place full of strangers, and for some it can be overwhelming. However, I am 100% certain that living on campus is the easiest way to become immersed in everything Carolina has to offer.  Living in the dorms puts you in close proximity to friends, class, dinning halls, libraries, you name it! I can attest to the fact that residential housing made me love this campus and all the people that are a part of it.
On the day my random roommate and I chose our freshman year dorm, I did not know anything about campus. My online efforts rendered maps of a place I had never seen before and pictures of dorms that all looked the same. Similar to the process of throwing a dart blindfolded, we randomly picked Hinton James, the largest dorm on campus. Although I thought I would have perfered a small dorm at the time, it turned out to be one of the best happy-accident moments of my life. It was in Hinton James (natively referred to as HoJo) that I developed lasting friendships in a suite on the 8th floor. It was there that I learned how to serve a volleyball, where I had my first cram mesh for a final, and my first time setting fire to a microwave.
My point being, college is full of ups and downs, of successes and failures. The best way to power through these next 4 years is with others. I would not be where I am today without the support of my friends from on-campus housing, and I can assure you that you will meet someone in your dorm that years from now you can’t imagine living without.
Your blogger,
Luke Gaines

To Bring or Not To Bring

The aisles of Target are stacked high with plastic storage bins and laundry baskets. Your mom drags you to Bed Bath & Beyond for the third time with a checklist longer than the walk from Hinton James to Franklin Street. Yep…college shopping season has arrived.

Getting everything you need before move-in day can be overwhelming. You have the basics (twin XL sheets, microfridge, alarm clock), but some things you don’t realize you need until you arrive on campus. When you’re loading up your parents’ minivan, make sure you have these 10 often overlooked items!

1. Umbrella: Chapel Hill, North Carolina—where the weather can switch from 10% chance of rain to 100% chance of thunderstorms in the time it takes you to walk to the bus stop right outside your residence hall (I speak from personal experience). Sitting in a cramped lecture hall soaking wet is no fun, so keep a small, portable umbrella in your backpack.

2. Lysol wipes: When one person on your floor gets sick, EVERYONE on your floor gets sick. Fight the inevitable campus-wide cold by wiping your doorknobs, desk, and other germ-ridden surfaces with Lysol wipes. You’ll also need them if you’re living in a residence hall where you have to clean your own bathroom (Koury, Horton, Craige North, and Hardin).

Professional Clothes

3. Professional clothes: Athletic shorts and T-shirts may as well be the UNC student uniform, but you’ll have to get dressed up more often than you’d think. Pack a business suit and a few business casual outfits for career fairs, on-campus job interviews, student organization meetings, etc.

4. Shower shoes: When you’re sharing a bathroom with 7 (or more) other people, you’re going to want something between your feet and the floor. Stop by Old Navy and pick up a few pairs of $2 flip-flops!

5. School supplies: College is still school, after all! Unlike in high school, though, your professors won’t care what you use to stay organized. I keep it simple with an accordion file for papers, a five-subject notebook (one section for each class), pens, and pencils.

Dinnerware

6. Dinnerware: Bring a plate, bowl, mug, spoon, and fork for those days when you’re not feeling Rams Head for dinner or you want to heat up some leftovers. Also, most residence hall programs are “bring your own bowl/mug/etc.”, so don’t get stuck using a paper towel as a plate for your pancakes!

7. Desk fan: I can’t sleep without my desk fan—the white noise drowns out loud floormates and slamming doors, or conversely, keeps the room from being too quiet. Not to mention, you’ll want a way to cool off after walking back from class in the 90-degree late summer heat.

8. Reusable water bottle: Don’t forget to stay hydrated! I fill up my water bottle every morning at Top of Lenoir, and most residence halls (and the Union) have water fountains with bottle attachments.

Surge Protector

9. Small duffel bag: Club sports, student organizations, church groups, and other things you may decide to join sometimes travel. Whether you’re going on an overnight trip or just heading home for the weekend, you’ll need something to pack your stuff in.

10. Power strip/surge protector: The number of wall outlets is limited, especially when you’re sharing the space with a roommate. I use a power strip (with a flat plug so it fits behind my desk) to plug in my phone, laptop, lamp, desk fan, and other electronic devices.

As you’re checking items off that mile-long college list, make sure to pick up these lesser-known essentials—you’ll be glad you have them once you move into your residence hall. Happy shopping!

The view from: Hinton James

With the next edition of our residence hall series, it’s time to visit the most populous of the first-year residence halls: Hinton James. There’s something for everyone here, and with ten stories, it truly is a diverse place.

Hinton James houses the most students of any building on campus.
Hinton James houses the most students of any building on campus.

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The View from: Craige

Welcome to the Reslife blog, summer 2015 edition. If you’re an incoming first-year, you’ve recently received your housing assignment for the 2015-16 school year. While there is ample information about the residence halls on the official housing website, it doesn’t provide context and personality to the place you’ll be calling home next year! This series of posts will give a closer look, from a former resident’s perspective – there’s much more than meets the eye in every residence hall.

Craige - a six story residence hall which is the only building in the Craige Community.
Craige – a six story residence hall which is the only building in the Craige Community.

The first residence hall is Craige – where I lived my first year.

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5 Essential College Items

Move-In Day is only one week away, so I’m sure you’ve been working tirelessly all summer to gather the decorations and supplies you’ll need for your new room on campus. Here are a few things you may have forgotten that I recommend that every student living on campus have ready to go for the perfect room.

Damage-free hanging strips and hooks

These are essential for hanging anything on your walls: photos, banners, posters, whatever! You can’t put any holes in your walls in our residence halls, so these guys will ensure that you can cover those boring white concrete blocks with whatever your heart desires.

 

Shower caddy

If you’re living in a four-room suite, a caddy is essential, because you can’t leave any personal items in the bathroom. They’re a good idea in a two-room suite as well, because four people storing bottles in one shower can get a little crowded. In my first year on campus, I chose one with a separate mini-caddy that I could use for just my toothbrush and toothpaste, so I didn’t have to take the entire thing- shampoo bottles and all- into the bathroom multiple times a day. Forget one of these, and toting bottles back and forth will get old very quickly.

Storage drawers and bins

While your room will come with a desk and a dresser, you might find you don’t have enough storage for things like snacks and school supplies. Extra plastic bins and drawers are great because they are light and easy to move in, plus you can even pack your things in them ahead of time. If you’ll be living in Craige, Ehringhaus or Hinton James, check out this post about your built-in closet dimensions and get storage bins that will fit above your closet!

Extension cords

Because the outlet never seems to be exactly where you’d like it to be, does it? Especially handy if you plan to loft your bed and want to have a clip-on lamp up there for nighttime reading.

PS. Two-pronged extension cords are not allowed in residence halls.

 

Foam Mattress Pad

Sleep is important for a college student, so get one of these and make those eight hours count!

What do you find essential for living in a college residence hall? Share in the comments! And for an extensive To-Bring list, check out the 2014 Move-In Guide.

Get Involved with UNC Habitat!

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What is it?

UNC Habitat is a campus organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to provide affordable housing to low-income families. The houses are built by supervised volunteers and paid for with a nonprofit mortgage. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has helped almost 200 families in 25 years.

UNC Habitat sends members to sites every Friday and Saturday. Volunteers don’t need any experience building or tools, just a pair of sneakers, work clothes, and a positive attitude! Continue reading Get Involved with UNC Habitat!

Top 10 First-Year Flings

A bucket list for your first year at Carolina

Students at an icecream social in Upper Quad community.
Upper Quad residents enjoy ice cream at a community program.

Everyone has their own Carolina experience. Of course it will involve studying and going to class, along with going to the dining hall and sharing a shower with your suitemates. Some get really involved in the Campus Y, some join sororities/fraternities, some volunteer, some become community governors and some play every intramural sport out there – even inner tube water polo.

But there are some things that would be a shame to miss in your first year being a Tar Heel.

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