Category Archives: New Students

How is it already time for finals?

Keep calm and rock those finals with these study tips

  • Don’t cram–I know that during exam week, this is difficult especially if you have two exams on the same day.  Try to spread out your studying as much as possible. Utilize the reading days as much as you can. And I know you don’t want hear this, but if your exam is cumulative, you may want to begin reviewing those notes from August and September over Thanksgiving break.
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The lobby of Kenan is one of my favorite places to study.
  • Find a study spot that works for you–We all have that spot that works best for us, whether it is the back corner of the 8th floor of Davis, a certain study lounge in your residence hall or in your room. But find that spot were you can focus and get least distracted.
  • Find a study method that works for you–If you need to memorize basic information, flash cards always work for me. If you have questions, run them by other classmates. Just make sure your studying always follows the honor code. Continue reading How is it already time for finals?

Cupcakes make it worthwhile

Claiming your Housing experience as your own


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Jess and me beside our rescued cupcake

With one motion, a passerby tore it off the wall and crumpled it in his hand. “No!” Jess and I cried, rushing to retrieve the three-foot-wide paper cupcake which once adorned our hallway. Lovingly constructed by our RA, the cheerful poster advertised a cupcake-decorating party held several days before. Though Jess and I had just met a few days ago, we already agreed on one thing: that paper cupcake wasn’t going anywhere.


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The best of both worlds

Myth-busting the idea that one cannot be Greek and live on campus

I want to address some hesitations and myths about being Greek and also living on campus. I rushed first semester of my first-year, so I have been Greek for essentially all my time at Carolina. I have also lived on campus during all my time at Carolina. It is totally possible to do both and I have found that I get the best of two communities by doing so.

Myth #1: If I live on campus, I will never spend any time at my house.

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Some Sigmas enjoy a meal at the house.

This can be as true or false as you want it to be. I lived in Hinton James last year, which is about as far away from my sorority house as you can be while still being on campus, and I still spent plenty of time at Sigma. My meal plan is through Sigma, so for lunch every day I would eat at the house. It’s much closer to my classes than HJ, and I loved the food and being able to talk with my friends every day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, when I had a longer lunch break, I would eat and then go to our study area in the house. To me, this would take the same amount of time as eating in a dining hall and then going to a library to study.

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Top 10 random things to do with your roommate

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My roommate and me (right)

Your relationship with your roommate can make or break your college experience

Now roommates don’t have to be best friends, but getting along and being able to somewhat understand each other is crucial. Here are some fun things you and your roommate can do together whether you have known each other forever or are trying to break the ice.

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New Blogger Alert!

Attention UNC, we have some new bloggers on the scene! Meet Simone, Megan, and Brittany, UNC Housing’s newest public relations interns for the Fall 2011-Spring 2012 school year.

These three students will be bringing you the ins and outs of UNC residence life. They will be arming you with useful knowledge, providing ideas for fun new things to do on campus, and answering your questions about all things Housing.

Each of these ladies brings a unique perspective that will make for an exciting year of reports on residence life. Get to know them here.

Simone Suber

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Simone Suber

Hometown: Charlotte, NC (by way of Queens, NY!)

Year: Junior

Major: Global Studies; Art History minor

Current Residence: Taylor Hall; formerly Ram Village 4

Campus Involvement: UNC HOPE, Carolina Style on STV, CUAB – Art Committee


Read Simone’s profile or check out her posts!




Megan Carroll

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Megan Carroll

Hometown: Cary, NC

Year: Sophomore

Major: Journalism and Mass Communications–Public Relations; Spanish minor; Sexuality Studies minor

Current Residence Hall: McIver! (Kenan Community is the best!)

Campus Involvement: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, WELL Living Learning Community, Relay for Life Planning Committee, Blue & White Magazine


Read Megan’s profile or check out her posts!


Brittany Darst

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Brittany Darst

Hometown: Apex, North Carolina

Year: Sophomore

Major: Journalism and Mass Communications–Public Relations/Chinese

Current Residence: Aycock

Campus Involvement: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and The Carolina Swing Club


Read Brittany’s profile or check out her posts!




Carolina snow day

 My Most Treasured Carolina Memory

Carroll Hall in the snow
Carroll Hall in the snow

Seventy percent chance of snow in Chapel Hill?! Immediately, I closed my laptop, buttoned my coat, and pattered down the marble steps of Wilson Library. No snowflakes yet, but my friend and I were going Christmas shopping, and the air was sharply fragrant with anticipation.

By the time we reached Franklin Street, magical bits of heaven were swirling down from the gray sky and I felt giddy as a child. Following signs down a winding path behind the storefronts to a place called “Back Door CDs,” we discovered a tiny shop the size of half my room in Hinton James. Stacks upon stacks of old classic CDs and records and DVDs and posters and 45s crammed every inch of space.

“How long has this place been here?” I asked the shopkeeper who looked as old and “used” as the CDs which crowded him to the ears. “Twenty-plus years,” he replied, running my debit card through an ancient machine. Smiling at the obvious fact that he had been there all twenty years, I asked, “Should I get the digitally remastered version of Days of Future Passed or the original?” “Well,” he replied seriously, “if you care about sound, I would definitely spend the extra dollar.” And I did.

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Why live on campus? An inside look

The Resident Advisor Perspective of On-Campus Living

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Irene is an RA in Ram Village


In addition to being a resident of the wonderful Taylor Hall, Irene is also the Resident Advisor for the first and second floors.  I caught up with Irene this week to find out more about her experiences and what makes living on campus so great.

Name: Irene Neequaye

Year: Senior

Major: Anthropology and Global Studies double major

Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Housing Status:  On-campus, Taylor Hall aka Ram Village 4.





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Which student organization is for me?

Using to find your place logo helps you find student orgs at UNC-CH

I hope you’re enjoying the remainder of your summer, soaking in the rays wherever that may be! And I hope for your sake it isn’t as hot as it is in Chapel Hill right now. Being from Boston I’m not used to these 100+ degree days, so the air-conditioning has become my best friend.

I wanted to take some time to let y’all (I’m working on my Southern accent) know about a great new tool that UNC will be using this year to help you find student organizations to join, and to make it a little easier to keep up with the messages from the groups you already participate in. It’s the website

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Wonder who it’s from?

How to pick up mail and packages


The mail room of Morrison Packaging Center
There's even a basket of lollipops. What more could you ask for?

If you happen to be the first one of your siblings to leave for college, your family is probably going to have a bit of a hard time letting go. How will they remedy this? Maybe by sending you care packages to remind you that you are supposed to miss them a lot more and that you haven’t called in the last month. Well, maybe not that much of a guilt trip, but just to say that they love you!

Perhaps you are going to buy your books online and you haven’t bought them yet for class by the time that you get to campus in the fall, and you have to ship your books to campus. Where are they going to go? You need to get them – you can’t get through your classes without your textbook no matter what you think.

The answer to all of this: Spencer and Morrison Package Centers! Check out this video that shows where to address your package, how to pick it up, and where to do so.

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