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You Mean I Get Whaaat Perks?

For all of you keeping track, tuition and fees are racking up to be about $8,910 for in-state and $34,938 for OOS students in the 2018-2019 academic year. Woahhh that’s a lot of money! While this may look like a big hit to you and your parents’ bank accounts, Carolina is actually Kiplinger’s Best Value University (WOOHOO another thing we are number one in). Basically, you’re getting everything you pay for AND more.

But what exactly are you paying for? What does “tuition and fees” even mean? I know looking at a list of what is included in your fees can be a little confusing, so I’ve highlighted some of the totally awesome perks you don’t want to miss out on as a UNC student.

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  1. Access to Makerspaces

These spots are so cool. BeAM@Carolina is a recent addition to UNC’s campus. The program includes a network of makerspaces to design and produce physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship, or just for fun! There are four makerspaces on campus: Murray Hall, Hanes Art Center, Kenan Science Library, and Carmichael Hall. Here, you can 3-D print, design your own stickers, make unique laser-cut products, woodshop, and so much more! Best part? It’s at no additional cost for UNC students. You have to attend an orientation session first to get familiar with the tools, but after that, you’re free to release your inner creator!

Pro-tip: don’t want to spend the money on laptop stickers? No problem- head to one of the makerspaces and print your own!

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2. Athletic Event Tickets

Basketball and football seasons are great (can I get a #NattyChamps anyone?), but what makes them even better is knowing you don’t have to pay for any of the tickets! While some of your friends at other schools have to pay hundreds of dollars for season tickets, here at Carolina students can swipe into athletic events with their OneCard. Basketball is a little tough- you have to sign up online to receive tickets through a lottery system, but for all the other sports all you’ll need is a OneCard and a few Carolina chants memorized. Did I mention every four-year student since 1978 has experienced at least one national championship in one of Carolina’s 28 varsity sports? That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

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3. Recreation Centers

Stressed about gaining the #Freshman15? Don’t worry. At Carolina, your student fees provide you with a membership to all of the campus rec services. No pain no gain? You can use all of the equipment and facilities on campus to do some heavy lifting. Trust me, your chemistry textbook is NOT meant as a weight.

But maybe you’re more of a group person. There are several classes taught every day by certified instructors in everything from Zumba to Yoga. Check out the schedules on the campus rec website and bring a friend along for an hour of high energy movements.

Finally, for all of you who were all-state athletes and don’t want to give up your sport quite yet, you can sign up for an intramural team or try out for a club team. The winning IM team for each sport gets an intramural champion t-shirt that’ll have everyone jealous of your athletic abilities.  

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4. Adobe Creative Cloud 

Being a design nerd myself, this is one of the hidden gems UNC provides for students that changed the way I do assignments. Every student with a UNC email can create an Adobe account and download ALL of the Adobe programs at no cost! Part of Carolina’s Digital Literacy initiative is to integrate the Creative Cloud into classrooms, so don’t be surprised if your English 105 teacher asks you to use it on your next project. UNC is one of the only schools in the country to provide their students to complete access, so take advantage of it! If you need help getting started with the software, students also have access to Lynda.com and the Media Resource Center in the basement of the UL. Almost all of your design questions can be answered here.

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5. Discount Performing Arts Tickets

One of my suitemates freshman year was a huge theatre person, so she starred in several shows throughout the year. I wanted to be a good friend and support her, but I had no job, which meant no money either. Luckily, UNC students receive discount tickets to all performing art events on campus. In fact, most shows cost as little as $5! While most of us can only sing in the shower, it’s cool to see how fellow Tar Heels rock a stage.

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6. Residence Hall Association 

When you sign up for a housing contract, some of your fees go towards the Residence Hall Association. What is RHA you ask? RHA is an organization on campus that puts on different events throughout the year for the school and in your residence hall. Every year, RHA hosts a viewing party for UNC-Duke Basketball games. Trust me, this is the one game you don’t want to miss. Unfortunately, tickets for the game are hard to come by, so where better to watch the game than in a room full of other Duke-hating Heels?

Additionally, every residential community has a Community Government that puts on events on a weekly basis. These events are great places to become friends with the students in your hall. Having been a part of my community’s CoGo, I can tell you almost all events come with the assumption of #PhreePhood, so don’t miss them! Meal swipes can get low towards the end of a semester, so make sure to save them whenever you can.

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7. Campus Health

Contrary to popular belief, an apple a day doesn’t always keep the doctor away. And for a lot of students, living on campus means being away from home for the first time. When there’s no one around to make you the chicken noodle soup that always made you feel better, make sure to make an appointment with Campus Health. Every student pays a Campus Health fee anyway, so you might as well use it! No one likes feeling under the weather, especially here at Carolina where there is something new going on every day. Head to one of the clinics as soon as you feel something is wrong. All of the doctors are super friendly and will get you back to perfect health in no time.

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What I’m trying to say is, Carolina has so much more to offer than you could possibly imagine. Don’t let your four years go by without using all the resources you can!

Get Eco-Friendly for Earth Day

How to Make Every Day Earth Day

Let’s face it: you have been  too caught up in “finals mode” to realize that it’s Earth Day today! Though you may not have time to celebrate the Earth, hopefully you guys strive to live eco-friendly every day. Here are some tips to get started if you don’t know how:

  • Liven up the room

I truly believe that a living plant in one’s room increases happiness by 200% . I’ve had a plant from IKEA since freshman year and let me tell you, it has made me appreciate the Earth so much more. There’s something cool about having something grow in your own room (not including mold!!!) Making an investment in going green becomes so much better when you can see what you’re saving.

If you stop by one of our pit sits this summer, keep an eye out and you may acquire one of our cool planting kits:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You have probably heard the mantra like ten thousand times. However, this elementary motto does make for a pretty good checklist. Have you been reducing your usage of light, water, and waste lately? Do you make an effort to live a sustainable lifestyle? Do you use the blue recycle bin? Ask yourself these simple questions throughout the day, and you’ll be surprised by the answers.

  • Don’t Ditch it. Donate It!

Each spring, Carolina Housing partners with the UNC Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling to make it easy for you to donate your unwanted but still usable items. Through the “Don’t Ditch It, Donate It!” program, UNC has saved nearly 500,000 pounds of unwanted items from entering local landfills.

Find out more information here: Don’t Ditch it. Donate It!

  • Invest in an eco-friendly lifestyle

No, I don’t mean going for a boho-chic look and buying tapestries. When I say investing in an eco-friendly lifestyle, I mean becoming a more informed and aware consumer. Buy reusable items, such as reusable water bottles and dishes, rather than disposable items. Bring a bag with you when you shop for groceries, so that you don’t have to use nasty ol’ plastic.

Even if you’ve never gone green before, it’s never too late to start! Now more than ever, the Earth needs us. Being a college student doesn’t have to stop us from making a difference.

Summer Troubles: Resources for Finding that Summer Internship

And why it’s not the end of the world if you don’t.

There’s a certain culture around college students. Getting good grades is not enough anymore, clubs aren’t enough anymore, we need to work as well! Summers are a great opportunity to put what you learned to the ultimate test – with a summer job! Chemistry and Biology students want to work in a lab, business students want to work for a big company, etc. Unfortunately, unless you’re a junior, finding a summer internship can be pretty tough. Even if you are a junior, it can still be discouraging if you apply as much as you can but you still can’t seem to get a response.  Here are some tips on where to look for a job and also some tips on what to do if a job isn’t for you this summer!

1. Prepare a Resume

Applying for a job becomes significantly easier if you have a resume prepared. It can be helpful to tailor a resume for each job you apply to but having a general one prepared for a quick application is always handy. Plus, changes are easy to make once you have the skeleton all typed out.

Helpful tips: Use strong action verbs for you bullets and include quantifiable results whenever you can! Remember – you don’t need official work experience to have a strong resume. List any extracurricular activities where you have contributed a lot of your time!

Click on this link to see some good examples of resumes for multiple jobs and industries!

2. Update your LinkedIn

LinkedIn is like the Facebook/Twitter/Instagram of the professional world! LinkedIn is a very useful tool for applying to jobs as well as connecting to the vast UNC alumni network. You can often utilize this connection to get more information about a place you want to work. Everyone is willing to help out their fellow Tar Heel! Make sure you have a professional photo and a strong summary. After that, it’s pretty simple to format your LinkedIn like your resume.

3. Create a Profile on Handshake

If you haven’t heard, Handshake is a useful resource provided by the university to help you apply for jobs. Many recruiters will post their open positions on handshake and will accept their applications there. Unlike other job websites like Indeed.com or Glassdoor, Handshake has a higher concentration of jobs available specifically for students. You can find Handshake here.

4. Check Out other Job Sites

That being said, Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com are still incredibly useful tools as well. Check in periodically to find job postings that might look attractive to you!

5. Look for other Summer Options

It’s important to remember that finding is a job is not always feasible for everyone and is not the only option to pursue.

Summer classes are incredibly useful – you can get extra credits to help you graduate on time, early, or even get a second major.

Studying abroad is also a good choice since many employers actually want to see experience abroad. Plus, if you don’t get to travel in college, when will you be able to travel?

Volunteering is like a job, but unpaid. It feels wonderful to give back to the community and is as equally impressive on your resume.

Working on campus over the summer is a good way to get extra experience as well. For example, UNC Housing is hiring summer interns right now! Click here for more info!

 

As you can see, you have plenty of options and your summer isn’t something you should stress out about. The most important thing to remember is that you should never give up! Sometimes it takes apply to 1000 jobs to get that one job – but it’s totally worth it!

Good luck!

A (Semi-Serious) Guide to Registering for Classes

How to get the classes you want without shedding years off of your life.

It might just be the indecisive NC weather, but it seems like we’re approaching the end of the school year! That’s right, only one more month of excruciating Mondays and nights in Davis. If you’re not hit with the nostalgia of senior year, you probably have to register for classes. I created this guide so that you don’t end up doing something like clicking on the wrong button when you’re registration time starts (I may have done this).

Step 1: Check Your Time

Time to pull out your four-leaf clover, because this part is all luck. I heard a rumor that UNC gives you two good times, two bad times, and two okay times, but this still has to be proven. Make sure you know your registration time and plan accordingly! Pro Tip: If you have a 9:00 a.m. registration time, you will probably get into that 300 person class. Just sayin’.

Step 2: Make your schedules!

For me, this is the most fun part of the process (I am saying this as an experienced online shopper). Here, you can at least pretend that you’re considering taking 8ams. In my opinion, Connect Carolina’s schedule planner is the best way to schedule classes. You can access it by clicking Plan -> Shopping Cart -> Schedule Planner (located underneath the search button).

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Step 3: Wait

So you know your registration time, filled your shopping cart up the wazoo, and made realistic schedules for yourself—now what? Well, all you can do is wait… and get ready for the madness that is class registration.

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It’s showtime.

Step 5: OHMYGOSHCLICKCLICKCLICK (AKA REGISTER)

All that time spent hovering over the button has come to this! I would use an online world clock to be sure you aren’t clicking too early or too late. My only advice for this part of the registration process is to click like you’re semester depends on it.

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Step 6: Celebrate!

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You did it!

Congratulations, you are registered for another semester at UNC! If you don’t get the classes you want, don’t freak out. Just keep an eye out for those classes throughout the rest of the semester and summer.

I hope this post helps relieve at least some of the stress you’re feeling. It may sound cliche, but things always work out in the end.

Life as an OA

Have you ever wandered what it is OAs exactly do? Lucky for you, we asked sophomore Yash Nalla what being an OA actually means, and why you should be one too!

 OA SPOTLIGHT

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What’s it like being an OA? It’s really chill. It’s a job where I feel i can utilize my people skills, and really exercise my love of talking to people and helping people. It’s also [a job] where I have the freedom to create my own schedule and not have to suffer under strict rule and regulations.

Why did you decide to apply to be an OA? I decided to apply to be an OA after being a part of Community Government in my first-year dorm. From there, I learned that one of the best ways to get further involved in Housing is to apply to be either an OA or RA.
What kind of duties do you do as an RA? It’s a lot of administrative, secretarial-type stuff. You have to mann the desk, answer phone calls, and sort mail. If there’s any type of enhancement that residents want to check out or utilize, you have to keep track of those.
Do you talk to other people who work in Housing? I’d actually say that a lot of the other OAs and even some RAs are some of the closest friends I’ve formed relationships with during my entire time at Carolina. It’s honestly one big family.
What did you least expect when you became an OA? I think it’s really how close I ended up growing with a lot of the OAs and some of the RAs.
What are the typical shifts like? I clock in at some point, I clock out at some point, and in-between there can be anywhere from 4 hours to one.A large part of the job is to have a friendly, smiling presence at the front desk. I’ve also worked shifts that were eight hours long. It’s just dependent on what the needs of the desk are at that particular day and time. The schedule is so flexible; most OAs work between six and ten hours in a week.
What should someone applying to be an OA know? When you go into your interview, emphasize how much of a people-person you are, how you can connect with people very easily, and how you can keep your calm under stressful situations.
What is the best part about being an OA? Just being able to meet a lot of people in my community. I know that residents sometimes have a hard time meeting other people. As an OA, that’s one of the positions where you have a pretty high surety of being able to meet new friends.

Healthy Heels are Happy Heels

Hey y’all! I hope you guys have been well. I especially mean it because this flu season has seriously been bad. If you think this flu season has been worse than in years past— you’re right. Apparently, it’s considered to be the “worst” flu season since 2009. Here are 5 tips to keep you healthy this flu season:

  • Get The Flu Shot!

This one is kind of a given. You can get vaccinated at at Campus Health Services, Student Stores Pharmacy (3rd floor of Student Stores) and Campus Health Pharmacy (basement of campus health). You can find more information here. Be sure to get it sooner rather than later, as the vaccine can take up to two weeks before coming into effect.

  • Sleep!

I don’t think college students need help understanding the importance of sleep. But in case you do, sleep is essential in helping the immune system fight disease! Sleep depravation can lead to impairment of the immune system, so make sure you rest up to give the flu a good fight.

  • Eat Healthy!

Having a nutritious diet is essential in making sure that your immune system is in good shape. Eating healthy will not only keep away the flu, but it will keep you alert throughout the day! Foods that are high in vitamin D are especially good in fighting the flu.

  • Exercise (not when you’re sick)!

If you still haven’t kicked your New Year’s resolution into high gear, now is the perfect time to do it. Increased circulation and blood flow throughout the body helps better circulate the immune system as well. However, if you’re already feeling sick, exercising may not be the best idea.

  • Don’t Overdo It!

Being a student at UNC means that the workload is anything but easy. It may feel wrong to “skip” class because you’re not feeling well, but are you going to learn much in between sneezes and coughs? Sometimes, the best decision is to leave your work for another day and get some rest. You’ll be doing yourself— and your classmates— a big favor.

 

These tips may seem a bit elementary, but it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself while you’re on the #grind. Stay healthy, Tar Heels!

COGO or No Go?

Joining COGO will not only help you succeed in college, but in the real world too.

What is COGO? COGO, an affectionate name for community government, is the child of the parent organization, Residence Hall Association. Every residential community on campus has one and it’s tasked with building and bringing together the community, coordinating fun events for the students, and enhancing our existing amenities. After the Governor is elected at the beginning of the year, they choose the rest of the team, and they get started!

A few months back, we interviewed a member of community government turned college graduate on how his participation in COGO helped him in his job at Oracle in Austin, TX. You can find that interview here: http://reslife.web.unc.edu/2017/02/28/why-you-should-join-community-government/

This time, I’ll give you my personal account on how being the marketing manager for my COGO has impacted my life and what you should consider before diving in headfirst!

Why did you first join co-go?

In case you hadn’t noticed, UNC is ginormous. We have more than 29,000 undergraduate students and we’re somehow supposed to find friends? Being a part of a smaller community was important to me and I thought COGO would be a good way to meet people and actually make an impact on our huge campus. Also, let’s be honest, as First-Years, we don’t really get that many leadership opportunities thrown at us even though we need them. I felt COGO was a good way to get started.

How has COGO helped your college career so far?

Being the marketing manager for my COGO has really made an impact not only on my resume, but on my soft skills as well. This is almost a full time job (except we don’t get paid :/ ) and that leaves you with so much experience. As someone who is pursuing marketing, I really learned a lot more about branding, advertising, and social media. Beyond that, I learned what it meant to be part of a team. We had our failures and successes and we learned how to handle it all and handle it together. These are skills that I will definitely need in the future. All of my experience has helped me get internships and other leadership positions on campus. Employers like school involvement! Shocker!

What were some things you did?

As Marketing Manager, I really controlled the advertising part of our COGO. If there was an event, I decided how to market it. This involved designing flyers, designing logos, posting on social media, and managing all of our free stuff (you know, the important stuff!). If you got a T-Shirt from Craige last year, that was created by me in conjunction with some other team-members.

Favorite Cogo Memory?

I loved planning all our events with my team members but my favorite memory was our end of the year dinner. It took us a whole semester to get comfortable with each other so when we were finally able to sit down and talk about stuff other than COGO, it was amazing. We have so many different personalities but we all got along great. I loved my COGO family and if you join a COGO you’ll love yours.

What are some things you wish you knew before you started?

Something that’s important to know about COGO is that it can easily feel like a “thankless job.” It’s those days when they thank the RAs for what WE do (we are not associated with the RAs in any way shape or form), when people ask “what’s COGO?”, and when people just come down to grab the food and skip the actual event. It’s days like those where you wonder why you even do it. Yet, you’re still feeding someone, they’re still grateful for it, even if they don’t say it. You still plan awesome events, and people do enjoy them. Maybe we’ve saved them from one hour of boredom. That’s good enough for me, fam. Most days. 😛

Best part of Cogo?

Hands down, it’s the people you’ll meet. I loved my team members, I loved my CD, I loved the residents I met (especially those who thanked me), I loved the other members of different cogos, I loved our Exec Officers, and I loved the RAs who helped us. COGO members are some of the most selfless and generous people you’ll meet and I am so glad I met them.

Any negatives?

Depending on the position you have, you might have more work than other COGO members. We’re still kids, so sometimes we drop the ball. If you’re the only one keeping the ball up, don’t get angry. It happens!

Advice for people involved in or looking to get involved in cogo?

Meet the governor and apply for as many positions as possible. Even if you don’t feel you have enough experience, there’s a position for you in there somewhere!

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If you have any questions feel free to shoot us a comment below!

 

 

Don’t Rain on Our Parade!

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!

$aving For Success

Saving Money 101 for the folks who need it

As college students, money is constantly on our minds. We have the freedom and responsibilities of an adult, yet we don’t have the steady income adults haveThat’s why it’s important that every dollar that comes our way is spent wisely!

Here are some habits you can pick up now that will add up in savings:

Make The Little Things Count

Remember those loose quarters on your table that are just collecting dust? Well this tip will put them to good use! Create a jar with a specific goal written on the top. Put all of your loose change inside of the jar, and you’ll be surprised by how much it can add up to. Save for something meaningful, and you will be more encouraged to see your jar fill up.

Turn these into a trip to Europe!

 

Start a Side Hustle

Now, I know this option may not be for everyone. If you’re not sure that you can balance between a job and school, remember that doing better in school now will have an exponentially higher payout in the long run over a small job that ruins your grades.

But for those who have the time, having a side hustle can be a great asset. There are places on campus, like Student Stores, that are always hiring. On campus jobs are also a great way to meet friends! If having a stereotypical job doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are plenty of opportunities to make money anywhere- even from your bed. Skills like a second language are always in demand, and always need tutors. Sometimes a quick search on Google is all you need to finding your way into some extra cash.

Pro tip: Make sure the job is legitimate before you take it.

Budget 

Nowadays, budgeting is way easier than saving a bunch of old receipts. There are a ton of different apps available to help you, whether you want to see where your paycheck is going or if you have a specific budget goal. If apps aren’t really your thing, a reliable excel spreadsheet will do just fine. In my budgeting experience, the effort alone has made me realize just how valuable every dollar is.

Explore 

Sometimes the best deals aren’t found on the internet. Chapel Hill caters to college students, so be on the lookout for places that give student discounts. There are a lot of events held on campus that give out free food and swag, so be sure to check out those places too. If you need transportation, the transit system in Chapel Hill is arguably the best in North Carolina- and is way cheaper than taking an Uber.

Use your resources, because good deals are all around you!

Whether you’re returning to UNC or starting your first year, learning how to effectively save money will help you through any financial difficulties that may come your way. It pays to be financially smart!

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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