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How to not live like a slob in your dorm room

Let’s be real, with all of the social and academic pressures of college, cleaning your room starts getting pretty low on the list of priorities, but having a clean room can improve both your mental and physical health. Not only that, but it will keep your mom from yelling at you when she comes to visit for family weekend (personal experience, not fun). So, without further ado, here are some tips for keeping your room clean.

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1. Make good use of the community office’s rental options

In every community on campus, there’s an office that can help you if you locked yourself out, need something fun to do or require cleaning supplies. You can rent out vacuums, brooms and Swiffer mops. It may not seem like it’d do much, but you’d be surprised at how much better and cleaner a quick sweep can make your room look and feel, and it really doesn’t take that long. Plus, renting it means that you don’t have to buy it yourself, which is wonderful because if there are two things college students hate, it’s spending money and cleaning.

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2. Make a cleaning schedule with your roommate

If I don’t put something on my calendar, it doesn’t happen. That’s just how it is. Scheduling a certain time to clean ensures that you don’t keep putting it off by saying “oh yeah I need to do that sometime,” and then immediately forgetting about it. If you want, you and your roommate can turn it into bonding time. Just put on a great room cleaning playlist full of middle school throwback jams, and what was once a chore becomes a party.

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3. CLEAN THE BATHROOM

This obviously doesn’t apply if you’re in a hall-style dorm or an eight-person suite, but if you live in a four-person suite or an apartment, the bathroom gets filthy, and it gets filthy fast. The good news is that cleaning the bathroom isn’t as difficult as you think. For instance, if you want to clean the shower, just get a spray bottle of shower cleaner (yes, that’s really what it’s called. It could not be easier), spray it in there, wait a few minutes and use the shower head to rinse it off. Also, invest in some disinfectant wipes, as they can be used to clean just about everything in the bathroom, from toilets to sinks to shower heads.

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4. Wash the dishes as you use them

I’ll admit that I’m kind of bad at this one, which is weird because I’m good at everything except modesty. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something in my brain that says if I leave the dishes there long enough, they’ll eventually just go away. This is obviously not true, and the pile just grows to the point that I’m praying for an apocalypse because at least then, I won’t have to wash them. In suites, this is an even bigger problem because there’s only one sink, and if your roommate finds themself unable to brush their teeth because of the monument to slobbiness you’ve built in and around the sink, there can be some tension. If you wash the dishes as you use them, however, it’s only one plate or bowl at a time as opposed to a daunting mountain. It’ll take a few minutes instead of half an hour, and it’ll be so worth it.

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5. Make your bed

Not only does making your bed make your room look a little less sloppy, it also makes you feel better and be more productive. If you make your bed right when you get up, you’re less likely to get back in it and go back to sleep. It also makes you less likely to lay down and take a nap later in the day. I love naps as much as the next person, and sometimes they’re necessary, but they can also be counterproductive if you really need to do work. Making your bed is a simple, quick thing you can do to make your room look better and help you feel better.

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College can be stressful and busy, which can make cleaning your space feel pointless and time-consuming, but the benefits of having a clean place to live are very important and can greatly impact your physical and mental health.

 

Orientation Do’s and Don’ts

Wooohoooooo it’s that time of the year. Graduation, family vacations, and new to you: orientation!! Every new student coming to Carolina in the fall gets to attend an orientation session this summer, so I’ve broken down the two days into the best do’s and don’ts list I could think of. After reading this you’ll be totally prepared to make the most of your Carolina preview.

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Do’s:

  1. Do take advantage of all the free items! One of the best parts about orientation is all the free Carolina swag you can leave with. Throughout your two day experience, many of the organizations on campus will be present at different sessions to teach you more about life at UNC. The best part is, this usually means they have free stuff to give away too. There are stickers, popsockets, phone wallets, water bottles- seriously anything you want you can pretty much find. You’ll come out of orientation ready to show off your Carolina pride to all your friends. *Hint hint* come find me and the rest of the summer Housing team for some of this said free stuff.Image result for thanks dude gif
  2. Explore the Chapel Hill community! If you have time, check out all the yummy places to eat on Franklin Street. There is nothing that will make you more excited for college than knowing where all the tasty places Tar Heels eat are at. For those of you who don’t live nearby, it’s also a great opportunity to see how much Carolina pride the town has. Many of the restaurants on Franklin are decked out in Carolina art and other Tar Heel decorations, so be sure to take it all in. You’re going to be spending your next four years in this town, and dining hall food will only satisfy you for so long. Use orientation as a trial and error time to find your favorite Franklin Street staple. P.S. we’ll be giving away coupons to some of these restaurants, so make sure you stop by our table during your session! #EatBlueBleedBllueImage result for so much food gif
  3. If you’re coming to orientation with your #froomie, stop by the Chapel Hill mural behind He’s Not Here. There’s no guarantee that you will become besties with your roommate, but chances are you two will make memories that’ll go past your first-year, so it’s always nice to have a picture that marks the start of a friendship. Who knows? You might even end up rooming with them again your next year.  Don’t forget to check out our blog in the next few weeks for more picture perfect spots to take your roommate to! #DoItForTheGramImage result for besties gif

Don’t’s:

  1. Don’t forget sheets, blankets, and a pillow! All students are housed overnight inside Cobb. Being a hall-style residence hall, it has central A/C, and boyyyy can it get cold in there. To not spend your first night at Carolina shivering, (since there will be plenty of those during the winter) make sure to bring a blanket to keep you warm. PSA: You may not get a lot of sleep!  Trust me, Orientation Leaders pack A LOT into the two days you’re here. So once you finally do get a chance to head back to your room, make sure you have everything you need to spend the night dreaming of your Carolina future. You’ll need to be well rested for Day 2 when you practice registering for classes. Image result for bed gif
  2. Speaking of course registration, do NOT panic!! I was so overwhelmed and stressed during my registration info session, I wish someone would have told me it’s totally normal. On Day 2, all new students participate in a mock registration session with an academic adviser. Here, all your questions on how to register for classes will be answered. When they take you through the course lists, you might notice all the classes appear to be full, but don’t worry! Many of the courses for first-years have reserved seats. This means they might appear to be full when you’re looking, but come registration time certain seats will open up specifically for you! If you still don’t see any classes that have open seats, a lot of times students change their schedules over the summer, so if at first you don’t succeed, keep checking! Also, ConnectCarolina isn’t an easy website to figure out by yourself, so make sure you’re really paying attention during your info session. The last thing you want to happen is come your registration time a few weeks later and you realize you have no idea how to add a class to your shopping cart.Image result for im fine gif
  3. Don’t be shy!! Be open to making new friends! The very first people you meet at Carolina will be those in your orientation group, so make an effort to become friends with them! How cool would it be during graduation time four years from now to say you met your best friends your very first day at Carolina? A lot of times, the groups are created by similar interests, so find things you and your groupmates have in common! All in-staters and out-of-staters have one thing in common: they’re all new to UNC, so don’t worry about being nervous about introducing yourself. Everyone is in the same boat of trying to meet new people. You never know who you will end up seeing every day in the fall! Image result for did we just become best friends gif

Orientation is your first real taste of Carolina- take the time to soak it all in. After all, this is your home for the next four years!

Navigating the Bus System: A First-Year Guide

You’ve decided to join the UNC Class of 2022; you’ve filled out the Housing application; what else is there to do? Here in our college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, all students (and any community members) have access to the Chapel Hill Transit service at no additional cost! Our transit system has 30+ different bus routes, each allowing students to access different parts of the town without having to worry about driving. This guide will show you ropes and get you prepared to take full advantage of the resource when August rolls around!

 

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Getting Around Campus: The U and RU Routes

Don’t feel like walking to class today? I don’t blame you–I am the same way! Thankfully, we have two on-campus routes that essentially drive in circles around our campus all day. The U shuttle goes in a clockwise direction around campus, and the RU, or Reverse U, goes in a counter-clockwise direction, in case you’re going the other way.

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Looking to do some shopping? Try the J, CW, or G Routes

Whether you want a new outfit or need to stock up on snacks, you don’t want to have to walk home with your bags! Both the J and CW routes depart from the bus stop near Abernathy Hall on campus, and will take you to Carrboro, where there are both boutiques and grocery stores. If you are looking for a wider range of options, the G route departs from South Road, and will take you to University Mall, home to shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.

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Want To Get Out of Town? Use GoTriangle Transit! 

The transit service for the greater Triangle area, GoTriangle, offers buses routes from Chapel Hill to many desired locations in the area (at a small cost). These buses can take you to nearby Raleigh or Durham, larger cities filled with job opportunities and fun destinations. GoTriangle also has routes to the airport if you’re planning a trip home!

 

The local bus systems are a great resource that all UNC students should take advantage of because we have such a great surrounding community. It also doesn’t hurt that the bus drivers are super friendly! If you’re ever unsure of where to go, feel free to ask a driver, and they can point you in the right direction. The Chapel Hill Transit bus routes and schedules can be found here, so let’s get moving Tar Heels!

They See Me Rollin’

As we know, UNC is a rather large campus that at time feels like a whole other world. Sometimes that walk from class back to the southern part of campus can be brutal, especially in that summer heat. Jeez.   However, to avoid overheating and the endless sweating, why not hop on a bike?  Riding bikes is one of the most efficient ways to get around campus, as their are many benefits and advantages that you may or may not be aware of.

 

Why Hike, When You Can Bike?

Biking around campus has so many conveniences. Not only can you get to your destination quicker by cutting your walking distance in half but you’re also getting in a pretty rigorous workout, cause those hills are NO joke. On the other hand, beat the heat as you enjoy the nice breeze when you’re zoomin past the Bell Tower or down Skipper Bowles Drive. The other great thing is that UNC accommodates for bike riders, as you can find bike rails near every residence hall, class building and parking lots. Therefore you’ll never have to worry about finding places to put your bike as you got about your day. On that note, be sure to always lock your bikes to keep it extra safe!

 

When In Doubt, Pedal It Out!

There are many resources available for avid bikers and even those who are yet to be familiar with bike riding. For cyclists, MOVEUNC dedicates a month to celebrate cycling, as they provide many beneficial services for students. Bike riders can receive free swag like seat pads, locks, bells and many more useful items along with bike checks and registration! Also, some other great benefits can be found while using the UNC Maps website or app, as they have created a section specifically for bikers. This sections includes very useful information such as routes, bike amenities, bike rail locations and more! UNC Maps also provides routes explicitly for riders to find paths suitable for biking to their destination. In addition, UNC Maps includes amenities that could be useful and/or necessary such as air pumps, fix it stations, bike hubs, etc. Therefore, you can feel confident that if you ever need an extra hand, UNC has your back!

 

But Wait, There’s More… 

If you haven’t noticed lately, there are blue Tar Heel bikes all over campus that are just waiting to be utilized and you should definitely give them a try! Through the UNC Bike Share program, students are able to rent a bike at their convenience.  Well, first and foremost it is free to students and also very simple to set up. However, before you eagerly hop on a bike, you need to register for an account then you must reserve a bike. After so, you may ride until your heart desires (well technically you get an hour a day for free, but if you so chose to ride for longer you will be charged accordingly). Make sure to check the website for more information! Once you’ve gone on your ride, return the bike to any of the bike stations then feel free to repeat! As mentioned before, students are provided with an hour each day to ride for free, so definitely take advantage of this resources whether you need to make a quick trip or want to enjoy a nice bike ride during the sunset.

 

And Here Comes The Bad Part….

Well in all honesty, there aren’t many inconveniences that come with riding you bike… Well maybe besides falling, so please ride cautiously! Nonetheless, you may find difficulty biking during midday, as there tends to be a lot of foot traffic while students head to lunch or their next class. Also, unexpected construction might be in your way but besides that biking is a great form of transportation around campus! Just remember no texting while biking and be sure to keep safe as you rush to your next class or take a scenic adventure around campus!

 

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!