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First Year Experience Halls At A Glance

Dear Baby Heels (a.k.a. Newly Admitted Students):

First of all, let me just extend a great, warm welcome to you by saying CONGRATS ON BECOMING AN OFFICIAL TAR HEEL! This place freaking rocks, honestly, and we can’t wait for y’all to join us here on campus. But before you can join us, you have to sign up for on-campus housing by May 15!

I know what you’re thinking at this point.

“But… But I don’t know where I want to live! What are my options? What’s the difference between all the halls? I am #stressed. Please help me, a wee lamb just trying to make it to Chapel Hill in one piece!”

I was there once, too. We all were. But fear not! We’re here for you.

Below is a list of all the halls available to First Years for the 2017-2018 school year, what they offer, and what current students in those halls love about where they live!

Hinton James
Hinton James, affectionately known as HoJo, is the biggest First Year hall (with 10 whole floors!), making it a very social place. HoJo is coed and has 8-person suites with window AC units. It’s on South Campus and is super close to the Dean Dome.

“My favorite thing about HoJo is the energy and positive vibes. Coming home from Davis and walking into loud upbeat music playing in the lobby puts me in a good mood!” –Elysia Ruiz

“[My favorite thing about living in HoJo is] the view and sitting on the balcony. I also love the lively and diverse community of people.” –Shodeah Kelly 

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Crying the Carolina Way

An incomplete list of the times Carolina brings on the waterworks

UNC has made us all cry at some point. And if it hasn’t made you yet, it will. Be it tears of joy, pain, laughter, anxiety, awe, or anything in between, we have all let a tear or two (or hundred) fall for Carolina.

While it’s true I’m a sensitive soul who cries at least once a day for any number of silly reasons, I don’t think you have to have the same emotional muddle of a mind I do in order to experience the many overwhelming feelings that come with being a Tar Heel.

There are just some things that resonate deep within all our Carolina souls and hit us straight in the Tar Feels—and we can’t help but cry.

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Best Oats Ever

How to spice up your boring dorm oatmeal

I have a confession: I don’t like ramen. I think it smells bad and tastes worse. I think it looks like a bad perm, which doesn’t do much for my appetite. I think the lack of nutritional value is matched by lack of taste. If I’m gonna eat something unhealthy, it better be delicious. What is really in those little flavor packets anyway? How could so much sodium deliver so little flavor? These are the questions that keep me awake at night. A solution to my lack of affinity for microwaved noodles is simple: oatmeal. It is so much healthier, so much more flavorful, and there is so much more you can do with it. Below I have compiled a list of all my favorite recipes with links to the original sites. This list is the result of lots of trial and error and lots of overflowed bowls. You’re welcome. And as my favorite English teacher once said – enjoy every bowl of oatmeal. Actually he said enjoy every sandwich, but I don’t really see how that’s relevant.

  1. Never Ending Oatmeal. Ah, my favorite type of oatmeal, oatmeal that never ends. This is a basic, healthy recipe that serves as the base for lots of different add-ins. You can use this to create your own recipes, or just make a simple, tasty bowl of oats.
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious recipe. Best part? It’s still healthy!
  3. Oatmeal with Fried Egg and Avocado. This is probably the most labor intensive recipe, but it’s totally worth it. Check out some cooking supplies from your community office and you’ll have this made in no time. Perfect for sunday morning brunch!
  4. Oatmeal with Mango and Coconut. Sweet but not too sweet, and totally instagrammable.
  5. Chocolate Strawberry Hugs Oatmeal. This is what it would feel like if chocolate dipped strawberries could give hugs.
  6. Oatmeal with Cheddar and Scallions. This savory recipe is awesome because it makes a great meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Or at 2 am as you cram for your Psychology final.

 

Don’t be afraid to come up with your own recipes too! I firmly believe there’s not an ingredient that can’t taste good with oatmeal. Let me know if you find any good ones at jessschm@live.unc.edu or in the comments below. Happy oatmeal eating!
-Jess

Shortcuts Across Campus

Chapel Hill can be a bit overwhelming, especially the size of campus. We student interns here at the housing office thought it would extremely benefit first year students to tell them about all of the wonderful shortcuts we didn’t know our first year.

As incentive, knowing these shortcuts will make you seem super cool to your new college friend group. So let’s get to it.

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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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Top 10 Things People Forget to Bring to College

Be the hero of your residence by remembering these ten things!

Many students show up at South Campus in August thinking that with their packed mini van they couldn’t possibly have forgotten anything. But every year, people forget these ten important items. Keep reading below so you don’t become one of them!

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A Piece of Cake

Without a car or your own kitchen, cooking in a residence hall is a difficult task—myth or fact? The truth is, whipping up a batch of delicious treats doesn’t have to be complicated! With just three simple ingredients, baking supplies from your community office, and 30 minutes to spare, you can make any of the recipes below. Head to Walgreens or CVS on Franklin Street (or Rams Head Market) to pick up the necessities, and get ready to eat!

Banana Pancakes

pancake

Ingredients:
• 1 ½ large ripe bananas
• 2 eggs
• 1/8 tsp baking powder

Directions:
1. Crack eggs into a bowl, add the baking powder, and whisk together.
2. In a separate bowl, lightly mash the banana. Pour wet mixture into the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
3. Using 1 to 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake, cook in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Once bubbles begin to form, flip the pancake and cook for another minute.
4. Top with butter, maple syrup, berries, or anything else!

cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg

Directions:
1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and egg.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and refrigerate dough for at least one hour or until firm.
3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and press down with a fork, making crosshatch marks.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Nutella Brownies

Ingredients:
• 1 ¼ cup Nutella
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup all-purpose flour

Directions:
1. Grease a 9×9 baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until batter is smooth. Pour into baking pan and smooth top with spatula.
2. Bake for about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let brownies cool and set before serving.

The best thing about cooking in your residence hall? Food is a great way to make friends! Once you’ve cleaned up, share your treats with suitemates, floormates, or whoever happens to pass by.

Tar Heel Transportation: Getting Around Campus

You leave your room in Hinton James, head to class in Carroll Hall, eat lunch at Lenoir, circle back to another class in Genome Sciences, work out at the SRC, return to Hinton James, then go to dinner with friends on Franklin…the daily life of a Carolina student involves plenty of rushing around campus. While UNC is pretty walkable, sometimes you need a quicker way to get around. Read on to learn about transportation on campus, plus a few tips on how to make walking more enjoyable!

All of the Chapel Hill transit buses are free for students.
All of the Chapel Hill transit buses are free for students.

Take the Bus

A, D, F, J, S, T…the long list of bus routes can seem like a confusing bowl of alphabet soup. Which one should you get on? Luckily, you’ll only need to know three routes to get anywhere on campus—you’ll be thankful you’ve mastered them when it’s 20 degrees outside or you have to get from Craige to the Hanes Art Center in 20 minutes.

• RU: The RU (Reverse Shuttle) runs counterclockwise, so you’ll usually ride it from South Campus to North. Hop on at the stop next to the sand volleyball courts by Hinton James or outside Ehringhaus and Koury, and you can get off by Fetzer Gym, the Union and Davis Library, or the Old Well.

• U: The U (Campus Shuttle) runs clockwise, but you may ride it toward North or South Campus depending on where you’re trying to go. Popular stops include Horton, the Dean Dome (close to the business school), the Hinton James sand volleyball courts, Student Stores, the ROTC building (across from the FedEx Global Center), Hanes Art Center, and Franklin Street.

• P2P: The P2P runs counterclockwise every night from 7pm to 4am, so you’ll never have to worry about making it back to your residence hall safely. The shuttle stops at Ehringhaus and Koury, Hinton James, and Public Safety (between Morrison/Hardin and Craige/Craige North), and takes you toward Franklin Street and Granville Towers.

You can check out a Tar Heel Bike for free at any of the South Campus high-rise residence halls!
You can check out a Tar Heel Bike for free at any of the South Campus high-rise residence halls!

Pro tip: download the NextBus or EZ Chapel Hill Transit apps. With these handy programs, you can bookmark your most-used bus stops and see how many minutes remain until the next bus arrives. Check out the bus and P2P routes online for the full list of stops!

Ride a Bike

Biking is another quick way to get around campus—plus, you’ll get some great exercise. (They don’t call it Chapel Hill for nothing!) If you bring a bike, you’ll want to purchase a sturdy U-lock and register it for free with the Department of Public Safety to protect against theft.

Don’t have your own wheels? The Residence Hall Association sponsors a program called Tar Heel Bikes, where you can check out a bike from the Hinton James, Craige, Ehringhaus, or Morrison community office for free with your OneCard!

Walking gives you the chance to spend time with friends and enjoy the beautiful sights on campus!
Walking gives you the chance to spend time with friends and enjoy the beautiful sights on campus!

Walk

Fall weather is coming! While the trek from South Campus can be miserable in the sweltering heat, crisp mornings and scenic autumn leaves are on the way. In the meantime, hiking around campus all day is an awesome workout, and you can make it more enjoyable by listening to music, setting a goal for the number of steps you take per day using an app or a Fitbit, or walking with friends.

Whether you decide to walk to and from North Campus every day, or you give up on that plan and start taking the bus after the first month (I may or may not speak from personal experience…), there are plenty of ways to get around campus. Don’t hesitate to try them all and figure out which works best for you!

Getting Creative in the Dining Halls

As an on-campus resident, you’ll spend a lot of time at Rams Head and Top of Lenoir—where else can you hang out with friends and enjoy an endless supply of cookies? After a few weeks of eating at the dining halls, however, you may find yourself wandering around every time you enter. Not because there aren’t any open tables (although that will happen too), but because there doesn’t seem to be anything you want to eat. With a little creativity, you can beat the dining hall boredom before it starts! Try one of these out-of-the-box ideas the next time you decide to use a meal swipe.

Cookie Sandwich

Quesadilla

Ask for a tortilla at the sandwich station, scoop shredded cheese and black beans from the salad bar on one side, fold in half, and grill in the panini maker for a few minutes. On nacho days, look for salsa and sour cream to dip your quesadilla in.

Butter Noodles

Mix butter from the waffle area into a bowl of pasta and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese from the pizza counter. For a healthier twist, drizzle olive oil from the salad bar onto your pasta instead of butter.

Trail Mix

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Take two cookies, scoop soft-serve ice cream onto the underside of one cookie, and top with the other. Bonus points if the cookies are different flavors!

Parfait

Layer vanilla or strawberry yogurt from the salad bar, your favorite crunchy cereal, and fruit from the waffle area in a bowl or tall glass.

breakfast

Trail Mix

Shake together different kinds of cereal with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries from the salad bar. Bring your own Ziploc bag to carry your healthy snack to class with you!

Ice Cream Float

Fill a tall glass halfway with soft-serve ice cream and top with your favorite soda from the soft drink machine.

PB&J Wrap

Breakfast Sandwich

Missing Bojangles? Slice open a biscuit or bagel and fill with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese from the salad bar, and bacon or sausage.

Bananas and Chocolate

When the dining hall serves donuts or other special desserts, they often have chocolate sauce! For a (somewhat) healthier treat, slice up a banana and dip the pieces in the melted chocolate.

Wraps

Fill a tortilla with peanut butter and jelly from the sandwich station or hummus, fresh veggies, and feta cheese from the salad bar. Roll up and enjoy!

Eating at the dining halls doesn’t have to be boring or repetitive. Top of Lenoir and Rams Head have plenty of options that you can turn into delicious, well-balanced meals—try one of these tasty ideas or create your own!

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!