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Top 10 Room Essentials to Bring

Move in date is coming up soon, so have you been wondering what are some useful items to have in the dorm room? Don’t worry! We got your back! Here is a compiled list of the top ten things to bring that aren’t necessarily in the packing list!

1. Mattress pad

Mattress pads can be a bit pricey, but the investment is definitely worth it. You can get the best nights of sleep, and it is something you can use for the rest of your college career. In each room, there will be a bed for each resident. Mattresses are 80” long, 36” wide and 6” deep. So be sure to bring Twin XL sheets and your best pillows, but along with that, bring a mattress pad! 

2. Extension cords

There will be limited outlets for you and your roommate, so getting extension cords would be a good idea so that you can plug in all of your electronic devices!

3. Extra long phone charger

Especially if you decide to loft your bed, having an extra long phone charger would be really convenient! That way if you want to look at your phone, set your alarm, etc. you can easily do that while chilling in bed.

4. Command Hooks/Adhesive

Command hooks/adhesives are essential for your dorm because they would not damage the walls and provide a temporary adhesive for your favorite posters, artworks, pictures, etc. They can also hang whatever you may need to hang such as your towel, keys, jewelry, frames, etc.

5. Rain boots/shoes

There will be many rainy days during the school year, and when you’re walking across campus, you’ll thank yourself later if you bring some rain boots or water resistant shoes so that your socks don’t get wet.

6. Tension rod and curtain

In some of the dorm rooms, the closets are built into the walls with no doors. Each person has a closet, so using a curtain and tension rod to cover your closet would be a great way to ensure more privacy!

7. Mini fridge

Having a mini fridge is another essential for your room. Perhaps coordinate with your roommate about whether or not you both want to share a mini fridge or not! The max size for a mini fridge is 2’ x 3’ x 1’ or 6 cubic feet. Don’t forget mini fridges could also be bought or rented through the Residence Hall Association!

8. Rug

A nice fuzzy rug could make your dorm room homier, so coordinate with your roommate about who could bring a nice rug to the room! A nice fuzzy one will definitely liven up the room.

9. Reusable water bottle

Staying hydrated is a must for your physical and mental health, especially as a student balancing many different things at once! There are many water refilling stations everywhere on campus, so bring a nice reusable water bottle to fill and carry with you everywhere!  

10. Closet organizers/Storage containers

Since there are limited closet and dresser space for each person, bringing a closet organizer or storage containers to put your other clothing/personal items in could be helpful in maximizing your space.

 

And that concludes our packing list! We hope this list can give you a head start on packing in order to help make your Carolina housing experience as exceptional and convenient as possible! Be sure to check out the 2019-2020 Move-In Guide though for a more comprehensive list on what to bring and what to prepare for Move-In day! These are just some items that aren’t necessarily in the packing list that we found to be helpful living on campus. Most importantly though, don’t be afraid to express yourself and your interests and do whatever you need to make your room as ~you~ as possible! 

Top 5 Ways to Make Chapel Hill “Home Sweet Home”

“Home” Goes Beyond Your Housing

Living on campus is a sure fire way to make UNC feel like home. Having your room so close by gives the entire university a homey feel and lets you experience being a Tar Heel in such a genuine way. While that’s very true, when you venture off campus it’s clear that the town of Chapel Hill (and the surrounding area) has even more to offer! So get out of your comfort zone and find that change of scenery you’ve been looking for, make Chapel Hill the town your home and not just UNC the campus.

Here are some go-to places that are a busing/walking/short car ride distance from UNC that can help you make Chapel Hill (not just UNC) your home sweet home!

Honeysuckle Tea House

Here’s the tea: Honeysuckle Tea House is a great place to clear your head. Its chill vibes and delicious beverages make it the perfect location for studying, hanging out with friends, and maybe even ‘spilling some tea’ after a week full of classes, club meetings, and group projects. It’s pretty awesome to have a place to escape to when the school year starts to pick up, and Honeysuckle Tea house could be that place for you!

Cat’s Cradle 

Another way to let loose is by going to a concert! On any given day of the week, Cat’s Cradle has live concerts from the likes of Aminé, Aly & Aj, and more! The performances span a range on genres, and the small venue allows you to be close to the stage no matter where you are in the building! Sometimes, they even bring in local DJs to do themed nights, 90s night is alway a hit!

So dance, let loose, and have fun—the lights are dim so no one can see if you’re making a fool of yourself!

Cat’s Cradle Events List

Jordan Lake/Eno Rock Quarry

Going for a swim with friends never fails to brighten up someones day. Float in the water and let the stress of that paper drift away! Jordan Lake and the Eno Rock Quarry are both places to let loose and hang out during those days at the beginning/end of the year when the sun starts shining and you need a one-day-vacay from Davis Library. So grab a couple of friends and plan out a picnic on the sand, just remember to bring sun screen!

Weaver Street Market/Carrboro Farmers Market

It great to eat on-the-go, and it’s even better to order-in for some late night studying, but when you have the time it’s always good to treat yourself (and your body) to some good ol’ fresh food. Weaver Street Market and The Carrboro Farmer’s Market are awesome places to grab a healthy bite to eat and hang out with friends. It feels great to eat local, and your body with thank you for the fresh fruits and veggies when it comes time to reset and hit the books again!

Franklin Street (Downtown Chapel Hill)

Sometimes you don’t have to stray too far from campus to find fun. So “make your way downtown” and pop into one of the dozens of restaurants on Franklin to grab a bite to eat with friends. There’s something for everyone! Linda’s Bar and Grill has yummy cheese fries and trivia nights, Schoolkids Records has a wide range or vinyls you can sift through to find your new favorite band, and The Varsity plays movies at a discounted cost so you can stay on budget. Look anywhere on Franklin and you will always find something new to do!

Most of all, KEEP EXPLORING!

Once you get familiar with this five places, venture out! Search and find other places that make you feel right at home in Chapel Hill and give yourself the headspace you need to decompress throughout the school year.

Yes, a mid-day nap in your residence hall can make you feel right at home; but there’s so much more out there to explore in Chapel Hill than the inside of your room!

Live.

Explore.

Share experiences and memories. 

But most of all, make every day a #gdtbath.

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The Ultimate Guide to UNC Campus Living

 1.  Get to Know Your Roommate and Suitemates!

 At first, living on campus can be scary. It may be the first time you’re living away from your parents and often you’re coming to college without most of the friends you made in high school. A good way to make the transition easier is to build your support system with the people you will see every day: your roommates and suitemates!

While the number of roommates and suitemates you have may vary depending on where you live, it’s a good idea to build strong connections with those you live with. Being open with your roommates from the beginning about what you want and need from the relationship you have with them is a good way to ensure your campus living situation is as comfortable as possible.

Tip: Do you and your roommate have different sleep schedules? Earplugs and a good eye mask are a great way to ensure you can get to sleep whenever you need!

2.  Learn How to Budget!

 Your first year living on campus is a great time to learn the ins and outs of budgeting because most of your expenses are fixed. On-campus events like Ballin’ on a Budget are a great way to start learning about all the best tips and tricks when it comes to budgeting!

Whether you want to start saving for a new car for a cool graduation gift to yourself or you just want to see where your money ends up every month, budgeting is key!

Tip: The best way to start budgeting is to start writing down your expenses and your income. Seeing where your money is going can enable you to make better spending decisions!

3.  Join a Club!

 Are you looking for a great way to find new friends and have fun? Try joining a club! UNC is home to hundreds of student organizations. Whether you’re interested in dancing, filmmaking, working out, debate, or social justice, there’s clubs all across campus of people just waiting to work and create with you.

Not only do you find a space to relax and have fun in-between classes, but you might also find your next best friend! Not sure where to start? Try searching Heel Life for an organization or event that sounds fun to you! There is always something new happening on campus!

Tip: If you don’t see one that quite fits what you want to do, try creating your own! UNC and the Student Union make it easy to start a new club that you can tailor to your interests.

4.  Try Something New!

 With so many events always happening on campus, it’s easy to try something new every week! Have you always wanted to try bowling but never had the time or knew where to start? Try taking the bowling LFIT class! It fills a requirement and you can finally hone your skills.

Do you want to learn how to dance or the best way to deal with stress? There’s always new events and new ways to get involved on campus! Search through Heel Life or Facebook events to find a new event and go to it!

It’s a great way to keep learning outside of the classroom while making new friends in a low stress environment! You might find the perfect hiking buddy for your next excursion with Campus Rec.

Tip: Try searching through @PhreePhood on Twitter if you’re feeling hungry and want something fun to do! They’re always posting new events with free food. Who doesn’t love free food? 

5.  Always Be You!

 College can be a new and exciting time for everyone, but remember that your personal safety, well-being, and health are always number one. Take time to de-stress, center yourself, and make sure you’re staying true to yourself. Self-care is vital to thriving in college. You should always take the time to make sure that you are comfortable and safe.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend or Residential Advisor if you’re struggling. College is a place for learning and growing, and we all want to make sure we’re learning and growing in a healthy way. Find a self-care regimen that works for you and stick with it. College is hard, you’ve earned a break!

Tip: Everyone’s idea of self-care is different. It might take time to find one that works for you but don’t give up! It’s important that you find the time to take care of yourself.

Where to Nap on Campus

It’s that time in the semester. All the exams and deadlines start to blur together. The library becomes your second home.  And all you want is one real good nap.

Sometimes, you just need to take a quick break and recharge the ol’ noggin. Let me tell you about some of the spots you can catch a quick snooze.

The Bottom Floor of the Undergraduate Library

The super long curvy couch on the bottom floor of the UL is a solid nap spot. There’s enough room to bring along some friends and rock a group nap! The only thing is that it’s right at the entrance of that room, so you’re kind of being ~presented~ to everyone walking in. I’m insecure about my sleeping face but if you’re a normal person, it’s probably fine.

The Beanbags in the Aquarium Lounge, Student Union

These aren’t the most comfortable for napping in, but they’ll do. They’re like long beanbags, which you’d think would be great for sleeping. But I tried to lie down in one of those and I was a little disappointed. It’s structured like a chair, so it’s better for a relaxed sit rather than a full-on sleep. I mean, who designed those things? What did they think I would do in it? Sit and do work? It’s an okay place for desperate shut-eye, but it’s not the best. 2/5 stars.

Class of 2000 Lounge, Student Union

Okay, I’m honestly kind of conflicted about including this because it’s such a primo location. So please keep this between us. It’s usually pretty empty, and there’s a bunch of long chairs ready to cradle your tired body. Plus, it’s typically pretty quiet in there. It’s basically a sanctuary, 10/10. Please don’t all rush in there at once.

The Quad

It’s warm out. The sun is shining. You decide to lie down on the grass. You open your laptop fully intending to work on that paper you’ve been putting off. Then all of a sudden, that *sweet* breeze hits and you fall asleep on your keyboard. Of course, this only works during the warmer seasons. As long as you don’t mind the possibility of getting hit with a frisbee, the quad is a solid nap spot.

Meditation Room, Student Union

Apparently, in 2016, the Carolina Union changed the Meditation Room policy to allow for naps.  I’ve personally never been in there, but according to my friends who have, it’s great for a snooze. It’s quiet and peaceful, and I hear it’s not too crowded.

A Desk, Any Library

Sometimes you just need the quickest of power naps. Just scoot some of your stuff around and make a small space to rest your head. And make sure to set an alarm! You can take a quick rest, then get right back to work. Peak efficiency.

 

These are just a few of the cozy spots on campus. Let me know if I didn’t mention one of your favorite sleep spots! You can comment on this blog post, or let us know on social media.

Now get to napping!

 

 

How To Have Your Best Semester Ever!

Winter break is over, you’ve cozied back into your dorm, and you’ve conquered your first week of classes.  These first couple weeks can be make or break and have an impact on the rest of the semester! Here’s how to make this semester your best one yet:

  1. Plan ahead. Fill your agenda with all exam dates so nothing takes you by surprise. It may feel silly filling up your month of April with every future project, test and assignment that you won’t think about for another three months, but you will definitely thank yourself for this one later! This way, if you get stuck with three midterms and a research paper due on the same day you can start mentally preparing now…Image result for color coded agenda
  2. Change your routine. Try something new, maybe join a new club or start going to a gym. With over 800 student organizations and endless resources and opportunities at UNC, there’s a niche for everyone. Breaking out of your comfort zone can be an amazing way to not only better yourself, but also meet new people. If there’s ever a time in life to try something new, the time is now. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a hidden passion!Image result for try new things gif
  3. Make a schedule. Once you get into your routine, document it. Use an online schedule maker, some pretty fonts, and bright colors, print it, and hang it on your wall. This way, you don’t need to scroll through your screenshots every Monday to figure out which room number you’re heading to or what time your gym class starts.

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    Pinterest has some cute templates and inspiration!
  4. Clear the air with your roomie. Maybe you and your roomie didn’t get along as well as you hoped. Truth of the matter is, you have a whole semester left together, and it will be much easier if you guys are on the same page. Clear communication is the best way to make your expectations a reality, so strike up a conversation!Image result for roomie gif
  5. Redecorate your dorm. This is the space that you probably spend a lot of time in, so it can be rejuvenating to give it a refresh! This doesn’t require intensive crafting, it could be as simple as printing some new pictures to make your room a little more homey. Be sure to capture some of those mems you made last semester on your walls!!

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    Yet again, refer to Pinterest!!!
  6. Set your goals high. Make goals (and write them down) to keep yourself on track. Think of this like New Year’s Resolutions (that you’ll actually keep) for your academics. Maybe it’s to never skip class, or actually keep up with all the course reading. The key here is to make them attainable rather than astronomically unrealistic, this will make you feel amazing when you reach them, and your GPA will thank you!Image result for setting goals gif
  7. Beat procrastination early. Don’t let syllabus week be an opportunity to slack off. Prepare all your work while you have the free time and set the tone for the semester. You’ll be much better off with #6 if you do this!Image result for no procrastination gif

Maybe it’s your second semester, maybe it’s your eighth – regardless, this semester still brings about the opportunity to make it the best one yet. Have a positive attitude and Summer break will be here before you know it!

A Comprehensive Guide to the Unrecommended All-Nighter

All-nighters, maybe you’re familiar with them, maybe you’re not. But one thing we can all agree on, they’re not. fun. Trying to juggle five classes, a job, extra curriculars, and a well-balanced social life can be difficult, and sometimes we just don’t have time for sleep. You’ll notice that this is my guide to the UNRECOMMENDED all-nighter – avoid it at all costs. Time management is important, but sometimes you end up in a situation, and this happens…

Phase 1: Overwhelm

This moment when everything hits you is a stressful moment. You’ll feel like your all of the sudden carrying the world on your shoulders. You open your agenda and realize that it is simply impossible to study for your astronomy exam tomorrow while also completing that English paper and math assignment. Try not to let the stress get the best of you, because it only makes the situation worse. It’s not impossible, you are much stronger than you know and you got this!!

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Phase 2: Denial

“I will not pull an all-nighter tonight. I will NOT pull an all-nighter tonight…” you repeat while chugging your first Starbucks double-shot espresso of the night. If you get started right now and spend two hours on each assignment, you still have three hours left to power nap… that will work, right?

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Phase 3: Procrastination

Maybe this is just me, but when I get stressed, I LOVE to procrastinate. Whether it’s making lists of everything I need to get done or scheduling down to the minute how much time I should spend on each assignment, I’m the first to admit I’m the queen of procrastination. And if you’re pulling an all-nighter, it’s probably some form of procrastination that got you in this situation in the first place. It’s easier said than done, but avoid this step at all costs. It’s toxic, and at this point time is money.

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Phase 4: Acceptance

The denial phase never really lasts that long for me, reality typically sets in within the hour. The clock is ticking and that deadline is not moving, so at some point you have got to get serious. Grab another Starbucks and settle into your fav study spot (10/10 recommend the study lounges in your residence hall, then when you’re done of your torture you don’t have to leave the building before dashing to class), because it’s going to be a long night.

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Phase 5: Delirium

Maybe you’ve had three energy drinks too many or maybe it’s just way past your bedtime. Regardless of the catalyst, the phase really makes it challenging to be productive. You were on such a roll and then all of a sudden, your brain turned to mush and you couldn’t think straight. At this point I typically abandon my perfectly color-coded schedule from phase three and switch assignments – maybe you can get back on track with some differential equations.

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Phase 6: Exhaustion

Here you will face the greatest test of will power in existence – don’t give in. You’ve come this far, don’t ruin it with a ’10-minute power nap’ that you’ll never wake up from. Grab another energy drink and when it sends you into delirium, repeat phase 5.

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Phase 7: Accomplishment

Hitting submit on Sakai is one of the proudest moments you’ll experience, at least for that 24 hours. Now it’s time to truck to class and compare your all-nighter with your classmate’s while counting down the hours until you can go home and climb in that oh-so-cozy bed.

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While the all-nighter is the worst, the next sleep is the best, most rewarding feeling. During finals season if you fall into this situation… good luck Tar Heel.

South Campus Commute

UNC First-years and South Campus make up an iconic duo matched by few. While living on South Campus may have it’s pros and cons, there’s one thing that’s for sure – if you’re going to live on South Campus, you better put on your walking shoes. As a Hojo vet, I’m here to give you all the inside deets on your future commute to class.

The Facts

Okay, so your room isn’t exactly located right next to your classes, but chances are your house wasn’t any closer to high school. Depending on where you’re going and how fast you walk, it will probably take somewhere between 12 – 20 minutes to get to class (you’ll learn your own art of slimming it down as much as possible so you can get those extra seconds of sleep before your 8am). You can get to any Franklin Street essential in under half an hour by foot – and that’s a pretty generous number, it shouldn’t take you that long.

Franklin Street is the most northern part of our campus, everywhere you need to go should be somewhere between the Dean Dome and Franklin Street. That’s less than a two-mile span. So while it may seem like we have a dauntingly huge campus, you’ll get used to it super quickly and it will seem like nothing in no time!

The Tactics

Personally, I loved getting my steps in and making the hike to class every morning – but it’s not for every one or every day. Just like you weren’t forced to walk to school in high school, you certainly aren’t forced to walk to class in college!

The Bus 

The Chapel Hill Transit is a resource that is FREE to all Chapel Hill residents and it will be your best friend, especially on a rainy day. There are a lot of buses and it seems scary at first but we’ve all been there, clutching our suitemates on our first bus ride, unsure if we would be getting off on Mid-Campus or Mid-Raleigh. Fear not, because most of the buses you don’t pay for don’t leave the Chapel Hill-Carborro area, so worst comes to worst you’ll be back at your original stop within an hour.

The only buses you need to know about immediately are the U and the RU and they both make a big circle around our campus in opposite directions. The P2P is like the night owl version of these, operating from 7pm to 4am to satisfy whatever late-night adventure you’ll be going on. Download Transit (includes the P2P) or NextBus (a little more user-friendly in my opinion) and you’ll be set! You can even follow your location on the app while on the bus so you know exactly when to get off. When it’s time to get off the U or RU, pull down the yellow cord to ‘request a stop’.

Fore even more about buses, read this!

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Bike

Whether you bring your own bike to campus or not, you can bike to class! Yep, you read that right. Thanks to the handy dandy Tar Heel Bikes, you can find a bike rack near you, bike to your class, and then drop it off at a rack near your destination.

Warning: UNC is notorious for its uneven bricks. Which, as you can imagine, doesn’t mix particularly well with two-wheeled vehicles. But that really doesn’t stop the large portion of the population that loves to bike around campus. In my opinion, this method requires a lot of skill and talent that I just don’t have – but hey, it’s an option!

Trying to decide whether you need to bring your own bike to campus? Read this!

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Make a Friend

If you make the same commute every day at the same time, chances are you’ll start recognizing the faces of the people around you. Make friends with them – it makes the walk go by way faster!

If you’re in a primarily freshman class, ask a classmate if it’s their first class of the day. If it is and if they’re also coming from South Campus, this can be a super helpful way to get a study session in without noticing it. Okay, I realize how nerdy that may sound, but seriously, sometimes you don’t have time to meet-up outside of class to discuss things you’re confused about and it can be incredibly helpful to have someone catch you up on classes you may have missed.

Another reason to make a friend for the commute? You’ll have someone to check on you during those inevitable ‘one or two’ mornings you oversleep. Maybe that “you coming?” text won’t pull you out of your deep slumber, but it’s better than nothing.

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Stay On-Campus

Don’t go home multiple times during the day if you don’t need to. Stay on-campus during breaks between classes, or the time between classes and evening extra curriculars. There are a billion locations calling your name to be your home for the next hours, let them! The union, one of the many libraries, the quad on a sunny day – you name it!

Not only does this save time and energy, it also allows you to crush procrastination. You’ll be more focused to get work done when you don’t have your cozy bed enticing you to climb in and watch Netflix. Or maybe you give up and take a nap in the UL, it happens to the best of us.

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The Pros 

  1. The Dean Dome – South Campus is home to my personal favorite on-campus location, the glorious Dean Smith Center. That means you can get there 20 minutes earlier than your upperclassmen friends to snag that front row spot on the risers!
  2. STEPS! – With the hike to class, you’ll hit 10,000 steps in no time. Who needs a gym when you’ve got your commute to burn your cals!
  3. Next year, you can’t get further from classes – Excluding the B-school, there’s literally no dorm further from your classes than those on South Campus. So if you stay on-campus, the commute will never get any longer. Even if you’re in Morrison which is just up the hill, you’ll save a solid five minutes not having to wait for that pesky intersection.
  4. Meeting people – as described above, this is a great way to meet up with people outside of classes. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your future bridesmaid on your walk to class!
  5. Free daily tour of the campus – UNC is a beautiful campus, so consider yourself #blessed to get to see the scenes on your walk to class!

 

South Campus is a super fun community filled with eager freshman, which totally makes the commute worth it! I have so many incredibly memories associated with South Campus and I know all of you will love it just as much as I did!

Meet the Rivals

“Rival (noun) – a group that competes for superiority due to jealousy or bitterness despite the fact that Carolina is the University of National Champions, and no one will ever top that title. – dictionary.com” – Kalina MacKay

Let’s get one thing straight… The UNC-Dook rivalry is THE best rivalry in college basketball. However, those pesky gothic devils aren’t the only ones that UNC has beef with. Being the top-notch university across the board has its perks, but it also comes with many haters. Here’s your inside guide to all the schools that we love to hate:

Dook

Okay, obviously this is a big one. Being only eight miles down Tobacco Road, we run into these guys a lot. And they’re the absolute worst. I’m not going to go into a lot of depth here because I’m sure you all know lots about this rivalry, but if you don’t: here are some resources to study up. Hating dook is a rite of passage here at UNC, if you don’t… “you can’t sit with us”.

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Hating Dook 
  2. The History Behind the Hatred 
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We know… it’s hard being a Dookie… he’ll come to the good side one day 🙂

Maryland

Before the Blue Devils there was the dreaded Terps (honestly #blessed that our mascot isn’t a terrapin, how unfortunate). This rivalry began in 1954, when the Heels used to play men’s basketball in Carmichael arena. While I can’t say I ever personally witnessed this rivalry, it existed when Maryland was one of the most competitive teams in our conference. Upon leaving the ACC in 2014, we began to forget about the Terps. However, women’s lacrosse still has major competition with this school, as they often face each other towards the end of post-season.

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Villanova 

Ha… the ultimate source of heartbreak and tragedy are the Villanova Wildcats. Let’s set the scene. April 4th, 2016, the National Championship game. Looking like an impossible victory for the Heels, there was 14 seconds left and we were down by three. Through some form of twisted miracle, Marcus Paige made the craziest three-point shot that probably would have never gone in without the pressures of this being a national title game. So now there is four seconds left in the game and the Heels are thinking there’s no way the game doesn’t go into over time… right? Wrong.

Villanova answers back with an immediate, buzzer-beating three silencing all Heels across the nation, and cuing immediate yellow and white confetti. The title was dangled in front of our face and then immediately ripped away.

Lucky for us we came back with the best redemption story of all time in the 2017 tournament, but that doesn’t void the fact that this game sucked…

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Marcus’s miracle shot, may or may not have cried while reliving the horrible mems to get deets straight for this post.

Miami

So this one totally comes from a place of personal hatred, and the average Tar Heel probably wouldn’t consider the University of Miami our rivals at all – but I’m bitter so I’m going to share. It was February 27th, 2018, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson’s last game as students in the Dean Dome. While Miami has a decent team, being senior night and going into the NCAA tournament, we should have beaten them with no problem.

As you probably assumed, this wasn’t the case. Now maybe I’m a sore loser, but it was the worst possible way to lose – you guessed it, a buzzer beater. A very ‘Nova-esque situation: it looked like we were going to take a defeat, but our hero Joel Berry hit the perfect 3-pointer with only five seconds left in the game that tied it up. Thinking we were going into overtime the crowd went nuts – and an instant later, total silence. It was over, they somehow managed to answer with a 3-pointer in under 5 seconds.

The saddest thing about this game was afterwards Joel and Theo gave their traditional senior speeches. And they were SO disappointed that they ‘fell short’ for us. Those words really hit home – I don’t think there was a dry eye in the student section. (luv you 5ever Joel & Theo)

The next day some Miami fan had the audacity to make a geofilter for the UNC region about a “hurricane warning”… Soooo yeah Miami isn’t technically a rival, but I really hate them.

How freaking rude!

NC State

Ugh. This is a very one-sided rivalry (hence why it’s last on this list), but you need to be prepared because you’ll definitely run into it. I think from State’s perspective, they hate us as much as we hate dook. Which I’ll honestly never understand, but that’s the way it is.

The Wolfpack is a very… passionate… group of people, and they are very outward about their spirit. They really, really hate Carolina, and love expressing this hatred. The best way I know how to describe this relationship is that State is like our annoying little brother that’s always trying to start something. So people will often call our matches ‘rival games’, which may be the case on their end, but for us – we know that Dook is the real target.

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The energy around ‘Beat Dook Week’ on campus is this indescribable feeling that none of these other schools on this list can match. But it’s okay to have some hard feelings towards other universities who have done us wrong. Being a Tar Heel means being the good against a lot of evil…

Places to go when your parents come to visit

So your parents are coming to visit this weekend and you have no idea what you’re going to do with them. Don’t worry, while I’m technically a 21-year-old college student, at heart, I’m more like a 45-year-old father of three, so I’ll know exactly what your parents will enjoy when they come to visit.UNC offers a variety of parent-friendly activities that will fill your weekend itinerary and distract from the looming conversation about your GPA. Check out some of these great options, and get to planning!

Wilson Library

Wilson Library is one of my favorite places on campus, not only because it’s a beautiful, iconic building, but also because I’m a huge history nerd and they have great exhibits there. Some of my favorites were the “Sounds of ’68” exhibit, the exhibit on the Daily Tar Heel and the student-curated exhibit on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. All of the exhibits are very well-done and interesting, and it’s a great way to learn more about North Carolina history.

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Wilson Library; Photo Courtesy UNC Medical School

The Carolina Basketball Museum

I firmly believe the Carolina Basketball Museum is one of the coolest things on campus. It’s located on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center next to the Dean Dome and the Koury Natatorium and includes every ball from a UNC national championship (except for the one from 1924), championship rings, uniforms of some of UNC’s most famous stars, the original floor of Carmichael Arena (the one Michael Jordan played on) and more. For anyone who loves sports and/or Carolina Basketball as much as I do, it’s amazing and a must-see when you come to Chapel Hill.

Carolina Basketball Museum

Morehead Planetarium

I love space. I actually wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger, but then I realized that required both math and physical activity, neither of which I’m very fond of. That being said, I still love learning about space, and therefore I love Morehead Planetarium. Morehead Planetarium is a huge building on Franklin Street on the east side of campus that has planetarium shows where visitors can learn about the final frontier. Fun fact: 11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon explored space in one of Morehead’s shows, so if you go to one, you’re basically an astronaut. Jokes aside, I definitely recommend checking this place out.

Morehead Planetarium and the Sundial; Courtesy Orange County Visitor’s Bureau

Ackland Art Museum

Ackland is located on South Columbia Street near Franklin and boasts a personal collection of nearly 18,000 works of art. Works being featured range from European masterworks to the pieces from the premier Asian Art collection in North Carolina to contemporary pieces. There’s tons of beautiful art in these well-curated exhibits, and if you take your parents here, they’ll think you’re becoming cultured. It’s a win-win.

Ackland Art Museum; Courtesy Ackland Art Museum

Coker Arboretum

If you prefer to do something in the great outdoors, Coker Arboretum is located right next to Morehead Planetarium. It’s part of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and the large clearing in the middle is, by far, the best place to have a picnic on campus. I highly recommend taking your parents for a quick walk through the arboretum to see some beautiful plants and stall the inevitable question: “Do you think you’ll make the Dean’s List this semester?”

Coker Arboretum; Photo Courtesy UNC Garden Club

UNC Campus Celebs

Carolina is full of personality to say the least. With that, there are tons of notable figures on campus that our students both worship and love to hate. We love our super successful alumni, but this one is for all the current Heels… Here’s the ultimate breakdown of all the current UNC celebs!

Carol Folt

Of course, the first celebrity I had to mention is our beloved chancellor – Carol Folt. Always dressed to the nines (probably in some form of Carolina blue), Carol is the true QUEEN of UNC. She loves our school and it’s students, and can be found supporting them at various events throughout the year, so stay alert because you never know where you’ll see her! Also, if you see her – you HAVE to ask for a selfie, she loves taking them, and it’s #81 on UNC’s bucket list!

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Roy Williams

Easily my fav celeb on this list is THE Roy Williams. He’s only the coach of the greatest college basketball program of all time (Bias? Maybe a little, but that doesn’t make it not true…). Let’s just take a minute to acknowledge this man’s coaching accomplishments.

  1. Over 800 career wins
  2. 17-time regular season conference champion titles
  3. 7-time tournament conference champion titles
  4. 9 Final Fours
  5. 3 National Championships [1]

I have nothing else to say other than this Roy is an angel in human form and we LOVE him!

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Any Basketball Player

Along those same lines, any player on the UNC basketball team is regarded as a celebrity on campus. They walk around like skyscrapers in a crowd, which makes them pretty easy to spot. I’m sure when they walk around campus they constantly hear “omg, there’s Luke Maye/Kenny Williams/Cam Johnson/etc.”, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t alert whoever you’re walking with – it’s the friendly thing to do, right?

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After Luke Maye saved the day keeping us alive in the 2017 Elite Eight game vs Kentucky, he showed up bright and early to his BUSI 101 8am lecture!

Gary the Pit Preacher

Gary is a man that sits in the pit or the corner of the Quad and screams very radical religious statements at innocent passerby’s. Regardless of your religious beliefs, its very amusing to sit and listen to his claims and watch people’s reactions. Gary has become such a part of UNC culture that students have dressed up as him for Halloween!

Rumor has it that Gary has retired/is retiring soon, and many new pit preachers are surfacing to fill his shoes. But no one will ever replace Gary the original.

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Quad Whistler

I’m not really sure if this counts as a notable figure since most wouldn’t recognize him in person, but one thing is for sure – we’ve all heard that whistle. He strolls through McCorkle Place so often that you may think there’s an automated whistling sound track running over some loud speakers in the quad.

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The face behind the voice, courtesy of DTH!

Joann Traffic Guard

As you cross the streets of UNC, you’ll often be greeted by traffic guards making sure you make it safely to the other side. Joann is one of these people, but she’s incredibly special to the Carolina community. She will always respond to your “thank you”, and always has a smile on her face – through rain or shine. Students are such a big fan of this hero that a GoFundMe page was started to fund Joann’s travels to Arizona to visit her son. This fundraiser raised over $7700 – 11 times it’s original goal of $700!

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Joann receiving her funds, photo courtesy of DTH.

Dan Reichart

It seems fitting to end with another beloved, but less-known UNC hero. Before November of 2017, Dan Reichart was just a Physics and Astronomy Professor. But when there was an attempted bombing of the Davie Poplar tree, Reichart literally jumped in the fire to save the day. Surviving with second degree burns, the fire exploded on the professor as he was trying to extinguish it. We’re so thankful for Reichart’s actions in saving the momentous Carolina tree!

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Reichart trying to put out the Davie Poplar fire

 

If I missed your favorite current UNC figure, let me know in the comments! And if you see any of these guys around campus this year, be sure to ask for a selfie 😊

[1] https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/coaches/roy-williams-1.html