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Food Necessities: Dorm Edition

Whether you’re getting an unlimited meal plan or not, you’re still going to need some sort of food in your room. While you may be awake at 2 a.m. finishing homework, the dining hall workers won’t be. They need a break too! On school nights, Chase is open until midnight, so you get a little breathing room, but after that, it’s every student for themselves. Plus, chances are, even if you do get hungry at a time that the dining halls are open, you’re bound to experience at least one wave of laziness where you don’t want to make the trek to the dining hall (it’s not always a sunny, 75 degrees outside). Trust me, being a Florida native, this past winter season was miserable. It may only have been 50 degrees out, but I’m telling you wind chill is a real thing and it definitely makes it feel 30, so walking to Chase or Lenoir was not at the top of my agenda. And for all you Northerners saying you’re used to the cold, welllllll it also rains here in North Carolina, and if you aren’t in the business of getting soaked, I strongly suggest keeping a few of these in your room:

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Ramen noodles and/or Easy Mac:

There is a reason everyone associates dorm food with them, ramen noodles and easy mac WILL be your lifesavers. There’s just no way around it. Any variation of instant pasta will do, but these two are the cheapest. All you need is the pasta, water, and 3 minutes of your time, and then voila, you have yourself a whole meal! If you want to get creative, add a few herbs and spices. It’ll take it from your traditional microwavable meal to one worthy of Gordon Ramsay (okay exaggerating a little).

Lunchables:

It might’ve been since fifth grade since you had a lunchable, but don’t underestimate them. These are the perfect snacks for when you’re hungrier than just chips, but not hungry enough for a full meal. My favorite is the classic ham and cheese (it brings oreos!!), but you can’t go wrong with the nachos either. For days you wish your classes were as easy as in elementary school, lunchables bring you one step closer to your inner 10 year old.

Chips/Goldfish:

For when you need something salty to munch on, these are the perfect snack items. They’re cheap, unmessy, and honestly very yummy. Chips and queso? Chips and salsa? Goldfish? Doritos? Get a variety pack and avoid boredom.

Bagels:

Those 8 a.m. classes are tough, honestly even the 9:05 and 10:10 classes can be hard to get to some days. When you don’t have time to get breakfast beforehand, make sure to keep your room stocked with bagels. They’re yummier than plain bread, but still filling, and they’re something you can eat as you run to class. For those of you with a fridge, feel free to keep some cream cheese or butter. It’ll be just like you stopped by Alpine.

Bananas/Cuties:

My first year, a group of my friends created this “banana challenge” as a joke. They challenged you to eat a whole banana under 10 seconds, and yes, it’s as hard as it sounds. One time, they “banana’d” me, forcing me to start the challenge. They were chanting my name to get me to do it, and soon enough, that whole area of the dining hall was shouting “Valentina! Valentina!” It was mortifying, to say the least. I didn’t end up eating the banana in the dining hall, not with all those people staring, but I did take it back to my dorm room. That’s when I realized I had just done something. Why use a swipe trying to get a banana, when I could just take one the night before and save it in my room? Try this every time you’re in Chase. Don’t leave without a banana. As for cuties, who doesn’t love them? The Target on Franklin sells them year round, so be sure to stock up.

Granola bars/trail mix:

Do I even need to explain this one? Perfect for on the go, perfect in the morning, perfect at night… There is really no bad time for granola bars or trail mix. Definitely buy one with m&m’s in it- no one eats the normal kind anyway.

Something sweet:

Everyone has a sweet tooth. When you’re on South campus and don’t want to walk a mile for Lenoir cookies, make sure to keep something sweet in your room. I found cookies or chocolates work best because they don’t expire quickly, but definitely, if you’re a baker and you enjoy cupcakes on the weekly, keep some cake mix in your dorm. It’ll come in handy if you ever forget about your roommate’s birthday.

Pro tip:

Many of these foods require a fridge or microwave, but that doesn’t mean you need to bring both. One of the great blessings of having a roommate is you guys can decide what each person is bringing. Divide and conquer. Now that room assignments are out, get in contact with your roommate and start talking about who is bringing what. There is no point (or space) to have two of each item.

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.

 

Homesickness: the one ailment Campus Health can’t treat.

I’m sure everyone in your family has told you this already, but transitioning to college life is tough. Not only are there the logistical issues, like the fact that you’re constantly getting lost and you can’t figure out how to do laundry, but there’s also the issue of homesickness. For many, college is the first time that you’re living on your own. When I started college, I had never been away from home for longer than a couple of weeks, and, suddenly, my family was four hours away and I wasn’t going to see them until October. It’s kind of a tough time, but, hopefully, these tips will help lessen the severity of the homesickness.

1. Set up a weekly time to call your family

This is a good thing to do because it not only helps you feel better, but your family as well. Chances are that your family is missing you just as much as you’re missing them, and having a scheduled time to call them will ensure that neither of you starts missing the other too much. I get that college is busy and this may be difficult, but the call doesn’t have to be very long and just hearing the voice of your loved ones goes a long way to alleviating homesickness. I’m going into my senior year, and I have called my parents at 7 p.m. every Sunday since I have been in college. Trust me, it helps.

2. Bring one or two items that remind you of home

If you’re like me, there’s a lot of seemingly odd items that hold special value for you. For me, it’s a small, circular Captain America pillow that my mom got me a couple years ago. For you, it could be a stuffed animal, action figure or high school award. Whatever it is, make sure to bring it with you. I know it’s tempting when you’re packing up the car and there’s barely room to breathe to try to downsize, but having little things that remind you of home has a lot of value. They can give you something familiar to hang on to when there’s a lot of changes happening around you, and they can remind you of home when you start to miss it. Just don’t bring too much…

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3. Create an on-campus family

I’m not going to lie to you, making friends is hard, especially if you’re like me and you have the charisma of a spork. The good news is, however, if I can do it, you certainly can too. You’re going to have to put yourself out there and suffer through a lot of small talk and awkward “getting to know you” conversations, but it’s worth it to find people who will become your best friends. The best advice I have for you in terms of how to find these people is to just put yourself out there. If you’re having a conversation with someone in one of your classes and they seem cool, ask them to eat lunch with you. If you meet someone in your dorm, invite them to come hang out in your room. Remember, nearly everyone is going through the same thing that you are, and they likely want to make friends too. The thing I always tell myself is that there are 29,469 people who attend UNC, so if you totally embarrass yourself in front of one of them, there are still around 29,468 people you can be friends with.

4. Keep busy

The dorms here are great, but you should definitely not just sit in them all the time. There are 800 student organizations and more than 50 intramural sports you can join to make friends and keep yourself occupied. Schoolwork will keep you busy, but it’s important to have outlets to have fun and meet people who share your interests. It’ll distract you from homesickness, keep you from feeling lonely and allow you to explore your interests. And who knows? You might become the Brice and Marcus of your intramural intertube water basketball team.

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5. Keep in contact with your friends from high school

Just because you’ve gone off to college doesn’t mean you have to break contact with everyone you used to know. Sure, you won’t talk to them as often, but they’re your best friends for a reason, and they can be great for emotional support when you’re feeling down. If you have high school acquaintances who go here, invite them to have lunch with you. You’d be surprised how often someone you rarely talked to in high school can become one of your best friends in college. I get that many people come to college hoping to leave high school far behind, which is understandable, but the people from your hometown understand your experiences in a way other people typically don’t, which can be very helpful in trying to avoid being homesick.

The last piece of advice that I’ll leave you with is to not worry too much. Yes, college is hard, transitioning is hard and homesickness sucks, but it will get easier after you’ve adjusted, and the payoff is so worth it. I’ve met some of my best friends and had some of my favorite experiences at UNC. Trust me, you’re going to love it here!

Top 10 Things You SHOULDN’T Bring to College

A First-Year Guide

So you’ve been accepted to Carolina, paid your enrollment deposit, and are desperately counting down the days until orientation. WOOHOO! Coming to college is one of the best decisions you’ll make in your lifetime, but it can be an extremely stressful process.

One of the most stressful things about moving into your residence hall is PACKING. What do I bring? What CAN I bring? What will I even have room for? This can be quite the challenge, especially if you’re the oldest sibling and first to go to college!

Well, fear not! You are not in this alone–because Carolina Housing is here to help! This list will go through a few different things that UNC students may think they need, but they won’t.

1. Tons of school supplies 

Believe it or not, you will probably need less school supplies as you get into these harder, college classes. Most students take notes on a laptop, so you probably won’t need more than a notebook or two, some pens, and maybe a stapler. Pack light!

2. Your car 

Leave this bad boy in the garage! First-Years are not allowed to have cars on campus, but you don’t really need one anyway! The bus system will take you anywhere in the area, and airport shuttles go back and forth to the airport around breaks. Chapel Hill is extremely walkable as well!

3. Big appliances 

You won’t be cooking nearly as much as you think, so a microwave and small fridge should be plenty! If you are an amateur chef, residence hall kitchens come stocked with a stove, oven, fridge, and you can check out all sorts of pots and pans at the front desk.

4. Fancy clothing or jewelry 

You probably won’t feel like dressing too nice for your 9am lecture, anyway. I would recommend bringing a few business professional outfits, and maybe some formal attire, but the Carolina Student attire is pretty casual around campus!

5. Animals 

As much as we know you’d like to bring them, please leave your sweet golden retriever puppy at home. You are allowed a pet fish in your room, but that’s the limit. I think I would probably get sick of waking up to barking dogs, anyway.

6. Printer 

This is something you  will definitely not need! Every residence hall community has a printer that you can use with your allotted printing money, so you never have to worry about having a place to print out that paper you finish at 3am.

7. Glass dishes

Similar to the appliances, you won’t do too much cooking in your room. Don’t risk breaking nice glassware or silverware in your residence hall kitchen; just stick to cheap, plastic plates and you’ll be set!

8. Your entire closet 

Believe it or not, you won’t be wearing those wool sweaters the week you arrive at Carolina in August. Especially if you plan on going home often, pack your clothes based on the season to save space in your closet! You won’t need winter boots in August or your tank top collection come January.

9. Desk chair 

This is something advertised to many college students when dorm shopping, but you don’t need one at Carolina! Each room has a chair provided for your desk, so you don’t need to bring your own unless you really, really want to.

10. Anything your roommate’s bringing! 

This last one is key! Make sure you’re checking in with your roommate to ensure that you’re not bringing two of the same thing. You don’t want to show up on Day 1 with two different rugs to put down on the floor! Communication is key.

Stick to this guide, and you’ll be sure to avoid having any useless stuff lying around in your room. We can’t wait to see you at move-in this August, and happy packing!

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!

College Stereotypes: Fact or Fiction?

University life is portrayed in a specific way in pop culture, surrounded by tons of perceptions and expectations. But sometimes college doesn’t live up to it’s picture perfect stereotypes. And sometimes, it’s SO much better. Here’s my perspective on the reality behind college stereotypes.

Myth #1: You will hate your roommate.

Maybe you won’t get along with your first ever roommate. It happens! But on the other hand, your roommate could be your best friend. I know tons of people who loved their freshman roommate and lived with them all four years. Sure, I’ve heard the occasional horror story, but they’re not as common as you might think.

Being best friends with your freshman roommate and completely hating your roommate are two strong extremes, and from my experience, both are pretty rare. It’s no surprise that people change a lot when they come to college and picking a roommate as a high-schooler can be extremely difficult when you don’t know how you function as a college student. Odds are that you’ll get along just fine, overcome any minor conflict, and have a great year together!

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Myth #2: You get to skip class whenever you feel like it.

Actually attending classes is a must in college. Even in big lecture halls, a lot of professors have sign in sheets, use apps like ‘Poll Everywhere’, or assign random pop quizzes to record student’s attendance. So if you think you can pass every class by only showing up on exam days, you might have to think again.

While this may seem like a hassle, at the end of the day it rewards students that show up. Many professors calculate attendance as a portion of your final grade, so having perfect attendance really does have its perks. It can easily be the difference between a ‘B+’ and an ‘A-’!

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Myth #3: Your dorm is going to feel like living in a shoe box.

Okay so your dorm room may not be as big as your master bedroom at home that you have all to yourself. But your space in your dorm really is what you make of it. It’s definitely not at as small as what you’re probably imagining. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all survived! Struggling? Read this article for tips!

My biggest piece of advice: don’t. over. pack. I’m totally guilty of it, I hate leaving anything at home in the off chance that I’ll be stuck in that one situation where I desperately need that specific item. But be practical! The more stuff you bring into your dorm, the more space you have to use to store it.

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Myth #4: Sharing a bathroom sucks.

Whether you’re living suite style or hall style, you’ll have to share a bathroom with someone. It may take some adjusting not being able to shower whenever you feel like it, but typically you won’t even notice! Hall style offers multiple showers per floor, so the likelihood of someone being in every shower at any given time is slim. In suite style you’re sharing a bathroom with 3 to 7 other people, so communication is key!

If you’re worried about your suite- or hall-mates making a mess, remember that in the 4-room suites and hall style buildings, we have an amazing cleaning staff that does the hard work for you! 2-room suites must be cleaned by the residents, but repeat: communication. is. key.

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Myth #5: You will never get to sleep.

In college you’ll definitely experience some long nights studying, especially when finals season rolls around. But the idea that all college kids ‘never sleep’ is completely false. I’m a girl who doesn’t function well on no sleep, so getting rest is definitely a priority to me. Keeping an organized schedule and staying on top of your school work allows you to get the right amount of beauty sleep to keep you mentally sane.

I’m not saying it’s always easy to get that full 8 hours, but it’s for sure doable. Two keys to making time for a wholesome slumber – avoid procrastination and prioritize whats most important (even when that means sacrificing something you really want to do).

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Fact #1: You will have SO MUCH FUN!

The realest thing I’ve ever heard about college is that it is the best four years of your life. You will learn so much about yourself and change in more ways than you knew possible. You’ll overcome very real challenges that will make you a stronger person. And at the end of the day, you will meet life-long besties and make unforgettable memories while finding your passions.

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Everyone has a different college experience and it doesn’t always play out like you may expect it to. The image of the perfect college life you have in your head very quickly might come crashing down when things aren’t going the way you assumed they would. But you will get through it. And at the same time, you’ll find joy in places you never expected to. After all, the unpredictability of it is part of what makes college so fun!

How to Make the Most of Your Dorm Room Space

Making a dorm room your “second home” for a school year can be a daunting task. Given that you have limited dorm space, it is vital to organize your room to utilize as much space as possible. By following this guide, you will be able to bring more of your personal items from home because you will have more space available. Here are some tips that have helped me turn my modest dorm room into a spacious home!  

 

1. Loft Your Bed

Lofting your bed can give you additional space, below your bed, that can be used for clothes, food, or a desk. Personally, lofting my bed gave me space for a couch in my dorm that I would of otherwise not had room for! After lofting my bed, I saw my storage space nearly double which makes this tip a must!

2. Staying Clutter-Free

Room clutter always seems to find a way to rear its ugly head when living somewhere. However, this problem can be limited by having different tools to ensure your room is organized. For example, a hamper for dirty clothes can serve as a way to ensure clothes do not begin to find homes on your floor. Additionally, a shoe rack that can hang from a closet door not only organizes your shoes, but also uses door-space that would of otherwise went unused!

3. Multi-Functional Furniture

Having a piece of furniture that has a double function can help eliminate the need to bring numerous furniture pieces. Why bring a shelf, and a chair, when you can find a piece that does both? For example, the Domus Chair is a chair that also provides storage space in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Multi-functional furniture is an excellent way to get the most storage space out of your dorm room!

4. Decorate Vertically

Utilizing the walls of your dorm room can make the room feel more spacious, and add a personalized aesthetic. For example, hanging decorative lights across the room uses upper wall space that would of been barren and makes the room more inviting. Posters, tapestries, and personal photos also make for great additions to dorm walls to make your new room feel like a home!

5. Coordinate With Your Roommate

Certain items, such as desks, shelves, and other furniture can be reorganized in order to create more space for your room. For example, my roommate and I put our two desks side-by-side in order to free up more space throughout the dorm. By communicating with your roommate, you can work personalize your room in order to create a layout that works for you both!

6. View Model Rooms Through 360 Interior Shots

An excellent resource that UNC provides is 360 degree interior shots of the residence hall rooms found on campus. This can help you gauge the size of your room, and give you ideas on what you could fill your dorm with! Below is an example of a 360 degree interior shot for the Hinton James Residence Hall. You can find this resource by going to maps.unc.edu , under the Buildings > Housing section.

For a college student, their dorm room is one of the most important aspects of their college experience. It’s where they sleep, study, and spend the majority of their time. For this reason, following these tips, and making the most of your dorm room space is essential!

After Applying for Housing: What You Can Do to Beat the Wait

The priority housing deadline has passed, you’ve done your research on all the residence halls, and maybe you’ve found a roommate. You’ve clicked submit on your housing application… so now what? (If you haven’t done this yet – it’s not too late! Do it right now here, and then come read this!) Before you know it, you’ll be moving into your new home, making memories that will last a life time. But until then, waiting to get your housing assignment and move into your future dorm can feel like an eternity.  Here are some things you can do while you wait!

  1. Start Planning Decorations

Whether you want to get crafty or buy decorations, pick a theme or mix and match, coordinate with your roommate(s) or do your own thing, you have plenty of decisions to make. Your dorm is your space, and you’re going to be living in it for a whole year, so make it your own! This will definitely make it feel like home in no time.

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  1. Get to Know Your Classmates

Maybe you know a few high school friends joining you at Carolina, or maybe you’re coming in not knowing anyone. Either way, you will meet SO many new people once you come to college, so you might as well get a head start now!

Join your class’s Facebook page or GroupMe and introduce yourself! They may seem like strangers now, but you’ve all chosen  UNC and are officially a part of the Carolina family. This family is so welcoming, and many of your classmates are just as eager to meet you as you are to meet them!

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  1. Get Pumped for Orientation!

It’s a two-day Carolina-filled experience, what’s not to love? If you haven’t already fallen in love with this campus, you’re sure to start appreciating it during orientation. From meeting fellow students, to touring around the campus, to learning more about your future life as a student – this will make everything feel very real. After just 48 hours, you’ll leave UNC even more excited for your next four years than you were when you arrived.

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  1. Learn All The UNC Chants

For all you ‘Tar Heel Born and Tar Heel Bred’s out there, this one probably is a no-brainer. But if you weren’t raised a Carolina fan, learning the chants are a must. At UNC, almost everyone you meet will have tons of school spirit and chanting on our sports teams from the student section is one of the many ways we express this spirit.

A tradition we have after every game, win or lose, is to wrap arms around each other and sing the alma mater. Singing and chanting with my fellow Tar Heels after a game is one of my favorite UNC things, it’s a sacred tradition that never gets old. Plus, you’ll look like a real pro at orientation if you already know these chants.

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  1. Binge Watch Carolina Sports

Along the same lines of school spirit, if you’re not a Tar Heel fan yet, you will be very soon. Even if you don’t like sports. I couldn’t have cared less about basketball before coming here, but it didn’t take long for me to get hooked.

Even though it’s not basketball season right now (cries), UNC has so many great sports teams to follow. If you’re not in the area, most of our sporting events are broadcasted on TV or online! And, you can always go back and watch old games! (I highly recommend the basketball game against Gonzaga on April 3rd, 2017… just saying…)

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  1. Look at The Course Catalog

Choosing classes can be overwhelming – there are so many options! Don’t stress, you’ll get tons of guidance at orientation to walk you through registration and point you in the right direction in selecting classes. But if you want to be proactive, start looking at UNC’s online Course Catalog here to see what kind of classes you might be interested in.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, college is the perfect time to do that! Take some classes that stick out to you, even if they’re not a General Education or Major requirement. Maybe you’ll find a hidden passion in a place you never knew existed!

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  1. Follow UNC Housing on social media

Shameless self-promo? Maybe. But seriously, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest (@unchousing) and add us on Snapchat (@carolinahousing). We’re here to show you what resident life is really like on campus, and want to make your transition to college as easy as possible. Reach out to us on any of these platforms if you have any questions!

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Bottom line is, this summer will fly by! You will be moving into your new home in no time and we can’t wait to meet you all, we know you’re going to love it here!

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.

5 Movies to Get You Pumped for College

Hey UNC fam! Welcome back to Chapel Hill! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m seriously ready to start anew. If you’re like me and need motivation- look no further! I’ve supplied five movies that will get you ready to tackle the year ahead.

Legally Blonde

Running Time: 96 minutes | Rated PG-13

Legally Blonde is the most of the “pump up” of the movie list. The story centers around the young, blonde, and cheerful Elle Woods. After getting dumped by her longtime boyfriend, she’s determined to get him back- by getting into Harvard Law School.

Legally Blonde is a treasure trove of wisdom. It not only shows you the power of hard work, but touches on topics such as stereotypes and feminism.

Did I mention that it also has one of the most motivational montages in movie history?

Good Will Hunting

Running Time: 126 minutes | Rated R

This movie will make you want to hit up the library more often. Matt Damon plays Will Hunting, a troubled teen who’s secretly a genius. When his talent is discovered by a professor, Will is pushed to reach his full potential.

The characters are written in such a way that I shed a tear or two. The relationship between Will and Sean inspires me to find that one super cool professor to be best friends with.

Mona Lisa Smile

Running Time: 117 minutes | Rated PG-13

I remember mindlessly browsing through Netflix when I came across this movie. I thought this movie would be about art thieves or something; turns out it’s about college girls and their art professor.(Kind of close?)

Julia Roberts plays Katherine Watson, a professor from California, who is hired to teach at Wellesley. She soon realizes that Wellesley is not nearly as progressive as she thought it would be- cue the drama!

The big theme of this movie is opening up to new perspectives even if they’re completely different from yours. It’s a pretty timeless theme that is good to keep in mind during any class discussion.

The Social Network

Running Time 120 minutes | Rated PG-13

You have probably heard of this movie. If you haven’t, you know what this movie is about: Facebook. This pretty inaccurate account of Facebook’s creation focuses on Mark Zuckerberg in his college years. It’s kind of crazy thinking that such a gigantic company was created by someone our age. I mean, I’m struggling to cook meals for myself as it is!

After watching this movie, I thought that maybe taking COMP 401 wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.

Animal House

Running Time: 109 minutes | Rated R

This movie is basically the college classic.

I hope these movies at the very least keep you entertained. Happy syllabus week!