Everyone has their own Carolina experience. Of course it will involve studying and going to class, along with going to the dining hall and sharing a shower with your suitemates. Some get really involved in the Campus Y, some join sororities/fraternities, some volunteer, some become community governors and some play every intramural sport out there – even inner tube water polo.
But there are some things that would be a shame to miss in your first year being a Tar Heel.
You just got to campus. There is so much going on: over 100 events from August 16-25, so where do you even begin? Go to as many as you can, but here is a list of the my recommended top 10 must-go-to events during your first week at Carolina:
1) FallFest! The alcohol-free celebration welcomes students to campus from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday August 18th on South Road. The 16th annual FallFest will include free food, performances by student groups and bands, games and more. This year, over 250 student organizations and recreation leagues will have information tables where students can learn to get involved at Carolina.
2) New Student Convocation. Put on your Carolina Blue and attend your official class induction on Sunday August 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Join Chancellor Carol Folt and distinguished guests in a ceremony marking your beginning as a Tar Heel.
During Finals Week, it’s easy to forget those last few things on your to-do list.
1. Take a Study Break – Make these last few days on campus before the semester ends worth it.
If your summer is going to be anything like mine, your days are limited until work, internships, summer school, awkward reunions with hometown friends and cheesy family vacations take over your life. While you’re still here, take some time to hang out in the arboretum on a sunny afternoon, play frisbee in Polk Place or have a night out with friends. With all the stress of exams, it’s hard to remember that it will be a solid three and a half months before most of us get to come back to the Hill.
Here are some events happening around campus to help you prepare for your exams:
Finals Boot Camp,April 24-May 3 in SASB North. Stop by the Learning Center for snacks, quiet study areas, raffles and mini-workshops.
P.A.S.S. Exam Support Fair, Monday, April 29, 6-8 p.m. in the Union Great Hall. This event includes massages, craft stations, gaming stations, blue books, scantrons, make-your-own trail mix bar, pizza, Med Deli and much more! Sponsored by Student Wellness and Housing and Residential Education.
Reading Day Stress Relief with Campus Rec,Monday, April 29 in the SRC. Zumba: 4-5 p.m., Cardio Blast: 5:15-6 p.m., Muscle Cut: 6:15-7 p.m., Bliss Down Yoga: 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Exciting changes are ahead, but some things will remain the same
By Megan Carroll and Simon Suber
Starting a new year at school and being away from home can be scary. You always hear about the many changes that you’ll go through during this transition. However, there are a several things that you can look forward to staying the same.
1. School is still school. You will be sticking to the basics: going to class, taking notes, studying, and taking exams. The material you learn may be different, but the concept is still the same. Keep your wits about you and create a good mix of general education courses, first-year seminars, and courses that interest you for your first couple of semesters.
2. You still need basic school supplies. Notebooks, binders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, etc., are all a good idea to bring. College provides you with great new material to learn, but you still have to write it down. Learn the best way to take notes for yourself, and then make sure you have the materials that will help you succeed.
Tips for a better chance of getting a housing assignment you love
It’s time to think about where you want to live next year, and we want to help you get the best assignment you possibly can. Unfortunately, some students get caught off guard with their housing by not understanding how it all works. Avoid these classic missteps some students make in the Housing Selection Process: Continue reading Top 7 Housing Selection Mistakes→
As a senior at UNC, I can’t help but reflect on all of the wonderful things this university has to offer. Read on to find out my opinion of the top 10 things every UNC student should do before graduating.
Experience UNC arts. Whether you are an artist yourself or just an admirer, UNC is home to a vibrant arts community. Performing arts, visual arts, literary arts – you name it, UNC has an organization (or several!) for it. See a Playmaker’s performance. Visit the Ackland Art Museum. Attend a lecture from a visiting author. You won’t be disappointed!
Attend a variety of UNC athletic events. Many students live for UNC Basketball, but why stop there? UNC has amazing soccer teams, a field hockey team, a baseball team; the list goes on. Make it a goal to attend at least one game of each sport!
Join a club or student organization. One of the best things about UNC is the diverse array of interests and hobbies. Chances are if you are interested in something, there are at least 10 other people here who are too. Join a club – or start your own! Continue reading Before you climb the bell tower→
Tell me your favorite thing about fall for a chance to win a prize!
Fall is my favorite time of year in Chapel Hill for many reasons, nine of which are listed below. To help me decide what should be No. 1 on the list, visit our Facebook page and tell me your favorite thing about fall.
Everyone who writes in a reason (or votes for one of mine) gets his or her name entered in a drawing for a prize. The winner will receive a Carolina scarf and travel mug, both perfect for chilly days in Chapel Hill!
Edit 11/2/2012: Congrats to the prize winner, Alysha!
“Nobody on the road…Nobody on the beach…I feel it in the air, that summer’s out of reach.” As I was walking to class the other morning in the seemingly frigid 40 degree whether, I couldn’t help but enjoy the coincidence of my iPod’s shuffle giving me those classic Don Henley lines.
Make no mistake, the nippier weather is indeed on its way. Though there may not be anything more pleasant than those “crisp, cool October nights,” what about those harshly cold evenings that leave you running for the warm cover of a heated building?
For many of us, the transition from the active, late summer times of the beginning of the semester to the cooler months of fall and winter can be a challenge. Here are my ten favorite things to do when those cold fronts come moving in: Continue reading Bundle Up!→
You’ve lived in a traditional residence hall, but now it’s time for a change. So you should move off campus, right? Not necessarily. Read on to find out the top ten reasons you should live in an on-campus apartment.
Less anxiety about money. If you’re like me, you’ve heard horror stories from your friends living off campus about how they divide expenses up among their roommates. The great thing about living in an on-campus apartment is that charges are billed in the same way that residence hall charges are. When you’re not constantly worried about conflicts with others over money, you have more time to focus on what really matters!
Dedicated staff on call 24/7. You live in an off-campus house and you accidentally lock yourself out one night while your roommate is out of town for the weekend. What do you do? In the on-campus apartments, there is a resident advisor, a community director and a facilities representative on call at all times. Any problems you have can be taken care of right away, day or night! Continue reading The Village Life→
While neither one of us has ever been an RA, we have lived in several very different residence halls with very different RAs. We both also have several friends who work as RAs. Through these experiences, we have evaluated the RA position in relation to the 10 skills employers are seeking.
1) Ability to work in a team – Because housing is set up in communities, all RAs learn how to work with a team. As an RA, you’ll be constantly working in collaboration with residents, other RAs, community government, office assistants, community managers, community directors, and other members of your community. On big floors, the RAs have a partner; when on rounds, there are always two people on a shift. RAs take huge pride in their communities and the team of people they work with.
2) Leadership – As an RA, you’ll have the ultimate leadership experience. You’ll create a vision for your hall and community, develop ways to make that vision a reality, implement your plan and then get to see the results of your actions. You’re a peer mentor to others, so you could end up playing a huge role in someone’s housing experience. When people are looking to you for advice and guidance, your leadership can really have an impact.