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Bundle Up!

Residents hanging out
Residents in Connor just enjoy hanging out and sharing laughs with each other.

Top Ten Cold Weather Activities

“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!

The Village Life

Top 10 reasons to live in an on-campus apartment

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.

The buildings in Odum Village, which contain four one or two-person apartments each, give the community a neighborhood vibe.
  1. 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!
  2. 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

Top 10 Skills Employers Seek

The RA position prepares you for jobs beyond college

by Sam Smith and Megan Carroll

John French
John French was an RA for 3 years, working as the RAM in Kenan his senior year.

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, there are 10 skills that all employers are looking for. Housing believes that the job of Resident Advisor provides students with the listed skills.

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) LeadershipAs 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.

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It’s the obscure things

Ten items you didn’t think to bring to your first-year residence hall room

There are millions of “Dorm Room Checklists” published by home supply stores and University departments, but there are several obscure items left off of these lists. After moving in and realizing what I needed, these are ten of the most useful items I found worthy of a late night Target trip.

Photo of student using a screwdriver to change clock batteries.
A screwdriver comes in handy for things like changing the clock batteries.
  1. Dish rack – The first time that I washed my dishes, I balanced them (along with dish soap, a towel, and my room key) in my arms while walking to and from the kitchen on my floor. It’s much easier collect dirty dishes in a container to carry to the kitchen, wash along with plastic ware, and carry back to the room.
  2. Screwdriver – Not that I’ve performed any major reconstructive work, but a screwdriver has been worthwhile to change batteries or open a jar of queso dip.
  3. Ice tray – Since our mini-fridge doesn’t have an icemaker and there’s not one on our floor, my roommate and I bought two ice trays that we keep in the freezer and refill as needed. It’s convenient to have ice for my daily cup of iced coffee, to put in my water bottle, or to cool off a room-temperature soda. Continue reading It’s the obscure things

Top 10 RA Myths

Common misconceptions about the RA position at UNC

In asking potential applicants about the RA position the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across a number of interesting concerns, provoking thoughts, and outright untruths. In today’s Top 10, I’ll attempt my best Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman impression to bust all the myths surrounding the RA position and application process.

Myth #1: All you do is bust parties or “police” the halls. “Sssshhh the RA is coming!” While we’ve all heard someone utter this phrase a time or two, it’s really not necessary. Certainly RAs have the duty to maintain a safe and welcoming living environment, but they aren’t assigned to hang out by your door and listen to find out what friends you’re having over for the game or what your weekend plans are. RAs want to keep the hall safe and fun, but the last thing they want to be is a paid security guard.

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10 months, 10 ways to get involved

A month-by-month montage of why residence life is rad

by Katie Jansen, guest blogger

Ever wondered what a year living in a residence hall at Carolina is like? There’s something special about each and every one of the ten months you’re living at Carolina, and the fun you’ll have makes a year at Carolina pass by so quickly!


My lyric poster is one of my favorite decorations in my room.

Move-in day is always really exciting. You’re getting your keys, checking out your new digs, meeting (or reuniting with) your roommate, and moving in boxes upon boxes of important stuff while pouring gallons upon gallons of sweat. Then you’re deciding who gets which bed, whether you want to bunk or loft or leave the beds down, and how you want to arrange your room (the possibilities are nearly endless!) Eventually comes the decorating (my favorite part!) Make sure to bring lots of photos, posters, decor—anything to make your room feel like the home it’s going to be. Some cute ideas I’ve seen:

~stringing photos along a clothesline and taping it to the wall (make sure you don’t use tape that will peel the paint off!)
~making a collage of photos all over the wall (layering and crossing the photos as different angles looks best!)
~putting up cool posters, or making your own! (I made one using a collage of my favorite song lyrics.)
~using cool light fixtures (Just make sure they’re Housing approved! My roommate and I have paper lanterns strung along both sides of our room.)

After this flurry of activity, your room is home sweet home. Then there’s going down the hall or around the suite to meet your neighbors, and usually your RA tries to swing by to say hi, too. It’s a really fun day that’s a great way to kick off a year at Carolina! Continue reading 10 months, 10 ways to get involved

Top 10 Tips to Rise and Shine

Making the best of your mornings

This guy knows all about waking up early.

Sometimes, like Frodo, all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

Unfortunately, that time is often 8 a.m.

For many college students, waking up in the morning is unpleasant. For me, it’s almost painful. However, after experiencing my first 8 a.m. classes this semester, I have found ways to ease the pain.  Whether you wake up at noon or the crack of dawn, check out these ten tips for making the best of your mornings.

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Top 10 study snacks

The top 10 things to munch that won’t leave you in an exam slump

Bagel sandwich with meat, cream cheese, and vegetables
Healthy sandwich for on-the-go


Finals are quickly approaching.  With the stress of papers and the ever-present all-nighter, your brain could use all the help it can get.  Try these healthy snacks that will keep your mind fresh and your taste buds satisfied.

1. Yogurt: Pack some yogurt in your backpack along with a crunchy cereal of choice and your favorite fruits to mix in.  The carbs from the cereal will give you energy while the protein in yogurt will keep you feeling full all the way through your calc review session. Continue reading Top 10 study snacks

Top 10 random things to do with your roommate

Photo of two girls
My roommate and me (right)

Your relationship with your roommate can make or break your college experience

Now roommates don’t have to be best friends, but getting along and being able to somewhat understand each other is crucial. Here are some fun things you and your roommate can do together whether you have known each other forever or are trying to break the ice.

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