What’s Behind the Desk? 5 Things to Know about Carolina Housing

We’re the people who give you your keys. We’re the people you call when your room is being cold (we’re sorry – it happens!). We’re the people who tell you that dogs aren’t allowed in the dorms (we’re even more sorry!) and we’re the people who gave you your friend group (because you live with them – duh!). But do you know who WE actually are? Who are these mysterious people that answer your emails and send you reminders about when to move out? Here is an exclusive behind the desk look at some of the things that make us Carolina Housing.

1. Where are we?

For all the new students and for all the clueless students, Housing is actually closer to you than you think!!! We are located on South Campus in SASB North. The moment you walk in you can see our open doors and really, really, nice tv. There’s also cushy seating so you could probably do homework there if you really wanted.

2. Who is ACTUALLY behind the desk?

So there is a desk right when you walk in the office. At this desk sits the biggest ball of sunshine, Alex. She isn’t just there to greet you – she also helps assign people to their rooms and deals with all your housing complaints over email!

You should come in and say hi to her!

3. Housing Homies ( the Interns)

Oh wait, that’s us! Yes, us four lovely ladies are the secret typers of Carolina Housing. I guess not so secret anymore. We bring you the ins and out of Carolina Housing, and yeah, we’re kind of your voice too. We’re students that get to give back input. So much power!

We love our job and we love each other and we’re always trying to make someone smile. 🙂

4. What’s backstage?

Backstage we have a lot of desks, offices, a kitchen, a table, and a lot of awesome people. Getting you guys housing is a lot of work – year round! We don’t stop during the summer either! I’d show you pictures, but, we gotta keep some things a secret right?

You’ll come back here if you ever win one of our prizes… hint hint. Stay tuned for some more giveaways!

5. The People

Finally, the last thing you should know about us is that Carolina Housing is full of really awesome people who love Carolina and who love you!

We really do want you to be happy to live here and have the full Carolina experience.

We’re also a little community. We talk to each other, get excited for each other, and have successes and failures.

We laugh together, we work together, and make Carolina memories together.

We’re just like you! We hope you stop by and chat with us – we always want to know what students are thinking.

Healthy Heels are Happy Heels

Hey y’all! I hope you guys have been well. I especially mean it because this flu season has seriously been bad. If you think this flu season has been worse than in years past— you’re right. Apparently, it’s considered to be the “worst” flu season since 2009. Here are 5 tips to keep you healthy this flu season:

  • Get The Flu Shot!

This one is kind of a given. You can get vaccinated at at Campus Health Services, Student Stores Pharmacy (3rd floor of Student Stores) and Campus Health Pharmacy (basement of campus health). You can find more information here. Be sure to get it sooner rather than later, as the vaccine can take up to two weeks before coming into effect.

  • Sleep!

I don’t think college students need help understanding the importance of sleep. But in case you do, sleep is essential in helping the immune system fight disease! Sleep depravation can lead to impairment of the immune system, so make sure you rest up to give the flu a good fight.

  • Eat Healthy!

Having a nutritious diet is essential in making sure that your immune system is in good shape. Eating healthy will not only keep away the flu, but it will keep you alert throughout the day! Foods that are high in vitamin D are especially good in fighting the flu.

  • Exercise (not when you’re sick)!

If you still haven’t kicked your New Year’s resolution into high gear, now is the perfect time to do it. Increased circulation and blood flow throughout the body helps better circulate the immune system as well. However, if you’re already feeling sick, exercising may not be the best idea.

  • Don’t Overdo It!

Being a student at UNC means that the workload is anything but easy. It may feel wrong to “skip” class because you’re not feeling well, but are you going to learn much in between sneezes and coughs? Sometimes, the best decision is to leave your work for another day and get some rest. You’ll be doing yourself— and your classmates— a big favor.

 

These tips may seem a bit elementary, but it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself while you’re on the #grind. Stay healthy, Tar Heels!

RA Spotlight: Kane Cooper


Kane Cooper

Year: Junior

Residence Hall: Sustainability RLP RA in Morrison

Major: Biology and Chemistry

Other Extracurriculars: Band

 

Why did you decide to be an RA? My first year, I wasn’t “in the know” on a lot of things. I felt like my sophomore year I was more knowledgeable about everything, pretty much because of my RA. I really enjoyed talking with her and seeing how she enjoyed [being an RA]. I thought, “Huh, I think I might try it. It could be cool.”

How do you come up with ideas for events? At first, I used Pinterest, but after that I wondered how I could personalize it. Some people said that they would want to do things like trivia, so I took note of what people said that they wanted. I kind of ask myself, “Would I come to the event?”

How have you been able to manage your time? It’s a lot of late nights, but it gets done. It’s definitely become a lot more about using my time efficiently, but I have a planner where I have everything written down on it. Planning has become a lot more of a reliance for me.

How has being an RA impacted your experience at Carolina? I would say it’s definitely positively impacted my experience. Now I feel more connected with the community and the people here. The residents are really cool and involved with the community in general. People come together a lot more in Morrison, and it’s just a fun time.

 

 

Be Thankful for Yourself: Brief Perspective on Self-Care

These past two weeks have been . . .vexing, to say the least (and I’m not alone!). I personally had two exams on a Friday, another exam the following Tuesday, another exam the following Thursday, and finally a quiz and a 10 page SINGLE SPACED paper due on the second Friday on top of work and extracurricular involvement. I didn’t want to work anymore. I was being  attacked with a stuffy nose and endless coughs – courtesy of my cold. I also couldn’t function without at least two cups of coffee a day.

The reason I’m telling you all this is not because I just want to complain (okay, a little bit), it’s to make a point. My work load isn’t special – nearly everyone has this amount of work or more. The problem is how college students tend to handle it, and we all handle it differently. I’m the type of person who pushes through- but not without my daily breakdowns. Other people might lose themselves in a sea of anxiety and completely give up. No matter what YOU personally do, there is something we all have in common. Our MENTAL HEALTH matters.

Mental health is something easy to forget about and push aside. We all have to live up to a certain set of expectations, whether its good grades, balancing work and study, etc. We ignore it because it’s not convenient. If we take the time to relax we can’t finish our work. We can’t ace that test. We won’t succeed.

Why should our exhaustion and pain be the measure of our success?

I’m not saying we’re justified in being lazy. I’m saying we should have a right to take care of ourselves. If that means that we miss one minor assignment – so be it! If that means that one grade doesn’t turn out so well, who cares? You are worth so much more than grades, and exams, and clubs, and everything. Don’t fall into the hole of self loathing.

I’m writing this now after the two weeks of what seemed like torture and now, I’m in awe of how much I handled . Human bodies are amazing. We can do so much. There’s no reason to be hard on ourselves. That’s why this Thanksgiving, in the spirit of being grateful for what you have, devote some time to practicing self care, recharging and being thankful for yourself.

Make yourself a cup of tea or hot chocolate! Sleep in until after noon! Take a bubble bath! Spend some time running or dancing! Marathon a few movies! Play a board game with your family!

It’s going to be tempting to study and do work, and you still can! However, you should also make sure you fill up most of your time with relaxation and good food.

Think about it, when you get the flu, you stay in bed, you drink your medicine, and you get better. When you get the mental health blues, your medicine is just some good ol’ fashioned eating, sleeping, and recharging. No need to feel guilty. Statistics show you’re going to be more productive in the long run if you recharge.

Even so, living on campus shouldn’t mean that you save your self care for holidays at home. You can do these things in your dorm. You can sleep, you can eat, and you can watch plenty of Netflix. Use your friends to cheer you up!

Speaking of friends, I had a few of mine share some tips about practicing self care in the midst of all things horrible.

“Take some time in between assignments to listen to a song that makes you feel powerful.”

“Bake something easy and share it with the people you love – like pre-made cookie dough!”

“Make to do lists with little boxes and when you finish something, check it off!”

“Call someone you love and chat for a few minutes.”

“Stretch for five minutes!”

“Praying, if that’s your thing.””

“Talk to your mom. They have so much wisdom and they lay it down straight!”

“Clean or organize your space. Sometimes a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind!”

These are just some things you can do really to quick to make you feel normal. Your life isn’t just studying. It’s up to you to fill it all in with the fun stuff!

However, if you’re in school and having trouble handling it all, visit CAPS to get some help. You matter too much to push your mental health away!

Good luck, kids, and have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

How To Host a Friendsgiving

“Thanksgiving is about following tradition; Friendsgiving is about making new ones.”

Hey y’all! Thanksgiving break is coming up soon, and I’m sure you guys are excited to see your family again. It kind of sucks not being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends from college- but fear not! Friendsgiving has been a popular event for people who don’t get to spend the holiday with one another. It’s basically Thanksgiving, except with your friends!

I had my first Friendsgiving with my suitemates last year, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable events of my first year. If you’re interested in establishing your own Friendsgiving, I have some advice to make it great.

Great Friends = Great Friendsgiving

How to Host a Friendsgiving to Remember!

  • Pick a time and place

Yeah, I know it seems like basic advice. But picking a time and venue where everyone can meet can be difficult. My suite held our Friendsgiving in the Ehringhaus lounge and found it to be the perfect place. I highly recommend looking into your residence hall’s lounge for Friendsgiving (plus- chances are it’s close to the kitchen)!

  • Assign roles

To have a successful Friendsgiving, everyone needs to play a part! Do you have that one friend who bakes cookies for everyone during midterms? Designate that friend as head chef amongst your friends. If you’re not as savvy in the kitchen, don’t worry! You can help out by buying utensils, ingredients, and decorating.

  • Food

You can’t have a proper Friendsgiving without food! Friendsgiving isn’t meant to be as extravagant as Thanksgiving, so don’t worry about breaking your wallet. A turkey is a great homage to tradition, but a chicken makes a fine substitute. Think about investing in foods that will feed a lot of people for low cost. Macaroni and cheese and biscuits are some examples of great foods to invest in.

The Friendsgiving platter is important!

Whether you plan on having a Friendsgiving or not, be sure to take time to be thankful.


Don’t know how you’re getting home for Thanksgiving? Check out this PDF:

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10 Ways to Break Up with your Roommate

All though we all wish that our roommate is going to be our best friend, the best man or maid of honor at our wedding, it doesn’t always turn out like that. Disappointment can happen with anyone – your best friend or a random roommate. Sometimes you just gotta break up with them. Here are ten ways to do that and survive:

1. Text them

You hate confrontation? It’s understandable – no one likes to crush someone’s hopes and dreams. If you wanna be that guy, just send them a quick text.  They’ll probably forgive you.

2. Take them to Lunch

There is no better way to soften the blow of heartbreak than a full belly. Take them out to Buns, get them a good burger, and wait until their mouth is full so they can’t say anything back.

3. Use your RA to Set Up a Meeting

Sometimes you need a mediator. If you don’t mind having another person to listen to the conversation, they could help soften the blow. Who knows? Maybe with the RA there, you can work out your differences and be roomies after all.

4. Send them this Blog Post

‘Nuff said.

5. Tell them they should go to the Roommate Mixer.

Casually send them this video and see what they say.

6. Lie

Tell them you’re moving far far away and can never see them again. You’re OBVIOUSLY  going to miss them but a long distance relationship would never work out.

7. “It’s not you, it’s me!”

This is actually pretty valid. Not every pair is meant to live together. Sometimes the person you’re living with is great, but you just can’t handle the fact they leave your room a mess. Sometimes you just have really specific needs they can’t handle. If you have a weird pet peeve, it’s obviously not their fault, you just need to find someone to satisfy you.

8. Tell them a Joke

“Knock knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Not your roommate!”

Burn.

9.Make them Dump You

Just be so bad that they tell you they want a new roommate.

“Oh really? That’s too bad, but it’s probably for the best.”

10. Be Honest and Real

Okay, numbers 1-9 may or may not be the best ways to break up with your roommate. More than anything, you just need to be honest with them. Remember, they are people too, and you guys have already had a pretty unique experience together. They deserve to be told kindly. Just sit them down one day and tell them exactly why you guys working out. Not to mention, if you’ve been feeling kind of bad about rooming together, chances are, they feel the same way. It’s only awkward if you make it awkward.

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That’s it, folks. Obviously some of these are a little more light-hearted – and that’s just to let you know that this process doesn’t have to be the most stressful thing in the world. Be nice, be respectful, and just do what you gotta do.

On the other hand, if you find yourself on the side of being dumped, really consider coming to the roommate mixer on November 6th on the Great Hall hosted by Carolina Housing. It will be in the style of speed dating where you get a chance to ask someone a lot of questions in a limited amount of time before moving to the next person! It’ll be a really fun, and even if you don’t find your roommate, you’ll definitely find some friends.

Good luck!

The Super Suite Life of UNC Students

Zack and Cody have nothin’ on us.

Like Buns vs. Al’s Burger shack (Buns all the way) we have suite style vs. hall style. While both have their merits and can be debated for a LONG time, we’re not going to do that today. Instead, we’re going to talk about something that’s perhaps a little less known: SUPER SUITES!

What is a Super Suite…and why haven’t I heard of it?

Super suites are exactly what they sound like: SUPER suites. In other words, you take everything that a suite (like in HOJO, Craige, Ehringhaus, etc.) has to offer, then you knock out a wall and make the one room a living room.

So now instead of a traditional 8 person suite, you have a 6 person suite, a living area, and finally  a door to separate the toilet from the sinks!

This is obviously a pretty obvious choice for tight knit friend groups, but why don’t more people know about it? That’s because as far as rooms go, they’re pretty rare. So rare, they’re only found in one residence hall, Morrison. Even more rare, they’re only on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors. If you get a super suite, you are one lucky duck. You can get extra info on them on the Housing Website!

Will I like living there?

The SUPER question here is, what is it like living there? Will I like it, is it for me? We had a current super suite resident answer some questions for us to help you decide if the super suite life is for you!

Q: Why did you want to live in a super suite?

A: I thought it would be a good transition between living in a traditional dorm and living in an apartment.

Q: You have lived in a super suite for the past 2 months. What is the best thing/your favorite thing about living in a super suite?

A: You can have a private space and still have a more public space where you can chat with people you live with but you’re not obligated to because you still have your own space.

Q: Do you think this makes you a more social person?

A: Yes, I would say. I think this makes me more social than if I was living in a room with just one person.

Q: What is your least favorite thing about living in a super suite?

The bathroom situation. Since no one is cleaning it daily, you have to figure out the situation very early on such as toilet etiquette, shower etiquette, cleaning etiquette etc. Sometimes it can be hard to coordinate that if you’ve never had to worry about it before.

Q: Do you think after living here you would prefer the super suite above anything else?

Yes, I really like it here because it’s so spacious and nice. I lived in Granville last year and I definitely like the supersuite more even though Granville is pretty big also.

What is it going to cost me?

There it is folks! If you’re thinking about cost, super suites are $3,585/student/semester. That’s slightly more expensive than the $3,240/student/semester, (You do get your own little living room after all.)

If for some reason you don’t manage to get a super suite, a good alternative is a Ram Village apartment with double occupancy rooms. You get an extra bathroom per pair, a kitchen, and a living room for less than 200 dollars extra. (In case you were wondering, the rate for that kind of apartment is $3,709/student/semester).

You should always consider all your options before making a decision, but as far as decisions go, this one is a pretty easy one!

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Happy housing folks, and may the odds be every in your favor!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

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