Hey everybody! My name’s Connor Chapman, I’m from Charlotte, NC, and I am majoring in Information Science with a minor in Business Administration.
Getting involved in campus rec is a great way to start off your first year at UNC.
As a varsity athlete in two sports in high school I knew I wanted to get involved with campus rec on
campus any way possible when I came to Carolina. My first year I took advantage of many of the amenities included on campus including Rams Head Gym, Ehringhaus field, and the South Campus rec center. And because they were so close (I lived in Horton Residence Hall) it was extremely easy to get a group of friends together to go kick the soccer ball or play some tennis in a moment’s notice.
Living on campus helps make the transition smoother
Hi I’m Michelle from Cary, NC, double majoring in Advertising within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Studio Art.
I grew up near UNC so I knew the basics of where everything was before I transferred to UNC. Yet I didn’t get a feel for the UNC culture until I actually walked, ate, and participated at UNC on a day-to-day basis.
I transferred last fall as a sophomore from a school with 1,800 students, so I know that the idea of joining 18,000 undergraduates may be a bit daunting. If you’re transferring to UNC, you may be worried about finding your place in a new college. Living on campus provides an experience that makes the transition to life as a Carolina student much easier, much faster.
Hey everyone! My name is Paulina and I’m a rising senior from Raleigh, North Carolina. I’m studying business administration and am minoring in journalism. As you all prepare to join the Carolina community, I wanted to share my experience with eating on campus.
As a first-year, I was looking for anything that would make my transition to college a little bit easier—which is why I decided to purchase a meal plan. The food was already cooked and prepared, I could eat as much as I wanted, and best of all, there was no mess. I never even had to wash dishes. Most of my friends had meal plans too, so trips to the dining hall turned into social hour (or hours).
It’s the morning of move-in day. You are in your room, grabbing the cell phone charger that you almost left behind, before you get in the car to drive to UNC. Maybe your ride is 20 minutes; maybe your ride is 8 hours. However long it is, make the most of that time.
On my ride to UNC in August 2007, I spent most of the time finishing up my summer reading book (The Death of Innocents) and talking with my mom and dad. We talked about what my first day would look like, what classes I was looking forward to, what I thought my roommate would really be like, and tons of other things. The thing that I remember vividly about that drive was when we turned onto Manning Drive, and I first saw Hinton James. I knew that I had arrived! Continue reading Move-In-Day Morning→
Replace nervous excitement with just plain excitement
Are you nervous? Maybe excited? Maybe fearful? Maybe so ready to get out of your house and move in that you can’t even sleep at night? Well, it’s all pretty normal.
There is nothing wrong with being nervous or a little apprehensive. Making this transition can be kinda overwhelming if you have never lived away from home. When you are packing, you can help ease your nerves by putting together things to help you stay connected to home without having the feelings of needing to go home every weekend. Bring picture frames of your best friends and family members. Get a webcam and a Skype account, so you are able to see your family and friends when you talk to them.
One of the biggest adjustments that I had to make when I first got to UNC and moved into Teague was my relationship with my alarm clock. In high school, I could not get out of bed the first time that my alarm went off. Needless to say, the clock took a lot of abuse, being hit three, four, five times before I was able to drag myself into the land of the living.
However, Nathalie, my roommate who didn’t like to get up at the same time as me, didn’t appreciate my habit of hitting the snooze button so often. It was a struggle, but I finally learned how to only hit the snooze button once (she didn’t make me give up snoozing all together thank goodness!)
If you want to be spotted on campus as a first-year, all you have to do is wear your Orientation lanyard around your neck with your key and flexpass on it. I’m not even close to kidding. We will spot you faster than a dog spots a bone. True, you probably won’t have a problem losing your keys if they are always around your neck, but I think you’ll make it without the first-year lanyard look.
That being said, keys are super important here at UNC. You can’t get into a residence hall without your flex pass, and in some buildings, you can’t even go between floors without a flex pass. If you unsure of what a flex pass is, people often refer to it as a FOB – it’s a little, dark blue rectangular pass that is a little bigger than a quarter that beeps whenever it is read by the flex readers on the buildings.
This past year, there was a guy named Max who lived a suite down from my suite, and he seemed to know everyone! There wasn’t a person who would walk by from our hall that he didn’t say hello to or at least know that they lived on our hall. It was amazing. Getting to know people makes your residence hall life so much better.
It is easy to say that you should try to meet people on your hall or in your suite, but it is really worth that little (potentially) awkward moment when you are trying to meet people. Knowing the guys and girls that you live with allows for those moments where you are just sitting in the lounge and laugh for hours on end about nothing. Seems like an insignificant thing, but those nights are some of the best ones you will have on campus.
According to its own description, “ResNET (Residential Networking, Education & Technology) is part of User Support & Engagement, a division of ITS. ResNET is an ITS service that’s funded by Housing for all on-campus residents. ResNET works closely with the Department of Housing & Residential Education as well as ITS, to ensure that the needs of all on-campus residents are met. ResNET employs three full-time staff members who are part of the management team and 50 student employees (RCCs) who make up some of the best and brightest students within UNC. Part of the uniqueness of the UNC ResNET program is how they do business – the students live and work solely in the UNC residence halls.”
Roommates. Ah, this can be one of the best things in college…or the experience that some of you are dreading. For those of you who have never shared a room or lived with someone who isn’t your family member, don’t worry. This is part of the college experience, for better or for worse. With that said, I bet that you can make just about anything work if you just put some effort into it.
Like I said in a different blog post, I was assigned to Teague my first year with a random roommate. I could have roomed with someone from high school, but I decided that I would give potluck a whirl.