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Room(ie) For You

How to share your home away from home.

Ah, the start of back-to-school season.

The idea of having a roommate is probably starting to sink in.

If you’re nervous- don’t worry! I asked some fellow Heels for some advice about what they’ve learned from living from a roommate, and what knowledge they could pass on to you.

This is a picture of my roommate and I… It was Halloween okay don’t judge!!!

Getting to know your roommate

“In some way, get into a conversation where you start talking about T.V. shows or music. And that’s a really good icebreaker because it’s just like, everyone likes music or T.V.” -Joy L.

It seems like there’s a lot of pressure to make the perfect first impression for your roommate. Every person engages in the media in some way, so you’re bound to find a way to bond. You can learn a lot about your roommate from their tastes, and potentially find your new favorite band!

Setting Boundaries with your roommate

“Honestly, communication is so important.You can’t expect that every person is going to be just like you- everyone is different. Everyone has their own quirks, everyone has their own preferences. I’ve made this mistake before- I keep things to myself. But that’s the wrong way to do it ’cause your roommate isn’t a mindreader, you know?” -Fania K.

One of the hardest situations all roommates will face is the inevitable boundary talk. Whether through the RA-given roommate agreement or independently, it’s going to be slightly awkward. Some of the boundaries you set may seem like second nature, but as Fania pointed out, your roommate isn’t a mind reader. Talking out all of rules now will save for a way more awkward conversation later.

Living with someone you already know

“Just be flexible with what happens. Even if you have known [your roommate] for a while, you probably haven’t lived with them. So if you’re rooming with someone that, like, maybe you knew from high school or something- be wary about that. Because that’s when you kind of see, like, a new side to them.” -Jacob P.

Though Jacob’s advice may seem a bit ominous, there is some truth to it. A lot of people who decide to room with a high school friend don’t realize that people are different at home than they are at school. Don’t have a set idea of how your roommate will act in a living situation, and be understanding to the new side you’ll see of your roommate.

Living with someone you don’t agree with

“Don’t take things to heart. Like, don’t be very reactive. ‘Cause, a lot of times people grow up in different environments and so they probably have different ways of communicating.” -Joy L.

You may find that you and your roommate can’t help but be at odds with one another. Joy’s advice is useful with people whose views you don’t agree with in general. Basically, be empathetic and be respectful. Even if you and your roommate don’t mesh well, you won’t run into much trouble if you act like a decent human being.

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate, but knowing how to live with your roommate can make college less stressful than it has to be.

Picking each other up when we’re feeling down… that’s what froomies are for!!!

 

Don’t Rain on Our Parade!

10 ways to make even the worst days seem dry and fly!

Welcome to Carolina, the place where the skies are always Carolina blue and the sunshine is always shining! For a few minutes.

Let’s be real for a second- the weather down south can be a *bit* temperamental, which means that the outdoor barbecue you were planning could be ruined by a torrential downpour if you aren’t lucky. Nevertheless, the great thing about living on campus is that even when it’s dark, dreary, and wet outside, residence halls are always LIT on the inside! 😉 Know what I’m saying? Here are 10 ideas for you to try out the next time a tropical storm comes hurtling up the coast.

1. Go Outside!

I know y’all think I’m some sort of crazy for suggesting this, but I have seen plenty of people who actually choose to stay outside in the rain. As long as the clouds aren’t wearing their thunderware and lightning belts, it can be fun to just play in the rain, and literally let nature wash your problems away.

2. Food n’ Friends

When it’s raining cats and dogs out and you don’t feel like taking a shower on your way to Rams, have a potluck dinner with your friends. Have everyone chip in whatever food you guys have in the fridge, get together on your floor’s kitchen, and just have a good time cooking and chatting over some homemade food! It could be one of your favorite memories one day.

3. Netflix and Pizza

When it’s thundering outside, cozy on up inside. Grab your suite mates, pitch in for a pizza, and binge watch you some House of Cards. Or the Office. Or Sense 8. All Housing Intern approved. Don’t have Netflix? Did you know that by living on campus you get free access to HBOGo? Well you do now! HOUSE OF THRONES GUYS, go, go, GO!

4. Take a Nap!

Don’t feel like doing anything? This one is easy. Just curl up in bed and catch up on your ZZZZZs. The soft pitter patter of rain on your windows will lull you to sleep.

5. Yoga Time

Rain is zen, and you should be too. Get in touch with nature AND yourself by doing some downward dog. Stressed about an upcoming midterm or final? Pro tip: The bridge pose (https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/bridge-pose) is great for releasing anxiety!

6. Game Night

Residence Halls are equipped with an arsenal of enhancements! I’m talking video games, board games, and rec room games. For example, Craige Residence Hall not only has a pool table, ping pong table, and air hockey table, it it also has an XBOX 360. Use these to your advantage! Go have some fun!

7. Spa Night

Listen, we’re all stressed. We go to one of the best universities in the country! Stress causes wrinkles. Treat yo’ skin by doing some facials. Put those cucumbers on your eyes and get rid of bags! It can be so relaxing. Turn your night in into a spa night!

8. Arts n’ Craft

Sometimes, you just have to paint something. It can be super fun to break out the scissors and glue stuff with your roommates. Plus, your room could always use some more decorating. Peep some ideas on our Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/unchousing/)!

9. Karaoke Night

Go on YouTube, load up your favorite songs, and have a good time belting it out with your friends. Heck, invite people you don’t know! There is no better bonding than badly rapping to Chance the Rapper. Pro Tip: Check if your residence hall has a karaoke machine in storage!

10. Working Out

Okay, this probably isn’t as much fun as a choice as eating pizza, BUT if you have free time, why not make some gains? Do squats, work on the booty, and thank me later. 😉 It’s still better than studying!

 

I could go on and on with fun things to do. Just because the sky is crying, doesn’t mean you have to also! It’s always a good day to be living in Carolina, rain or shine!

Dear Out of State Students,

Sup! Or as people here like to say.. Hey, how are y’all doing?

So you’ve decided to leave your home state and become a Tar Heel, huh? Whether you’ve crossed an ocean, the whole country, or simply a state border, congratulations! You’ve made it here now, and you’re part of the 18% that aren’t North Carolinian!

While that number may seem smaller than a dook heart (we’re talkin’ very small), it’s more than it seems and more than enough to make you feel at home. If you’re not from the South, one thing you’ll quickly learn about it is its spirit of welcome, manners, and warmth. As you grow a new sense of home here, those features of the South are definitely your friends.

Before the fall, I hadn’t given going out of state any thought, hadn’t even considered the change of Southern culture. After all, I was coming from only two states away! No big deal, right? Well, gonna be honest here, not expecting things to be different resulted in culture shock hitting me like a biology textbook in the face.

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A Piece of Cake

Without a car or your own kitchen, cooking in a residence hall is a difficult task—myth or fact? The truth is, whipping up a batch of delicious treats doesn’t have to be complicated! With just three simple ingredients, baking supplies from your community office, and 30 minutes to spare, you can make any of the recipes below. Head to Walgreens or CVS on Franklin Street (or Rams Head Market) to pick up the necessities, and get ready to eat!

Banana Pancakes

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Ingredients:
• 1 ½ large ripe bananas
• 2 eggs
• 1/8 tsp baking powder

Directions:
1. Crack eggs into a bowl, add the baking powder, and whisk together.
2. In a separate bowl, lightly mash the banana. Pour wet mixture into the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
3. Using 1 to 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake, cook in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Once bubbles begin to form, flip the pancake and cook for another minute.
4. Top with butter, maple syrup, berries, or anything else!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg

Directions:
1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and egg.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and refrigerate dough for at least one hour or until firm.
3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and press down with a fork, making crosshatch marks.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Nutella Brownies

Ingredients:
• 1 ¼ cup Nutella
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup all-purpose flour

Directions:
1. Grease a 9×9 baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until batter is smooth. Pour into baking pan and smooth top with spatula.
2. Bake for about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let brownies cool and set before serving.

The best thing about cooking in your residence hall? Food is a great way to make friends! Once you’ve cleaned up, share your treats with suitemates, floormates, or whoever happens to pass by.

Summer Snapshots

For most Tar Heels, summer means three months away from the Southern Part of Heaven. Some students return to their hometowns to work and spend time with family, others travel abroad, and still more take on internships in new cities. However, UNC isn’t completely quiet after finals end in May—during the week, campus is bustling with summer school students, new first-years and families at Orientation, and tour groups. Take a glimpse below to learn why nothing’s finer than summer at Carolina!

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Weekends on Campus: What to Do?

The countdown to move-in has begun, and you’re busy shopping for supplies, texting your roommate, and signing up for classes. However, what happens after you’ve settled in? As a first-year student (or even a returning one), weekends are the prime time to explore, meet new people, and really make UNC feel like home. When Friday arrives, stick around and try one of these 5 activities right on campus!

Hundreds of residents attended the RHA Silent Disco.
Hundreds of residents attended the RHA Silent Disco.

1. See a movie at the Union: Going to the movie theater on a regular basis is expensive (even with that handy student discount) and nearly impossible without your own transportation. Luckily, you don’t need cash or a car to see a film with your friends! Almost every Friday and Saturday night, the Union shows movies in the auditorium, free with your OneCard. The best part? Most of the films are new releases that just left theaters—last semester, the selection included Mockingjay, Gone Girl, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar.

2. Attend a Residence Hall Association (RHA) program: RHA provides fun, unique events for on-campus residents, from laser tag to a Silent Disco. (Picture a dance where everybody is listening to music on headphones!) Your residence hall’s Community Government, as part of RHA, will also host occasional weekend programs like cookouts or carnivals. Don’t get stuck eating Easy Mac in your room on a Friday evening—follow RHA and your community on social media to stay informed on upcoming events. Most of them offer some kind of free food!

The student section at football games is usually packed!
The student section at football games is usually packed!

3. Cheer on the Tar Heels at a game: Whether you just wear a UNC T-shirt or paint yourself Carolina blue from head-to-toe, watching the Tar Heels play is always exciting. Most Saturdays in the fall semester are football game days, and in the spring semester, basketball. However, I’ve also seen volleyball, soccer, and field hockey—less popular sporting events are usually still packed with students and often give out free T-shirts! Sign up for the Carolina Fever email listserv to learn which teams are playing each week. Attending games earns you Fever points, which can win you prizes ranging from water bottles to coveted basketball tickets.

4. Check out Campus Rec: Work out, try a group fitness class like cycle or yoga, swim laps at the indoor pool, play pick-up basketball—Campus Rec has something for everyone. My first year, my roommate and I were bored one Sunday afternoon and decided to visit the racquetball courts. We ended up just hitting the ball around more than actually playing by the rules, but it was definitely a fun stress reliever.

Staying in with friends can sometimes be the most fun of all.
Staying in with friends can sometimes be the most fun of all.

5. Hang out in your residence hall: When you’ve had a long week or the weather is bad, your own residence hall offers plenty to do—you can check out cookware, board games, DVDs, and more from the community office. Sometimes, the best memories are made by rounding up a group of friends and spending the evening inside baking cupcakes, laughing over Cards Against Humanity, or having a ping-pong tournament. In fact, one of my favorite moments this year was playing Just Dance on the game room Xbox with my friends on a snowy night.

When Friday comes around, you may be tempted to head home, but staying on campus those first few weekends is vital to making friends and becoming a part of the Carolina community. So, stick around and try one of these fun activities. You’ll soon look forward to spending weekends at UNC—there’s always something to do!

A 180° Turn With 70° Weather

Snow angel artists were spotted near the Old Well.
Snow angel artists were spotted near the Old Well.

 

With temperatures surpassing 70 degrees in Chapel Hill the past few days, it’s easy to forget that just about a week ago the biggest snowfall we’ve seen in a while hit Chapel Hill. Since Wednesday’s snowstorm wasn’t preceded by the usual flurries, many people were caught by surprise. Most of the Triangle tried to leave offices at the same time and many people were stranded on the roads for hours just trying to get home. On a lighter note, UNC students made the most of the weather.

 

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W.O.W. I’m in college!

Top 10 Events of Week of Welcome!

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:

Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on South Road.
Fall Fest is on Sunday, August 18 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. on South Road.

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.

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Ready to meet your new neighbors?

Use Facebook groups to find others in your residence hall

With assignments coming out soon and Orientation on the horizon, it’s only logical that as a 21st century college student you’ll be looking to social media to network with future classmates. Here at Housing we strongly encourage you to join the Facebook group for whichever residence hall will be your new home next year. That way you can safely and easily meet your neighbors before move-in.

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Get an early start on your First Year Experience by using social media!

Alexander Facebook Group

Connor Facebook Group

Craige Facebook Group

Craige North Facebook Group

Ehringhaus Facebook Group

Hardin Facebook Group

Hinton James Facebook Group

Horton Facebook Group

Koury Facebook Group

AND all the other Hall Facebook Groups

 

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Bring Your Own Awesome (B.Y.O.A.)

UNC’s unique sustainability culture

Pancake nights are very popular at UNC. Just remember to bring your own plate!
Pancake nights are very popular at UNC. Just remember to bring your own plate!

Sometimes I wonder whether UNC students bleed Carolina blue or grassy green.

As an incoming first-year, I didn’t fully understand Chapel Hill’s commitment to sustainability.  That first semester, one of my friends gasped in horror when I threw a plastic soda bottle in a garbage can. I was puzzled at the time – but three years later, I now carry my plastic soda bottles around for hours until I find the next recycling bin. Once you’ve been here long enough, those things start to happen!
 
One hallmark of Carolina sustainability culture is B.Y.O.B. residence hall events. Elsewhere, B.Y.O.B. has a much different meaning than you’d expect to find in a Carolina residence hall. Especially after reading the strict Community Living Standards’ stance on alcohol, I raised my eyebrows the first time I saw a “B.Y.O.B.” event advertised. But in Carolina residence halls, that acronym is far from an encouragement to drink. Instead, it’s a creative way to reduce paper and plastic waste at residence hall events by “Bringing Your Own Bowl!”