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.
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!
• 1 ½ large ripe bananas
• 2 eggs
• 1/8 tsp baking powder
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!
• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg
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.
• 1 ¼ cup Nutella
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup all-purpose flour
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!”
New to UNC? Get a glimpse of Carolina’s campus culture
UNC Class of 2017: This Facebook page is a perfect way for incoming first-years to meet other students and start talking about classes, orientation, roommates and more. I still use the one for my year, Class of 2014, to find stuff like cheap textbooks. It can definitely come in handy.
Carolina Advice tumblr: This is another great resource for incoming first-year students. Submit any question you have about life at UNC, and one of three current first-years will respond. What makes this page so great is that because all of the writers come from different backgrounds and have different interests, most of the answers come from their own personal experiences. Don’t be afraid to ask whatever’s on your mind – it’s completely anonymous! The page also posts lots of other great information, like news and events happening in the Carolina community.
Though my first year at UNC living with Daniel was great, my second year I took the opposite approach to finding a roommate. It seems simple: You want to live with someone you really like and get along with, and no one fits that bill better than your friends, right? So not only did I decide to live with a friend, I decided to live with my best friend from back home, Walt, who I’d known my whole life.
I have to admit, I was almost just as nervous about living with one of my best friends as I was living with a stranger. I expected that the best-case scenario was that we’d get into a couple arguments, and the worst-case scenario was that we’d never speak to each other again after the year was over. After all, one of the best parts about living with someone I didn’t know was that when I was having problems with friends, I could get a break at home. Now I would not only have to get along with my friends, but I would have to live with consequences of having friend problems as well. I was a little bit worried about losing one of my best friends. Continue reading Roommate Series Part II: The Friend Roommate→
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