Exciting changes are ahead, but some things will remain the same
By Megan Carroll and Simon Suber
Starting a new year at school and being away from home can be scary. You always hear about the many changes that you’ll go through during this transition. However, there are a several things that you can look forward to staying the same.
1. School is still school. You will be sticking to the basics: going to class, taking notes, studying, and taking exams. The material you learn may be different, but the concept is still the same. Keep your wits about you and create a good mix of general education courses, first-year seminars, and courses that interest you for your first couple of semesters.
2. You still need basic school supplies. Notebooks, binders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, etc., are all a good idea to bring. College provides you with great new material to learn, but you still have to write it down. Learn the best way to take notes for yourself, and then make sure you have the materials that will help you succeed.
Living with a high school friend your first year at Carolina
We’ve all heard the story before: High school senior applies to college. High school senior’s best friend applies to same college. Both get in, and they decide to room together. By December, their friendship and sanity are ruined.
But that story didn’t come true for me.
Every year, half of Carolina students have “random” roommates. Many students have a positive experience. I can attest to this—as a sophomore, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the sweet girl I was randomly placed with this year. However, the myth that high school friends can’t be successful roommates is just that: a myth. As a first-year, I lived in Hinton James with Elissa, a girl I have known since elementary school. It turned out to be an excellent decision.
College is the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Yes, I know that sounds awfully like a greeting card or a sappy graduation speech, but it’s so true. I’m nowhere close to the same person I was when I got to UNC. I really have become a better version of myself. How did this happen? I was able to hold onto the great things about high school, while realizing that high school was over and that I needed to really let some things go. It can be hard because, for some people, they have been going to school with the same friends since pre-school. Now, they are splitting up and going to different colleges. It’s definitely a balancing act, but you can do it.