After two years of living with Daniel and then Walt, last summer I was presented with perhaps the wildest roommate assignment one can get: an international student.
While Walt was studying abroad in Italy for the semester, my other two roommates and I in Ram Village were assigned to live with a visiting Danish student, Peter.
We were unsure what to think about living with a Dane. We had heard very few great stories about living with international students, but we also hadn’t heard any bad ones. This was what made our assignment so strange – we really didn’t know what to expect.
Do you have questions about Housing or UNC in general? Housing staff will be traveling to area cities for the Admitted Student Receptions:
Wilmington – April 10 at 7 p.m., Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Fayetteville – April 11 at 7 p.m., Hilton Doubletree
Charlotte – April 15 at 7 p.m., Hilton Charlotte University Place
Greenville – April 16 at 7 p.m., Hilton Greenville
Triangle – April 17 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP
Triad – April 18 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons
There will be a program at the reception where current students and professors will speak about their experiences at Carolina. After the program, there will be a Q&A session with many campus organizations. You can also meet fellow students who live in your area who are also attending Carolina. Maybe you’ll find your roommate or future best friend.
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.
One transfer student’s positive Housing experience
I met my friend Vicky through my Living-Learning Community. My hall was very close and we quickly became friends. I soon learned that she was a transfer from Boston College, but she seemed to be having a great time at UNC. I asked her a few questions about being an out-of-state student (from Florida) and being a transfer.
M: Why did you choose UNC?
V: I chose UNC because of its high academic ranking and its great value as a public university. Additionally, UNC’s location in the heart of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the wonderful weather sold me on this university.
A student found his niche through kick-off program
Even though we already have a post from one out-of-state student, I noticed that our blog was missing posts from the male perspective. One of my friends, Hunter, a junior from Georgia has fallen in love with Carolina and has agreed to share his story with us.
M: Why did you choose UNC?
H: Once I sent my applications to colleges, I knew that I would decide my college fate by April 28th, my birthday. April 1st came around and I received the large envelopes, the small envelopes, the acceptances, the rejections, and the joy of getting into my some of top picks. I narrowed down my search to three schools, all of which had their merits, but were each distinctively different.
While trying to decide what my next post would be about, I noticed that we had something missing. No one had ever talked about the experience of an out-of-state student. Since all of the bloggers are from North Carolina, I decided to talk to some of my friends who are out-of-state to learn about their experiences. One friend, Nora, a junior from Virginia, has had a great experience in her time at Carolina. She agreed to share her experiences with me, so other out-of-state students may be encouraged to come to school here as well:
M: Why did you choose UNC?
N: I am fourth-generation. My dad, my grandfather and my great grand-father all went to school here. I grew up a Tar Heel, basically came out of the womb waving a “Go Heels” flag. My first four Halloween costumes were a Tar Heel cheerleader uniform. I was ready to go here from the very beginning. Also, it has a FANTASTIC reputation, a great POLI department, wonderful sports programs, so many extracurriculars, amazing people, a great Greek life, a beautiful college town, and basically anything else you could ever want [in] a University.
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.
A month-by-month montage of why residence life is rad
by Katie Jansen, guest blogger
Ever wondered what a year living in a residence hall at Carolina is like? There’s something special about each and every one of the ten months you’re living at Carolina, and the fun you’ll have makes a year at Carolina pass by so quickly!
AUGUST: EXTREME ROOM MAKEOVER
Move-in day is always really exciting. You’re getting your keys, checking out your new digs, meeting (or reuniting with) your roommate, and moving in boxes upon boxes of important stuff while pouring gallons upon gallons of sweat. Then you’re deciding who gets which bed, whether you want to bunk or loft or leave the beds down, and how you want to arrange your room (the possibilities are nearly endless!) Eventually comes the decorating (my favorite part!) Make sure to bring lots of photos, posters, decor—anything to make your room feel like the home it’s going to be. Some cute ideas I’ve seen:
~stringing photos along a clothesline and taping it to the wall (make sure you don’t use tape that will peel the paint off!)
~making a collage of photos all over the wall (layering and crossing the photos as different angles looks best!)
~putting up cool posters, or making your own! (I made one using a collage of my favorite song lyrics.)
~using cool light fixtures (Just make sure they’re Housing approved! My roommate and I have paper lanterns strung along both sides of our room.)
After this flurry of activity, your room is home sweet home. Then there’s going down the hall or around the suite to meet your neighbors, and usually your RA tries to swing by to say hi, too. It’s a really fun day that’s a great way to kick off a year at Carolina! Continue reading 10 months, 10 ways to get involved→
When I was an incoming first year, I spent a lot of time researching, trying to find answers to my questions. While the Housing website was great and showed pictures and floor plans of the residence halls, I wanted to know what it would feel like to actually live on campus. What would life be like when I wasn’t living at home anymore? I decided to share my experiences in hopes that an incoming first-year could have some of his or her questions answered.
It’s 6:30 a.m. in Joyner on a dreaded Tuesday and I’m groping for my insistent alarm clock in the dark. After freshman year, I promised myself I wouldn’t take any more 8 a.m.s, but it was a promise my schedule wouldn’t let me keep. I roll out of my bed (last year I had it lofted, but soon found out my coordination isn’t always up to par when I’m still groggy) and find my shower caddy. My roommate, Kathleen, is still asleep, so I tiptoe out into the blinding light of the hallway and shut the door quietly behind me.
The bathroom, which I remember worrying about before I came into college, is now the most normal thing in the world to me. I don’t even notice the shower shoes on my feet, and I actually find it feels strange to shower barefoot when I visit home. Sharing a bathroom isn’t a problem; there are two bathrooms on my hall, which adds up to four toilets and eight showers. I shower, brush my teeth, and head back to my room.
Sometimes, like Frodo, all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
Unfortunately, that time is often 8 a.m.
For many college students, waking up in the morning is unpleasant. For me, it’s almost painful. However, after experiencing my first 8 a.m. classes this semester, I have found ways to ease the pain. Whether you wake up at noon or the crack of dawn, check out these ten tips for making the best of your mornings.