8 Things Every UNC Charlotte Student Will Understand

8 Things Every UNC Charlotte Student Will Understand

"Sorry I was late for class, professor..."
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So I have come to the halfway point of my senior year here at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It seems pretty crazy to me, just how fast these past 3 and a half years have flown by. I have made some of my best friends, lost some along the way, grown as a person, let go to a lot of negativity, figured out (for the most part) what I want to do with my life, had my heart broken, been in love and made THE BEST memories that I will cherish forever.

I truly do believe that I would not have had the same great college experience if I had not chosen to go to UNC Charlotte! I mean, yeah it totally has its ups and downs, but what school doesn't right? This university has been my home for the last few years of my life and I can honestly say that UNCC feels like one big community. The majority of us feel the exact same way about things like parking and construction, and have some of the same guilty habits that come from walking around campus!

So, for my fellow UNC Charlotte students — here are 8 things that I am sure you will all totally relate to just from being part of the UNCC fam!

1. Checking yourself out as you walk by the tinted windows on the Friday building

Do not even try to deny this one... we all do it. NO SHAME.

2. Geese rule the road

"Sorry I was late to class, professor... the geese took 20 minutes to cross the road this morning."

3. PARKING SUCKS

"Sorry I was late to class, professor...I couldn't find a spot so I parked 5.7 miles away."

4. Construction has taken over our lives

"Sorry I was late to class, professor... they were testing the train for the 12th time today." We can all see the pattern here.

5. You will stand in like at Chick-fil-A six times a week for 45 minutes. And you will be OK with it

6. You have probably stood in the Starbucks line for even longer

7. The prime nap spots are hands down Atkins library floors 8-10

We have all been there... many many times.

8. Through all of the football games, finals weeks, and class registrations, and parties - this school has given you the best 4 years of your life!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

Crying.

Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

A to-do list app for your phone! I love this just to organize what my top priorities are.

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