UNC From A To Z

UNC From A To Z

"Our love for this place is based on the fact that it is as it was meant to be, the University of the people." - Charles Kuralt
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It seems like everybody here has fallen in love with the alphabet of UNC—all of the little things that make up the nation's best value in public higher education for in-state and out-of-state students for the 16th year in a row.

A - Alpine Bagel.

It's on the bucket list to try all the bagels, and the cream cheese is definitely world renowned.

B - Bricks.

From tripping on them to collecting to them, their just a quintessential UNC experience.

C - Chapel Hill.

There's something about a small, college town that just makes it irresistible. Even more so when it's your tiny college town.

D - Dean Dome.

The capacity may be 21,750, but the dome has actually topped out at 22,125. That many screaming fans is something you can't quite forget.

E - Events.

From Sunset Serenade to Holi Moli, nobody puts on an event quite like UNC does.

F - Franklin Street.

Whether you're rushing it or strolling it, the street seems to have a character all its own.

G - GDTBATH.

Let's face it, this is mostly fun to confuse non-UNC students with.

H - History.

The nation's first public university. Enough said.

I - Intramurals.

We can play inner tube water polo, and if that's not something to be proud of I really don't know what is.

J - James Taylor.

Because he chose us, and that's something no other school can say.

K - Kenan Stadium.

Though the stadium has been expanded several times since it was first opened in 1927, great care has been taken to keep it below the Carolina pines that surround it, earning it the title of "most picturesque football stadium in the country."

L - Libraries.

Even if studying isn't going so well, it's pretty difficult not to love Davis and Wilson, with their big windows and cozy study spaces.

M - Mapleview.

The ice-cream is delightful and the scenery is gorgeous. What's not to love?

N - National Championships.

42 NCAA Division I national championships across 7 sports. 5 NCAA Basketball Championships.

O - Onyen.

Any school that names their username after a vegetable is near and dear to my heart.

P - Pit.

You never know what you're going to see, and there's so much fun in that. Whether it's someone making a smoothie with a bike, a corn hole competition, or a giant beach ball prepped and ready for signing, there's always something going on.

Q - Quads.

Polk Place is, of course, the favorite, but it's hard not to fall in love with every quad on campus, and adopt a favorite tree in each one.

R - Rivalries.

Let's just say there's a lot of satisfaction in ending the alma mater.

S - Secrets.

Maybe not real secrets, but everybody has a spot on campus that they've deemed "theirs", and it's nice to pretend that nobody else knows about it.

T - Tarheels.

Just imagine a team so tough that their heels are stuck in tar.

U - Union.

Walking into the Union and smelling Alpine, seeing the decorations for all times of the year, and finding your favorite table open feels an awful lot like coming home to a favorite spot here on campus.

V - Varsity Theater.

$4.00 tickets for any movie in a quaint old theater. What's not to love?

W - Well.

It all goes back to tradition, and we're just very fond of that.

X - eXploring.

Sure, it's a stretch to make it start with X, but it is one of the best parts of this school. We've got a huge campus, and there's no way to run out of things to do or see.

Y - Yopo.

New flavors every week and oh so creamy.

Z - Zipline.

There's full moon zip lining right here on campus.

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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.
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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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To My Future Roommate As We Finally Meet And Move In Together

Your memes, words of wisdom, and Snapchats give me life.

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This poem is dedicated to my future roommate whom I have not met, yet. Although we haven't gotten a chance to meet, I feel as if you've already ignited this profound and humble feeling in my heart and touched my soul with your memes, words of wisdom, and...Snapchats. Thank you for everything, Brooke. See ya soon!

Graduating high school, I was scared. I not only hated but dreaded the fact that in three months from then, I had to move into a 12 x 12 room with a total stranger.


Fast forward:

We are days away, Brooke.

I don't hate you, at all, actually.

I kinda love you and you've become such an important inspiration within my life, that I genuinely look up to you as the older sister I never had.

I wouldn't call you a stranger-

Now I'd call you family.

We were two, uniquely designed, curious and open-minded people who had been shaded by our own insecurities.

I know what they mean when they say 'opposites attract', Brooke.

They don't just attract, they complete whatever is being linked together.

With each other, we can overcome anything and I know you'll always have my back.

We are two, uniquely designed, curious and open-minded people who are shaded by our their insecurities and we are days away, Brooke.

Days away from a new start,

New people,

New environments,

New journies-

together.

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