Word has it that there is an essential Carolina experience that not one of us undergraduate students — from first-year to senior — has actually experienced yet.
Despite its status as a veritable rite of passage at Carolina, no undergraduates have seen the thousands of emails or overheard the phone calls referencing this ritual.
What’s this universal, inevitable ritual? That's right: Requests for alumni donations.
However universal a rite, being asked for money as a young alum — even money for your favorite place in the world — can feel a touch presumptive when you're fresh out of college. When you’re just a 23-year-old eating Ramen and still trying to figure out how you can afford to have fewer than seven roommates, the prospect of giving back to your college can feel absurd.
There’s a reason that when you imagine a “university donor,” your first images are likely of older, wealthy philanthropists rather than twenty-something graduate school students.