There’s a tattoo of a Captain America shield on the inside of incoming junior Chris Young’s right elbow. His children like superheroes, he explains. Then he laughs. “Plus, well, you know,” he says.
For the last 16 years, Young served in the Air Force. This fall, he transferred to UNC as a 39-year-old junior, a retired veteran, a father of three and a former radio disc jockey.
With around 70 credits under his belt, most of which he earned during his time in the Air Force, Young will enter UNC in the fall as a junior majoring in journalism. He'll start with MEJO 121 and 153, the School of Media and Journalism's two introductory classes, a good 20 years older than the majority of his classmates, although his summer courses showed him the age difference isn't something to worry about.
"Once you get into the classroom environment, if you show that you can hold your own and you have something to contribute, people just look at you as a student and they really don't care what your age is or what your background is," Young said.
After growing up in Raleigh, the dream of attending UNC was always in Young’s mind, although he planned to enter the Air Force out of high school. After rolling an ankle playing basketball a month from basic training, Young decided not to the enter the Air Force. At the same time, he was offered a full-time job at the local radio station where he interned.