Alyssa Townsend, a journalism major from Raleigh, wants to use the Miss UNC award to put smiles on Tar Heels’ faces. She is the current president of National Pan-Hellenic council and is the publicity chairwoman for the Black Student Movement.
Townsend came to Carolina from an N.C. State household. Townsend said she fell in love with UNC after visiting the campus in high school and has been passionate about UNC ever since.
“My academic adviser, he says that I’m a professional student because if I could, I would take every single class here,” Townsend said.
Adversity has shaped her experience and influenced how she plans to serve. She hopes her journey overcoming mental health challenges, such as stress and anxiety, can help future UNC students.
“What UNC is is the student body,” Townsend said.