In addition to his studies, he is an orientation leader on campus, and he also works with UNC Campus Recreation.
But like a true fan, his strongest loyalties lie with Carolina Fever.
“I got involved my freshman year just like anybody else gets involved — I started going to events, collecting points,” he said.
“After one year here, I realized that I was horribly uninvolved in campus life. So I applied to do the Carolina Fever thing — luckily I got it — and the rest is history as they say.”
Whether or not he’s chosen for Mr. UNC, VanZomeren said he wants to do his service project either way.
“I told myself that if I was going to run, that I had to make a promise to myself that I’d do the service project either way,” VanZomeren said.
VanZomeren has started a funny Twitter account and promised he won’t take the campaign too seriously.
“For me, I want to make a difference either way,” VanZomeren said. “The Mr. UNC thing would be good for me because it can raise awareness for the things that I’m passionate about, but at the same time I know that there are four other candidates all with great platforms and every one of us is hopefully going to take these projects out into the world and do it.”