"Go Heels. When I was a student, I loved exam time because it was a time to reflect on all I had learned. When I was chancellor, I loved it because December commencement is so great, and we always had a wonderful faculty colleague as the speaker. My advice: It’s not uncool to love your classes. Study hard and tell the teacher if you loved it and what you liked about it. Take it easy on LDOC. Get plenty of sleep. Be careful going home if you’re driving."
N.C. state senator for Mecklenberg County
UNC School of Law class of 2009
"Davis Library closes at 2:00 a.m.. If I had better study habits, I wouldn’t know that."
N.C. state representative for Orange County; Democratic Whip
UNC class of 1993
"I think that the options are expanding – for careers and for people’s potential positions – and I think people need to be ready to be flexible about changing jobs. I’ve learned that you get a job by networking. It’s important to establish networks, even if you’re undergraduates. Even though the economy and politics are confusing and discouraging right now, I think the future for employment is really unlimited, and being ready involves being adaptable and ready to change jobs if necessary. New jobs are going to be created in the future, and old jobs are going to disappear.
Even though the political and social dynamics right now are discouraging and confusing, there is always a positive potential for the future. And go Heels!"