Despite the changes that the UNC and Chapel Hill community has seen over the years, three UNC graduates still are happy to call Chapel Hill home.
After graduating in 2010, Jessica Stringer left the the area for four years, but when the call came with an opportunity to move back to Chapel Hill as an editor at Chapel Hill Magazine, Stringer couldn’t refuse.
“I always thought I’d move back, but I didn’t quite think it would be this soon,” Stringer said.
Stringer said her favorite memory from her time at UNC didn’t actually take place at the University. She was in Detroit watching the men’s basketball team beat Michigan State University for the 2009 NCAA National Championship title.
Though, she missed the Chapel Hill community during the celebration.
“As cool as it was to say I was at the game, I almost wish I could have snapped my fingers and been right back in Chapel Hill experiencing that Franklin Street win,” she said.
She has seen the most change in the physical landscape of the Town, with new restaurants and shops replacing classics like Spanky’s on Franklin Street.
“While Chapel Hill certainly has many more tall buildings than when I was in school, I just think the character and the sense of community hasn’t changed,” Stringer said.
Bethany Chaney, a member of Carrboro Board of Aldermen, grew up in Chapel Hill and graduated from UNC in 1990.