My life was forever changed on a cold winter’s day in January 2015. I had just gotten home from swim practice and checked my phone as I walked through the back door. After setting my bags down, I opened Facebook and saw that three of my friends from high school were posting about getting into the University of North Carolina.
Immediately, I headed to my room and logged into ConnectCarolina. With excitement and worry coursing through my veins, I opened the decision.
Fast forward four years, and I’m graduating as a Tar Heel in 17 days. This is a moment I’ve been waiting for ever since I was a child. My college experience has been the best time of my life and part of that stems from my decision to join The Daily Tar Heel in the spring of 2017.
During my time with the DTH, I have worked on both the university and sports desk. These two desks gave me the opportunity to discover parts of campus and meet extraordinary people that not only enhanced my college career, but made me grow as a person. Three of my articles mean the most to me and had the most affect.
Writing an article about former North Carolina women’s soccer player Kate Morris showed me the true meaning of what it means to be a UNC athlete. In the past, I’ve played numerous sports, so I know what it’s like to be a part of a team. However, after interviewing Morris and hearing about her recovery from multiple knee injuries, it was very apparent that UNC athletes don’t just care about the number on their back, but rather the team family they’re a part of.