Hello! If you're reading this, it means you'll be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall. Congratulations!
When my managing editor pitched the idea of writing editor columns about our defining first-year experience, I thought it was a great idea. And then I realized I would be forced to write my own.
For anyone who knows me, most of what I do is work. School work, Daily Tar Heel work interspersed with rare breaks to cook for myself and sometimes play Pokémon Go. My path is not one many others would choose, but it's one I'm more or less content with.
Because of this, I didn't have too many notable first-year experiences. There was the time Mark Kimmel in the UNC athletics department put the fear of God in me for not doing my job (he was 100 percent correct to do so.) There were the numerous times bumping into former sports editor Chapel Fowler in Rams Dining Hall, discussing basketball at 10:30 p.m. over a bowl of cereal. There was the time I accidentally showed up to a men's tennis match an hour late because I had gotten the time wrong.
None of these events offer profound life lessons I can relate to you, dear reader, except perhaps to always double check GoHeels before you plan your day out when you have an event to cover. What I can offer however, is two simple pieces of advice that have benefited me throughout my, albeit so far brief, time at UNC.