There’s one song that sticks with UNC graduates long after they leave Chapel Hill, and it’s not "Hark the Sound." It starts with a softly played guitar melody, and ends with misty eyes, especially for any alumni from North Carolina.
James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind” is the University’s unofficial anthem. It’s played at sporting events, at convocation and at every single UNC Clef Hangers performance. For students, it’s a tradition. For alumni, though, it’s even more.
“While I was at UNC, I liked it,” class of 2018 graduate Troy Schmidt said about the song. “(James Taylor) has got a good voice … in my brain, it’s a song about home.”
Schmidt used to be a student manager for the baseball team his first year at college. It was there that he heard the song played after every game, as people were leaving the stadium. Now, when the Raleigh native hears the song, he flashes back to his time in Chapel Hill.
“I just get emotional, I’m kind of an emotional guy anyway,” Schmidt said. “I just get teary, thinking about college. Especially since I moved out of North Carolina, it makes me think of home and school.”