There are the 8 a.m. classes you can barely drag yourself to, the lectures you struggle to stay awake for and the difficult seminars with dense readings that half the students didn't complete before class.
But every once in a while, there's also a class that leaves an impact. It can change your worldview, or — even more importantly — your major.
The Daily Tar Heel asked students from across UNC's academic departments to share what course left the greatest impact on them. These courses, and especially their professors, come with high praise from current and former students.
Mallory Hill is a senior majoring in history with a minor in religious studies. Hill plans to become a history teacher, and said HIST 398: Undergraduate Seminar in History with Professor Jerma Jackson helped her toward her goal.
"She was one of the first professors that I had a really genuine relationship with, and that I felt like really knew me well," Hill said.
Hill said she used her seminar with Jackson, which focused on "Leisure-Time in the Making of Modern America," to study a Christian youth group that existed at UNC in the 1940s. The group, known as the "snuff-buckets," held an interracial picnic that caused quite a bit of controversy on campus.
After her experience doing research with Jackson, Hill decided to take another course with her and even asked Jackson to write her a letter of recommendation for graduate school.
"She really does genuinely get to know you and wants to help you be the best writer, the best student, the best thinker that you can be," Hill said. "And she was just a really inspiring professor. She made me feel the way that I want my future students to feel in my classroom."