I remember what it was like to be you.
I remember receiving the email that held the status of my UNC-Chapel Hill acceptance inside. Immediately, my heart was racing and my palms were sweating. I remember pressing the daunting button and I was filled with the most overwhelming joy upon seeing every applicant's favorite word: Congratulations.
Class of 2027, I would like to be completely transparent with you. I have asked several of my classmates what they wish they would’ve known before they decided to commit to UNC — the good, the bad and the ugly.
These are things that you won’t find on any blog or website. I’m not here to tell you what ranking we hold or how many national championships we have.
I want to tell you the raw truth of what your life will be like if you decide to become a Tar Heel.
1. Just because it’s a big school doesn’t mean it can’t feel small.
While UNC has close to 20,000 undergraduate students, I manage to run into several friends every day as I walk to class. I've even randomly had friends in some of my classes. The school is big enough to avoid developing a reputation that will follow you everywhere, yet small enough to maintain familiarity as you engage in campus life.
2. Professional schools are a blessing and a curse.
UNC has an application process for some majors within its undergraduate institution, including business, journalism, nursing and a few others. This system can be great because of the prestige and networking opportunities offered in these exclusive programs. However, getting in can be quite difficult and very competitive. So if your heart is set on being a business major, this is not something you can pursue nonchalantly at UNC.