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Word on the street: Seniors' favorite UNC memories

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As the end of the semester approaches, UNC students are preparing their summer plans and signing up for fall classes. For seniors, it’s time to take their last exams, pose for graduation photos and look back on their years spent at the University. 

Staff writer Emily Chambliss asked seniors about their favorite memory during their UNC experience.

Natalie Clark, biology major

Senior Natalie Clark shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.

 

“My favorite UNC memory is when me and my friend met in our LFIT class freshman year. We ran back in the rain and we came home soaking wet. But we had lots of laughs and lots of fun. And I met my best friend.” 

Jordan Hill, biology major

Senior Jordan Hill shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.

 

“My favorite UNC memory would have to be last year when we beat Duke at Cameron Stadium. That was a good game to watch and then everyone rushing Franklin. I was actually one of the first people there.” 

Ana Tan, chemistry major

Senior Ana Tan shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.


“The first football game that I went to. I went to football games in high school and they’re about the same thing — tailgating and then going to the game. But it was different here. Seeing everyone in blue was really nice.” 

Katarina Holecek, environmental science major

Senior Katarina Holeck shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.


“(I am) on the Vegans for Peace club and being with this club has been super fun, and I’ve been able to make a lot of friends that are like-minded and work toward environmental justice, human rights and animal rights all at the same time.” 

Christina Persona, management and society and psychology major

Senior Christina Persona shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.


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“The Final Four UNC vs Duke game — amazing. When we were rushing on Franklin Street, it was my first time rushing. It was a great time. I watched the game at a house party and it was just my first time being around so many UNC students because the last year was COVID. It felt good. I felt united.” 

Madeline Leung, public policy and medical anthropology major

Senior Madeline Leung shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.


“My favorite memories were going to the dining hall with my friends freshman year. It’s really social — you can meet anyone at the dining hall. It was so casual and easy freshman year because everyone was at the same place.” 

Will Adair, neuroscience major

Senior Will Adair shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.


“After we got to the championship (basketball) game, I climbed a tree on Franklin Street and it was a great time. The environment and everything about it was just fantastic. All the people there. It was so cool to see almost 10,000 people in one place.”

Ruth Jeffers, English and comparative literature major

Senior Ruth Jeffers shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.

 

“In spring 2021 we had been in online classes for the whole semester and I had a class with three people in a giant auditorium, all wearing masks. It was a funny experience to be in a giant auditorium with only three people, and it felt really symbolic of the experience of COVID.” 

AJ Cook, business administration major

Senior AJ Cook shares their favorite memory about their time at UNC.


“Freshman year UNC-Miami football game in Kenan. Mack Brown’s first year back. We won on the game winning catch with Dazz Newsome and Sam Howell. It was awesome.” 

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Emily Chambliss

Emily Chambliss is a 2023-24 assistant copy editor at The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as a staffer on the copy and university desks. Emily is a sophomore pursuing a major in journalism with a minor in philosophy, politics and economics.