Laney Dowell, a 2023 UNC graduate, said that on the first day of class of her first year, she woke up at 5:30 a.m. to beat the rush of students taking part in a UNC tradition: drinking from the Old Well.
According to University legend, students who drink from the Old Well on the first day of class will receive a 4.0 GPA for the semester.
This tradition began in the 1980s when students would take a sip from the Old Well before an exam for good luck. It has since evolved to become a FDOC tradition.
“My FDOC my freshman year, I remember I woke up super, super early to get there,” Dowell said.
She returned to the Old Well at midnight on FDOC of her senior year, which she said was a totally different experience, though equally fun.
“It’s very funny thinking of me as a bright-eyed freshman just ready to go, hoping to get that 4.0 (GPA),” Dowell said.
One of the ways that UNC students form and maintain community is through the University's many traditions.
Dowell said that she felt very connected to the UNC community when she rushed Franklin Street on April 2, 2022, following the UNC men's basketball win over its rival Duke University in the Final Four game of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
"That night, I was just in a sea of people wearing Carolina blue, we were all there for the same purpose and it was really cool" she said. "It was honestly one of those things where I don't know if I'll ever get an experience like that again."