Dear class of 2020 out-of-state students,
First of all, congratulations on both getting into UNC and choosing to come here! It's a big decision, especially when you're from out of state.
As a fellow out-of-state kid, I've learned a few things this past year about what it means to be apart of the 20 percent of students that don't come from the wonderful state of North Carolina.
It's hard. Don't get me wrong, I've had an amazing year, but it's hard. There will be moments where you ask yourself if it was really worth it to go so far from home, especially when you've just come out of a midterm that you studied really hard for but you're pretty sure you bombed it anyways. I'm speaking from experience here.
It's okay to call home. Personally, I call home every Sunday, yet I end up calling my mom sometime during the middle of the week if I need to vent. It's refreshing to hear a familiar voice on the phone, and your parents will appreciate hearing from you. It's hard on them too.