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UNC senior human development and family studies major, Kayla Dang, opens a box of free stuff that she won at a UNC event. Photo courtesy of Kayla Dang.

How to get free stuff on campus

UNC has a variety of organizations that host events throughout the year where students can snag free things — including swag, food and health products. But knowing how and where to find these events can get a little tricky. Here’s a first-year’s guide to finding free stuff on campus. 

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Kimberly Abels, the director of the Writing and Learning Center, poses outside of the Student and Academic Services Building on Tuesday, June 8.

Student resources available to all UNC students

Incoming first-years are encouraged to take advantage of as many of the services the University provides since they are free and easily accessible. "The graduating seniors tell us 'I wish I would have come earlier,'" Abels said. "So, a first-year student or a sophomore shouldn't hesitate to make an appointment. You don't have to have a particular reason. Just come to check us out or come to one of our events, and we will be glad to see you."

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DTH Photo Illustration. A recent study at UNC has shown that anxiety in first -year students has increased in the past year with the pandemic and distance-learning.

How to study at a college level effectively

Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult for students. In order to set themselves up for success, students should create positive study habits that help them perform well in college courses. UNC students use a variety of techniques in order to create effective and healthy study habits — such as scheduled study sessions, studying in public places and switching up the content to avoid burnout. 

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The Achordants performed three upbeat numbers.

UNC a cappella groups reflect on building community during COVID-19 and look ahead

UNC a cappella groups reflect on operating during a pandemic, and look ahead to in-person events next year.  President of UNC Cadence, Yolanda Simpson, said she was disappointed that her group was unable to collaborate with other UNC a cappella groups during the pandemic. She said the interpersonal connections between a cappella groups come from collaborating and having events together. 

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First-year students return to on-campus housing at Hinton James Residence Hall for UNC's spring semester on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.

Students and RHA plan return to residence halls for a more typical fall semester

Residence Hall Association President Elliana Alexander said RHA plans to host events next year for a more traditional Carolina experience. “Half of Carolina students would not have had a typical first-year experience,” Alexander said. “We are hoping to use our platform to be able to connect people to each other and also to make that transition back to campus life a bit easier for everyone.”

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