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facsimile_of_me From: facsimile_of_me Date: October 27th, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey,
You don't know me, but I was just looking around at different UNC students, and you seemed friendly and stuff so I thought I would see if you could maybe answer some questions for me. Sorry to bug you, but I figure you can get the best information from the students, ya know?

Alright, well I am a senior, so obviously right about now is the hectic rush to get in all my applications on time, and it's really stressful, and I'm having last-minute reservations about everything. I always thought Chapel Hill was WHERE I wanted to go, but now I'm not sure anymore... like... first of all, there's the question of getting in... I take like all AP and honors courses, 2 AP's last year and 4 this year, I got a 1420 on my SAT's, but my extracurriculars are crap... I have piano, which I've stuck to for about 10 years, but that's completely it. I am in-state. Do you think I could get in, even though I have like no extra crap?

The other thing bugging me about Carolina lately... it's so... HUGE. I thought I wanted that, but now I'm not so sure. Does it ever seem overwhelming, too vast, or just too... impersonal? Are the teachers good? Do they have interaction with individual students, or are all the classes just huge?

And the last thing I was wondering is, what are some of the things that you guys do in your spare time? What little of it that you have, I'm sure. But what is there to do for fun?

Once again, sorry for bugging you, you probably get stuff like this a lot, since Carolina is such a popular school... but it'd mean a lot to me if you could just answer my questions whenever you got a chance. Thanks so much!
stone_fox From: stone_fox Date: October 28th, 2003 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I’m pretty sure you’ll get into UNC. Even though your EC’s aren’t as impressive as the rest, what you do have is probably enough. Your SAT score itself is about 200 points higher than the in-state average, so that’s a big plus. Also, admissions like to see that you stick to certain activities…so doing piano for 10 years is an advantage for you. You can also put any community things you done, like with your church or whatever, to help build up that aspect of your application. If your GPA is over a 4.0 (and it should be, with all your AP’s), I think you’ll be fine.

I thought the same thing about Carolina when I first came here…but you’ll quickly learn where you’re going, and once you’ve been here for a couple of months, it really doesn’t seem so enormous. The campus itself is gorgeous (in my opinion) and sometimes there’s nothing better than just walking around the quad on a sunny October day (unlike today, lol). As far as teachers go, I would definitely recommend getting a subscription to pickaprof.com when it comes time to register for classes. Of course, that’s just the opinion of other people…the only true way to know is to see for yourself. I’ve had a pretty good experience so far with professors. I’ve been to my geology professor’s office hours, and he was really nice. If you take the time to come talk to them, especially in bigger classes, it will definitely help you get to know them better. Not all classes are huge, by the way. Most of the general intro classes are like that simply because so many undergrads need those courses for their majors. But your English class won’t have over 19 students, and all foreign language classes rarely have over 25. Just to give you an idea, my English class has 19, my Spanish has around 20, geology has maybe 140, geology lab has around 30, and philosophy has around 150. I had an econ class that had about 300, but I dropped it because I found it too time consuming for right now.

There’s lots of stuff to do as far as fun goes. Most people go on Franklin St, which is pretty much the center “strip” in Chapel Hill. Lots of restaurants, shops, clubs, etc to go to, and you can ride the bus from south campus (where you will live as a freshman) to get there, so there’s no problem of transportation. Everyone here is gearing up for Halloween, which is the biggest party of the year…thousands of people go out on Franklin and have a good time dressed up in costumes. Thursday nights are the “go out and get drunk nights”, and there are plenty of frat parties every Thursday to go to. You’re a girl, so you’ll get in fine…if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, there’s still plenty of stuff to do. Southpoint mall is just a bus ride away (and it’s really nice); there’s also going to Cat’s Cradle to see bands play, and going to football/basketball games (depending on the season). Basically, there is pretty much anything, so whatever you’re into, you’ll find a niche here.

Hope I helped some…good luck with all your applications! =)
facsimile_of_me From: facsimile_of_me Date: February 1st, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Hey,
I know you answered this forever ago, but I just wanted to say thanks. I just found out a couple of days ago that I got in, so I'm really excited! I'm pretty sure I'll be a tarheel myself soon! Mind if I add you to my friends?
stone_fox From: stone_fox Date: February 1st, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Sure, go ahead :)

and congratulations!
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