Five Things to Know About Being a Tarheel

5.  This is a great place to live! Chapel Hill was just named as one of the Best Places to Live in July 2010 by Money Magazine. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place nicknamed the “Southern Part of Heaven”? We also have Carrboro next door where students love to live because of the cute downtown and the amazing Carrboro Farmer’s Market. It’s known as one of the top farmer’s markets in the country!

4. What’s up with the Old Well? It used to be the sole water supply for th Old East and Old West dormitories. Apparently it’s good luck to drink from it on the first day of class. I haven’t drank from it yet, so I’m crossing my fingers I’ll still pass!

3. UNC has some killer rankings! We’ve been No. 1 among best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer the best combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine since 1998.

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We’re also the 5th best public university in the U.S according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 “Best Colleges” guidebook. We’ve been No. 5 for the last 10 years!

2. What the heck is a Tarheel? Well, there are two stories:

During the Revolutionary War, the British crossed a river int he Eastern Part of North Carolina. When they got to the other side, they realized their feet were covered with tar because of North Carolina’s pine trees (one of th e state’s most important exports at the time). Apparently the North Carolinians were smart enough to dump the tar in the river to slow down the British troops. The British troops, however, simply thought that if you wade in the rivers in North Carolina you would get tar on your heels.

During the Civil War, some North Carolinians scolded their comrades for leaving the battle field when things got tough and threatened to stick tar on the heels of their boots to keep them from leaving the battle. It’s said that General Robert E Lee commented, “God bless the Tar Heel boys!”

1. Basketball! As many of you already know, basketball practice has already begun with Late Night with Roy.  The Tarheels have been NCAA Tournament Champions five times (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009, and were retroactively named the national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation for their undefeated season in 1924)! As I was tailgating with some friends at the football game last weekend, we spotted one of the basketball players walking through the parking lot. My friends took off after the guy to give him hugs and high fives. We’re pretty serious.


About Kim Swanson

Hello! I'm Kim. I'm a first year, full-time student at the School of Social Work, and I'm loving it! Classes are small, professors are very approachable, and my classmates have been super friendly. I just moved back to North Carolina from Texas after a year working as a family case manager at a shelter for immigrants through AmeriCorps. Being back in NC is great (I'm sipping Cheerwine as I type!), but being in Austin opened my eyes to the struggles of immigrant families. I learned how necessary community organizing and education are in order to ensure positive experiences for both U.S. born individuals and our new community members and am excited to be placed at the Centro para Familias Hispanas in Raleigh for my field experience. Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm more than happy to help out!
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