If you are from North Carolina and into basketball, you can usually ask one question that sparks a conversation. And that question is “Duke or Carolina?” Then one of these three things happens:
- You end up talking to a person that cheers for the same school as you.
- You meet a rival and the “trash talk” begins.
- Or you meet a random NC State fan.
I was raised to be a Tar Heel fan thanks to my Dad! I’ve watched the Tar Heels play basketball games on television for years but don’t remember fully understanding the game until I started playing myself around the age of nine. The Duke vs. UNC game is one of the most talked about rivalries in college basketball. I’m usually out watching the game or at home yelling at the TV. But this year, I had the opportunity to sit in the student section and watch the Tar Heels take down those blue devils along with my classmates. And it’s an experience I will never forget!
There was some driving involved to get to this game. I left my internship in Greensboro, to attend the game in Chapel Hill and once the game was over I drove back so that I could be present and ready to engage with clients the following day. My motto is “self-care is the best care” and I was excited about having a social night. But planning and prioritizing are important to me. I knew that I would not get any work done the night of the game so I worked ahead during the beginning of the week.
What I experienced at that game was indescribable. The level of Tar Heel pride is unmatched! I’ve attended several basketball games but the energy that I felt during that game was a indescribable. I paid attention to the entire game but I walked away feeling like I missed so much due to the excitement, screams, cheers, laughs, and anxiety provoking moments. The Tar Heels came out on top and I had an amazing time celebrating with future social workers!