Finding your place at UNC

June 18, 2009

Hi friends!

This is Mallory – one of the staff members at CLD and I’d like to share some info that might be helpful to to getting acclimated to life at UNC.

I am part of the “Choosing Your Own Path” presentation at orientation and had an interesting conversation with a student during the session who asked, “Do you ever feel inferior?”

The answer I quickly gave was “yes.” There were plenty of times when I was in school (or even currently) when I felt like everyone else in the room was smarter than I or when I was about to get up in front of a group of people who really didn’t want to hear what I had to say…

UNC is a big place with a lot of people who are very intelligent and extremely motivated… and not to mention it’s a large campus; however, everyone needs to understand that they’re here at UNC for a reason. Each student’s application was read and each person was accepted because of their abilities, talent and potential.

To combat the uneasy feeling of being a small fish in a big pond – you must pursue your interests and actively make the university smaller for yourself. Start with joining a couple of organizations or starting an intramural team with your hallmates…and don’t feel bad if you try one thing for a couple of months and decide you want to try something else. It’s very hard to find what you want to do without also finding out what you do not want to do. Regardless of whether or not you stick with what you start with on campus – you will ultimately be meeting people, developing relationships and learning your way through the campus culture.