End of An Era

end of an era

THE END OF AN ERA

As the end of the year draws extremely close, there are those amazing moments when you realize, I’m here!.. I did it. I made it. They are such wonderful moments because then comes the reflection on all of your achievements, hard work, friends (new & old), completed papers, finished exams and the possible excited or nervous thoughts on the next steps in your journey. Within that as well, there could also be the excitement about the memories you have created and the ones you’re getting ready to create. It is a time to celebrate, maybe laugh or cry and contemplate the many possibilities of the summer and even your long-term future.

A word comes to mind with the thoughts of an ending an era. Legacy. The definition of Legacy is something that remains from a previous generation or time. Think about it for a moment. What is your legacy? Moving away from the formal definition, but maybe consider what legacy means personally, spiritually, mentally, physically or academically. Maybe a legacy on a team, a legacy with friends, a legacy in the classroom, a legacy left with new acquaintances or one that’s felt and not seen. What piece of your journey here will always remain? What’s wonderful is there’s always memories and we get to re-visit them in our photos, old textbooks, class rings, achievement awards, old uniforms, trophies and yearbooks. As these last several days come and go, enjoy these memories. Take care of yourself as you are pushing to the last day, smile in knowing your work and perseverance was enough and congratulate yourself on reaching the next step in your voyage.

IDEAS FOR KEEPING THOSE MEMORIES ALIVE:

Order Yearbook:
http://yack.web.unc.edu/ordering-a-yearbook/

Class Rings:
http://store.unc.edu/ePOS/form=robots/catalog.html&this_category=225&store=107&design=107

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Baby Steps to Finding a JOB!

This post was originally published on April 24, 2014 and was written by Natalie Rich.

The semester is winding down, and suddenly you are faced with the prospect of finding the perfect resume-boosting summer job or internship….or perhaps you are graduating–GASP!–and you are looking for your first post-college full time position to launch your super-duper-fabulous career.

No matter what type of job you are looking for, here are some quick tips to get you started:

1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. 354_1all_the_eggs_in_one_basket

There is no such thing as the PERFECT job, and wedding yourself to one job as the be-all-and-end-all of jobs or /internships can set you up for disappointment, not to mention the fact that focusing on just one opportunity may mean missing out on other cool opportunities. Remember that this next job, whether a summer internship or post-college position, is just a stepping stone; it does not have to be the job you work for the rest of your life or even the career you end up with.

2. Know what you want.

Ok, so you don’t want to focus on just one opportunity, but you do want to have SOME focus in your search. When someone asks “what kind of job are you looking for?”, have an answer ready (hint: “a job that pays” is NOT enough!). Are you looking for a social media internship with a tech company? Trying to land a research assistant position to help prepare you to apply for a grad program in chemistry? Have clear idea of what field you want to work in and how this fits into your overall career goals. This not only helps narrow your search, it also makes you look more appealing to recruiters or potential employers, who want candidates that demonstrate passion and drive.

3. Have an elevator pitch.

Once you know generally what kind of job or internship you want, find a way to articulate along with your skills in an “elevator pitch.” This is a short speech that you can tailor for networking events or job interviews that summarizes what you are looking for and/or what you have to offer. Different situations and different jobs will require a different pitch, but there is a common thread: keep it short. Check out resources for creating your own elevator pitch here and here.

Also, consider writing a quick pitch at the beginning of your resume too. This is slightly different from an objective, which some experts now discourage in favor of the elevator pitch or list of keys skills.

elevator

4. Work your connections.

Notice how I didn’t say “network” because this word tends to drum up visions of awkward meet-and-greets full of scary people in suits. Networking goes way beyond this. It means talking with professors, TAs, friends, mentors, family, and UNC alums. Put the word out that you are looking for a job and the kind of job you want (cue: elevator pitch!). Other ways to network include arranging informational interviews with companies or organizations you are interested in to get an idea of what jobs they are offering and what they look for, and reaching out to supervisors from previous internships or volunteer positions.

5. Check out Career Services!

I could have included tips on drafting the ideal resume or cover letter, prepping for an interview, or conducting an efficient job search, but UNC Career Services has all the resources to help you with those things. They can give you individualized feedback on your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills as well as a wealth of resources to help guide you through the process of searching, applying, and securing an ideal job for you.

Finding a job can be overwhelming, especially when you have end-of-semester papers and exams to worry about. Keep in mind that this next job will not make or break your career. So, give yourself a break and be flexible. This next job is just a step, and it may be one of many steps you take in your career. Maybe it’s a side step or a baby step…maybe it’s a leap. You’ve made it to Carolina, which already proves you have what it takes to succeed, so let your talents shine and you may be surprised at the opportunities that await you.

SAAM at UNC

It’s April which means…

SAAM

It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month! There are lots of great events going on throughout the month at UNC, Duke, and in the community. Going to these events can be a great way to learn more about sexual assault, support survivors, and help make Carolina a safer community. Here are some highlights of the month:

Till Friday—Alliance Against Violence in the Pit

Have you walked around campus lately and seen everyone sporting awesome teal shirts? You definitely don’t want to be left out! Co-sponsored by Project Dinah and the Carolina Women’s Center, this week-long event seeks to educate UNC about the prevalence of interpersonal violence and provide resources. They are giving out 3,000 free shirts to be worn on Friday as a visible representation of UNC’s alliance against interpersonal violence.

Tonight, April 9th: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Old Well, 6 pm)

Sigma Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma are hosting a one-mile march with all proceeds going to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. They will also host a dialogue about how people can be allies in preventing sexual assault. It’s a great way to get some exercise for an important cause!

Friday April 10th: Campus Connections: Bringing Together the Sexual Assault Response and Support Community at Carolina (Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge, 2-4pm)

Come meet the staff that supports students who have experienced forms of interpersonal violence for coffee, refreshments, and conversation!

Friday, April 10: Project Dinah Benefit Concert for OCRCC (Local 506, 10pm)

Come join Project Dinah for a benefit concert for $5. All proceeds go to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center!

Wednesday, April 5: Coffee Conversation on Consent (Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge, 5-6:30pm)

The Carolina Women’s Center & UNC Men’s Project are hosting a discussion (with coffee and refreshments!) about consent.

Monday, April 20: Screening of The Mask You Live In. Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University, 6pm.

This documentary explores how boys are socialized to become men in America. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion featuring local activists. Don’t have a car? No worries–you can take the Roberson bus there!

Wednesday, April 22: Campus Conversation on Creating Allies Against Sexual Violence: Creating a Culture of Healthy Masculinities within the Greek Community (St. Anthony Hall, 207 Pittsboro St., 7-9pm)

St. Anthony Hall is hosting a campus conversation about Greek culture, being an ally, and healthy masculinities to empower everyone in the Carolina community to help change cultures of violence

Monday, April 27: How to Help a Loved One (Chapel Hill Public Library, 6-8pm)

Ever not known how to respond when someone tells you that they have experienced sexual assault? This seminar provides tips and resources to be a supporter.

Hope to see you at some of these events! Check out the whole SAAM schedule here.

Campus Rec End-Of-Semester Announcements, All In One Spot! | Tar Heel Tone Up

As I was leaving a meeting on campus this evening, I opened the door and stepped outside into the overwhelmingly beautiful scent of summer. I could smell the grass and the plants and the sweet North Carolina air, which is finally warm, the way it should be, and the scent of honeysuckles made it all perfect. For the first time in a long time, the quad isn’t surrounded by construction fences and people aren’t rushing by each other as they try to get back inside where it’s warm. Campus is alive again and the pit is pulsing and once again, as always, I am reminded why I chose to call this place home.
I had to just go ahead and get my sap fest out because I’m realizing that yet another crazy but fantastic semester is coming to a close and things are about to get really hectic, so sometimes we all have to stop for a minute and remind ourselves why it is and will be worth it.
Even though the semester is swiftly dwindling, there is no shortage of exciting events happening through Campus Rec. It’s so important to stay healthy and active to balance your stress levels and show appreciation for your healthy body, so I’ve compiled all of our announcements and events right here so that you can conveniently plan to join the fun!
  • Fitness Passports!
You can pick up a Fitness Passport from the front desk at the SRC, the Campus Rec Main Office (SRC 101), or Liz Walz’s office in SRC 202. The card will contain six challenges for you to complete before April 24th, and when you complete them all and return your card you’ll get a bag of Campus Rec gear and goodies, also known as a “Campus Rec swag bag.” The six challenges are:
  • Visit the Functional Movement and Fitness Center in the SRC, where a fitness consultant will perform a brief functional movement screening for you! The FMFC is located directly to your right after get your card swiped at the front desk in the SRC!
  • Like the Tar Heel Wellness Challenge and UNC Campus Rec pages on Facebook to stay up to date with all we have to offer and with the holistic health goals for UNC students, faculty, and staff posted on the Tar Heel Wellness Challenge page every two weeks!
  • Go to one of the Weekend Warrior Series fitness classes or a Yoga Workshop!
  • Post something that you accept or love about your body and your health on social media using #UNCbodybeautiful.
  • Take any of the 80 group fitness classes offered for free every single week, all semester long!
  • Complete one of the Training Time series workout videos on the Campus Rec YouTube channel and then post a picture of your workout on Instagram with #UNCtrainingtime.
Every time you complete a challenge, show a staff member on campus your completed social media challenge or have the staff member on duty at the event location sign off on your Fitness Passport card! When you complete your card, turn it in at the Campus Rec Main Office (SRC 101) to receive your swag bag!
  • Tar Heel Top Out climbing competition.
This Saturday, UNC Chapel Hill will be hosting the Tar Heel Top Out, a rope climbing competition as part of the 5thannual Eastern Edge Climbing series. Eastern Edge schools include UNC, ECU, Duke, Old Dominion, and Virginia Commonwealth, but current college students from any school are invited to attend and compete!
Registration starts at 10am on Saturday, April 11, 2015 and the competition will run from 11am-6pm in Fetzer Gym C. Registration costs are as follows:
  • $20: Pre-registration for Eastern Edge school students
  • $25: Pre-registration for all other students
  • $30: Day-of registration
  • NOTE: If you’d like to register online and pay by credit card, participants who do not have a UNC ONYEN will have to contact Reggie Hinton to set up a guest account athinton@email.unc.edu.
  • There are still 3 more expedition trips this semester!
  • Backpacking Mount Rogers
This trip takes place on April 10-12, 2015 and you’ll be sure to have a fantastic adventure as you hike the highest peak in Virginia, where wild ponies call the great outdoors home!
  • Kayaking Three Rivers
This day trip takes place on April 18, 2015 where the Eno River merges with the Flat River and empties into the backwaters of Falls Lake. You’ll kayak your way through a maze of tiny islands as you watch for the Great Blue Heron.
  • Climbing Pilot Mountain
This day trip takes place on April 19, 2015 at the quartzite cliffs of Pilot Mountain nearby! You will learn to tie knots, belay, and climb effectively and safely with your group members!
Click here for more information about any of these expeditions and to register online!
  • Entries are open for the Intramural Tennis Doubles Tournament until April 12! Click here for more rules and information and enjoy this wonderful weather!
Don’t get so swamped that you forget to enjoy the simple pleasures, like the smell of a spring evening at sunset. This semester will be over in the blink of an eye and this year, as seems to happen every year, we’ll be more ready for summer than ever before!

What’s in a Name? Considering Name Brand Vs. Generics When Purchasing Food

Picture this:

You’ve made your grocery list, or you swing by the store to get some staples for the week ahead. Like many of us, you’re on a budget, so you’ve got an eye for deals and saving money. As you scan your food options, you notice that in addition to the many eye-catching (and slogan-worthy) brands offered for your favorite foods, there are also those more plain, but much cheaper options. And you ask yourself: Is saving the money worth it? Is that food going to be as good?

I’ve often wondered this myself, and took some time to learn about the differences between generic and name brand foods. Continue reading

How your eating habits can help create a healthier environment!

by: Kelli Wood, MS, RD, LDN, Carolina Dining Services

Did you know that what you eat can contribute to a healthy environment? Our food system has been put under the microscope in recent years, and as a result Americans have become more attentive to where their food is coming from. Here are some tips on how to eat a healthier diet for a healthier environment.

Eat Local

The closer the distance from the farm to your fork, the more nutrition you can get from your food. From the time it takes for fruits and vegetables to be transported to grocery stores around the country, they lose some of their nutrients. By visiting a local Farmers’ Market you can not only support local farmers, but get the most nutrition out of the produce that you eat. Also, the less distance food has to travel means less fuel used by trucks and less emissions.

You can further support your local community and farmers by eating seasonable foods available near you. Seasonal foods are those which are able to grow in your local community during a particular season. Eating seasonal is not only a more natural way to eat but an opportunity to experience new varieties of food within your limitations.

Eat Organic

Eating food grown free of artificial fertilizers, chemicals, and alterations promotes the health of soil and other plant life in the environment. While organic options may be higher in cost, it is important to realize the long term benefits eating organic can have on all organisms.

Choose Sustainable Foods

Choosing grass-fed beef and free-range chicken can make a huge impact on the environment in addition to your health. Conventionally raised cattle are fed a diet of grains in order to meet their weight for slaughter at a cheap price and faster rate. As a result the beef product tends to be higher in fat and lower in nutrients than what you would find from all-natural, grass- fed cattle.

Monitor Portion Sizes

Monitoring portion sizes is one of the easiest ways you can simultaneously support your nutritional and environmental well-being. By choosing only enough food to satisfy your hunger, you can:

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight
  2. Ease digestion and reduce overeating and bloating
  3. Eliminate food waste
  4. Decrease landfill growth rates

Taking more frequent trips to the serving line for smaller portions can help you monitor how much food you are actually taking and what is left over.

Recycle

Recycling plastic utensils, cups, and plates used during meal times is a huge opportunity towards reducing unnecessary waste. Many operations with repeat-customer populations offer reusable containers. These containers can be returned and reused over and over again verses paper or Styrofoam alternatives. Be sure to read all labels and signage on recycling bins to dispose of recyclable materials appropriately. For example, plastic bottle tops, paper cups, cardboard and glass objects all have a specific places in which to recycle.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: De-Clutter for Clarity

This blog was originally published on April 8, 2014 and was written by Brittany O’Malley.

Whether it’s the tradition of spring cleaning, or the demands of our busy chaotic lives, I’ve noticed that the concept of “de-cluttering” seems to be a hot trend lately- websites ranging from Oprah to zen blogs to Buzzfeed are talking about ways to simplify our lives through the process of “de-cluttering.”  But why is “stuff” bad? And in the craziness of our daily lives, who has time to de-clutter?

Why is clutter a bad thing?

organizeDisorganization has been linked to increased stress and decreased productivity, not to mention greater risk of injury (because you are far more likely to trip and fall if your space is a mess!). On the flip side, simplifying your space can help save time and money, decrease germs, and promote focus.

So why is it so hard to get rid of things? 

Even though it seems clear that clutter impacts our emotional, physical, and environmental wellness, it’s still really hard to let go of things. Why is that? A recent study at Yale found that the same area of our brain that fires when we burn our tongues on hot coffee or stub our toes also lights up when we get rid of items. So it feels painful for us to give things up.   Another study showed that just holding or touching an item can cause emotional attachment. So of course it’s hard to throw that item away – you feel invested!

Now, of course this might not be true for everyone. There is a full continuum of “messy” to “neat” types of people out there, which means that tossing stuff is easier for some than others. Overall, though, tidying up your physical, social, and virtual spaces increases clarity in a world full of chaos.

Here are a few tips to get the de-clutter process kicked off:

  1. Focus on one thing at time. Take 10 minutes a day to focus on one de-clutter task: the pile of laundry on the floor, your desk, emptying your backpack. Don’t feel like you have to clean up your whole life all at once- baby steps!
  2. Monitor your social “clutter.” Clutter comes in many forms, including the things we put on our calendar. Be ruthless about saying no or postponing new commitments if your life feels too busy to manage.
  3. Tackle your virtual and mobile world. Take a minute at the end of the day to clear off your computer desktop. Control what phone notifications you receive (do you really want to know every time a celebrity tweets their post-workout snack?). When we are online, we are bombarded with a constant flow of information, so be proactive about setting filters and systems that work for you, not against you.
  4. Don’t worry about perfection. Striving towards simplicity won’t look the same for everyone. Figure out what your “perfect storm” of stuff is and set an attainable de-clutter goal. If you have a roommate, it’s good to talk through what works for them, too- your styles may be different.

decluttertips