Going to college is perhaps one of the biggest milestones for many young adults to accomplish. Sometimes the nervous butterflies can get to you, all of the apprehension about leaving home can make one uneasy at times. However, the excitement can build up and the fears disappear. At least that is how I felt when I went to UNC-Charlotte. Not only is going to college and opening door for many people but it gives an individual the freedom they are seeking for what they are trying to accomplish in life. Many aspects of college life give a person self identity, clarity and strong educational values on who they are. As I was an upper-third class student in my high school years, I found college transforming and a complete challenge.
Living on campus is really a big part of the college life. I would actually recommend that every entering college freshman have this experience. I lived in “Moore Hall”, the college freshman dormitory with my best friend from high school. Best friends from high school like to think that they are going to have everything in common always, but as we grow up we see that is not only the case! However my best friend and I gave it a whirl anyways. The tiny, cramped dorm room was still an atmosphere of many laughs and talks while doing homework or exploring our new freedom on campus. The freshman dorms are good for making friends your own age, it is much easy for freshmen to relate to freshman as to freshman relating/living with grad students! I actually can remember the dorm life just like yesterday, from ice cream socials, fire drills at 2am and making all sorts of new friends while eating at the “RDH”, residence dining hall.
Getting to know where all your classes are and your campus is another very important aspect of being a part of a college. I found that the more time I spent on campus, whether it was the gym, the library, or computer labs, I always felt that I was right at home because I familiarized myself with the facilities so often. UNC-Charlotte is a very unique campus in the way that it is a newer campus in some ways. There has been many new buildings added and the modern wave of technology throughout the campus allows students to feel as though they are a part of a present day campus oppose to some of the more traditional campuses. I really loved how over the course of eight years, I can honestly say I had a class in almost every building and knew my way around. The courses I took were all different, which in the end made me feel as though I got a well-rounded education, from yoga to international law classes, the classes enabled me to flexible and open minded. There are so many different organizations on campus that it is hard to name them all, the International Club, Pre-Law Society, Dance Clubs, Fraternities and Sororities are just a few off the top of my head. My professors I looked up to and learned a great deal from were very important in helping me choose the right track for what specific area of politics I needed to study, hence resulting in my second BA in Latin American Studies.
Finally the city surrounding UNC-Charlotte was very interesting and gave me a “life” experience I will never forget. I lived in Charlotte for 8 years, battling many hours of traffic! But in the end I got to see and experience so many different aspects of the biggest city in the Carolinas. The campus was actually on the north side of the city, which offered alot of places to live and be close to the college. However if you wanted to venture out, there are many parts of Charlotte that are wonderful for the college student. There is a lot of shopping malls, including Concord Mills, SouthPark Mall and Carolina Place mall. Not only do you have access to the malls but you get to see so much by just being in such a developing city. Charlotte has the largest banking center in the United States also, home to Bank of America, uptown Charlotte boast of many unique museums, restaurants and home of the Carolina Panther stadium. I really enjoyed going out with friends in uptown Charlotte, the times spent with many friends always made me feel as though I had a great social life that went along with a great university.
I would highly suggest that if you are interested in attending UNC-Charlotte that you make arrangements to visit the campus and city for at least a weekend. With so much to see and do, it will be hard to get the full experience in just a day or so. I can honestly say that UNC-Charlotte has put more modern campuses on the map. I feel that my experience at the school enabled me to have strength to live in a competitive job market as well as the skills needed to live in an urban setting as well. May I always treasure and remember my years at UNC-Charlotte as a 49er! There is truly nothing like the feeling of accomplishing a hard-earned education through the real life experience I received through UNC-Charlotte.