I was raised an NC State fan, but this is why I chose UNC
This ‘rivalry’ isn’t like the one with the school down the road, but it means something
A little over a year ago, I found out I had just been accepted to my dream school, UNC. There was no better feeling in the world. But the funny thing is, six months before that, I didn’t know Carolina would be my dream school.
As a confused teenager, I had no idea what the hell I wanted to do with my life. I was jumping back and forth between Nursing and Journalism. I debated joining a “help cats get rescued” program, but my parents wouldn’t let me live at home.
But out of all the confusion, one thing was for sure. I was a huge fan of North Carolina State University.
Those of you who know me now may think: “Wait, are you kidding?” I’m really not – I was born and raised a fan of NCSU. My mom and a lot of her cousins went to State, most of my friend’s parents went to State and the majority of my friends cheered for them. So yeah, I was naturally a State fan, too.
But I wasn’t just a fan, I was a hardcore State fan – the type that annoys Carolina students to their core. I was that person. I went to most of the football and basketball games and I loved being in Raleigh more than anything.
So, why the sudden switch? It’s simple – I visited Carolina. It was the summer before my senior year of high school and I was still the completely confused teenager. My friend, who is now my roommate, thought it would be fun to tour UNC. So I went with her to visit campus.
And I’ve never been so thankful in my life.
Everything about the campus felt like home. It was the weirdest, most rewarding feeling. I learned more about the programs offered and the countless study aboard opportunities. I heard about the history of the campus and the traditions that come with it.
The more I saw of UNC, the more I fell in love with it. I’ve never heard people more proud of their education and college career than when I spoke to students here. I remember thinking, “this is exactly where I want to be.”
It’s safe to say the best day of my life was the day I received my acceptance letter to Carolina. It’s also safe to say I back UNC academics and athletics 100%. From the day I arrived here, everything in me and around me was Carolina blue.
Just because I was raised an NC State fan doesn’t mean I’m a fake Carolina fan by any means. Nothing makes me more upset than Duke and nothing makes me smile more than seeing strangers in Carolina t-shirts. I love walking through the Pit getting free candy from strangers (sorry mom) and walking by the Old Well on a sunny day.
Nothing feels better than singing Hark the Sound in the Dean Dome and Kenan Stadium. And nothing makes more sense than UNC.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: “Chapel Hill: a place that will get in your blood and stay forever.” I can attest to that. Carolina is and always will be the best place in the world to me.