Meet a new Tar Heel: Sarah Giang

For her entire life, incoming first-year student Sarah Giang has heard stories about what being a Carolina student is like. Her own Carolina experience begins this week.

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When she was little, Sarah Giang learned about life as a Tar Heel and what it was like to study in Chapel Hill from her grandfather, Rev. Bobby Bunce ’69. His stories over the years helped her decide to apply to Carolina.

“He would talk about how great Carolina was and how it was family,” she says. “Hearing him talk about it my entire life was definitely a driving factor.”

Now a Tar Heel herself, the incoming first-year student is looking forward to following in her late grandfather’s footsteps while also making her own path at Carolina.

Learn more about what Giang hopes to experience as an undergraduate.

What do you plan on studying at Carolina?

I am a biology major, but that could change. I’m hoping to go onto the pre-med program and get into medical school. My ultimate goal is to become an OB-GYN and help families give birth and help reproductive studies within the field. My parents struggled to have me when they were trying to have a baby, and they did something similar to in vitro fertilization, so I would love to continue with that.

What does it mean to you to be a Tar Heel?

It means becoming someone who can make a difference in this world. In high school, I did a lot of community involvement and things like that, but I never really felt that I was making a big difference. I feel like now, especially working with professors at UNC and doing scientific research, that I can take a bigger step in helping families and people across the world.

What are you move looking forward to in your first semester?

I’m most looking forward to making connections and meeting new people. I’m from a small town outside of Charlotte, and it’s a town where everybody knows everyone. I love meeting new people with new perspectives. I’m doing Carolina Kickoff, so hopefully, I can meet new people then.

What do you hope to bring to the Carolina community?

I want to bring a new perspective. I grew up in a biracial household — my dad is from southern China, and my mom was born in North Carolina. I want to bring our cultural and religious backgrounds and hopefully bring a different perspective to classes here.

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