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A year of resilience

The past year has been anything but easy for all of us. Hardships and frustrations have collectively created a lingering weariness on our entire community.

As UNC-Chapel Hill hits the one-year mark of the beginning of remote learning this week, we recognize and celebrate the resilience and strength of our students and our employees during one of the most difficult years in our University's history.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and commitment.

Student reflections

Like the rest of the world, Carolina's typically bustling campus came to a sudden halt last spring. At a moment's notice, everything changed as students moved out of the residence halls and the University transitioned to remote learning.

That pivot to remote learning hasn't been the only challenge students have faced throughout the pandemic. They've also coped with the stresses of the ongoing public health crisis and being separated from friends, family and the campus they call home.

Whether they were seniors in high school when the pandemic began or Tar Heels preparing for their final year in Chapel Hill, the past 12 months have reshaped the Carolina experience for thousands of students.

A year later, our students are reflecting on their experiences — the hardships and the triumphs — and shared lessons they've learned that they'll carry with them moving forward.

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  • Sage Saley standing outside.

    "Reflecting on 2020 has truly humbled me to better appreciate who and what I have rather than focus on what I don’t. While 2021 is still full of uncertainty, I am positive that the stress of last year will push us all to be the best we can be and never take anything given in life for granted."

    Sage Staley, Carolina sophomore

  • Neel Swamy standing outside.

    "In reflecting on the past year, I am all the more grateful for the video calls with friends, the active texting chats and the Zoom meetings in which my professors and mentors embraced empathy and understanding. The power of these little moments has been especially felt over the past 13 months."

    Neel Swamy, Pharm.D/MPH candidate

Sticking with it

Support resources

  • Mind above matter

    Carolina junior Megan Schneider co-founded Mind Above Matter, which curates all of Carolina’s mental health resources in one, easily accessible digital format, to ensure all Tar Heels have access to the support they need when they need it most.

  • Healthy Heels

    Healthy Heels is a collaboration between Campus Health, Student Wellness, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Campus Recreation that is working to create a healthier campus.

    Learn more about resources available to students and ongoing wellness events on campus.

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    Student Wellness

    Student Wellness works to enhance the individual and collective health of our campus through a wide range of programs, services and resources.

  • Be Kind to your mind text.

    Counseling and Psychological Services

    Carolina's Counseling and Psychological Services is strongly committed to addressing the mental health needs of the student body through timely access to consultation and connection to clinically appropriate services.