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Always a great day to be a Tar Heel

Meet our Tar Heels

“It’s a great day to be a Tar Heel” is a phrase you’ll often hear around Carolina, and for a good reason.

Every day, Tar Heels create a positive impact on the world by improving their communities and inspiring change through their talents. They’re artists, scientists, humanitarians, researchers and innovators doing extraordinary things.

Meet our students and find out why every day is really is a great day to be a Tar Heel!

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Carolina creators

  • Jonah Lewis in front of a stage with mic setup

    Jonah Lewis

    By day, Jonah Lewis studies history and information science at Carolina. But at night, you'll find him performing comedy at open mic nights around Chapel Hill. Lewis, who has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair, hopes to use his comedy to share his life experiences with a wider audience.

  • Susan Huynh

    Susan Huynh

    As a first-generation student, Susan Huynh explored many of the new academic opportunities open to her in Chapel Hill, but it wasn’t until she began working as a painting assistant at PlayMakers Theatre that she fully saw all that college had to offer. What began as a simple on-campus job as a painting assistant quickly became her passion.

  • Thoai Vu

    Thoai Vu

    Thoai Vu is the founder and president of Heeling in Harmony, a music performance-based student organization that seeks to promote healing and help improve the quality of life through music. Members of the group visit local retirement communities and hospitals to perform music and interact with residents.

  • John Vance in the art studio

    John Vance

    At Carolina, John Vance has had the opportunity to explore several artistic mediums and expand his repertoire to include pottery, album art and fashion.

  • Aysha Diallo

    Aysha Diallo

    When Aysha Diallo was looking for a group to join as a first-year student, she tapped into her passion for music and turned to Carolina’s student-run WXYC radio station to be a DJ. Diallo is now the voice of “Free Samples,” a hip-hop specialty show.

  • Varun Jain

    Varun Jain

    Varun Jain is balancing his computer science schoolwork and college life while also running his own company, which is working to improve food distribution networks in India.

Community builders

  • Gabriela Silva

    Gabriela Silva

    As a student ambassador at the Carolina Latinx Center, first-year student Gabriela Silva is helping make Carolina a more inclusive campus.

  • Abhishek Shankar

    Abhishek Shankar

    Rising senior Abhishek Shankar is working to launch the UNC-Chapel Hill Asian American Center to share a deeper understanding of the unique experience of being Asian American in the American South with the campus community.

  • Vi Le in the gym.

    Vi Le

    Vi Le has combined what she learned in her advertising and Japanese classes to serve as the co-president of the UNC Aikido Club, which brings the Japanese self-defense martial art to the Carolina campus.

  • Jessica Hamilton

    Jessica Hamilton

    Jessica Hamilton helps build school spirit by filling the seats at all Tar Heel competitions through Carolina Fever, a student group that runs a rewards-based program to encourage students to attend University’s sporting events.

Budding researchers

  • Emily hynes

    Emily Hynes

    Graduate student Emily Hynes is using digital humanities tools to examine musical recordings from the American South to bring the true stories of the recordings to light.

  • Jeromy rech

    Jeromy Rech

    In addition to working to incorporate new materials for the creation of solar panels, graduate student Jeromy Rech is focused on helping other students succeed through mentoring and teaching.

  • Erin Jones

    Erin Jones

    As a teacher, Erin Jones felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. As a Ph.D. student studying school psychology, now she’s finding innovative ways to lift that weight off of fellow educators.

Beyond stone walls

Our Tar Heels' impact isn't contained to just within the low-stone walls of our campus.
Our students are out in the state serving their communities and providing critical public services for North Carolinians.