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“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.
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.
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 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.
At Carolina, John Vance has had the opportunity to explore several artistic mediums and expand his repertoire to include pottery, album art and fashion.
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 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.
As a student ambassador at the Carolina Latinx Center, first-year student Gabriela Silva is helping make Carolina a more inclusive campus.
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 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 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.
Chris Suggs is working to address cultural and diversity issues across campus and in the surrounding community. As a junior, Suggs served as the president of the Black Student Movement, one of the largest cultural organizations on campus, with the goal of empowering students to make positive change at Carolina.
Allie Omens spent her free time at Carolina tackling environmental issues, including working toward a waste-free campus. She has led two environmental student organizations, organized a conference on green business practices and brought renewable energy to low-income communities.
After 10 years as an enlisted soldier in the Army, Zach Nodden enrolled at Carolina as part of the Army Green to Gold program, which provides enlisted, active-duty soldiers with an opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree and earn their commission as an officer.
Health policy and management major Michelle Ballasiotes is using her personal experience to raise awareness for pediatric strokes. The Tar Heel has traveled to Washington to inform legislators about pediatric strokes, to lobby for research funding for the National Institutes of Health and address the health care system.
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.
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.
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.