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It's 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 some of our students and learn more about the groups they are active in to find out why every day really is a great day to be a Tar Heel.

A male student sitting on Polk Place with his dog.

Community builders

  • Sarah Pascal jumping with a jump rope.

    Carolina Jump Rope: Sarah Paschal

    Junior Sarah Paschal has spent the past two years training and performing with Carolina Jump Rope. The group competes against other universities and jump rope clubs from around the country and dazzles crowds with spins and flips.

  • Enrique Rojas-Martinez

    Pulso Scholars: Enrique Rojas-Martinez

    When sophomore Enrique Rojas-Martinez joined the second cohort of the Carolina Latinx Center's Pulso Scholars last fall, he gained a support and mentorship network that will help him navigate the difficult path of becoming a doctor. The Pulso Scholar's program promotes academic and professional success among minority Carolina students interested in medical school and other health professions.

  • Pareen Bhagat and Hrishika Muthukrishnan of WE ARE SAATH.

    WE ARE SAATH: Hrishika Muthukrishnan and Pareen Bhagat

    Hrishika Muthukrishnan and Pareen Bhagat recently partnered to design a fashion show that they said traced the progression of mental health perceptions within the South Asian community and shared the mental health journey many South Asian immigrants experience as they transition to life in the U.S.

  • Sherrod Crum and Kenechukwu Uwaje

    Black Entrepreneurs Initiative: Kenechukwu Uwajeh and Sherrod Crum

    Kenechukwu Uwajeh and Sherrod Crum founded the Black Entrepreneurs Initiative to promote, develop and connect Black student-entrepreneurs at Carolina.

  • Addie Wilson holding a board with bees on it.

    Carolina Beekeeping Club: Addie Wilson

    As a member of the Carolina Beekeeping Club, physics major Addie Wilson is bringing awareness of our native pollinators to campus. Wilson and the club maintain hives on the roof of FedEx Global that can pollinate plants as far as the Coker Arboretum — providing for the flowers and plants across our campus.

  • Amrutha Nandam

    Special Needs Special People: Amrutha Nandam

    Amrutha Nandam was bullied in elementary and middle school for the way she walks and talks. As a Tar Heel, she founded the organization Special Needs Special People to foster what she didn’t have growing up: awareness and peer support.

Keeping Carolina Safe

When you walked across campus last semester, you were sure to see students in yellow vests ready to help community members navigate campus buildings. When students walked into a Carolina Together Testing Center site, they saw even more students ready to assist their peers.

Student volunteers were all over campus, helping to keep Tar Heels safe and healthy.

  • A male student talks with another student in The Pit.

    More than 1,400 students volunteered with the Carolina Together Ambassadors and the Carolina COVID-19 Student Services Corps this spring, and collectively they logged more than 27,000 hours to help ensure that the Carolina community can live, learn and work safely on campus.

    Meet the Carolina Together Ambassadors and Carolina COVID-19 Student Services Corps

  • UNC-Chapel Hill student Victor Ilevbare.

    Victor Ilevbare wants to become an infectious disease physician so that he’ll be on the frontlines of the next pandemic. But before he jumps into the fight as a doctor, he is already doing what he can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina as part of the Carolina COVID-19 Student Services Corps.

    Read more about Victor Ilevbare

  • Malvika Choudhari standing on a rooftop.

    Sophomore Malvika Choudhari took on a new role as a Carolina Together Ambassador during the spring semester in an effort to keep her friends and fellow Tar Heels safe and together in Chapel Hill.

    Read more about Malvika Choudhari

Tar Heels in the community

  • Ashyln Clark standing by the Old Well.

    Ashlyn Clark

    Sophomore Ashlyn Clark has been volunteering for the Orange County Health Department, assessing the safety of drinking water and assisting with business outreach as part of the department's response to COVID-19.

  • Joey Lancelloti pitching.

    Joey Lancellotti

    Joey Lancellotti, a Carolina senior and a pitcher on the Tar Heels baseball team, turned a class project into a song that conveys the stories of pediatric cancer survivors from UNC Children’s Hospital.

  • Samara Perez Labra

    Samara Perez Labra

    Sophomore Samara Perez Labra spent the spring working on community development and revitalization initiatives at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County alongside Carolina alumnus Kevin Giff.

  • Aneesha Tucker

    Aneesha Tucker

    Aneesha Tucker has been dedicated to serving the community while at Carolina. Those countless hours of work were recognized earlier this year when the junior was awarded the 2021 MLK UNC Student Scholarship.

Taking Carolina into the world

In May, we celebrated the graduation of 6,300 Tar Heels, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students. They are now becoming leaders in their fields and their communities and showing the world why it's a great way to be a Tar Heel.