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When Casey Collins first arrived in Chapel Hill, he was certain that he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. He spent his first two years doing exactly what you might expect — acing advanced science courses, conducting research in a stem cell lab and working towards a publication in a scientific magazine.
Working in a lab left him feeling isolated, so Casey started thinking about other ways to explore his passion for science and medicine. After spending a summer in Ecuador researching the impact of a national health care reform, Casey developed a series of new, diverging interests.
During his junior year, Casey spent a semester in Washington, DC studying public policy and working with a non-profit organization serving refugees and immigrants. He honed his research and language skills interviewing children who had entered the United States illegally.
The experience stoked Casey’s interest in law and immigration issues. It led to a local internship at RTI International researching the prevalence of labor trafficking in North Carolina.
Casey, a senior from Charlotte, is now preparing to pursue a law degree when he graduates in May. He’s enthralled by the opportunity to make a tangible and positive impact on the lives of immigrants.
Becoming an immigration attorney is a path Casey never expected when he arrived in Chapel Hill four years ago, but he couldn’t be happier. And he knows that Honors Carolina has prepared him to thrive in the future, no matter what opportunities present themselves.
Casey’s advice: “Trust that things will work out if you follow your passions. Do what you find challenging and exciting and don’t necessarily worry about where it’s going to lead you.”
Casey admits his path was sporadic and non-linear, but following his whims helped him discover his true calling. “It’s been a great experience. I’ll never look back and wish I had taken more risks or done anything differently.”
Browse the more than 200 seminar-style courses offered by Honors Carolina and discover the right course for you:
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Honors Carolina Course Equivalents
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Recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Christian Haig has been awarded a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship for the fall 2017 semester. He will spend six to nine months working with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. Christian is one
A Carolina alumnus has been awarded a 2017 Princeton in Asia Fellowship. Brian Bartholomew, a 2016 graduate with distinction from Eldersburg, Maryland, will live and work in Beijing for a year. As a 2017-18 Princeton in Asia Fellow, Bartholomew, a
Ana Dougherty, 22, came to UNC from Montezuma, New Mexico. She will graduate with highest distinction in May as a double major in Global Studies (concentrations in Latin America, international politics, and social movements) and economics, and a minor in
Five students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2017 Anne L. and S. Epes Robinson Honors Fellowship, which provides funding for students who propose a program of study wholly focused on
Elena N. Polanco, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, has been recognized by the Udall Scholarship Foundation with an Honorable Mention. The Udall Foundation in Tucson,
Six students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2017 Burch Fellowship to pursue unique, and self-defined educational experiences anywhere off UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993
Students who were not invited to join Honors Carolina as incoming students can still apply to join the program.
First Year Students
Apply at the start of the second semester. Deadline: January 19 2018.
Second Year Students
Apply at the start of the second year. Deadline: September 1 2017.
From joining my professor at his home to use his personal printing press to seeing firsthand the landmarks that inspired J.R.R. Tolkein in Oxfordshire, Honors Carolina has brought me unique experiences that have indelibly shaped my UNC experience.
English & Economics Double Major