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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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Learn about alternative ways to earn Honors Carolina course credit.
Blake M. Hauser, a fourth year Carolina student from Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at
Three Honors Carolina students have been awarded Weir Fellowships for Asian Studies. Christopher Burriss ’18, Olivia Holder ’18, and Emily Rose ’18 will spend the spring semester in Beijing studying Mandarin, then complete a summer internship in Beijing or Shanghai. The Weir Fellowship was established
Larry Han, a senior biostatistics major from Raleigh, and Max Seunik, a 2015 Carolina graduate of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, were named to the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars. It is an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by
James Williams is the 17th UNC student awarded a Marshall Scholarship, an award that provides graduate students the opportunity to study for two years in the United Kingdom. The Honors Carolina senior from North Andover, Massachusetts was one of 40
Jeffrey A. Bader, a former advisor to President Obama on Asia, will deliver the keynote address during the celebration of the Weir Fellowship’s 10th anniversary. Bader will discuss where China is headed and how the U.S. should respond in a
Brennan Lewis, a first year Honors Carolina student and Froelich Fellow, has been awarded a Peace First Prize by a national nonprofit dedicated to creating the next generation of peacemakers. Lewis is one of five students nationwide to receive the prize,
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 22.
Second Year Students
Apply at the start of the second year. Deadline: September 2.
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