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Student Profiles

When you join the Honors Carolina community, you will join students who work hard, play hard, and dream big. Meet a few of them:

Rachel Brown ’14

Major: Biology with a Minor in Chemistry (Pre-Med Track)

Hometown: Orange Park, Florida

Activities: Club Volleyball. Honors Carolina Executive Board. Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Junior Panhellenic Council. First Year Fellows. UNC Dance Marathon. UNC Relay for Life.

“UNC has enabled me to follow my passions — and figure out what those passions are — in ways that I know I wouldn’t have found at other universities.”

Becca Jordan ’16

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Burlington, NC

“Honors Carolina provides the benefits of endless opportunities a big school offers, as well as the perks of community from a small school. From painting up for a basketball game with over 22,000 fans to cheer on UNC versus Duke, to discussing books with classmates around the dinner table at your professor’s home, the most rewarding part of Honors Carolina is that it makes a big school small when it’s most important, during your education.”

Zan Lowe-Skillern ’14

Major: Applied Sciences

Hometown: Durham, NC

Activities: Club Gymnastics. Swing Dance Club. Boxing Club. Mixed Martial Arts Club. Carolina Hispanic Association.

“I remember the panic at the first class registration session – everyone was freaking out over going from zero classes to a complete and interesting schedule. And I remember the relief I felt at knowing I was already enrolled in two fascinating, small honors classes that I had calmly chosen weeks beforehand.”

Christine Nam ’17

Major: Biology. Minors in Chemistry and Spanish.

Hometown: Cary, NC

Activities: Student Government (Academic Affairs/Public Service and Advocacy Committee). Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society. Undergraduate research.

“Through Honors Carolina, I was able to go to London the summer before my freshman year, which was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. I met some of my best friends on that trip and realized that this program offers so many amazing opportunities while providing the feeling of a smaller community within the large campus.”

Emily Rhyne ’15

Major: Photojournalism and Political Science. Minor in Social and Economic Justice.

Hometown: Wilson, NC

Activities: Co-chair for the Dance Marathon Corporate Marketing Committee. Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Carolina for Amani.

“The great thing about Honors Carolina is that it pushes you to become more invested at Carolina, which in turn spills over into involvement outside the classroom.”

Ashley Rivenbark ’14

Major: Spanish and Chinese

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

“Through Honors Carolina and the Weir Fellowship in Asian Studies, I spent four months in Beijing immersed in an exhilarating Chinese language instruction program, followed by two months interning with an NGO committed to promoting individual and community growth among migrant workers using interactive theater.”

Courtney Sanford ’14

Major: Biostatistics. Minor in Public Health.

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Activities: Chancellor’s Student Innovation Team. MANO volunteer. Honors Student Executive Board. APPLES Service Learning Initiative. Cornerstone (Campus Crusade for Christ). Public Service Scholars.

“Being part of Honors Carolina has been one of my most valuable college experiences because it helps give me a home on this huge, beautiful campus. It offers such diverse opportunities to connect with other students and faculty in a personal way through the  classes, special events, and exclusive discussions with authors and journalists.”

A Community of Campus Leaders

Honors Carolina students lead the way  in all aspects of the Carolina community. Whether it is heading social justice initiatives for the Campus Y, reporting for The Daily Tar Heel, starting a new campus organization, or playing on an NCAA championship women’s soccer team, Honors Carolina students pursue their passions across campus. If you like to lead, consider some of the places where Honors Carolina students have already been making their mark:

  • Advocates for Human Rights
  • APPLES Service Learning Initiative
  • Best Buddies
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Black Ink
  • Campus Y
  • Carolina Dreams
  • Carolina Hispanic Association
  • Catalyst Conference
  • Chancellor’s Student Innovation Team
  • Club Sports
  • Connected Learning Program
  • Cornerstone (Campus Crusade for Christ)
  • The Daily Tar Heel
  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Court
  • Leadership Institute
  • NC Fellows
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Project Literacy
  • Public Service Scholars
  • Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor
  • Student Government
  • Swing Dance Club
  • Surf Club
  • Tar Heel Athletic Teams
  • UNC Dance Marathon
  • UNC Relay for Life
  • UNC Roosevelt Institute
  • Undergraduate Finance Club
  • WXYC Radio