The out of state student population at UNC represents just 18% of the student body. With such a small percentage of UNC students, sometimes Carolina can feel overwhelming to out of state students. Many North Carolina residents come to college knowing people, having friends, and making connections much faster than those who are out of state and most likely don’t know anyone. Kasey Golini, a Sophomore from Long Island, New York discusses the challenges of being an out of state student and how Carolina makes it worth it.

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Kasey says that in the beginning, she had a hard time adjusting to life at Carolina. She felt that everyone knew each other and felt like an outsider at her own college. She considered transferring, and even not coming to Carolina in the first place because she wanted to separate herself from an overwhelming family legacy.

However, the thing that makes Carolina worth it she says, is the people. Once you penetrate the initial barrier, she says you find people who are more than willing to branch outside of their friend groups from high school. Joining clubs helps a lot with this situation. Kasey is a part of Phi Mu, a sorority on campus. She says that without Phi Mu she wouldn’t have found some of her best friends. Additionally, Kasey plays IM sports at Carolina which gave her another great community to be a part of.

Watch the video below to hear more of what Kasey has to say!

Kasey now loves Carolina more than ever. Like most of out of state students, she had a hard time initially, but with all the opportunities that Carolina offers to get involved, she soon fount out how special Carolina really was. As an out of state student, it is necessary to branch out and utilize all that Carolina has to offer, as there is really no school like it in the country. Kasey feels grateful and excited to spend the rest of her college life here. Although it was difficult at first, she couldn’t imagine herself anywhere else. Her experience parallels a lot of other out of state students at Carolina. An initial transition is necessary, however once an out of state student becomes comfortable at Carolina they are a Tar Heel regardless of where they came from.