Ying Lin, president
Brent McKnight, vice president
The last three years at Carolina have been a wonderful and transformative experience for us as a class. In thinking about graduation, its easy to get caught up in networking, job searches, and finishing classes strong. However we want Carolina, and more specifically our senior class, to be more than a network, but rather a launching point built on community. To do that, we want to have a memorable senior year filled with fun, service, and giving back to the university. Like many of you, our goal is to bring everything we have loved about Carolina the last three years and incorporate it into our senior year! As cliche as it sounds, we think you can agree with us that we want 2016 to be our biggest year yet! #letsdoitB16
Senior week, filled with the Bell Tower Climb, a night at the Morehead Planetarium and last lecture, along with senior year events like bar and trivia nights have become staples of the Carolina senior year experience. We want to follow these traditions while also introducing new events such as Senior Day, a day-long event filled with games and activities to kick off the fall semester! Along with these big events, we will try to build relationships with restaurants and bars on Franklin Street so that we can have senior specific specials every other month to our favorite places in downtown Chapel Hill. Seniors will receive exclusive bracelets at the start of the year that will allow you access to all of 2016’s event.
Service is an integral part of the Carolina Way. We want our class to serve the school and surrounding community that has served us so well. Our goal is not only to “Work Hard, Play Hard,” but also to “Serve Hard.” We will focus on a service event every other month (rotating between social event months) that will aid UNC organizations that many of us are already involved in such as Dance Marathon, HOPE Gardens, and Tarheel Table. Additionally, we want to host a joy prom in the spring semester.
Leaving Carolina can be daunting and intimidating as you search for jobs, start paying taxes, and begin living more on your own. We want to create opportunities for seniors to network with each other, search for jobs, and learn how to budget effectively.
The senior gift campaign is a way for the senior class to give back to the university. Our goal is 50% class participation, asking all seniors to contribute $20.16 to the campaign.
The money raised through the senior campaign works to fund student awards, bring guest lecturers to campus, boost merit- and need-based scholarships, and much more. Seniors can designate how the money is spent, so that you can contribute to the part of the Carolina community that means the most to you. But regardless of where you contribute, our goal is to leave a lasting heelprint at UNC.