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The following communication was shared with undergraduate students on Dec. 2, 2020.


Dear Carolina Undergraduates,

Now that Spring 2021 Course Registration has commenced, we encourage you to consider the following tips to optimize your Spring Experience at Carolina:

1. Contact Academic Advising: If you need guidance throughout the enrollment process, we recommend visiting the Academic Advising Website. You can make an appointment or enter the queue to meet virtually with an advisor.

2. Review the NEW Modes of Instruction: As previously noted, the modes of instruction for the Spring of 2021 will look different than they did in the Fall. Improve your schedule by picking modalities that match your preferred learning style. A detailed breakdown of the new modes can be found here.

3. Consider Carolina Away: Discover new fields and connect with faculty through the Opportunities Curriculum offered by Carolina Away. You may also consider joining the social hub hosted by the Carolina Away ambassadors.

4. Utilize the All-New “Class Features” Tool: This year we’ve asked faculty to provide additional information on course components, policies and required materials in ConnectCarolina so you know more when you enroll. This means that you may have access to draft syllabi, frequently asked questions, or other helpful documents before FDOC! Instructors have been asked to enter this information before registration but have until January 25th to update content if necessary.

5. Visit the Learning Center: As you plan for Spring 2021, we recommend making note of a tremendous resource here at Carolina: the Learning Center. There you can improve your academic skills and/or grades, get better at managing time, get questions about learning disabilities answered, and learn strategies to apply your strengths!

6. Activate Your Routine: If possible, we encourage you to find safe ways to mix up your daily schedule through an in-person or on-campus experience. For students returning to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area in the spring, this may include utilizing programs and services offered by Campus Recreation or an in-person class. Note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this may not be appropriate for all students.

7. Be Engaged: Visit HeelLife to start planning your involvement with campus activities, which include virtual and safe in-person opportunities. Whether you’ll be studying in person or remotely, the office of Student Life and Leadership and hundreds of Carolina’s Registered Student Organizations have countless opportunities for you!

Most importantly, as you begin planning your spring, be well. You have just endured one of the most stressful semesters imaginable.  A great many students have reported that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, violence towards BIPOC members of our community, and a remarkably contentious election season has left many students struggling to feel connected or remain focused.  Please take time to rest and attend to your mental health. We highly recommend reading Professor Mitch Prinstein’s message about caring for yourself during this period. You can access that here.

If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, help is available. Visit the Healthy Heels blog for tips and tools for coping through the continuum of your daily stress. In addition, we encourage you to contact the Office of the Dean of StudentsCounseling and Psychological Services or Student Wellness.

All best wishes for a relaxing holiday time,
Abigail Panter
Senior Associate Dean on behalf of the Spring 2021 Academic Planning Team

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