Freshman year gets mixed reviews: some people cannot wait for it to be over, so that they are no longer the lowest on the totem pole. Other people, like me, would stay freshmen forever, because who really wants to graduate anyway? Here are eight simple things to do your freshman year to ensure that you never want to leave:

1. Ride the P2P as many times as possible.
Even if you don’t have a destination, the P2P is ALWAYS a party.
2. Go to games other than basketball and football.
UNC-CH has a lot of good sports—try checking out soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and (my personal favorite) field hockey.
3. Get involved.
If a club or organization sounds even mildly interesting to you, give it a shot. The more organizations you join, the more people you are bound to meet.
4. Love basketball.
If you don’t already of course. I came to Chapel Hill having never watched a basketball game in its entirety. Now, if I miss the first five minutes of a game it is as if the world is ending.
5. Live on South Campus.
After all, it is the freshman experience.
6. Take a first-year seminar.
These classes are generally pretty easy and pretty interesting.
7. Hang out in the quad.
UNC-CH really feels like a community when the weather is warm and everyone is outside in the quad. Bring a Frisbee to play with or a blanket to sit on and just enjoy being in Chapel Hill.
8. RELAX.

By Rachel Scall