WE BEAT DUKE. That’s definitely the most important news of the month. The UNC (aka. Carolina) and Duke rivalry is one of the most intense rivalries when it comes to college sports in the USA, especially in Men’s Basketball. The game was scheduled to take place at the beginning of February but had to be postponed because the Duke team was unable to come to Chapel Hill for the game. Some people say they were scared but I’m not going to comment on this. I didn’t get tickets to watch the game life so instead I went to a bar on Franklin Street (downtown Chapel Hill) with some other exchange students. The first half looked really bad for Carolina but they turned the game around in the last 5 minutes and in the end we won 74-66. The game was followed by another highlight: Rushing Franklin Street; a long established tradition at UNC after winning a Carolina-Duke Basketball Game. Everybody ran to Franklin Street and the crowd was crazy with joy.
I also really enjoyed our Handball tournament this months but unfortunately I wasn’t able to play at my full strength because I had twisted my ankle a few days before the tournament. Luckily UNC has a very great support system for students participating in club sports and athletic trainers on-site so that I got treated immediately and am currently doing rehabilitation exercises to strengthen my ankle.
We’ve had a few very nice days this month with temperatures up to 18°C but we also had massive amounts of snow (in North Carolina terms at least). The university was even closed for 2.5 days, busses weren’t running anymore and many businesses were closed during those days. My friends and I did what pretty much any student did: Play in the snow like we were children again!
February has also been the busiest month in terms of uni-work at UNC so far. I had several deadlines every week, four midterms, wrote two essays and took part in a life-negotiation exercise, which was part of my final grade for my Negotiation class. What’s keeping my spirits up at the moment is the thought of spring break: 8 days in the sun with two other exchange students from England starting this Thursday (March 6th)!