John Bradberry | Charlotte NC: UNC 2015-2016 Athletics Achievements

John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC: 2015-2016 The Year That Was for the Tar Heels

Hi, everyone! John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC here. If this is your first time to visit, welcome! I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, taking up Sociology. This blog site is dedicated to all things UNC; from sports to academics, and life on campus. I am proud to be a Tar Heel and even prouder of the achievements of our sports teams. 2015-2016 was a winning year for the Tar Heels; our teams won season and division titles, and even scored NCAA championships! Join me as I take a look back at the year that was for the Tar Heels.

First off, congratulations are in order for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Both teams won their respective NCAA Championships on consecutive days! It was definitely the best way to cap off the four-day event in Philadelphia. For me, the special moments that were thankfully captured on video were the times when I could see the men’s team cheering on the women’s team and vice versa. This show of support is reflective of the true Tar Heel spirit. Go Heels!

Winning the championship titles was particularly sweet for the men’s lacrosse team because the last time the team won an NCAA Championship title was in 1991. They beat the Maryland Terrapins, 14-13 in overtime. The women’s lacrosse team was also up against the Maryland Terps, and they proved to be the better team, beating the Terps 13-7.

Here’s a recap of the 2016 NCAA Championship games in men’s lacrosse:

  • UNC 10, Marquette 9
  • UNC 13, Notre Dame 9
  • UNC 18, Loyola (Md.) 13
  • UNC 14, Maryland 13 (OT)

For the women’s team:

  • UNC 15, Duke 10
  • UNC 10, Notre Dame 6
  • UNC 12, Penn State 11
  • UNC 13, Maryland 7

The men’s basketball team also had a lot to celebrate about, having won their 30th ACC regular-season title, 18th ACC Tournament, and advanced to the Final Four the 19th time!

Other highlights from the past year include:

ACC champions in field hockey

ACC Coastal Division title in football (with a perfect 8-0 record)

Placed 3rd at the ACC Championship in men’s swimming

ITA National Indoor Championship title in men’s tennis (the first time in school history)

ACC Championship in women’s tennis, naming Hayley Carter as ACC Player of the Year

Academic Achievements

UNC’s student-athletes also displayed their excellence in academics with a record-high 3.0 GPA, and the university’s highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 987 in the APR’s 12-year history.

On top of these, the students made sure to contribute to the community. They performed a total of 4,260 hours in community service.

All in all, it was an excellent year for the Tar Heels. And I’m sure that given their performance in academics and athletics performance, this year promises to be another winning year for the Tar Heels.

Did these achievements inspire you to pursue your undergraduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill? I encourage you to browse through the site to read my posts on applying for college. This is John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC. I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!


John Bradberry | Charlotte NC: 4 Tar Heels Receive ACC Postgraduate Honors

John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC: UNC Student-Athletes Receive ACC Postgraduate Honors

The Tar Heels have once again shown why we are a cut above the rest! The ACC just announced the recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate honors and naturally, our very own student-athletes were part of the elite list of recipients! Hi, all! This is John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC. The recent announcement of the ACC postgraduate honors is a proud moment for all of us Tar Heels. This is just one of those occasions that make me feel so proud and honored to be part of this prestigious and premier university.

Four UNC Senior Athletes Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Awards Honorees

This year, four of UNC’s student-athletes received the ACC postgraduate honors; three from the women’s teams and one from the men’s. They were chosen based on their academic and athletic performance, as well as their exemplary conduct in the community.

1. Emma Bozek (Field Hockey) completed her undergraduate studies in Business Administration in December. Graduating with distinction, she has consistently received the ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition (each year at UNC), and she is also a member of the Honors Carolina program. Her athletic accomplishments include the following:

  • All-ACC honors in her senior year
  • Second-team All-America honors also in her senior year
  • Led the Tar Heels to an eighth-straight Final Four
  • Helped the Tar Heels earn a post in the NCAA Championship game
  • Received the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016 for Field Hockey

2. Hayley Carter (Women’s Tennis) is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Economics. She holds the distinction of being one of the most awarded student-athletes in UNC history, earning the All-America honors recognition five times during her first three years in university. Among her other athletic accomplishments are the following:

  • Ranked No. 2 nationally in singles on her junior year
  • Ranked No. 3 nationally in doubles (together with Whitney Kay) in her junior year
  • No. 1 seed in singles and doubles at the NCAA Championships
  • 2016 ACC Player of the Year
  • 2016 ACC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Holds the distinction of being the first UNC athlete to hold both the No.1 rank in singles and doubles simultaneously

3. Sarah Howard (Women’s Track & Field) is presently working towards a double major degree in Biology and Religious Studies. She received the All-America honors distinction twice, finished 2nd place in the ACC, and 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in shot put. Her other accomplishments are:

  • Six-time All-ACC Academic honors
  • Three-time NCAA Championship competitor
  • Three-time qualifier at the NCAA East Preliminary Round
  • gained 4 wins during the shot put outdoor season
  • USTFCCCA Academic All-American

4. Ronnie Schneider (Men’s Tennis) is scheduled to graduate this year. A Business Administration senior, he was named team captain twice. He started his freshman year on a strong note, earning the first-team All-ACC distinction. He has also accomplished the following:

  • Consistently played in the top 3 rankings; No. 2 at 15-4, No. 1 at 5-1, and No. 3 at 1-0
  • 2016 MVP at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship
  • All-America honors in singles
  • Three-time member of the All-ACC team
  • Two-time All-ACC Academic Team

The achievements of these four student-athletes is a strong testament of the university’s standard of excellence.

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John Bradberry | Charlotte NC: The Common App Essay Prompts

John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC: Writing Your College Application Essay

John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he is completing his bachelor’s in Sociology. Since publishing this blog, he has received numerous questions about how to write a college application essay that stands out—a well-written, thought-provoking and unforgettable essay. In this post, he shares his tips for essay writing as well as essay prompts that applicants can use.

UNC Chapel Hill is a member of the Common Application (generally shortened to the Common App), an online portal that allows students to apply to colleges and universities for their undergraduate studies. When you’re ready to apply for UNC admission, you will be required to submit your application through the Common Application site.

The Common App Essay Prompts

Every year, the Common App releases essay prompts that can help students find a direction they can take in terms of writing their personal story for their college application essay. The prompts are not meant to dictate the specifics of the essay but rather to give the students ideas for inspiration.

For the year 2017-2018, there are seven prompts that you can refer to. To give you an idea of what these prompts are, the general direction of some of these are as follows:

1. Write about your background story, interests, identity, or talents. If you strongly believe that a meaningful essay that talks about your personal story on any one of these topics will complete your application, you should go ahead and talk about it.

2. Write about the lessons you learned from an obstacle, challenge, failure or setback. Think along the lines of how this impacted your life and how you managed to overcome it.

3. Write about a belief or strongly cemented ideals or norms that challenged your thinking and what you did about it. Make sure to mention the results of your actions.

These are but three of the prompts. You can also write about a personal topic not mentioned in the prompts. The important thing to remember here is to write about something you feel so strongly about—something that reveals your personality; your strengths, most especially.

To view the full list, John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC encourages you to visit the Common App site.

Essay Writing Tips

One of the most important tips that I can give you is this: write from your heart. It’s your personal story; who you are, in a sense, and you can only reveal the lessons and insights, or your strengths when you write from your core.

Another tip that I’d like to share with you is to do away with idiomatic expressions, one-liners, or even jokes (what you may think funny may not come across as such to the admissions staff). Use simple words and write in short sentences as much as possible.

Finally, write your essay as early as possible. This gives you plenty of time to revise, edit, and proofread. And also, ask someone you trust to go over the essay. Be sure to keep an open mind when given an opinion or correction about your essay. Your goal is to submit a well-written and thought-provoking essay so any help you could get would be to your advantage.

Have you started on your essay yet? If you’d like to share it with me, John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC, please leave me a message below. I’d be more than happy to go over it for you.


John Bradberry | Charlotte NC: Katie Bailiff ACC Player of the Week

John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC: UNC Softball’s Victorious Opening Week

While John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC is a huge basketball fan, he is first and foremost, a Tar Heels fan, so whether it’s basketball, football, or softball, he’s there cheering his team at every game. With UNC softball’s fantastic opening week, he couldn’t help but talk about Katie Bailiff, the player that stood out for all the right reasons. So for this post, he highlights Katie Bailiff’s performance during the opening week, which garnered for her the coveted ACC Player of the Week.


Anyone who watched the games on opening week will be quick to point out the remarkable performance of sophomore catcher Katie Bailiff out on the field. The girl was simply on fire! And the ACC couldn’t agree more. They awarded her the ACC Player of the Week title after her stellar performance. Incidentally, Katie Bailiff is the first Tar Heel to receive the title for this current season. Check out her stats on opening week:

  • 8-13 with four doubles
  • 10 RBIs
  • Slugging percentage of 1.385
  • 2 home runs

If she keeps playing this way, she’ll definitely finish her career at the university on a high note; and with two more years to go, I’m seeing that her first career conference title will be followed by several more.

The Tar Heels scored a 6-2 victory over Elon, and then again an 8-7 victory against Ohio State University’s Buckeyes. The game against the Buckeyes was particularly heart-pounding as the Buckeyes managed to tie the score at the beginning of the seventh; but thanks to Bailiff’s walk-off RBI double to right, the Tar Heels walked off with an 8-7 victory!

And UNC softball head coach Donna J. Papa couldn’t be prouder of her ward. During a post-conference interview, the head coach was beaming with pride as she talked about Katie Bailiff, saying that the player had a “monster week” and she showed “great composure at the plate.”

As I write this post, the Tar Heels are going head-to-head against long-time rival, South Carolina. Here’s hoping that Katie Bailiff will continue her winning streak and lead the team to victory once more.

I will share with you my thoughts about the game in the coming days so please watch out for my post! I’m hoping to write another victorious post about it so let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Just a little recap on the UNC and USC rivalry: USC has dominated UNC for many years and during the last two seasons at Columbia, the USC showed its dominance once again, defeating UNC. In UNC’s defense, they did manage to score a victory over USC in 2012 when UNC had home court advantage. When you look back at all the games between these rival schools, the pattern seems to be that the UNC is more likely to win whenever they have home court advantage.

Incidentally, the game now between UNC and USC is at Anderson Stadium, so we’re most likely looking at a UNC victory.

For more posts on UNC sports from John Bradberry of Charlotte, NC, please stay tuned to this page.