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Pursuing passions

“I’m a first-generation college student, and college was definitely in the plans because my mom knew the importance of education.”

“I’m a first-generation college student, and college was definitely in the plans because my mom knew the importance of education.”

Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism – its summer opportunities, its programs and even its alumni – brought Hanna Wondmagegn ’21 to Chapel Hill. “I’m a first-generation college student, and college was definitely in the plans because my mom knew the importance of education,” Hanna said. “My high school journalism teacher recommended that I look into UNC because he was an alumnus.” Receiving the Carolina Covenant Scholarship and the Johnston Scholarship sealed the deal.

When she first arrived on campus, she considered becoming a war correspondent telling the stories of how women maintain daily life during and after war. But she has also become interested in stories about food. “I’m interested in doing multimedia storytelling documentaries, or photo stories around the world,” she said.

Overall, she said she was extremely grateful for both scholarship programs. “Without them, I still would most likely have come to Carolina but I would have not been in the best place financially. Also, if my family was helping pay for me to attend college and I was taking out loans, I know that I wouldn’t be taking more risks in my degree and career. So for that, thank you.”

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