Meet Maria Mullis, the Winner of Our #uncfree Instagram Contest


“Freedom of speech for my inner rebel. Freedom of press for my inner journalist.” — Maria Mullis, UNC ’17

UNC student Maria Mullis is the winner of the 2015 #uncfree Instagram Contest. The contest was part of Carolina’s seventh-annual First Amendment Day celebration, which is designed to both celebrate the First Amendment and explore its role in the lives of Carolina students. Anyone who filled out an “I believe in the First Amendment because…” mini poster, took a picture with/of the poster, and posted it to Instagram with the hashtag #uncfree on First Amendment Day was eligible to win. 

Maria posted, “I believe in the First Amendment because… Freedom of speech for my inner rebel. Freedom of press for my inner journalist.”  Her winning photo and caption earned her a First Amendment Day t-shirt, a $20 Starbucks gift card, and a chance for her quote to be featured on next year’s First Amendment Day t-shirt.  

Maria is a junior from Norwood, N.C., double majoring in public relations and political science. She has always been interested in politics, and coming to UNC has developed her interest in public relations. For her, the two majors mesh well and combine both her interests and ideal career options. After UNC, Mullis would like to attend law school. She is interested in the prospect of doing a dual-degree program. Mullis is still deciding which area of law she is interested in, but is considering media law, entertainment law, and constitutional law.

First Amendment Day is organized by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. The center is a collaboration between the School of Media and Journalism and the School of Law. Generous funding for the day’s events is provided by Time Warner Cable.

Congratulations, Maria! 

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