She was cheering in Kenan Stadium that day. On that day, it was just paint. But if anyone gave her an eyebrow raise or a scoff for her outfit, she didn’t care.
“I liked being different,” she said.
Koszeghy had no intent of going to college. Her life in Tampa, Florida was defined by dancing.
When she was 12, she switched to homeschooling. Her parents, John and Kelly, taught their only child in the house so she had more time to do what she loved. She danced for seven hours a day, six days a week.
The training turned more serious as she got older, and she took private ballet lessons in Tampa for a year and a half after graduating.
But the years dance in tight shoes caught up to her in the form of osteophytes, often known as bone spurs.
The name of the injury itself is cringe-worthy. And with those bone spurs also came chronic pain and infections.
“I was like, ‘Well, what now?” Koszeghy said.
The answer was Tampa’s Hillsborough Community College. Dancing was still a part of her life, but it was no longer her sole focus.
She found a summer job teaching dance in North Carolina. The state enthralled her — a change in scenery with a similar climate to Florida The applications began.
“It was totally random,” she said. “I didn’t know a single thing about UNC.”
N.C. State denied Koszeghy, but UNC accepted her. Using her community college credit hours, she enrolled as a sophomore in 2014.
She’d never seen the campus. Koszeghy’s first steps on UNC tripping-hazard bricks were on her first day of summer class.
Back then, she was the girl that people know of now — bubbly and goofy, with a say-hello-to-a-stranger-and-start-a-conversation vibe.
“A very genuine person,” sophomore Payton Walker said. She’s one of Koszeghy’s closest friends. “Just happy and excited to live.”
But in this period of her…