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Greenville, NC
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18,317
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$19,683 ($5,869)
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Academics: I grew up in a teeny little town in North Carolina, and I always heard about Greenville and ECU. I ended up going to community college at home for a couple of years to save money, and now I'm here and I'm so happy to be in Greenville. Finally, I'm a Pirate, and I love my professors and my classes and my classmates so much! As for my input on academics at ECU, it takes less time to actually do the assigned work than it does to think up ways to avoid doing the work or to make up excuses about why the work didn't get done by the due date.

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Local Atmosphere: Greenville is better than my hometown. For such a small town, the traffic is really bad here, but really just when students are in town. It's great in the summers when the students aren't driving so crazy everywhere.

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Local Atmosphere: Greenville is a cool place near the North Carolina beaches and other colleges in the Triangle and Wilmington. There are a lot of things to do in town, such as volunteer work, concerts, art galleries, dances, and athletic events, if students take time to find out about them. Students will be happier if they spend some time finding out what there is to do on campus and in the town as soon as possible.

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Local Atmosphere: Greenville is a great place to be on football weekends and at Halloween when people travel from other places to attend the games and to party. Tailgating is a big event before football games, and it seems like the ECU administration is really starting to work with Greenville to make this a better place for students. They are trying to curb what really seems like out-of-control alcohol use among students and to make Greenville and campus a safer place at any hour of the day or night.

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Local Atmosphere: I heard about the Greenville Ulster Project and hope that I can work with it next year. I read that Greenville is the only North Carolina site for Protestant and Catholic teens from Northern Ireland to work together on projects and to have fun together. ECU students are encouraged to work with the project, so I plan to volunteer for next summer.

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Local Atmosphere: Greenville is very much a college-centered town, so everything revolves around the University, and the students make up one-third of the population in Greenville. The beach is about two hours away, and the Raleigh/Durham area is close as well. The town can get boring, but weekends are perfect for trips to the beach.

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Local Atmosphere: It seems like a lot of new students don't really see Greenville for what it is-a really nice place that isn't too big and isn't too small and isn't too far away from the bigger places. Most of the people who don't like it here haven't really tried to find things to do other than stuff on campus and downtown, and that gets old really fast. There are college students living all over town, and there are cool restaurants spread out everywhere, so it takes a bit of driving or bus-riding, but there is stuff to do beyond the borders of campus.

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Local Atmosphere: Greenville really needs to have more live music. There's some here, but there really needs to be more. The older clubs that had it have closed, and the Folk Arts Society of Greenville occasionally has concerts, and there's that RA Fountain place, but that's about half an hour away.

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Local Atmosphere: Greenville actually has fun stuff to do if you're willing to find it. Look online and ask people.

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Local Atmosphere: I'm from Greenville, and I really miss the putt-putt place that used to be out past Hastings Ford. The one at the Fun Park is okay, but the holes aren't that challenging. Let's have more putt-putt!

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Local Atmosphere: For people who love the outdoors, there's quite a lot to do in Greenville and in the surrounding areas for people who are willing to travel a bit. There's kayaking and canoeing and camping and fishing! Eastern North Carolina is beautiful.

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Local Atmosphere: The Greenville community seems really receptive to college students who are into volunteering. There are so many places that want student volunteers, and that's great since we're supposed to do community service for our resumes and stuff. I even heard, when a representative from the Volunteer and Service Learning Center talked to one of my health classes, that last fall more than 8,000 students participated in some type of volunteer work and that, since ECU has 125 volunteer programs, it is among the highest in the nation.

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Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of dance opportunities in Greenville. Of course there's the stuff at the clubs, but that's not really like real dancing, not like ballroom and salsa dancing. There's even swing and contra dancing down at that Willis Building too, along with the salsa and ballroom stuff.

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Local Atmosphere: Hendrix, the theater on campus, does an okay job of showing independent films, but there's nowhere else to see big-screen indies. That old Park Theater downtown really needs to open as a classic movie house that would show indies, too. That'd be so awesome. Then my friends and I wouldn't have to drive 80 miles or more to Raleigh and Durham to see them. We usually get our international and independent films from Joyner Library and from the video rental places in town, which is okay, but it would be really cool to be able to see them on the big screen.

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Local Atmosphere: One of my favorite things to do in Greenville is drive across the river and go to Riverpark North. I heard it was pretty badly damaged back during the Hurricane Floyd flooding, but it's really cool. They have an exhibit area, but it's really great just to go out there and fish and walk around in the woods. It's a peaceful place to kayak, too.

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Health & Safety: When I lived on campus, people could go in and out of the `secure' dorms without keys and did so constantly even though it wasn't supposed to be allowed.

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Health & Safety: ECU has an entire department dedicated to safety and security. They provide seminars and self-defense classes, and Student Transit has Safe Ride vehicles for nighttime transportation around campus. I feel completely safe at ECU. Resident advisors can also give students tips about how to stay safe on campus.

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Health & Safety: Don't use the ATM machines downtown at night, because if you do, you'll probably get assaulted or robbed.

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Health & Safety: Don't walk alone after dark off campus, and it's probably a good idea to walk with a group whenever possible.

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Health & Safety: My roommate freshman year would call me almost every Friday and Saturday morning, sometimes Sundays too, and not know where she was. She always let guys she didn't know buy her drinks downtown, and then she'd wake up by herself in their apartment somewhere the next morning and she'd want me to go pick her up. I would go get her and tell her it wasn't healthy for her, but she kept doing the same thing.

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Health & Safety: All the new security guards freak me out. They are always there when I come in the door at my dorm. It seems like most of them are men, too, which can be kind of creepy.

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Health & Safety: Why does `that guy' keep getting blamed for every crime that gets reported at or near ECU? The description in the alert e-mails and the pop-up alert messages on the computers always sound like the same guy. Anybody who's read those things knows that. It's great that campus and city police let students know about possible crime threats, but I think it's about time for someone else to start committing crimes; either that, or the ones who fit that description need to stop.

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Health & Safety: I'm not sure I would use safety and health services in the same sentence, unless it was to say that I don't feel that it would be good for my safety to get health services at ECU. The last time I went there, they tried to draw blood from me, but could not find my vein. They stabbed me in one arm, then the other, and then in the first one again before they found any blood. My friends got freaked out when they saw bandages on both arms and asked me if I'd tried to kill myself. No, I'd just gone to the health center.

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Health & Safety: Campus is a lot brighter now, and I don't feel unsafe at all when I'm walking back to my dorm from my night classes. There are usually other people out, too, but another thing that makes me feel safer is the self-defense class I took from a security officer during Sexual Assault Awareness Week. I hurt a guy in the class! I felt bad at first, but then I realized I'm more confident now.

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Health & Safety: I hate going to the health center because they always ask me if I'm pregnant or if I have an STD. It's not like everyone is promiscuous around here. They don't even know me, and that's what they ask. It doesn't matter what's wrong with me. That's what they think first. I don't want to go back there. I'm going to start going to a doctor's office where they won't automatically assume that I must be pregnant if I have a sore throat or the flu.

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Samantha Mandel
Hometown
Matthews, NC
Major
Biology
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The quality and enthusiasm of the professors who care about their students is what attracts and retains students who could have gone to larger and more prestigious schools. Greenville is quite charming and has such good local food that most skeptics love the area, or at least ECU, by the time they graduate. Although the campus police are friendly, ECU is quite strict, perhaps in an effort to downplay the “party school” reputation. The strictness, however, contributes to student safety and helps reduce the drug presence on campus. Alcohol is a problem for some students, and the clubs are tempting, but the counseling center can help students with their problems. ECU’s computer resources are excellent, and the athletic facilities are better than the teams’ records. ECU’s most enjoyable facilities are the green areas, especially because the weather here is so pleasant—crazy, but pleasant.

Whether living on or off campus, students should join organizations to maximize their college involvement and build leadership experience for their resume. With ECU’s diverse student population, new students can easily find an organization, Greek or non-Greek, that is for them. ECU is reputed to have one of the highest concentrations of pretty girls anywhere, and the guys are good-looking overall, too. The Southern hospitality creates a welcoming social atmosphere. ECU has been through sports losses and administrative shake-ups in the past, but some of the political damage seems to be getting straightened out. So, as usual, ECU students are optimistic. They will continue to be easy-going, yet serious and balanced, fun-loving learners.

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