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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: COAD 1000 has been really good in helping me to adjust to college life. I think all new students should take it during their first semester at ECU because it's pretty much like a semester-long orientation session, and all the information means more than it does during summer orientation because we're actually on campus and can see the practical use of all the information that is presented. During summer orientation, most of it didn't make any sense yet because I had just graduated from high school. Some of the students I met at orientation hadn't graduated yet. Now, I know I need the information they tell us in the class. Not everyone in there thinks they do, but I've been paying attention.

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Academics: Some people just aren't ready for college. I just can't believe that there are so many students out there who don't understand that going to class and doing homework is something college students are supposed to do to make it worth the money to even be here. Some people, like my roommate, just need to grow up and realize that they need to work if they want to stay here for their second year of college. If more first-year students would figure that out, then the return rates would be higher and their academic experience would be better. I guess some people just need to go work a really low-paying menial job for a year or two, and then maybe they can appreciate the great opportunity college is.

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Academics: Classes should be fun. By `fun,' I mean that students should enjoy the content of their major-area classes. If they don't, then they may need to reconsider their major. What's the point of self-torture in college classes? Once people graduate, it's not like the profession would be any more fun than the classes. Students, especially freshmen, shouldn't worry about being undecided when they come to college. I changed my major a couple of times, and I have a friend who's changed hers five times. Yes, five times, for real. Students generally have about two years of classes to take before they get into all major classes, so that's two years to enjoy the general classes and shop around for what's most enjoyable and interesting. I found out in my first semester that I didn't want to do what I thought I wanted to do. My advisor suggested that I go to the Career Center. I did, and they gave me some interest questionnaires that helped direct me to my current major.

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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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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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Health & Safety: It seems to me that larceny might be the biggest security problem at ECU, but it's kind of hard not to expect that when people leave their wallets in unlocked lockers at the Rec and walk away, or when they leave their room doors open in the dorms when they go to the bathroom and their laptops disappear.

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Health & Safety: Personally, I've never had to deal with the ECU Police when I was in trouble. I'm a good boy. But, seriously, I've had some interaction with the police, but it's been when I was working with organization events, and they were all really nice, only because there wasn't anything illegal going on.

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Health & Safety: Most of those alerts we get are about stuff that happened in the middle of the night, usually around 2 a.m. or a little after. That seems to tell me that that's a good time to get robbed and assaulted. That also seems to tell me that people should not walk by themselves after leaving bars and parties. Students always need to walk in groups and watch out for their friends so they don't get date raped or something bad like that.

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Health & Safety: I'm happy about the cameras on the buses. I haven't ever had trouble with anyone on the bus, but I can see how the drunk bus at night might need them. I'd love to see that.

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Computers: Students should probably have their own computer if they want to avoid conflicts because of their roommates. Sharing computers and trying to coordinate who uses it and when can lead to a lot of awkward situations with a roommate.

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Computers: The computer network on campus is excellent, and I've never had any problems with it. The computer labs, however, are sometimes crowded, and some have limits on how many pages you can print. I would strongly suggest bringing your own computer and keeping up-to-date virus and spyware protection on it.

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Computers: My roommate my first semester couldn't type, but I got him into instant messaging, and then he could really type his papers by himself by the end of the semester.

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Computers: Everyone should learn to use Banner quickly, because it is an easy way to keep in touch with classmates. It is a good way to check final grades and to get links to news, movies, local weather, events calendars, and online radio. I really like being able to check my GPA and course schedules and to register for classes online.

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Computers: For students living in the residence halls, it's always nice to have your own computer for anytime access, even in your pajamas. Class registration is especially easy with your own computer if you have downloaded the correct program from Banner. There are several computer labs on campus, many of them open until midnight or 2 a.m., and one is even open 24 hours. There is no shortage of computer labs, but it is always nice to have your own.

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Computers: ECU's computer network is usually dependable, and all of the dorm rooms have Ethernet ports in the wall or in a conduit box attached to the wall in some of the older dorms. Wireless access is almost everywhere, too, even outside in a lot of places, especially the community areas like Mendenhall Student Center, Joyner Library, and the Wright Place. The wireless network does not seem as stable as the regular Ethernet one, but it seems like the tech people on campus are always working to improve everything and make ECU more wired.

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Computers: The ACE lab is really good about fixing computers and getting them back pretty quickly, unless they're busy. They help students who did not necessarily buy their computer at the campus bookstore. If a student has a problem with the computer, and they have illegal stuff like music and some downloading software on the computer, they need to make sure it's gone before they take it into the shop. It seems like that since we're the Pirates that we'd be able to pirate software and music as part of our everyday campus life, but it really sounds like they'll get people good if they find that stuff on their computers.

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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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