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Green Grad

Gastonia, NC

#21 Nov 26, 2013
I got my master's at UNCC. It was a great experience. I found my classes to be rigorous , relevant, and preparatory. My profs were top notch. I always enjoyed being on campus and never felt unsafe ( I commuted). Of course you have to be wise about surroundings. Don't know anything about dorm life, but I would not hesitate to go back. Love the campus.

Monroe, NC

#22 Dec 1, 2013
I do not know how often and how many people read this forum. For parents of students, whether in town or out of town, if you haven't put the fear of GOD or safety in your sons and daughters by now, know this, when they leave your nest, sometimes they take that as a release to fly. Now I want my own child to fly, but I can assure you, my own child was raised to think, know their surroundings, and not be stupid. Yes I said stupid. You can be a genius and be stupid. If your child lives on campus with a roommate for example, a door stop, a rubber wedge to keep people out of your room, most travelers know what you some time to at least call 911. Also, know your child. If there is a medical history in your family of any mental defect or disorder, please make sure that student or future student gets some mental health treatment. My child and I are both OCD. As I raised by a Grandfather who taught me how to use it as a gift, I can assure you I implemented an enhanced method of bettering my child's life without pills, not to say all who are OCD don't need meds, just saying, the shame involved in not facing what you may consider a public failure or embarrassment may be the difference in your child either being a victim or a suspect. Your child on campus or in life stands a better chance if you realize common sense starts at home. If you didn't do your job, it is never too late to do so now. Show your student, son or daughter, how much you really love them and just say, your friend may bring a stranger home. Definition of a stranger is anyone who would do your son or daughter harm. I have run into many roommates, since my child is back getting his second degree, and onward to MCATS and etc. We don't keep secrets. We call an Ace and Ace. I don't play games with people, let alone my only child. We meet at least twice a week, to go over the week, discuss where they are at in school, yes, their love life or lack of, their friends (IS A MUST), and any habits you need to readdress. Again, I am working on plans to make UNCC safer. I am not one to panic without thinking, what if you get that call? There is time to panic later. Have your child's latest picture, DNA, dental records, and if they love you as much as you love them, monitor their blasted cell phones, make sure they include a GPS, and again on their vehicles, and let them know...survive the crime first, and then call 911, then your next call better be me. I have a lot to say that would help all of you. I am not going to hold it against the school for getting a Football stadium and team, YET. The jury is still out on that. I prefer the baseball team. A doorstop and a simple journal that you can access, and trust. I never invade my child's privacy. When I do, they know why and thank me for doing so. A proactive parent equals a safer child, and a proactive adult, future leader in their chosen field and community. UNCC did outgrow their britches so to speak, and there are a lot of issues, which do cover student safety and tons more. Let me know if it is worth leaving my pearls of wisdom here or not. I am not here to bash another parent. I will only check in to see if anyone reads these things. Take care and seriously you can love your child, student, away from the home, but they are no longer in High School. If they are immature, isn't it time you clue them in?
PS...not fond of the 450 bucks parking permit, not fond of the fees, that I know is paying for the now you would think they would know that they shouldn't get greedy, and concentrate on recruiting the best football, basketball, etc player.

Monroe, NC

#23 Dec 1, 2013
Green Grad wrote:
I got my master's at UNCC. It was a great experience. I found my classes to be rigorous , relevant, and preparatory. My profs were top notch. I always enjoyed being on campus and never felt unsafe ( I commuted). Of course you have to be wise about surroundings. Don't know anything about dorm life, but I would not hesitate to go back. Love the campus.
Hi Green Grad!!!
I am back getting mine as well, so parent and child on campus at the same time!! I used to live in Gastonia and work in Dallas. An experience is only as good as you make it. I, myself, have had the best professors, not fond of the rental fees on books, so I download now. Oh, and I used to commute to UNCC back in the from Gastonia, so heck of a drive my friend!!! Best of luck to, I don't believe in luck....Great JOB!!! Best wishes to you and your lucky employer!! Hurry on back, my dear Green Grad!!

Monroe, NC

#24 Dec 1, 2013
Leslie Stahlberger wrote:
I am having second thoughts about two things: sending my kid to University of north Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and letting them live anywhere near the campus. What I have discovered has me quite concerned. There are thugs ON CAMPUS as well as off campus. There have been a LOT of murders in the area during the past year.
I came across this website and got REALLY scared:
These are all taken from news sources, so I am inclined to believe them.
Isn't the city concerned about the problem? I almost died when I read about that poor Yarmalenko girl. That was a few years ago, but there have been many many other murders right near the campus. Isn't anyone doing something about the problem. The robberies, stabbings and other things seem to happen daily.
Am I over reacting?
HI Leslie,
I for one don't watch the news. I cannot stand to see an anchor go from happy, drop that smile, and act stoic when they report bad news. I will watch channel 14, the local TWC news channel to get abreast of things locally. I do not trust the media. They strive for attention and numbers so that their bills get paid by their commercial sponsors. Charlotte used to be the murder capital of this country. It has gotten safer but let's face it, it could be a lot worse. If you will read my posts you will find that this is not my first rodeo, in Charlotte, nor on campus. Let me know if you get this.

Monroe, NC

#25 Dec 1, 2013
RBLD wrote:
I worked and lived in University City area for fifteen years until we moved last year. The apologists for Charlotte University City either work for the police, the mayor's office, the city council, or the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, or the live under a rock and don't read the news.
UNCC University City is a cesspool of crime.
If the campus security is so hot, why were there two rapes in the girls' dorms and one in a classroom building last year? Google Charlotte University City Crime and see how bad it is.
My wife and I moved, but my son stayed. In the fall, we're pulling him out of that hell hole. Sure the engineering department is great, and the campus is spacious and beautiful, but the surrounding area is crime ridden. Classes in almost every
undergraduate subject are overcrowded, and the tuition increases every year to pay for the expansion of the athletics department and the football stadium that won't even hold the entire student body.(Everyone pays a student activity fee, but not everyone can get in to watch a basketball game. I can imaginme what it'll be like during football season next year).
Sorry. A beautiful campus and new buildings does not a university make.
I agree with you on almost everything 200 percent. I hope you let your student graduate at least. There are solutions. I believe in being active in my community, and Charlotte Mecklenburg is my current community. As long as the fees drop, since the first year of the football team has been successful, and they should be making some of THEIR money back, hopefully, since most students who actually were on the committee for the stadium, have not yet been to a game, because there are not enough tickets, let alone do they get a special discount if they work at the school. Their recruitment process for the first year did apparently pay off, but current and future students, and their families should not have to pay for it.

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