14 Reasons Why UNCW Is An Incredible School

14 Reasons Why UNCW Is An Incredible School

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When people hear the word "college" and "North Carolina" in the same sentence, schools like Duke University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill come to mind. Rarely do they think of the smaller North Carolina school located about a mile from the beach, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

UNCW is a school that flies under the radar in many aspects and is one that many people don't always think about when thinking about schools. There are many things that make UNCW amazing such as...

1. It's located near the beach.

There is nothing like getting out of class and heading to the beach to get some color or camping out on warmer nights. The sunrises and sunsets are incredible as well. Going to school on the beach is definitely something that adds to the college experience.

2. The class sizes

The student to faculty ratio at UNCW is 17:1 and over 60 percent of the classes have between 20-49 students while about 30 percent have under 20 students per class. This allows for a stronger relationship to develop between the student and professor. It also allows for an easier environment to learn because professors get to know you.

3. Our basketball team

We may not have a football team, but that doesn't mean we're not into sports. Most people don't know that we're a Division One sports school. Our basketball team just won their conference championship and are heading to NCAA March Madness! Go Seahawks!

4. Downtown Wilmington

Not only do we have the beach, but just a few miles from campus we have a wonderful area with shops and restaurants and clubs, it is also the home to many famous filming locations such as "We're the Millers" and "One Tree Hill." Getting dressed up and going downtown, whether it is for the day, for dinner, or a night out, is always a lot of fun!

5. Study abroad opportunities

Studying abroad is something many people want to do, but can't afford or manage to fit a semester abroad in their crazy schedule. What makes UNCW great is that they understand and offer opportunities for students to go abroad for shorter times as well! Students have the opportunity to study elsewhere through the school during school breaks, towards the end of the semester for a few weeks, a few weeks after school gets out, over the summer, or a semester! This allows for students to work getting overseas into their schedule!

6. The buildings

If you attend or have visited UNCW, you'll understand what I mean when I say even the buildings are beautiful. Just take the Watson College of Education Building for example; it makes going to class a lot more enjoyable.

7. Beach Blast

What other school sends their students to the beach the day before classes start? The school shuttles thousands of students back and forth throughout the warm summer day in August to the beach to enjoy a day in the sun with food, friends, and free stuff!

8. The professors

The professors at UNCW are impressive as well. I mean, who else can say that the president of the American Psychological Association teaches at their school? Not to mention, even the ex-chancellor teaches a class! The professors also always go out of their way to help you and want to watch you succeed.

9. The family environment

UNCW may not be the smallest university or the largest, with about 12,000 students enrolled, which allows you to see some familiar faces while walking around campus but lets you see new ones along the way as well! Everyone is super friendly, which takes away the scary college fear!

10. The social life

Every school differs in what scene dominates the social life, but UNCW has a mixture of it all! You can go to the beach, beach bars, downtown clubbing, to the karaoke club, fraternity parties, house parties, concerts, plays, or even just hang around the dorm. The options are endless, so whatever you feel like doing, you'll be able to do!

11. The student recreation center

The student recreation center contains an abundance of machines, basketball courts, an indoor track, pool, weight training machines, racquetball courts, group exercise rooms, and more. It makes gaining the freshman 15 a lot more difficult!

12. The size

You can make it across campus in under 15 minutes if necessary. The size is perfect for people not wanting an overwhelmingly large school yet something a little bit bigger than a typical small school.

13. The weather

The beauty of North Carolina weather is that although there is a change in seasons, winter is rather short, which makes for more time for the warmer weather! If you're originally from up north, you'll most definitely appreciate the one-inch snow days that cause classes to be canceled as well! Plus, there will be random days in the winter where it will feel like it's summer!

14. The campus

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There are a variety of reasons why UNCW is such an amazing school and place and the list could go on forever. It may not be the first one you thought about when hearing about schools in North Carolina, but with numerous programs and opportunities, it is definitely a school that would make for a great college choice!

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Kyler Murray Is A Heisman Winner Playing Baseball

Oklahoma's Quarterback Kyler Murray was named the Heisman winner for the best college football player in the 2018 season. But his future does not lead to the NFL.

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On Saturday December 8th, Quarterback Kyler Murray from Oklahoma won the 2018 Heisman trophy, which recognizes the best player in college football. Murray has become a household name among many college football fans throughout this past season.

However, what is surprising to many is that Kyler Murray is choosing to forgo the 2019 NFL draft to play professional baseball with the Oakland Athletics. The A's drafted Murray with the 9th overall pick in 2018 MLB draft before his breakout season with Oklahoma. He signed a contract with Oakland and is guaranteed $4.66 million. Murray's agent is Scott Boras who is the "Most Powerful Sports Agent in the World" since 2013 according to Forbes Magazine. Currently his clientele includes Bryce Harper, José Altuve, Kris Bryant, J.D. Martinez, among many others. Considering his agent Murray has the potential to make more money in the MLB than in the NFL, especially with some of the massive contracts we have seen big name players in baseball sign within the past few years.

A Heisman winner has not played in the MLB since Bo Jackson back in 1985 who was a two-sport professional athlete (both baseball and football). While Murray expressed that he would like to try and play both sports the reality of him playing both sports at the same time, like Bo did, is highly unlikely. Professional sports have grown and changed a lot in the past 30 years and have grown a lot more competitive, it would benefit Murray to specialize and focus on one sport rather than trying to juggle two and not being able to reach his full potential in either. His Oklahoma baseball coaches stated that Kyler didn't take infield/outfield at all with them last year.

Another scouting report on Murray states that he needs to take more reps at center field and practice throwing the baseball more to develop a better arm. He was rated as having a 30 arm by a MLB scout which is on the lower end of a 20-80 scale. The reason for this is because his arm was always muscled up for football. This further support why Murray should try to focus and specialize in one sport rather than take on the challenge of balancing both.

Even with his success on the football field, Murray is listed at 5 foot 9 inches and 195 pounds according to NFL Draft Scout. This size for an NFL level Quarterback is short to say the least, which could cause problems for him being able to see over the lineman while in the pocket. Murray does have exceptional athleticism, being able to fire the ball downfield with precise accuracy, and the ability to scramble out of the pocket and use his legs. That being said, him being a mobile quarterback can lead to him taking a lot of punishing hits, and in some cases dual threat quarterbacks in college struggle to find the same success in the pros where everyone is quicker and more athletic on the defensive side of the ball.

Murray has been able to make improvements to his swing by adding in a leg kick to generate more power. His speed which contributed to his success on the football field translates to his position at center field, it will give him an advantage for being able to stretch his range for those balls hit into the gap. It seems that all signs for the future of Kyler Murray point to the diamond, and he will definitely be a fun player to watch in the seasons to come.

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