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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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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