10 Ways to Kick Butt at East Carolina University

The smell of the upcoming school year is a midst, and causing a lot of students to panic for the upcoming school year. Although school is known to be stressful, these 10 steps can really help the transition into the new year very simple, easy and stress free! Learn to start that new college school year off right!

1. Mentally Prepare Yourself

Don’t psyche yourself out now because of the slowly approaching school year, however, learn to train your brain into thinking and believing that everything is going to be alright, you got this, and it is all going to run as smoothly as possible. Making sure that you’re positive thinking, is extremely important in order for a new school year to run off on a good start. Beginning a new chapter in the College book can be very intimidating, stressful, and confusing to students (especially new ones). Although, all the bad stuff could immediately be avoided by just heading into the new year with your head up high and positive, healthy thinking. Learn to be open to new things and tell yourself that you got this!

2. Make checklists

Checklists are very important when it comes to keeping organized and maintaining a stress free environment. Making lists are helpful for almost everything, including your dorm room necessities, school supplies, new wardrobe, as well as other basic needs. Creating a checklist for the school year really helps with cutting out the things you don’t really need versus the important things a college student needs. Not only can you save a lot of money with making lists, you can also save a truckload of time, effort, and stress, because who wants all that when you’re starting a new year of school!

3. Be a Social Butterfly

Many people say that the first two to three weeks of the school year is the most important when it comes to meeting new people and making friends. It is essential for new students to be a social butterfly during the first transition into the school year, because it is prime time to not only meet those in your dorm, but also in your classes, cafeterias, or even new clubs. It is a great deal to make yourself known (of course, in a good way), so the transition into the new school year runs smoothly and easily. So do not be nervous to put yourself out there, to join clubs, intramural sports, or even talking to those around you!

4. Don’t be afraid to try new things

Of course everyone has their own comfort levels and zones, however college has countless opportunities for students to be apart of and be the best possible person that they could be! It is viable that you reach a little out of your comfort zone, in order to get the greatest college experience you could get. Joining new clubs, sports teams, intriguing classes, volunteering, or even sports events, are a great way to meet new people, make new friends, be apart of your school and showing spirit! Furthermore, it is also important that you maintain control over timeliness between the social atmosphere and school work!

5. Check your routes!

It is extremely essential for a student to get familiar with their campus and the prime locations where they will be spending most of their time throughout the school year. It is very important to learn and understand your routes from your dorm, to all your classes, the bookstore, teachers offices/ buildings, food locations (cafeterias, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, etc.), to the campus libraries, recreation centers, and etc. It is also important for students to understand and get familiar with the shuttle stops and routes around campus to not only make your traveling easy, but also stress free and quick. Another great tip is to learn the bus stops and routes around the city, to help you easily get around town.

6. Brush up on your intelligence

Ahh, sweet summer is quickly coming to an end, and so is the laziness as well as all the forgotten knowledge it brings. It is not required for you to brush up on your school knowledge (from the school year prior), however it is extremely recommended for a student to prepare themselves for the upcoming school year by reviewing what they previously learned the year before, in order to make the transition into the next year stress-free, easy, breezy and beautiful… student life. It is recommended not only by your teachers or administration to review your already attained knowledge, but also by other students. Walking into a new year, with knowledge completely forgotten from the past few months of not practicing or retaining the information, it could be very confusing and stressful for students in their continuing classes, and could also create a lot of students to not start of well. So, spend a few hours every few days, reviewing your past material from the last school year, in order for you to start the next school year right!

7. Take what you need/ Budgets!

It can not be said enough, it is most important for all students (especially in college) to learn about their budget for the upcoming school year, so that they don’t end up surviving on cup of noodles or ramen, easy mac and Dominos. Before the school year starts, learn about what you can do to save money, earn money, and how to use it during the year. For example, create different budgets regarding grocery money, basic necessities/ supplies, food, books, and etc. It is also important that you purchase and bring (from home or previous living space) things that you really need, and cut out unnecessary things.

8. Start looking for jobs (if interested)

If you are a returning college student, it may be in your preference to find a job and earn money to support yourself throughout the upcoming school year. Many colleges and universities have countless jobs on campus that they provide for students in order to make some money while they go to school! Before the school year starts, it could be extremely helpful to start looking and applying for on campus or nearby campus jobs now before the rush and high demand starts once school begins.

9. Eat well, Sleep well.. zzz…

Maintaining a great sleeping schedule and diet can be a great tip when it comes to starting off anything with a great boost. Create a diet and sleeping schedule to your preference and best ability so that you are more energetic and sharp minded throughout the day! Not only can this help you have a great start to the upcoming school year, it also prevents stress and creates a smooth, healthy transition for students.

10. Get excited!

Although summer is ending, and the school season is starting, that is no reason to be glum about returning to your beloved University. Not only will you see your returning friends (if you are returning as well), but you will also be given countless opportunities given to you by your own college to meet new people, discover things about yourself, and be the best you can be as a person mentally, morally, and with your growing intelligence!

10 Signs You Go To East Carolina University

1) You love Sup Dogs

Whether it’s Monday night and you’re celebrating the beginning of a long week of classes by drinking dollar mugs, or stopping in for a bite when you get hungry, Sup Dogs is definitely the go to eatery around ECU. Nothing can beat the quality and selection that Sups offers. Sup Dogs also hosts an annual beer/music festival of sorts called “Doggie Jams”. This past year, DJ Pauly D made an appearance and made it champagne over the crowd.

2) You Love Pirate Football

ECU is proud to say that it has some of the best fans around. The football stadium, Dowdy-Ficklin is always a packed house no matter the opponent. Reddit users actually voted the Pirates as their favroite college football team in all of North Carolina.

3) You are full of school spirit, and your wardrobe reflects it

Admit it, you have way too man shirts that have purple and gold on them. But you are not ashamed! You wear your Pirate heart on sleeve to let everyone know that you are proud to be apart of Pirate Nation.

4) Always wanting to go to the pool

Lets be honest, when there is some nice weather, either The Landing pool or the Copper Beech or the Boundary pools are the places to be. Even on days when you probably should be looking over notes in Joyner, the temptation to lay out by the pool and have some drinks is too much sometimes and you catch up on some much needed tanning

5) You get more texts from ECU Alerts than your “bae”

Lets be honest here, your phone gets flooded with texts…from ECU Alerts, and usually it is not good news. and usually involves a robbery or something of the sorts.

6) Pirate Bucks/Meals seem limitless, until you run out halfway through the semester

The first day of the semester also brings about what seems to be an endless supply of Pirate bucks/meals and you may have the urge to splurge. However, you do not have an endless supply and you will probably run out halfway through the semester thus sink in a steady diet of ramen noodles and cereal.

7) You go to the Cookout by Copper Beech way to much

The Cookout by Copper Beech is by far the most popular fast-food establishment around ECU. It is so hard to resist getting a tray of food and a drink for five-and- change. Who could pass that up? 

8) “Crazy Dave” is the homie

If you have ever been downtown ever, you probably met “Crazy Dave”. He usually pops up at Sup Dogs or 519 and is a pretty sociable dude who loves to make friends.

9) Brother Ross has told you, “You are going to hell”

Nothing caps off a nice long and depressing walk to class like an eccentric religious figure telling you, “you are going to hell.”

10) You freak out when it snows

When the white stuff begins to fall, everyone goes a little crazy. Only a tiny bit of snow merits a day off from class, and when that happens Greenville turns into a winter wonderland of sledding and chilling by the fire.

10 of the Coolest Classes at ECU

East Caroline University is known for its football, extreme spirit, and awesome parties, but lets not forget it is a place of learning. Here are ten amazing classes that might be just as fun as the parties you are going to.

1. ANTH 1001: Aliens, Atlantis and Archaeology: Psuedoscience and Interpretations of the Past

Ever wanted to learn more about conspiracy theories while finishing one of your core requirements? Well now you can! ANTH 1001 offers an amazing first look at anthropology through the examination of popular myths that have been passed down through the ages. This class is a pretty easy A and attendance isn’t mandatory for most professors. So why not give it a try? Making up crazy cult theories can’t be that hard right?

2. HIST 2150 : Shop Til You Drop:Consumerism

Want to learn the ins and outs of why you love going to Target? Ever wondered how we got to the consumerist market we are in today? If so, then this class is right for you. Not only is it a helping hand when learning where to go on your next shopping spree, but HIST 2150 will help open your eyes to why exactly we feel the need to buy so much STUFF. Not an easy A, but definitely worth your money.

3. PSYC 3206: Developmental Psychology

Babies actually think your face disappears when you play peek-a-boo. No wonder they find it so entertaining! In this class, you will learn amazing facts about humans in all stages of life that will help you understand why others work the way they do. An easy A due to ample extra credit options, this class has no mandatory meetings allowing you to really go to lectures you are interested in. Want to learn more about teenagers? Go week 5. Interested in why your parents are such grumps? Go Week 6. Any way you go, this class is a win.

4. MUSC 1665 : Women’s Glee Club

Known to be one of the most fun classes on campus, Women’s Glee Club provides ladies with a way to express their fun and expressive spirits while also bumping up your GPA. This class allows you to create your own performance and gives you the tools to become a Glee star all on your own. Who wouldn’t want to take that class?

5. ART 1105 : Ceramics Appreciation

Ever wanted to make a vase or mug on your own? Ever wondered how people paint and glaze pottery? Well look no further, because in this class you learn the basics of ceramics and much more. While finishing one of your fine art requirements, you also get to have fun and maybe even make something worth selling. The university provides all of the materials, so why not try your hands at pottery?

6. CLAS 1500: Classical Mythology

Zeus, Athena, and Hades, some of the most recognizable names in all of history. In this class, you will get to take an in depth look at ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Experience what it was like to be a Spartan and learn just why they had such cruel and violent traditions. Learn how the gods experienced sex appeal and how Hera got back at every single mistress her husband ever had. A class all about ridiculous family drama. Why not?

7. ENGL 3480: Science Fiction

One of the most popular and exciting genres to ever exist even has its own class! Read books about aliens, immortality, monsters, and time travel. Experience worlds that are yet to exist with one of the most amazing professors at ECU. This class isn’t an easy A but it is definitely one of the coolest classes on campus.

8. DNCE 2200: Creative Dance and Drama for the Elementary School

If you love kids, having a good time, and dressing up in silly costumes then this is the class for you. DNCE 2200 is an amazing class with a service-learning component that allows you to go to close by elementary schools and help them preform and execute plays. This class is a fun and easy A where you get to interact with the community and create your own theater production.

9. SOCI 3326 : LGBT Identity, Society, and Politics

If you have any interest in the upcoming social revolution involving sexual orientation and gender identity, then this is a class for you. This class looks at how and why the LGBT rights movement started, reactions from people all around the world, and where current policies are headed. With the polar political climate today, who doesn’t want to be informed on this debatable issue?

10. MRCH 2239: Fashion and Culture

Whether you wear sweats and a t-shirt or a Louis Vuitton scarf to this class, you are sure to learn some interesting things about how we see ourselves and what we wear. This class looks at fashion around the world and allows you to see just how far we have come from fashion of the past. With an excitable and interesting professor, this class is sure to capture your interest. Have fun and WORK IT!

 

11 Reasons NOT to go to East Carolina University

1. Football Season is Lame

Who would want to go to a school where football games are a community affair? Why would anyone want free student tickets to go see one of the best and most spirited sporting events in the whole state?  Pirate pride is one of the largest parts of being a pirate. Everything in town is either purple or gold (or both!).  Football at ECU brings the whole community together and is an event where friends and family can cheer on the team they love and beforehand have a great tailgating party. How horrible, right?

2. The People are Unfriendly and Keep to Themselves

ECU is located in the southern state of North Carolina and so is subjected to the horrible southern charm. People here go out of their way to welcome you and make you feel like you are at home from day 1. Teachers and staff will invite you out for lunch and support you in any extracurricular you are passionate about, which of course sounds just terrible.

3. There is Nowhere to go Outside of Campus

Campus is surrounded by any store you could possibly need making errand runs at 2am. Krispy Kreme is right down the road, and close to the dorms is downtown where you can find the clubs, skate shop, and everyone’s favorite eatery Sup Dogs!

4. Too many Professors

Unlike many large universities, ECU has a small teacher to student ratio at 1 teacher per 18 students. This means, people aren’t just a number to these professors, they actually know your name and will help you study and do homework during their office hours.

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5. There are Few Degree Options

ECU offers 88 bachelor degrees, 72 master’s degrees, 2 intermediate, five professional doctoral, and 12 research/scholarship doctoral degrees, along with 79 departmental certificates. This allows you to meet someone who is an expert in just about anything.

 

6. Having the Brody School of Medicine Nearby is Just Terrible

ECU has two campuses, one for undergraduates and another for specifically health sciences. This second campus is host to the Brody School of Medicine, where students can do research and meet top physicians. The campuses are only a 10-minute bus ride away, so it is a great opportunity to learn. Why would anyone want that?

7. Tiny Honors Program

ECU hosts an honors program that has an entering class of 100 students. The honors college offers a full tuition scholarship as well as living spaces in the brand new dorm, Gateway. Next year, this program will be expanding and each class will have 200 students!

8. The Bus System is Never on Time

The ECU bus system allows all students to travel anywhere on either of ECU’s two campuses in minutes. There is an app that allows students to track buses, and a safe ride option for students who want to be picked up instead of walking on campus in the dark. All of this and you don’t even have to pay for gas!

9. Terrible Nursing Program

The ECU nursing program graduates the largest number of highly qualified nurses in the state. The program takes place next to a hospital allowing for volunteer work and experience for all students before graduating. But why would you want to be ready for your career?

10. Too Many Opportunities in STEM Fields

Around 43% of all ECU students are enrolled in STEM or health-care related fields. This means the school has the technology and resources to sustain over 10,000 STEM students!

11. Terrible at Inclusion Aimed towards Diversity

The undergraduates of ECU are 26% ethnic minorities leading to a very diverse and inclusive environment. The school has both an LGBT Center and a Diversity Affairs Center to help all students regardless of background be a part of the pirate family. In the end, ECU really is our home.

 

15 Reasons why ECU is better than NCSU

1. Have a Medical School on Our Campus

2. Sup Dogs is 5 Minutes Away

3. Halloween at ECU is Legendary

4. It’s Only a One-Hour Drive to the Beach

5. Our Gym is Amazing

6. Tailgaiting. Need I Say More?

7. Cool Traditions like Polar Bear Plunge

8. You Can Walk Anywhere on Campus in 15 Minutes

9. Our Nursing Program is Ranked #1

10. We Have a Cheap Italy Study Abroad Program

11. Starbuck is Only 10 minutes Away Wherever You Are

12. Soon To Open Student Center Will Be Huge

13. We Are Known For Our Parties!

14. A Pirate is an Awesome Mascot

15. We Beat NCSU !

 

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

Bored of Campus food at ECU? Make sure to check out these 10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU!

1. Sup Dogs

Who can resist the great prices and wonderful food that is only a 10 minute walk from campus?

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

2. The Scullery

A wonderful restaurant located downtown that serves an array of food suitable for vegetarians and bacon-lovers.

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

3. Cook Out

Cook out is one of the best places to eat, no matter the time. Who doesn’t like a milkshake at 2 a.m.?

 

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

4. Krispy Kreme

Have a sweet tooth? Want to pick up a warm doughnut? Krispy Kreme is only a 15-minute walk from campus.

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

5. IHOP

The late night destination for many friend groups where you can eat as much breakfast food as you want!

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

6. Basil’s Restaurant

A nice eatery that serves Italian, American, and Greek food. A wonderful place for a date.

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

7. Totopos Street Food and Tequila

This fun restaurant offers free tequila for a 21st birthday and wonderful meals for a fair price.

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

8. Cinnamon Indian Cuisine

This restaurant serves some of the best Indian food in Greenville and there is even a weekday lunch buffet.

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

9. Mellow Mushroom

This pizza chain has a groovy feel and wonderful food. A fun place to go with friends or family.

10. Chipotle

A staple for all college students, Chipotle is a fast Mexican eatery where all the ingredients are fresh and you design your own meal.

10 Best Places To Eat Around ECU

10 of the Hardest Classes at ECU

Want to avoid death by homework? Trying to find a class to push back until senior year? Read this list and you will know the hardest classes here! Here I present you, 10 of the Hardest Classes at ECU!

1. CHEM 2750 – Organic Chemistry

Carbon containing compounds, properties, composition and reactions. Does any of this sound enjoyable?

2. CHEM 2770 – Biochemistry

You have to take it for medical school, but still gross.

3. PHYS 2350 – University Physics

The average GPA for this class is 1.67

4. PHYS 4416 – Modern Physics

Want to learn the ways scientists make physics even more complicated? Then this is the class for you!

5. MATH 1065 – Algebra

The subject isn’t hard, but keeping up with a whole class online and not fying of boredom is hard.

6. FINA 2244 – Legal Environment of Business

Trying to read the news is hard enough, but figuring out legality by yourself is just hard

7. POLS 1010 – National Government

Politics are uncomfortable and complex, but maybe this information will be useful someday

8. MATH 2119 – Elements of Calculus

Calculus seems harmless right? The GPA would say otherwise (1.60)

9. MATH 2151 – Engineering Calculus

Math, math, math. To be an engineer, this is a necessary evil.

10. ECON 3144 – Intermediate Microeconomics

The economy is complicated, but this class is even worse.