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Storytime: Better safe than sorry

“What’s the difference between a lot of rain and a hurricane?” This is what I said last Tuesday as I was packing my bags to go out of town. I am from Wilmington, North Carolina, and this semester I have three classes online, which means I only come to campus two times a week. Very often I travel to Wilmington on my free days to see my friends and family. Last Tuesday, I was packing my bags, heading to Wilmington due to the fact that I had a couple of days off from work and school. I was aware of the potential hurricane that was bounding towards Wilmington, but honestly I figured it wouldn’t be bad. I thought that it would rain a lot for a couple of days, which isn’t necessarily out of the norm because it rains all the time in Wilmington. Many of my friends tried to show me the news and how Hurricane Florence quickly moved to a Category 4 hurricane. They tried to show me how fast the winds were supposed to be traveling. They even tried to tell me that I would be stuck in Wilmington for longer than I anticipated because the roads would most likely be flooded.

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After hearing all of this, I still decided to ignore all of them, because the one hurricane that I have ever experienced did little to no damage and consisted of only rain. As I drove to Wilmington, the entire opposite side of the road that I was on was stopped due to a high amount of traffic because everyone was trying to get out of Wilmington. So many people were evacuating, making the roads almost impossible to drive on. When I got to Wilmington, most of the stores and buildings were already closed for the rest of the week in preparation for the hurricane. By Thursday afternoon, the rain had started and the winds were picking up. By early Friday morning, most of the city had already lost power and electricity. At my house, we had to move everything out of the freezer and refrigerator and put them in coolers. By Friday evening, the water outside was starting to build up and flood. On Saturday, you could barely access the roads because of all of the trees that fell into the streets, as well as the sinkholes that were forming. The heat was almost unbearable inside of my house and it was uncomfortable showering without hot water. We continued to run out of food and ice, which was extremely inconvenient. Many people lost their homes due to water damage and other physical damage as well.

The water continued rising outside and started to flow into my backyard, which was nothing compared to other people’s homes. By Sunday, many people around the city had to be rescued from their homes due to the water that was getting into their houses and flooding it out. In my neighborhood alone, many trees fell on houses and one house even caught on fire. By Monday, some of the grocery stores started to open, and it looked like we had experienced the worst of the storm, so it could only get better. Being without power for six days was a very uncomfortable experience. Not knowing when I could return to Charlotte was also uncomfortable for me. The moral of the story is to please take natural disasters seriously. Please make sure you take the necessary precautions you need to in order to stay safe and make sure you are prepared for the worst at all times. Better safe than sorry!

Humans of UNCC Meet: Chase Smith

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“My biggest goal for the spring semester is to have an internship picked out and in line for my senior year. I’m an exercise science major, and it is required for us to have an internship in the spring semester of our senior year, so I have a year to find my internship.”

 

 

Humans of UNCC Meet: Josh Hansell

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I love tailgating, especially for the UNCC men’s Tennis team. My favorite part about tailgating is being able to hang out with friends and show school spirit. I also love the fact that I can bring my dog with me while I tailgate. It’s the best time of the year to enjoy the weather and hang out with friends.

Humans of UNCC Meet: Hannah Luke

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“On days like this, when the weather is so beautiful, I like to go roller skating. I’ve known how to roller skate since before I came to college and I enjoy doing it in my free time. Also, in my free time I enjoy reading books outside.”

 

Starbucks Secret Menu Review

Due to my newfound coffee love, I have been eager to try every item on the menu at Starbucks. I also enjoy festivities, so with that being said, I HAD to get a Valentine’s Day drink off of the secret menu this week. When I stumbled upon the “Love Bean Frappuccino”, I instantly fell in love.

If you were not aware, a frappuccino is a frozen drink made at Starbucks that gets blended together in a blender. For the Love Bean Frappuccino, the main thing you need to know (if you’re familiar with Starbucks) is that it is a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with extra things added to it. So when you order it, the first thing you would say is that you want a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino.

Next, you would ask them to add raspberry syrup to the frappuccino. The size of the drink is what decides how much raspberry (and vanilla) you put in your drink. For all of my people who are not familiar with Starbucks, a small is called a tall, a medium is called a grande, and a large is called a venti. If you want a tall, you will get one pump of raspberry, 2 for the grande and 3 for the venti. You are also able to add more pumps to it if you want it to be extra sweet.

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Once the milk, vanilla, creme base, ice, and raspberry are in the drink, you are ready for it to be blended. Fun fact if you want your frappuccino to be a little thicker and less runny, you can add extra ice to it. If you want it to be more like a liquidy drink, you can ask for less ice in it. Once blended, the Love Bean Frappuccino is topped with raspberry infused whipped cream and chocolate curls, and it is ready to go!

Although this is one of the drinks from the secret menu that does not include coffee in it (a vanilla bean frappuccino NEVER has coffee in it unless specifically asked), I still enjoyed it a lot. I am a fan of raspberry flavored things, so I was not surprised that I enjoyed the drink. What made this drink stand out a lot for me was the bright color. The color of the drink is what made me notice it online, and honestly, I thought that because of the color, the drink was going to be way too sweet for my liking.

That was not the case at all, and the raspberry mixed with vanilla did a really good job at keeping a good balance of sweetness in the drink. When I ordered that drink, I got a grande size, so the amount of raspberry in the drink was just right. I also got my drink with extra ice because I like my frozen drinks to be very thick and solid. I would recommend this drink to anyone who likes frozen drinks, especially to those people who are not a fan of caffeine.

The good news is there is no caffeine in this drink at all so if you do not like coffee or the taste of caffeine you are safe over here. If I could change one thing on my drink, I would not get the chocolate curls on top. The drink itself was not chocolatey, so for some people, it would have been a great thing to top it off with, but for me, it threw off the sweet taste of the drink slightly. If you want to try any of the drinks off of the Starbucks Secret Menu, feel free to check out the website at http://starbuckssecretmenu.net

Humans of UNCC: Meet Muna Rouk

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Being a Resident Advisor has definitely changed my life for the better. It has made me become a more confident person. It has helped me solve my problems more efficiently, not just on campus, but in my overall life as well. It has also helped me better my relationships with my co workers, and turned them into my friends.

Storytime: Meeting Deadlines & Dealing with Anxiety

The overwhelming feeling of trying to meet deadlines, studying for tests, and completing assignments is a familiar feeling for most of us. It is extremely common to find college students in the library throughout the night and for nights on end, drowning in their studies each and every week. I honestly commend all of

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us for working so hard and pulling occasional all-nighters and hours of study sessions, with the help of caffeine and other substances that keep us awake. On the other hand, let me tell you a story on why you should not overdo it with these substances that you consume to stay awake.

Last week my roommate had two tests back to back, a physics test on Wednesday and a chemistry test on Thursday. With that being said, it is very obvious that she spent most of her time that week studying. Early in the morning on the day of her first test, she woke up and went to Starbucks to get some coffee, so she could begin to start studying again. About an hour and a half, after she consumed the coffee, she decided that she wanted a little more energy. So, determined to stay awake and memorize everything for these tests, she took some Adderall.

According to center4research.org, the use of Adderall, also known as the “Study Drug” has skyrocketed over the past two decades. My roommate has a very mild case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which causes her not to be able to focus sometimes and for that reason, she is prescribed Adderall. She normally doesn’t even take the Adderall, because her ADHD is so mild that in most instances she can fight through it and prefers not to take the Adderall. But in this instance, she decided to take the Adderall for some extra strength to focus for the test. Sure enough, once it kicked in, she was extremely alert.

In the beginning, she loved the feeling. She flew through her study guide and was able to complete two other assignments on top of that. About an hour and a half into that, she started to feel her heart race really fast. That may not seem out of the ordinary too much, but about an hour after that, she started to have an anxiety attack. She stopped studying and started walking around the living room, freaking out about her test.

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The anxiety attack that she had was worse than any anxiety attack that she has had in the past, and she kept saying that she felt so different and was not familiar with what she was experiencing. She had such a traumatic anxiety attack that she wasn’t even able to go in and take the Physics test that she just studied so hard for. Everything that she worked hard for was thrown out the window, and she got a zero on her test.

Soon after, we realized that this happened because she consumed the caffeine and then took the Adderall shortly after. Mixing different substances like that is a BAD IDEA. You are putting yourself in extreme danger. Luckily, it was just an anxiety attack for her, but her heart could have stopped at any point because of the mix of the Adderall and caffeine. It’s understandable that we have a lot on our plates, and on most days it seems as though there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. Assignments start to pile up, and it truly becomes overwhelming, but you need to remember that you and your health are what’s most important, and you cannot receive a degree if you’re dead. Take care of yourself and understand that it is not good for your body to consume too much of these substances!

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Humans of UNCC: Meet Jonathan Idarra

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If I could bring any food place on campus it would definitely be McDonalds. I want McDonald’s on campus, because everyone loves McDonald’s and they have a little something for everyone. Also, McDonald’s is very affordable and known throughout the world. My favorite thing to get from McDonald’s is the french fries.

A Trip to The Museum

I recently discovered a new obsession of mine, which was to find things to do outside of my house that I have never done before.

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So, as I typed “things to do in Charlotte” on the internet, I realized there are so many things to do in Charlotte that I have never done. Once I started to scroll more, I noticed all of these things required something I did not have, which was money. And here I am, sitting here figuring out why everything in life costs so much money. So, to better fit my financial circumstances, I typed “free things to do in Charlotte” and BOOM… I found it all.

One thing that really stood out to me during my search was the Mint Museum. The Mint Museum is located uptown, and there is a second Mint Museum that is located on Randolph Rd. I discovered that the Mint Museum is free every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. So, determined to expand my horizons, I went and checked it out. I’m not exactly a museum and art kind of person, so I took a chance and went anyway with a friend of mine. I surprisingly loved it way more than I thought I would, and I was very impressed with the things I found in the Museum.

When you go on Wednesday nights for free admission, the people at the front desk kindly ask for donations, but if you aren’t in a situation where you can afford to donate they don’t care, they still let you in for free. They direct you to the 3rd and 4th floors of the building, which are the exhibit floors. Once you get to the 3rd floor, you can either turn left or right and start your walk through the museum (both floors are a big circle so either way you end up going all the way around). There are so many different kinds of statues in the Museum, some made of glass, some made of plastic and even some made out of bubble wrap.

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There are people that work in the museum that walk around while you’re walking around just in case you have any questions. They also assist in reminding you the rules of the museum, which are little things such as do not touch any of the art, and if you take pictures make sure the flash is off. Personally, I enjoyed the 4th floor more than the 3rd because there were more relevant things on the 4th floor to my life than the 3rd.

For example, the 4th floor had a huge collage of Beyonce and Tina Turner. Also, the 4th floor has a huge section dedicated to the musical “Grease”, which is one of my all time favorite movies. In this section, they had a tv that had “Grease Live” on, which came out two years ago. Also in this section they had some imitation clothing from the original movie, which I thought was so cool. There was a lot more clothing, such as pretty dresses and clothing from famous movies, on the 4th floor.

Also, in the museum on any floor there a large windows that show a beautiful view of uptown, which was really cool to see. There is also a souvenir shop on the first floor as well as a restaurant connected to the museum which I thought was super convenient. At this time of night, parking a crossed the street is only 5 dollars, which is a steal because normally parking uptown is so expensive if it’s not on the weekends. Overall, I enjoyed my trip to the museum and I was very pleased that it was free. If you have any interest in checking out the Mint Museum, you can find more information on their website at http://www.mintmuseum.org/.

Five Reasons why you should go College Night Bowling

AMF University Lanes is located near UNC Charlotte, on N. Tryon Street. Every Thursday night starting at 9 p.m., they offer “college night” bowling. This is where if you are any college student, and have your student I.D., you can get some pretty good deals.

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  1. The main deal of the night is that you can get unlimited bowling as a college student for only $7. Usually, bowling is more expensive than this, and this deal even includes your shoes. It is a great deal because you can bowl until the bowling alley closes for the night, at 11 p.m. With this deal, just make sure you bring a valid student I.D. It is also offered to any college student, so it does not matter if you do not go to UNC Charlotte or not.
  2. The second great deal of the night, if you are 21 years old, is the drink specials. The bowling alley has $2 tall boys offered at the bar. Even besides this deal, the drinks, in general, are pretty cheap. But, make sure you bring your normal I.D. as well.
  3. Going college night bowling is a great way to meet people. Most people on Thursday night are going to be college students so that you can be surrounded by your peers and fellow classmates. Sometimes when you go out to the bars, there can be a wide age range there. While college night bowling is not the case. Also, maybe you have been crushing on someone in your class, you never know if you will see them there or not. This is a great way to find out!
  4. Bowling can also be the way to go if you are not one to go out to bars. This can be a great idea if you like to drink and have fun with your friends, but do not want to commit to the bar scene. And it is a great idea if you are not feeling like getting all dressed up and do not want to have a late night out. Going to a bar on Thursday can be fun and all, but if you have a Friday morning class, going bowling can be just as fun without all the hassle. It is also just cheaper in general. It is close by in the university area, so spending money on Uber’s will not be a lot if you chose to do so. Also, since the drinks are cheap, there is no need to break the bank over expensive drinks you could get elsewhere.
  5. The last reason why you should go college night bowling is simply because it is fun. It is not every day you go bowling, so it is definitely something different to go out and do. It’s fun to do with a big group of people, or even for a cheap date night idea. It will remind you of your childhood, but the best part now is, you can drink if you are 21. This is also a great option if you are not of legal drinking age too since you usually can’t get into most bars. It’s fun if you like to bring out your competitive side, or if you are just trying to have a good Thursday night. It doesn’t matter if you are good or not, it is a blast either way.
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So, next time you are looking for something a little different to do, and do not want to spend a lot of money, or tired of bar-hopping, college night bowling at AMF University Lanes is the way to go!

Strategize with Exercise

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Sometimes as college students, we struggle with finding the time to balance everything we want to do in our day to day lives. We don’t always have access to the most beneficial foods, or the most convenient times to work out because as expected, most of us are broke college students. Luckily, our campus does have a great fitness center. Our fitness center is conveniently in the middle of campus in the Student Activity Center (SAC). The SAC is helpful for students who live on campus, because they don’t have to travel to get to the gym. For commuters, you already have to come to campus, why not take a fitness class while you are here.

There is plenty of variety in the fitness classes, which means the SAC has a little something for everyone. They offer cycling, yoga, zumba, BODYPUMP, cardio dance and many more fitness classes that you probably wouldn’t normally think of. Some of these classes are held in the Belk Gym as well, so you would have to go online and verify where each of the classes are. They also have swimming classes in the Belk Gym that you can take if you’re interested. Aside from the fitness classes, each of these locations also has a fitness gym. The gym in Belk consists of treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, olympic benches and free weights to lift as well as many more pieces of equipment. The best part of all of this is each of these locations are free with your student ID card! They also have fitness assessments available to take, but these are $15 for students and $20 for non-students.

Now that you know all that the fitness centers entail, it is important to know how to stay focused and accomplish what needs to get done at the gym. As far as remaining focused, I believe that the center of focus is situational and varies with each person. Personally, I get more done in the gym when I go with a friend. My best friend is into working out and taking fitness classes so when I go with her, she is the perfect example that I need to see how to properly use the equipment and to stay focused. She is also my motivation to get up and go to the SAC or to the gym, since we do not live on campus. Some people tend to think that going to work out with another person is distracting, so their best bet is to go alone. If this applies to you, I recommend that you bring a pair of headphones, because listening to the conversations of others around you can be very distracting. Make a playlist of the songs that motivate you the most so that you can concentrate and get to where you need to be in order to make your fitness trip a successful one.

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As far as what not to do, nobody should ever look at someone else’s exercise habits and methods and aim to copy them. Sometimes looking at what others are doing around you can be somewhat inspiring, it is never good to shoot to be like somebody else. Your body is not their body, you do not know how long they have been working out, and the last thing you need to do is put the pressure on yourself to be like someone else. Everyone is different, your body is meant for you and nobody but you. Take your time, work at your own speed and trust yourself and your limits, and you’ll get to where you need to be in no time. For more information on the on campus fitness centers, check out their website at https://sac.uncc.edu/ and https://recservices.uncc.edu/facilities/belk.

5 Reasons Why You Should Party In College

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Let’s be real, we don’t need a reason to party. We’re college students, there’s pretty much an unspoken thing and it’s understood that college students are going to go out and go to parties. On the other hand, there is always that percentage of college students that legitimately don’t go out and party. It’s understandable that it can be hard to balance everything, and obviously our main priority is school. But, I feel like partying in college is a very big part of the college experience, and can actually be very beneficial to you. When I say party, I don’t even mean the typical college stereotype of “getting wasted and wild.” Being sober at a party is totally normal, and with that being said, here are five reasons why you should party in college.

Networking- Although it might sound weird, almost everything in life is a networking experience. Going out to a party or a social gathering means that there is obviously going to be other people at this party or social gathering. The chances of someone being there that you did not know when you entered through the door are extremely high. This is the chance to meet so many new people. Especially if you’re an underclassman, or someone who just transferred and does not know many people, this is the way to meet them. It can be extremely difficult to start over in college and meet new people. Going out to a social gathering makes it so much easier to casually meet people. Almost every time I have gone to a party, the next time I went back to school I saw a familiar face from the party. It is so worth it and you’ll be able to say you met new people.

Enhancing your social skills- We have all heard of the phrase “if you don’t use it you lose it” and this is true when it comes to social skills. A lot of people believe that the bulk of your social skills need to be established when you are young. Although I do believe that it is very necessary to establish social skills at a young age, it is just as necessary to carry that same set of skills throughout your whole life. Being able to socialize and talk to new people in your twenties is so essential. This is the time in a lot of our lives that we are working on finding ourselves and finding careers, and a lack of social skills really makes these years in our lives extremely difficult. When you go to a party, most of the time you end up conversing with someone you don’t know that well. Whether you’re shooting your shot or just having a conversation about the boy that won’t leave you alone, you are still working on your social skills. Being able to be in a room full of people that you don’t necessarily know, without having that feeling of discomfort is very prominent especially in your college years. These parties are practice for what you will find in the real world, which is you having to be around people you don’t know constantly.

Memories- When you look back on your college career, and your children are asking what you liked best about college or your favorite college memory, what are you going to say? For some sooner than others, memories are going to be the only thing left of college at some point. Memories are going to be the only thing that you’ll be able to look back on and smile about. If there’s anything that you don’t want to do in college, it is definitely not make memories. The biggest regret that you’ll ever have is not going to that party, or not hanging out that one night with your friends, or not speaking to that person that you thought was cute. The WORST thing to have to live with in life is regret. I encourage everyone to go out and make new friends and go to parties. As long as you’re taking precautions to be safe at all times, please by all means go out and have fun. My 7th grade social studies teacher, Mr. Kyle, told my class that if there was any time that he could re live from his past it would be college. He also told us that if we go to college, it would be the best time of our lives. And he did not mean that stressing over tests, and crying over professors was the best time of his life. He meant meeting his life long friends and really experiencing the joys of being young and free were the best times of his life. Make memories while you can!

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To make mistakes- I know this sounds weird, but it’s oddly true. Honestly, everyone in life makes mistakes. Think of the smartest, most insightful person you know and ask them how many mistakes they’ve made. Next, ask them when they made these mistakes and I guarantee you that most of them, if not all of them will say between the age of 17 and 25. If you get more in depth with the conversation, you will probably find that a lot of them, if they attended college, also attended numerous parties. If ever the time to make a mistake in life, it is definitely in college. The small mistakes that you can make now with your friends are a lot less life threatening than the mistakes you would make in the real world if you never made those mistakes. It may sound weird, but the next time you speak with a college graduate, ask them how many mistakes they made in college and how many of them were in a social setting and it will make more sense.

To have fun- Lastly, please remember that we are college students and it is okay to have fun! Every now and then it is very necessary to put down the books and have some fun. You will literally tarnish yourself and your brain if you don’t take time to yourself. If you do anything in college, if all else fails, please please please be able to say you had fun! Live your best life and make as many memories as possible because once it’s gone, that’s it!

The Man in the Gray Long Sleeve Shirt

After having a long, hard day, I decided that I was going to do something that was going to make me happy. Who would have known that in the midst of me attempting to cheer myself up, I would be putting myself in one of the most dangerous situations of my life. Last Thursday was one of the worst days of my life. I was having a very bad day, after getting into an argument with one of my best friends. On top of that, I was late to all of my classes, and I missed an assignment. As the day progressed, I thought to myself and said ¨Could this day get any worse?¨.

It got worse. Around 6:00 p.m., I decided that I was going to go to the Boardwalk (located off of North Tryon, or off of W.T. Harris, depending on what side you come in from) to feed the ducks. Once I arrive at the Boardwalk, I get some food for the ducks out of the machine to feed them. I was feeding them for about fifteen minutes, and then I got tired of standing up so I sat down on the nearest bench. Five minutes later, this man sits down next to me. The man looked like he was in either his late 30´s or early 40´s. He had on a gray long sleeve shirt that gave me the same depressing feeling that the movie Titanic did the first time I watched it.

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He was alone, and by the look, he was giving me, you would have thought I killed his wife. As he sat down I halfway smiled at him, and he just glared back at me. Feeling uncomfortable, I just continued looking down at my phone, occasionally staring around at the ducks. As I was looking everywhere but in the direction of the man, I could feel him staring at me as intensely as a dog stares at you when you eat. Feeling incredibly uncomfortable at this point, I got up and proceeded to walk away. As soon as I got up he finally spoke, and he said ¨Excuse me, do you speak English?¨.

At that very moment, I got the most nerve wrecking chill through my body, and the entire boardwalk grew silent in my mind. I could not put my finger on why I got so uncomfortable, but something inside of me did not feel right. I was completely frozen and could not speak or move, but I could hear the man in the back of my brain continuously asking me if I speak English, each time getting more and more irritated. He then proceeds to say ¨I knew it, I knew you could not speak English. I work too hard to perfect this country for you and your friends to ruin it. Are you a DACA recipient?¨.

At this moment I was not able to process anything, nor speak because I still had that chill in my body, and the voice inside my head was saying leave now. As I start to slightly walk away again the man in the gray long sleeve shirt snatched my phone out of my hand and says “Come with me, we have a place for people like you, ¨ and reality slightly kicked in and I was able to start walking away, without my phone. This man followed me around the park for about thirty minutes. Conscience, alert, fearless me would have been able to go to someone and ask for help or go into one of the stores. But fearful, blinded and unresponsive me continued to walk around the park as if I was in a maze that I could not escape.

My common sense would not work, my voice would not work, nothing worked. Finally, a random man in the park stopped me and asked me if I was okay, and reality kicked in very quickly. I explained the situation to him and he brought me into a restaurant and informed a cop who was in the building of what was going on. The cop went outside and got my phone back, but the story that I gave him and the story the man in the gray long sleeve shirt gave him were two different stories, so he just told us both to go home.

The moral of the story is to ALWAYS trust your intuition. I am not sure what would have happened if I did not leave that bench as quickly as I did. Another lesson that was learned is although we are college students, in our early twenties, it is still very necessary to make sure you go places in groups. Do not go places alone, and be aware of your surroundings. This is a crazy world that we live in, and you never know what is going on in the heads of others. I experienced an awful hate crime, and I would hate for anyone else to go through the same thing. Protect yourself at all times, your life depends on it!

Humans of UNCC Meet: Ashley Williams

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UNC Charlotte represents unity and the acceptance of all. I won’t be able to ever understand why anyone would want to viciously offend another race of people. Disrespecting other races shows signs of racism, irresponsibility and immaturity and I do not stand by it. The only way to make a change is to put out the energy you want to receive.