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Old 02-20-2011, 12:29 AM
 
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Hey everyone!
Iím from a small town in Massachusetts and have applied and heard back from some grad programs in Virginia and North Carolina. Based on the responses, Iím planning a trip over Spring Break that will allow me to get a better sense for the areas, and help determine my decision.

One of the programs is at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I've tried looking up some things online, but am not finding much about the area, other than it seems to be really struggling. The program at UNCP really attracts me though, so I'm hoping you guys can offer some advice about towns I might consider living in if I were to move there. I think it goes without saying, but I'd like to avoid high crime rate, but also would like an area that has some activity..I am in my early 20's and like to go out. Along with commuting to UNCP, I also need to have a full time job, so anywhere that's not too far from school or potential employment would be wonderful!

Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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Good luck with finding a job, but Pembroke has in a bad way for a while. The last president of the UNC system even suggested shutting the school down entirely as a cost-cutting measure. There's not much down there, Lumberton and Laurinburg are the nearest big towns and they're both old fashioned roll up the streets at sunset type places. That whole area is the most economically depressed in the state.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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fayetteville is where you need to live. so much going on entertainment wise and im sure you could find a job. crime is bad in spots and probably an hour drive. look at southern pines too
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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For some reason, I feel comfortable in all of North Carolina, except for the Pembroke-ish area
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