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Old 11-19-2011, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Detroit, MI
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Default Life after graduation

Hey everyone... this forum kept coming up when I was researching places to check out, so I signed up!

Anyways... a bit about me: I'm currently in school majoring in health policy studies at the University of Michigan and will most likely pursue a masters in public policy or public administration. I'm 22 and I like detailing cars - so I do it on the side. I'm only half time in school this semester, will be full time next semester as well as working full time. I'm one of the lucky ones who actually has the entry level job in my field before I graduate. But enough about me, on to my questions!

# I was wondering what people's personal expectations to healthcare is concerning North Carolina (NC). How wide spread are hospitals there?

# What are the car laws down there... regarding fuel economy, window tint laws, aftermarket lighting laws

# I understand that there are multiple answers to this next, but I'm looking for the variety the internet offers. What are some of the areas to check out/avoid? (When it comes to concentration of hospitals/neighborhoods) - I'm not one to party a lot, and I'm a bit of a workaholic so I don't mind quiet neighborhoods

# How are the utilities down there? Price of them, internet access/speed, etc.

Thanks in advance!

Matt
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You will get better answers to your (many and diverse) list of questions if you ask them in separate threads and put the topic in the thread title, not just "Life after graduation" which really has nothing to do with NC per se, nor any of the details you're asking about.

What I mean is, the best way to get answers about health care is to post a question about health care and put that in the title. The best way to get thoughtful answers on car laws is to write a question with "What are the car laws in NC? (etc)" as the subject line....etc. A lot of folks probably won't open a thread called "Life after graduation" since it doesn't even look like it is about NC.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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# I was wondering what people's personal expectations to healthcare is concerning North Carolina (NC). How wide spread are hospitals there?
I was baffled by the questions about personal expectations to healthcare. Could you re-phrase it? I'll give some impressions.

As a retiree, healthcare availability is a very important part of the decision on where to live. We have found the availability is adequate. However, the doctors are fewer and further between than in Washington, DC area we came from. Furthermore, there are fewer Internal Medicine doctors than I would want. On the coast where we live, there are numerous emergency clinics staffed by Nurse Practioners. I have received adequate care, but have to travel further to a specialist or lab facility.

It's a reasonable trade-off to live in a less conjested area. There seems to be at least one hospital in every county, so even rural areas are served.
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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# What are the car laws down there... regarding fuel economy, window tint laws, aftermarket lighting laws
You can search thru the forum with the search box at the top of the page. Many people have asked about window tint laws which are fairly strict. I don't understand this stuff, so I'll just refer you to this discussion:
Auto Window Tint, question re inspection, legal Regarding headlights, here's a discussion: Vehicle Inspections in Raleigh with aftermarket (HID) headlights

I don't think there are any laws regarding fuel economy, but 48 of 100 counties require emissions inspections. Details here: http://www.ncair.org/motor/inspect/inspect_faq.shtml

For other questions, I'll have to refer you to the state DMV site: NCDOT: Division of Motor Vehicles

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Old 11-21-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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What are some of the areas to check out/avoid? (When it comes to concentration of hospitals/neighborhoods) - I'm not one to party a lot, and I'm a bit of a workaholic so I don't mind quiet neighborhoods
I don't really understand this question. I assume you will live where you find a job. Would you have to work for a hospital or government agency?

Obviously, there is a large concentration of hospitals in the largest urban areas: Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greenville, Greensboro, etc. if you start your job searches there, then finding a neighborhood to live in is easier.

About the only parts of the state you might want to avoid are economically depressed areas like former factory towns. But then, they probably won't be offering jobs anyway.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Detroit, MI
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You will get better answers to your (many and diverse) list of questions if you ask them in separate threads and put the topic in the thread title, not just "Life after graduation" which really has nothing to do with NC per se, nor any of the details you're asking about.

What I mean is, the best way to get answers about health care is to post a question about health care and put that in the title. The best way to get thoughtful answers on car laws is to write a question with "What are the car laws in NC? (etc)" as the subject line....etc. A lot of folks probably won't open a thread called "Life after graduation" since it doesn't even look like it is about NC.
Alright, thanks.

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I was baffled by the questions about personal expectations to healthcare. Could you re-phrase it? I'll give some impressions.

As a retiree, healthcare availability is a very important part of the decision on where to live. We have found the availability is adequate. However, the doctors are fewer and further between than in Washington, DC area we came from. Furthermore, there are fewer Internal Medicine doctors than I would want. On the coast where we live, there are numerous emergency clinics staffed by Nurse Practioners. I have received adequate care, but have to travel further to a specialist or lab facility.

It's a reasonable trade-off to live in a less conjested area. There seems to be at least one hospital in every county, so even rural areas are served.
I appreciate the response. That's pretty much what I was looking for. If I had to clarify I guess I would answer my own question:

Healthcare in Michigan is booming, which is potentially good and potentially bad. There is talk of a hospital campus being built in Royal Oak which would create over 3,000 jobs... but the occupied bed status in the tri-county area is only 55% (if memory serves). It seems kind of redundant in the long term.


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Originally Posted by goldenage1 View Post
You can search thru the forum with the search box at the top of the page. Many people have asked about window tint laws which are fairly strict. I don't understand this stuff, so I'll just refer you to this discussion:
Auto Window Tint, question re inspection, legal Regarding headlights, here's a discussion: Vehicle Inspections in Raleigh with aftermarket (HID) headlights

I don't think there are any laws regarding fuel economy, but 48 of 100 counties require emissions inspections. Details here: NCDENR - Division of Air Quality - Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program - FAQ

For other questions, I'll have to refer you to the state DMV site: NCDOT: Division of Motor Vehicles
Thanks for the links man I'll have to check them out.

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I don't really understand this question. I assume you will live where you find a job. Would you have to work for a hospital or government agency?

Obviously, there is a large concentration of hospitals in the largest urban areas: Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greenville, Greensboro, etc. if you start your job searches there, then finding a neighborhood to live in is easier.

About the only parts of the state you might want to avoid are economically depressed areas like former factory towns. But then, they probably won't be offering jobs anyway.
Exactly what I was looking for - some places to start my search.


Thanks everyone. I'll make some other threads some time soon. Until then, if anyone wants to chime in that would be great as well.
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