DeeCee wrote:Magnolia wrote:DeeCee wrote:Also, NC State = triangle area = one of the most liberal regions in the state.
I grew up in the triangle and had the exact opposite experience. Outside of the immediate NC State/UNC/Duke campus areas, the triangle is just as conservative as the rest of the state. I hated every second and moved to the NE as soon as I could. I could see it maybe being a great place if you find a niche, but not everyone does.
Oh I didn't know that.....I was hoping to get further up north for LS but with in-state tuition at UNC, I just can't pass it up. I've lived on opposite sides of the state (beach and mtns) and had very conservative experiences in my hometown, and liberal ones at my current grad school. But, when I have visited CH I always felt it was a little hub of liberalness compared to other places in the state.
Don't get me wrong, CH is super liberal and I have no doubt you'll have a great time going to school there. It's just when you get more into the suburbs and other parts of the triangle, where most people aren't associated with the school, that it gets much more conservative. I would imagine the same is true for Wake. While you're there for school, you should have no problem finding fellow liberals. If you stay after graduation, it gets harder.
I think how happy you can be as a liberal living in NC depends a lot on how much you can tolerate the crazies. Some of my friends have no trouble just ignoring the birthers and the Glenn Beck fanboys, and they are perfectly happy. I couldn't just ignore them, and it's why I moved away.