UNCW welcomes new students, interim chancellor
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If you noticed a lot of traffic around UNCW this weekend, it's because thousands of new students, and even a new leader, were moving in for the school year.

Melanie Wood has sent other children off to college, but it's still tough.

"I've done this twice before with two sons, but it's a different with a daughter," Wood said Saturday as she helped her daughter Taylor move into her dorm at UNCW.

For so many it's that time of year again: back to school, the start of a new chapter.

Taylor Wood isn't sure how she feels.

"A little bit of both," she said. "I think they go together, but most excited, though."

The move-in process is hectic, as students and parents flood the campus, but this year there was plenty of help.

"We have 1,800 volunteers welcoming 1,920 new students, and the spirit is just positive and exciting," UNCW's Interim Chanceller Bill Sederburg.

It wasn't just students moving in. Sederburg unpacked his boxes, as he prepares for the new school year.

"I'm trying to hit the streets running, and our whole campus is moving ahead very aggressively in all sorts of different fronts," he said. "We just want to keep the ball rolling and keep the momentum going for the university."

UNCW is still looking for a permanent chancellor. Sederburg says there are a few administrative issues that need to be addressed, but he hopes Wilmington will attract a great group of candidates to take the school even farther.

Melanie Wood knows a new beginning is best for her daughter's future and feels Wilmington is the perfect fit.

"We are just so excited that she felt so welcomed here," she said.

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Hey all you parents. Now that you have moved your kids here and set them up in their living quarters how about not forgetting them? How about showing up sometime, especially on weekends, unannounced. Come back to check on them. Be sure they are normal and healthy. Go in and look at the condition of their living quarters especially if they live off campus in a rental unit. Showing up without warning might help some of you find out what your children are really doing away from home. Maybe you will see what their neighbors have to put up with from your children. In fact, you might get the pure hell shocked out of you. I have seen so many parents come here for move in weekend and never come back. The kids go home for visits but the parents definitely need to come back, check on your kids and again, do it unannounced. They may not be as responsible as you think they are. They may need guidance or even worse, they may need to move back home for a year or two to grow up and mature some.

Because what the world needs is even MORE narcissistic adult children being spied upon by their over-protective helicopter parents. Do us all a simple favor - act like adults and we'll treat you like adults.