(on the phone)
Mom: Oh my god, sweetie! Are you Okay?? I heard that there was a campus shooting in the United States!
Daughter: ......Yes, Mom, I'm fine. It was NOT in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mom: Oh my god, sweetie! Are you still doing Okay?? I saw it on TV that there was an earthquake happened in the United States!
Daughter: ......Yes, Mom. You are right! But I'm still good, because that was NOT in Minneapolis, Minnesota, either.
Mom: Oh my goodness, sweetie! Are you still alive???! There was a tornado happened in the United States!!
Daughter: ......Yes, Mom. Of course, I'm still doing great! Okay, let's say, that was true as well! However, it just not happened here--NOT in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Doesn't that sound crazy? You are right! Those are the conversations I had with my Mom since I came to study at the U of M. I bet for most of the parents, the safety concerns are the ones they will probably put on top if their children are going to study in the United States. However, the state of Minnesota (especially the city of Minneapolis), compared with other states at the US, has a much safer and enjoyable living environment, which is also one of the top reasons why I chose the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Deep in my mind, I just feel like universities in the US on both of the West and East coasts have either higher violent crime rates, or higher natural disasters rates. But the University of Minnesota, relatively speaking, has much less safety issues that ever happened.
Actually, in October, 2009, Forbes magazine had examined 40 metropolitan areas and evaluated them based on four factors: workplace accidents, weather catastrophes, crime rates and traffic accidents.
They used the results to come up their list of America's Safest Cities, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area topped the list!!
So now you see you are making such a brilliant decision of choosing the U of M--make yourself more focused on academic studies and your parents less worried about your safety! Why not?? : )