I was never really too keen on the idea of the “typical college experience”, so when it came to picking out my future home, choosing to go to school in a city just seemed like the logical thing to do. And luckily, it has turned out to be a perfect fit. Honestly, I knew from the second that I drove into the Philly skyline and “Philadelphia Freedom” came on the radio, that it was meant to be.
Now I will totally be the first to admit that I’m lacking a bit in the department of “street smarts” and “common sense”, but hey, here I am nine months later, and I’d say I’m doing pretty darn swell. Cities can definitely be intimidating, but they can also be wonderful and magical and exciting and the perfect places to live.
So here are seven of the reasons why going to a city school is great.
- It’s impossible to be bored. While Netflix marathon nights are definitely still a thing, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone having a lazy night simply because there wasn’t anything going on… There is always something going on.
- FOOD. Oh my, cities have the most amazing food in the world. You won’t be confined to the monotony of a dining hall diet, because as soon as you step outside, there are probably at least ten food trucks in view. Not to mention all of the mouth-watering menus from the hundreds of other restaurants lining the street.
(Vegan cheesesteaks are a thing and they are a fantastic thing.)
- You are continually surrounded by art. I would say that a good chunk of my weekends have been devoted to museums. Of course, the fact that I’m an art student probably had something to do with this, but no one can pass up the opportunity to run in the footsteps of Rocky Balboa up the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And art isn’t just limited to the walls of galleries…it surrounds you everywhere you go in beautiful murals around the city.
- Everything is only a subway ride away. Okay public transportation is actually the best thing ever. If a place isn’t within walking distance, then you can just hop on the subway or bus and be there within minutes. Trains are also amazing for when you want to escape the city for a bit into the more peaceful suburbs.
- Endless Concerts. I feel like there is a different concert going on every single night. From basement shows to huge venues, it’s easy to find entertainment as a music lover in the city.
- Ideal picnic spots. Cities aren’t all just concrete jungles. With a little bit of searching they also contain the most picturesque picnic settings. My favorites in Philly so far are in Rittenhouse Square or along the Schuylkill River.
- The city is your classroom. Learning doesn’t stop when you leave your desk. It continues while you’re walking down the sidewalk, riding on the subway, looking through a museum, eating in a restaurant…etc. There are so many opportunities that allow for continuous learning and growth. Being constantly surrounded by different people, cultures, and experiences makes it hard to be confined into your own little bubble.
I had this picture in my mind that college meant having to live in a small, middle-of-nowhere town where the only entertainment would be a constant stream of lame frat parties. But good news! If you’re not into that, then you totally don’t have to go that route. But if you are into that, then you do you man. Rock those frat parties.
Just make sure that you do enough research on all the schools that you’re interested in and visit them in person because that makes a world of a difference.
Go somewhere that makes you feel comfortable and happy, because that’s what’s most important.
And if you do end up in a city school, then get ready for the most amazing adventures ever because you’re about to have a wild, colorful, incredible couple of years.
But that’s just my completely unbiased opinion.