I’ve always been a city person (still am) but going to college in a true college town was one of the best decisions I’ve made. While I knew there were some pretty convenient things about living in a college town I didn’t realize just how great they were until I was no longer in that setting. With that said I’ve come up with a list of things that happen when you leave a college town. If you still live with roommates you are friends with, your list might differ from mine. For anyone who might be graduating soon and plans to live by themselves these are some things I think you should really appreciate while you still have them.
- Your friends are no longer all within walking distance. You might still have a couple friends who live in the same neighborhood but generally everyone is spread out over the city you end up in. This causes you to have to put in a bit more planning to meet up with people.
- Not only are all of your friends not walking distance, all your fave hangout places aren’t. Yes, you’ll have your go to places to walk to in your neighborhood but you’ll probably want to go visit the up and coming areas in your city that are a little ways away. I love having variety of places to explore and neighborhoods with different character but when venturing to new places for going out on Friday and Saturday night it’s a little more of an ordeal. Most likely drinking is involved and then you have to get an uber and it’s even more important that your groups stays together so no one gets stranded in a random neighborhood. Speaking of going out that leads me to my next point.
- Since your group of friends is more spread out, piling into someone’s bedroom the morning after to recap your night isn’t as common. If you end up sleeping over at your friend’s apartment or they sleep at yours, this might happen some. However, it is not the weekly ritual it used to be.
- More on the topic of going out, you realize that not everyone had the same type of college environment as you. If you catch my drift.
- Back to the topic of having to put more effort in planning to meet up with your friends. It’s not as common to casually lounge around someone’s apartment just to hang out. Since everyone is spread out, usually catching up involves some sort of activity that involves spending money or consuming calories. For example, people immediately jump to let’s get brunch, let’s go to happy hour, let’s go out, etc. You may have some wine nights with people but there’s definitely less of just come over to come over. I am guilty of this myself so maybe I could change this by actually inviting someone to go do something that doesn’t involve going somewhere. This might also change when I get my car.
- Lastly, in a college town everything is centered around the students so indirectly everything is centered around you. When it’s a college town it’s a pretty specific target market so everything that goes on in the area is focused on what the students want. Yes each individual has different interests, but when you have thousands of people in one place between the ages of 18 and 22 there is a lot of overlap.
This post isn’t supposed to be negative. It’s just a look into some of the things I didn’t realize were so great until I left Pullman. I also, love a lot of things about post grad life, so this isn’t to say the present isn’t great as well. I might even make my next post about the benefits of not being in school anymore for anyone who is dreading graduation.