Freshman College Life: From a Small Town to a Big City

Ever since I was born I grew up in a small country town in the South that I absolutely hated. The people there were too simple (ie. if you were anything other than white, mexican, or Chinese you were made fun of twice as bad), they were too rowdy (ie. breaking glass bottles in the school parking lot where the band marched at every afternoon), they would hardly talk to you straight into your face (not because they were shy but because they’d rather talk about you behind your back), and lastly they suck at driving.

Now that I moved to a city in the North all of those things don’t exist. Or if they do I haven’t noticed them yet. I knew that things were going to be different after I moved of course, and I’m pretty adaptable to change so I’m perfectly fine living here. I just wanted to point out some things that I noticed were really different living in a small town and living in a city.

  1. Open mindedness
    I always felt alone in my town for a lot of reasons, but those reasons mainly stemmed from the fact that I am a really open-minded person. Of course I have things that I’m against, but I’m more than willing to try new things at least once. I used to have a long-term problem with my love for foreign music and the people around me accepting it. I used to get teased because I was interested in other cultures more than my Texan or American one.Ever since I first stepped foot in the city people everywhere are really open to how I look and what I eat, even how I act. They can hold conversations with me about things that people from my hometown have probably never heard of. They don’t immediately judge me because of my far out interests. I feel like I’m living in a day-dream sometimes. It’s surreal that I’ve met people who are so accepting.
  2. Consideration
    When I lived in the country most people older than me called me “sweetheart” a lot. It’s because I was never the person in the room that didn’t care if anyone else was uncomfortable because of me. I was the quiet girl who tried to not interfere with anyone so I wouldn’t bother them. Everyone else did what they liked as long as it pleased them. I did that too I just didn’t do it in the fashion that they carried it out in. Basically if someone was having fun and it bothered you, they wouldn’t care and would probably talk behind your back about you even if you’ve never said a word to them.The people here in the city are quiet friendly and they want to hear your side of the story so that they make sure that they take all parts into consideration. It’s nice to be able to explain yourself and have someone take in the truth completely rather than watching them squint their eyes at you in disbelief right at the start.
  3. Driving
    I would first like to say that I was terrified of driving ever since I got my license about two years ago only because I saw how others drove around me and it was bad! In the country people are very hard-headed about their driving! It doesn’t matter if they’re following the laws of driving or not; if you’re in their way they will keep going because they somehow have more right to get where ever they need to go more than you even if they could end up in a serious wreck! They will seriously not slow down or stop even if you’re a hair away from hitting their vehicle!Now I understand why my relatives that live in the city complain about country folk trying to drive where they live. The country people always get in wrecks when driving in the city. I drove around the city the day after I moved into my first apartment and I was of course terrified to even get out of my parking lot. But thankfully the people here know how to drive! They wait until their lights turn colors, they don’t try to beat the light, they stay in their lanes, they slow down when they want to shift lanes or exit or turn, they’re just really awesome drivers! I want to drive all the time now! And that’s something that I thought I would never say!

So those are just a few points that I wanted to make from my four days spent living in the city. Just four days and I love it here! It feels like home! Something that my real hometown never felt like.

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