17 Unmistakable Signs You're From The Lehigh Valley

17 Unmistakable Signs You're From The Lehigh Valley


Being from the Lehigh Valley has a lot of perks that you may not realize until you leave. Once you're somewhere else that is far less populated and exciting, you begin to understand that the Lehigh Valley is far more than you ever believed it to be.

1.You get annoyed when you have to drive further than 20 minutes to get somewhere.

Drive 45 minutes to spend a couple hours there? No thank you.

2. Even if you live in the "country" you're less than 10 minutes from the nearest town.

3. You've gone to a drive-in movie theater almost every summer for as long as you can remember.

All you need are your friends, a pick-up truck, and some snacks.

4. You've also been to the Roxy.

Movie and popcorn for 2 under $10? Count me in.

5. You probably worked at Dorney Park as a teenager.

And if you didn't work there, you considered it. Until you heard the horror stories.

6. Malls elsewhere simply don't impress you.

"The mall here has a k-mart in it…"

7. Musikfest is more of a burden than anything.

Have you seen the traffic on 22?

8. You have your favorite diner hangout.

And you typically frequent it between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

9. You’re probably a big supporter of small businesses.

Each Lehigh Valley town is bustling with small shops and cafes. In fact, you probably had at least one friend with a parent who owned a business.

10. Historic Bethlehem is your favorite Christmas stop.

Lights, Carriages, and Moravian Stars

11. You couldn't wait to go to Lights in the Parkway every winter.

Who doesn’t love a good light display?

12. All of your elementary school field trips were either to the Trexler Game Preserve, Allentown Symphony Hall, or the Da Vinci Science Center.

Every. Year.

13. The cross town rivalries got pretty intense.

14. You've been to the Knob at least once.

And if you're a true nature lover, you were thoroughly disappointed and unimpressed.

15. Every year someone begged you to go to Blue Mountain with them.

Sorry, I don't do that whole snow thing.

16. The Freddy Awards are a big freakin' deal

High school theater gets pretty competitive

17. You absolutely love your hometown, and your beautiful Pennsylvania Valley

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."

“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?


High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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