18 Ways That Boston Ruins You For Other Cities

18 Ways That Boston Ruins You For Other Cities

We love that dirty water (even if it isn't that dirty anymore).

I need to be completely honest, I'm not really from Boston, exactly. I'm from a place right outside Boston, almost there but not really. But it doesn't matter because Boston is more than a city. When you grow up near Boston, it's almost like you grow up in Boston. And you miss it, when you leave, no matter how far away that you go.

1. The North End

I would like to let everyone know that I cannot get pizza from the dining halls here because I have had pizza made by Italians in a little place called the North End. I've been made fun of for it, but I know that pizza in Maine is not the same as Pizza in Boston.

2. Dunkin Donuts

They say America runs on Dunkin, but let's be honest, it's just Boston that runs on Dunkin.

3. Doctors

Boston ruins you for doctors in other states because you grow up knowing eighteen different doctors, and whenever you think you break a bone playing soccer three orthopedic surgeons are already checking you before the medic on duty can get to you.

4. Driving

Apparently, I am an "aggressive driver" and that speed limits "are to be followed at all times".

5. Tom Brady

He's Tom Freaking Brady guys, he's the GOAT.

6. The Patriots

It was our senior skip day to go to the parade last February, and no one can tell me that the Patriots are not the best football team in the NFL.

7. The Citgo Sign

A Citgo sign becomes more than a Citgo sign after you live in Boston, I'm telling you.

8. The history

We knew more about the American Revolution than anyone else after eighteen years in Boston and heading to every single landmark and battleground that we could find. We knew more about Paul Revere that we did anything else, after our American History course.

9. Fenway Park

It ruins other baseball stadiums for you, I'm telling you.

10. The Xfinity Center

If you didn't go to the lawn of the Xfinity center to catch a country concert during the summer after sophomore year than I don't know what you were doing.

11. TD Garden

Or the TD Banknorth Garden, like it was when we were younger. If you're watching a hockey game of a basketball game somewhere else than it just isn't the same.

12. Marathon Monday

We come together, and we run 26.2 miles in the freezing cold because it will never be warm in April, but we come together.

13. Fall

I understand that fall is pretty all over New England, but it's better in Boston. Trust me.

14. The General Hooker entrance to the State House

It's the best Instagram post you'll ever get, and no one ever understands it.

15. Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots play there. Enough said.

16. The Pops

The Fourth is better here than it is anywhere else, with the Pops AND the fireworks.

17. It's the best city for college students

And we all wanted to be one of them, didn't we?

18. It's the greatest city in the world

And I'll fight you on that.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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