30 Things I Would Never Change About The Midwest

30 Things I Would Never Change About The Midwest

Is the heaven? No, it’s the Midwestern United States.


Yes, I was born in the Midwest. Yes, I go to a university in the Midwest. No, I do not appreciate countless out-of-state students bashing my home to which they chose to come. Too often than not, I hear my classmates from all over the United States complaining about the “never ending” farmland with nothing to do. Even though we may not have endless summer and breathtaking waterfalls, I would not change it for anything, and here’s why:

1. Hundreds of acres of farmland, feeding people from the East Coast to the West Coast.

2. State/county fairs where everything is either fried on a stick or a shape out of butter.

3. Cities with larger populations of farm animals than people. It may be stinky but it sure is quiet and peaceful.

4. The sunsets.

5. 4 seasons present throughout the year, because the temperature ranges from -10 to 90 degrees. You always get the best of both worlds.

6. Fall farmer’s markets.

7. Close-knit communities where everyone knows everyone.

8. Mall of America in Minnesota.

9. The College World Series, the finals of America’s favorite pastime, that takes place in Omaha, Nebraska.

10. Jazz Festivals near the Mississippi River.

11. Days on the numerous lakes.

12. Arthur Cheese Festival in Illinois Amish Country. Cheese and a festival, what could be better.

13. Corn on the cob.

14. Minimum traffic.

15. Also minimum honking because a large majority of drivers actually know how to drive considerately.

16. Actually being able to find a parking space (maybe a couple blocks away from the destination but that’s nothing in comparison to other places).

17. Affordable music festivals.

People in the Midwest don’t need to pay $300 to enjoy a concert, instead only $20 to listen to up-and-coming artists with just the same enjoyment.

18. Any art museum in Chicago.

19. Midwest accents and phrases such as “pop” or “you betcha.”

20. No smog.

21. Bix 7, arguably the greatest road race with the large sense of community and record holding participants from Africa.

22. Hills and bluffs, the Rocky Mountains aren’t the only breathtaking landscape.

23. Freezing temperatures means very limited amounts of large, strange insects.

June bugs, cicadas, and mosquitos pretty much sums it up.

24. Snow during April and 50 degree weather the day after the snowfall.

25. Home grown produce sold in any empty parking lot.

26. Events of the fall: pumpkin, corn mazes, and bonfires.

27. Iowa pork chops.

28. Mount Rushmore, located in Black Hills, South Dakota.

29. Never any crowding from tourists.

30. And lastly, the overwhelming Midwestern friendliness, given to practically anyone from friends to strangers.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Barefoot Wine Instagram

Have you noticed that you're drinking a lot more than you used to during the Pandemic? You're not alone.

I too in recent weeks have noticed that I'm drinking more than normal, and earlier in the day. I've started having a glass of wine with lunch a few days a week, something I never used to do. Although, a recent Odyssey survey shows that most Americans are starting to drink between 4 and 8 pm.

Keep Reading... Show less

These Phoebe Buffay Outfits Prove She's A '90s Fashion Icon — We're Replicating EVERY Single One

In case you needed another reason to love our favorite coffee shop singer.


I've always been described as the Phoebe of my friend group — not just for being a vegan, animal-loving people pleaser, but also for the false sense of confidence in my singing and athleticism.

I consider it a compliment to be labeled a Phoebe. Besides her general warmth, I was always drawn to her hippy-chic vibes and passion for environmentalism before it was even cool to be vegan or to care about the planet. The way she carelessly ran through parks flailing her limbs without a care mimicked her effortlessly eccentric style.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Elijah McClain's Case Is Being Reopened — His Family Is Still Waiting For Justice

The killing of an innocent Black man will be reinvestigated, and that news that brought me to tears.

9News / YouTube

On August 24, 2019, in Aurora, CO, a 23-year-old Black man named Elijah McClain was walking home from a convenience store after buying iced tea for his brother. He was wearing a ski mask because he was anemic and easily got cold. He was listening to music and dancing while he walked when someone called 911 on this Black man simply walking home.

Keep Reading... Show less

'Tis the season for wedding fun and if you're hosting or helping plan a bachelorette party for the bride-to-be, you're going to want it to be a blast. Whether it's a social distance soiree or a virtual party, games will always spice up the time with the gals, so if you're looking for a fun and easy one to get the party started (and everyone drunk), this game is for you.

What's the name of the game? "Drink If: Bachelorette Party Edition." Here's how it works.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Talked To My Friend About Her Cystic Fibrosis And Wow, CF Patients Are WARRIORS

Not many people can say they've had a double lung transplant.

Alissa Katz

Forty percent of the United States lives with a chronic disease. These diseases are unique in their own way, but one thing is the same — every individual who lives with a chronic condition faces obstacles because of their disease.

Not only do these illnesses require a lot of education for the individuals who have them, but for the community as a whole. The more we as a society know about these diseases, the more well-rounded (and ideally, helpful) we'll be. If anything, we'll have a greater appreciation for the strength individuals with chronic conditions show on a daily basis.

Keep Reading... Show less

We've all been there... your brain was telling you "bad idea," but your heart was saying "but what if..." and now you're heartbroken. Whether you were actually in a relationship with the person or you never made it passed the "talking stage" before he broke your heart, it still hurts!

The good news? You're not alone and things will get better. Here are a few TikToks that will motivate you to move on, no matter what stage of the breakup process you're in.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Create A Summer Reading List On Odyssey

Books are the perfect summer companions.

It's officially summer 2020, and yes, we're still in the middle of a global pandemic, which means a lot of your free time this summer is probably going to involve watching Netflix. But you can't take Netflix to the pool or on the beach.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments