Fun things to do in West Chester

Never Be Bored In West Chester Again After You Try These 8 Things

Who doesn't love WC?

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Do you ever feel as though you've done everything there is to do around WC? Think twice, friend. Here I have you a collection of things you probably haven't yet experienced in the place we all know and love.

1. Everhart Park.

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Who doesn't love a leisurely walk into town? Everhart Park is one of West Chester's public parks and is the perfect place to stroll around when the sun is shining. Make an afternoon out of it! Bring a blanket, have yourself a picnic, and hang in the gazebo with some friends.

2. Take a tour of QVC!

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If you didn't already know, QVC is television network that specializes in home shopping. Conveniently QVC has a main studio in West Chester where you can take a full tour and see all the behind the scenes work of this huge company. Only downfall is that if you don't have a car on campus, you may need to find a kind friend who can give you a lift to the studio. Make sure to stop in their gift shop on your way out and treat yourself to a little souvenir from your visit!

3. Spend a Saturday morning at the Artisan Exchange Market.

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You won't regret stopping by the Artisan Exchange and taste testing some samples of unique, tasty foods! Of the many farmers market in the area, Artisan Exchange is full of diversity and kind people. Whether you need a dozen eggs or want to try homemade ice cream sandwiches, you're bound to enjoy your findings.

4. Experience Escape!

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Yes. Downtown West Chester now has an Escape room! This is a perfect way to entertain all ages AND its located right on S High street. Spend an hour doing puzzles, facing challenges and working together with some friends to escape the room!

5. Go into those cute boutiques you’ve been staring at.

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Malena's, Blink, or Tish… you can't go wrong. There's something so fulfilling about shopping locally! Choose a day and pop into some WC boutiques with a friend and find that trendy outfit you've been searching for at shopping malls.

6. Pop into G Spot Thrift Boutique.

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You read that correctly, there IS a thrift shop in downtown West Chester! G Spot is the place to be as its filled with some of the neatest signs, pieces of furniture, and so much more. You never know what you'll find if you pop in on a good day!

7. Stuff your face with cupcakes.

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Gourmet cupcakes, anyone? Día Doce is the place to be! Filled with flavor and tasty coffee, too, this is the perfect way to cure your sweet tooth. And don't worry, you can customize your cupcakes however you'd like; enjoy!

8. Yogi.

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Walk on down to Local Yoga Café and find your zen. This adorable coffee shop and yoga studio is the perfect combination of fun and motivation. A relaxing, positive atmosphere that you will leave you wanting to return!

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Our Bodies Are Worth More Than Hookup Culture Would Have Us Believe

The hookup culture in today's society can be perceived as an approach surrounding sexual encounters that emphasizes casual hook-ups without forming a personal or emotional connection.

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"Just go home with them tonight and ignore them tomorrow." This saying occurs more than often within our culture. From the late-night hookups, to "dating apps," to "sliding into their DM's" all of these instances are short- term solutions for long-term desires. But are these so-called "solutions" damaging our own person or our culture's view on real love and healthy relationships?

Specifically, within the high school and college scene, kids are obsessed with being obsessed but not being in love. The games that are played surrounding the hook-up culture leads to a generation where loyalty is just a word, love is just a quote, and deceiving one another is the new norm. These words aren't just words in the dictionary, they all are a basis to human relations. What? Relationships? No, we just want to feel good and have someone to sleep with who we met last night at a party.

In my opinion, the intended meaning of love and sex is extremely skewed in today's society. From a male's perspective, being nice and asking someone on a date to get to know them is considered weak. But asking them to come over at 1 a.m. to "hangout" will receive a high- five from all of their buddies. From a woman's standpoint, expressing feelings towards a crush is considered being too sensitive and just over-emotional. But playing hard-to-get, waiting to respond to a text, and trying to make them jealous is the way to get them to take you home. All of these manipulative tactics to hook- up with someone is an everyday occurrence. However, at the end of the day, these methods are only making each individual unhappy, lonely, and miss the real meaning of love.

Our society has labeled casual hookups as fun and thrilling, but we don't place attention on the fact that it can cause an emotional roller-coaster later in life. These actions teach that when you're young, our deep longings don't need to be considered, our actions don't have consequences, and commitment is an old-fashioned word…" just have fun." In reality, it can affect your future relationships. At the moment, casually hooking- up without having any string attached makes you feel good but once it's over, we don't think about the repercussions of how it can affect your view of yourself. True love and intimacy cannot happen over one night stands or without vulnerable feelings.

The hook-up culture may be hard to fix because people believe that they are not able to put their real emotions or heart into relationships especially after experiencing the hook-up culture. It's too scary and enables them to believe that they can't survive in a long-lasting relationship.

This article wasn't written to make you feel bad about your past hook-ups or future ones but it was made to have our culture realize and to expose us to the reality of it. So before you send that late night text, get in bed with a stranger, or begin a deadly game perhaps think about your worth instead of the price tag on your panties.

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Light That Is Manhattan

A poem about anticipation.

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Almost there.

The subway station is cold and narrow

But the staircase is just ahead.

No more corners, maps, or the like,

Just the light at the top of the stairs.


They say this city is filled with dreams.

Desires that may not even exist yet.

Dreams that have yet to be achieved,

or so the glow in front of me says.


The wonder builds as the ambiguous light at the top of the

Subway station stairs get brighter.

These steps are a two way street of

Excitement up

Fulfillment down.


May this light soon turn into

Roaring streets

Calm corners

Tranquil parks, and

dreams obtained.


The bright light I see in front of me is the glow of the city.

32 steps and I'm home.

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