9 Things You'll Notice When You Move From A Big City To A Small Town

9 Things You'll Notice When You Move From A Big City To A Small Town

Every boy has a picture of a dead animal on their Tinder profile.

This summer I moved from my large college city on the east coast to a small town in the midwest for an internship. Safe to say, this has been the weirdest but most exciting move I have made so far. There are a lot of noticeable differences between living in a small town and a big city.

1. Everyone you pass is going to say "hi" to you.

In the city, you don’t acknowledge anyone walking past you. In a small town, everyone exchanges "hellos" even when just passing by. If they've got time, it will turn into a full-on conversation about your life story.

2. People are going to comment on your accent.

You can tell a city slicker by the way they talk.

3. Everything happens slower.

People talk slower, walk slower, and drive slower. If you’re used to the city, this is going to get infuriating.

4. People ask you about how “dangerous” your old city is.

In a place where people don’t always lock their doors, hearing anything about a crime is a scandal. If you tell them that story about how your neighbor’s apartment was broken into, they’re going to think you’re way tougher than you actually are.

5. Your new town might have some weird superstition or supernatural monster.

But, don’t say it’s weird. For the most part, locals think it’s a good story to tell newbies, but some may still believe.

6. Every guy has a picture of a dead animal on their Tinder profile.

*takes a shot every time you see a fish or deer* *dies*

7. Even if you don't know their name, they'll know yours.

Word travels fast in a small town, and soon everyone is going to know about you. Luckily, for the most part, people are just excited to meet someone new and welcome them to their town.

8. Everyone is way friendlier.

Within the first week of moving in, a stranger offered to loan me a mattress because they knew the one in my dorm was absolute trash. Even if you've just met them, they would offer you whatever they can just to make your life a little easier.

9. It's not that much different.

Culturally there may be some big changes, but when you get down to it, people are people. You're not much different than your new neighbors, and you'll be falling into their same patterns before you know it.

Moving from a big city to a small town can take some getting used to, but in the end, you're going to be glad you made the move, even if it's just for the summer.

Cover Image Credit: Sebastian Voortman

Popular Right Now

What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

Cover Image Credit: @univofalabama / Instagram

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

camera angle

Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

Related Content

Facebook Comments