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

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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