10 Reasons The Jersey Shore Has A Special Place In Every New Jerseyan's Heart

10 Reasons The Jersey Shore Has A Special Place In Every New Jerseyan's Heart

Not the T.V. show, silly... although it may be a guilty pleasure for some.

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Ah, the Jersey Shore. Hearing these words, some people may automatically think of the infamous reality show from MTV, and others may think of a dirty kind of Atlantic Ocean. Well for Jersey natives, flashes of boardwalk lights and boogie boards in the ocean enter our minds and we are automatically transported to amazing memories with family and friends alike.

If you are a Jersey native, or not even close to being one, let me remind you why or the reasons why the Shore is so special in your life. And for those of you who wouldn't think a clue about something good to say about this place, let me give at least 10.

HELLO, the beach is there!

Although New Jersey is often deemed "the armpit of the world," there is no denying the fact that we have beaches along most of our coast. No matter where you live in the state, you're only two hours away from the beach, and this is NOT something most of the other states of America can say. The water may not be crystal clear, but there's sun, sand, and an ocean, so it just has to count.

It's the perfect trip for you to have with family, friends, AND classmates.

The Jersey Shore is known for being the destination for family vacations, day trips with friends, and the host of the after party for a Prom Weekend bash. No matter the reason for your stay by the sea, it is always bound to be a fantastic time.

Everyone has their favorite Jersey Shore town.

What most non-Jersey natives don't know about the shore is that there are so many different towns that everyone has their own preference to where they like to go, as well as for the different events (i.e. Reason #2). Some beach towns are made for family getaways (like Avalon and Wildwood) and there are others that seem more for the party people (like Belmar and Seaside Heights). All of the DTS residencies are special in their own way, but any Jersey person will defend their personal favorite 'till the end.

The infinite amount of ice cream shops and Wawas.

When you go to the beach, of course, you're going to crave endless amounts of ice cream; well, the Jersey Shore has got you covered for miles. Each town has their endless supply of original homegrown ice cream shops, as well as the infamous Kohrs custard chain, that they line up on street blocks and boardwalk stands as far as the eye can see. And let's not forget about Jersey's staple convenience store: Wawa. Need I say more?

SEE ALSO: Why Even Have The Starbucks/Dunkin' Debate When Wawa Exists?

Boardwalks- 'nuff said.

The boardwalk is an iconic attribute to most of the Jersey Shore towns that make life by the beach even better (if that was possible). From Point Pleasant's Jenkinson's Boardwalk to Wildwood's two-mile boards complete with Morey's Piers, there is always something new to discover on the various boardwalks of the Jersey Shore. Boardwalk food, arcades, bike riding, amusement park rides, water parks, mini-golf, carnival games, tiny shops... it's all here.

It's all historical- literally!

Most people may not see it, but the Jersey Shore holds some pretty historical substance within its borders. For example, Atlantic City plays as the Las Vegas of the East Coast, while Wildwood is known for being the center of all things Doo Wop; Cape May poses as the Victorian town of the present day, and Asbury Park is home to one of Jersey's homebred rock star Bruce Springsteen. While there is so much more history waiting to be uncovered all over the state, there is no doubt that the Jersey Shore is home to a lot of it, as well.

It's a cheaper and more convenient getaway.

Not everyone has the time or money to get to the tropical islands of the Caribbean or even to the faraway lands of Florida, so what's better than having your own getaway in your home state? The Jersey Shore, no matter where you live, is far enough to get out of your hometown and have some fun in the sun while saving you some big cash you'd spend somewhere else doing the same things. Even though it's not home to the fanciest beaches on Earth, it does make a great place to get away for a while, whatever the occasion.

Fresh seafood galore.

Okay, so not everyone is a BIG seafood person, but the fact that we have fresh seafood every day along the coast is something else. Sure, it's not like the lobsters or fish in Boston or Maine, but it's pretty damn close in taste factor.

They have staple attractions.

Each Jersey Shore town has its own staple attraction, whether it be big or small. From the infamous Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, to the Victorian houses of Cape May, there are tons of museums and sites all over the Eastern Jersey seaboard.

It's a "home away from home."

No matter what kind of Jersey native you talk to, almost every person will tell you why the shore means so much to them. While each person has their most favorite shore town (Wildwood is mine!), it may be because of the family vacations or the memories made there, from trips with friends when they were young. Even though their fave shore town may not be their hometown, it's still a place that some people refer to it as, no matter where they are.

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10 Things I Learned When My Best Friend Got Pregnant In High School

In this world where you can be anything: be a friend (and be a good one).

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Life: full of amazing, unforeseen circumstances. How you roll with the punches only reveals your strength.
True friends are like diamonds: bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." -Nicole Richie

I remember when I first heard the big news. I didn't want to believe it. My heart dropped. I was worried for you. What would happen? How would you get through this? Nothing we knew would ever be the same. Our world was about to change forever. I recalled the verse Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." I knew God was with you and would always be. I knew God needed me to be here for you, no matter what.

Turns out, you had this all in the bag. You handled everything with grace and dignity. You were strong even on your hardest days. You were overwhelmed with faith and you inspired me with your perseverance through the hardest times. I could not be more proud of who you became because of the cards you were dealt.

To Meaghan: I love you. I'm always here, no matter where. Hudson is so lucky to have you.

Here's what I learned from you and your sweet baby boy:

1. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT the end of the world

Start making plans for the future. Pick out clothes, decorations, and toys. Help with all the madness and preparation. She would do the same for you. Plus, 9 p.m. runs to Toys-R-Us just to buy the baby some socks (because you do not know the gender yet) is always a good idea. You have to focus on the big picture. Life doesn't stop even when you want to.

2. No matter how much you want to freak out, remain calm

Getting unexpected news is never easy to hear. If needed, cry. Cry until you cannot anymore. Then, get up and be strong, she needs you. Be flexible (You want to come over to hang out? Right now? No, I'm not in the middle of ten thousand things, come on over). Be available (yes, even for her 3 a.m. insomnia calls just to see "what's up?") "Meaghan, why are you even awake right now?"

3. Radiate positivity. Always. 

This is an emotional time. The LAST thing she needs is someone bringing her down. "No, honey, you're glowing!" "You do not look fat in that bikini!!" "You are rocking that baby bump!" "Oh, that's your the third day in a row you're eating a Sonic burger for lunch? You go girl!"

4. Be ready for all the times: happy, confusing, stressful, sad, (but mostly) exciting

Mixed emotions are so hard, but look for the silver lining. With your support, she will be strong.

"Who knew picking out the brand of diapers to buy was so stressful?"

5. This world is a scary place. You never want to be all alone, so don't be. 

Like the song says, we, really do, all need someone to lean on. Just being there for someone goes a long way. "Meaghan what the heck are you doing in MY bed? How long have you been here?"

6. Lean on God. His plan is greater than we could ever imagine. 

When you don't know where to go, or who to turn to, pray! Pray for the burdens you feel. Pray for the future. Pray for patience. Pray for the ability to not grow weary. Pray for a heart of compassion. Pray. Pray. Pray.

7. Something we never knew we needed. 

Some of the best things in life are things we never knew we needed. Who knows where we would be without this sweet face?

"Hudson say Lib. Libby. L-- Come ON!" "CAT!" "Okay, that works too."

8. "Mother knows best"...is accurate, whether you believe it or not

Turns out, seventeen-year-olds don't know how to plan baby showers. Our moms have been there, done that. They want to be involved just as much as we do, so let them! Listen to their guidance. After all, they're professionals.

9. There will *almost always* be a "better way" of doing something...but, be a cheerleader, not a critic 

This is something many people struggle with in general, but it is not your DNA, it is not your place to be a critic. Let her raise her own baby. You are there to be a friend, not a mentor. ****Unless she's about to name the baby something absolutely terrible -- for the love of that baby, don't let her name that kid something everyone hates.

10.  At the end of the day, it's not what you have or what you know; rather, it is all about who you love and those who love you

Life has adapted, but for the better. We grew up, learned, and became stronger. All the while, we stayed friends every step of the way. We still have the same fun and most definitely, the same laughs.

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Being A Nanny Is The Best College Job, You Can @ Me On This

I strongly suggest joining the field ASAP.

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I have been babysitting since I was in ninth grade. In my opinion, it is the best possible job for a student, and should by all means be taken advantage of by our young adult generation. Being a babysitter teaches patience, responsibility, and how to deal with the weirdest situations ever (kids do some wacky things). Here are what I think are the main selling points of nannying a couple kids during your time as a student:

1. GOOD Pay

At this point, none of us have college degrees. This immediately means that we are going to make much less because the jobs we have available to us are unskilled and pretty basic. However, with ~babysitting~ parents will pay a whole lot to get one night out on the town away from their little bundles of joy. They will pay extra well if it's a weekend night, if they found you last minute, or if they know that their children are especially...exciting.

2. It is literally just hanging out with a kid or two

For the most part, kids just want to have fun. So, a lot of babysitting is just keeping the kids occupied and making sure they are having fun. Sometimes, you can even have fun, too!! Kids love water balloon fights, coloring, and watching movies. I am not opposed to any of these activities. I am especially not opposed to these activities when I am getting paid cold hard cash to do them. This brings me to my next point.

3. Most innocent form of tax evasion

Unless if you are a regular nanny, and the parents are very morally upright, responsible Americans, you will never pay a dime of taxes on your babysitting. Most of your little weekend and small jobs are here and there and not super consistent. Parents typically pay with cash, check, or Venmo. AKA, you can easily make a living off the double-digit per hour pay, and you don't pay taxes. Sneaky. I'm not sure if this is consitutional, but is anyone ever really going to come after the teenage babysitters?

4. (Usually) free food

Another killer perk of being a babysitter is the snacks. At almost every house I've ever sat at, as the parents are running out the door they flippantly shout behind them, "Help yourself to whatever's in the fridge!" I am a broke, hungry college student that has not gone grocery shopping since it was warm outside. Don't mind if I do. (disclaimer: don't go too crazy. Proper etiquette is important: don't eat the last of anything in the fridge, don't open anything that is brand new, and NEVER eat the chocolate the mom has hidden on the top shelf of the pantry.)

5. Downtime

Most of the time parents hire you for two reasons: to make sure that their kids stay alive (if they're little) or to make sure that their kid doesn't burn the house to the ground (if they're old enough to take care of themselves, but not quite old enough to be trusted). For younger ones, either due to a nap or an early bedtime, the kids will be asleep at some point during your hang with them. That means time for you to cozy up on the parents' comfy couch and do some homework or watch a movie (on the quietest volume of course).

If the kids are old enough to be awake for your whole stay, they still will probably not want to spend every single second with you, they'll want to do their own thing, maybe reading a book by themselves or playing a video game at some point. Regardless, you're going to have some chill time where your job is just to periodically make sure that the kids aren't getting themselves into trouble.

6. Kids are hilarious

Kids are the greatest comedians. They are totally unaware of this, but they're absolutely hilarious. They are so small and have no idea what is going on half of the time. It is so fun just hanging out with them and witnessing the stories they tell, things they get excited about, and little misunderstandings.

One of my favorite stories was with an adorable little four-year-old boy. I was explaining to him that I no longer live with my parents because I am in college. I now realize that this is an earth-shattering notion, as he had never considered the fact that he wouldn't live with his parents forever. He had tons of questions about my living situation and finally ventured into the subject of college, so I told him that college is just a fancy word for school. He immediately turned away from me and stared into the distance with the most sorrowful face I've ever seen on a four-year-old. "My mommy and daddy are sending me to school next year." It took me a couple of minutes to explain that there is a huge difference between my parentless lonely school and the kindergarten school he would be going to soon, that he still had a great deal of time with his parents before they would be sending him out on his own. I did my best to convey this to him, but I'm pretty sure the damage was already done. Poor guy will never be the same.

7. Forming relationships with kids

Spending all of this time hanging out with kids, teaching them about the weird world we share, and watching them grow up is so meaningful. You create bonds with them and can't wait to see all of the cool things they do with their little lives.

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