What It's Like Growing Up In Pennsylvania

What It's Like Growing Up In Pennsylvania

You’re either in the middle of no where or you’re in the middle of suburban world.

From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and Honeybrook to Lancaster, there’s never a dull spot in the state of Pennsylvania. As someone who has grown up in Exton, Pennsylvania, I can happily say that I live close to Philadelphia, King of Prussia, and West Chester.

West Chester, home to the University and a cute town, is one of the closest popular places to Exton. With Main Street and an old school town vibe, it’s sure to never disappoint. Going into West Chester can mean trips to nice restaurants, ice cream shops, or to West Chester University. Camps were always popular there and a good amount of kids from my hometown go to college there now.

King of Prussia, or the reference point for my area for people who don’t live in Pennsylvania, is home to my favorite mall of all time. Sure, we have a mall in my town, but that doesn’t even come close to comparing to the KOP mall. With high end stores, niche restaurants, and more than you could ever imagine, King of Prussia is easily one of my favorite Pennsylvania places.

Philadelphia is of course the most known area close to me. Home of the Eagles, or Super Bowl Champions as we now prefer, we’re pretty great. Philly never disappoints with sites on South Street, Center City, and of course the Sports Complexes. Museums and Old City are known for their historic vibe and they’re both great places to go for a sense of the city.

Now for Exton, nested between Chester Springs and Downingtown, my home. Anyone who grew up in Exton or the neighboring towns can tell you that we’re a pretty classic suburban town. Diners, a mall, lots of shopping, and even a Whole Foods. Classic places to go growing up included Marsh Creek State Park, PowerPlay Ice Rink, the Exton Mall, Regal Movie Theater, and Stadium Grille. Looking back, some of my all time favorite memories are at these places. Driving around Exton is an adventure within itself. One minute you’re in an extremely populated area and the next you’re only seeing farms and fields for miles. With our own little Main Street at Exton, we have our attempt at an old town vibe. We have ice cream, a movie theater, and our newest addition, a craft beer tavern.

Places like PJ’s and Applebee’s are home to high school memories. After football games basically the entire school would be at Applebee’s. Our high school environment was a classic large school. You would know everyone’s name, you’d go to every football game, and you couldn’t wait to graduate all at the same time. Some of the best people I’ve ever known are from East and I’m beyond thankful for that. As much as I’ve never met a more similar group of people, we’re also all so different.

As for Pennsylvania as a whole, we’re home to never-ending construction, potholes galore, and cities that eventually turn into farms if you drive long enough. Pennsylvania is beautiful and driving around it is one of my favorite things to do. I could never be bored of such a great sight to see. Pennsylvania is my forever home and I am so grateful to say that. Oh, and go birds!

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18 things all college kids think during their first week home of summer break

Because it's so nice to be home, I think?


1. Ahhh, it's so nice to be home

Buckingham Palace ain't got nothing on this place

2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

3. Wow this queen bed is so big

*cue sleeping in a starfish position*

4. Finally a bedroom to myself

Headphones? I don't know her.

5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again

"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?

Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?

7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"


"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together

*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:



Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?


*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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Goodbye Freshman Year

You were one for the books

Wow, what a rollercoaster the past 9-10 months have been.

So much has happened and changed this past year, some for the good, and some for the bad. I have to say I honestly have no idea if my Freshman year was a win or not, but I did it. And the horrible parts get to stay in the past. I will say there are some things I'll miss and somethings I can't wait to leave.

Goodbye dorm life, I won't miss a second of you. I won't miss the people above me playing music at all hours of the day, I won't miss the tiny cube of a room I live in. I won't miss the fire drills, and floor meetings. I will miss the elevator rides with my friends. I'll miss being a floor away from the vending machines, I'll miss riding around on elevator carts and ordering pizza at all hours without judgment, but in all reality, I won't miss you.

Goodbye dining hall food. We had our ups and our downs and you never seemed to serve chicken tender enough but thank you for having a ton of fries. I'll miss the hot cocoa, and being able to pick what I wanted to eat at each meal. I won't miss the weird combinations of food you had. I won't miss all the weight I gained from you. But I will miss all the deserts and having so many different drink options each day. So thank you for keeping me alive these past few months.

Goodbye hall staff, you all were the best thing to come out of dorm life. I appreciate each and every one of you so much. You all deal with some crazy stuff, and always seem to know how to fix any problem that arose during the year. I will miss seeing each of your faces every day as a roamed the halls each day. Without you all my Freshman year would have been extremely different, and next year it will be weird not having you around. So thank you!

And to my classes, I am glad to say I passed all of you. Some with flying colors, and some without. You are the one thing that stays constant over the next three years so I can't say I'll have time to miss you.

So goodbye Freshman year. Goodbye Missouri State, I'll see you in August.

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