Why You Should Live In Different Places
Start writing a post

Why You Should Live In Different Places

Moving around is good for you.

Why You Should Live In Different Places

Recently I moved from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Portland, Oregon, for a job. A few months before that, I had just moved back to Michigan from Seattle, where I had had a summer internship. Six months before that I was living in Orlando, Florida, while I worked at Disney World. I moved to Michigan from California because it was cheaper to live and go to school there. In short, I've lived in five states over the last five years. One thing I've come to realize though is that most people only stay in one place their entire life, and I have come to realize that it's good to get the experience of living in different places.

It's easier to get a job.

When I was graduating from college, I applied to jobs all over the US. I was willing to be flexible with where I lived. I had friends who said, "I'm only willing to live in Grand Rapids." That made it so much harder for them to find jobs by limiting them to just one geographic area. It's different if you have kids or certain family responsibilities, but I highly recommend people graduating college to be open minded to resettling.

You meet new people.

While I was at Grand Valley, I heard people constantly complain about how "This feels just like high school." Many of the people who said that were at a school that a quarter of their graduating high school class was at, and many of them still hung out with their same group of friends that they had had in high school. I went to college with no one I knew from high school, and it was actually kind of a blessing; I was able to go out and make new groups of friends. Moving so many times has been the same way. I join Meetup groups for things I enjoy and go make friends based off common interests. Some of my closest friends are scattered throughout the US, and with texting, I'm still able to geek out over the latest Marvel movie with my best friend in Florida and share pictures of cute dogs with my good friends in Michigan.

You learn about other places traditions.

Growing up in Southern California, I used to surf and eat Carne Asade fries at least once a week. Once I moved to Michigan, my lexicon shifted to referring to soft drinks as "pop" and I began to use my right hand as a map to figure out where different parts of the state was. Living so many different places, I feel like I'm better able to connect with people who have very different backgrounds than me. Even if I talk to someone who is from a place I've never been, I feel more confident being able to relate to them and make a connection. This has helped me be able to network.

You learn to be more independent.

There's a sense of accomplishment when you can put a piece of IKEA furniture together all by yourself or figure out your way around a new city. I was 17 when I moved across the country from my parents to go to school. There were times it was diffidently very hard, but I really did grow up a lot in a very short amount of time. I remember there was one time a professor told me how he had students that were 22 years old, had never left their parents house, couldn't do their own laundry and would call to check in with their mom after they got out of class.

I can kind of tell now if someone has lived the same place their entire life. There is nothing wrong with that, but I do think it's important to go out and explore the world and place yourself outside of your comfort zone. I have lived in five different states and I am so thankful I did that.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments