I picked my school for the city itself

I picked my school for the city itself

Because I can get good grades anywhere, but I refuse to hang out in a cornfield.

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As an international student, I get asked why I ended up at DePaul out of all the schools in the United States. It's a valid question, and to be honest, I had never heard of DePaul University before I started applying to colleges, and even though I applied I didn't think I'd actually end up here.

While I've had a positive enough experience at DePaul that makes me want to come back through the double-demon discount, it's the city of Chicago itself that keeps me content, entertained, and nurtures my professional development.

In other articles, I've talked about the benefits of living in a city. Beyond just the constant flow of entertainment, there are also more job opportunities post graduation in the city itself. Chicago is the Midwest regional headquarters for many of the fortune 500 companies, and living here has offered me career benefits - as I've been able to work in startups as well as corporations. Since 2015, I've worked five different (and occasionally overlapping) jobs and internships, all based in the city. Each experience has been different in its own way, despite all the offices being located less than three miles away from one another.

I've talked to other friends from high school who have ended up on more rural campuses, and they were not required to take an internship course in the 4 years of their undergraduate career, at the end of the day, is a degree from a good school more valuable than no experience on your resume?

On another note, I've known since I was at least a teenager that I needed to be in a city. I don't have a driver's license, permit and I've never taken a single driving lesson. I've never felt the need to, having always lived in cities with efficient public transportation and cheap ride sharing or taxi options. If I were to choose a school in an area that couldn't accommodate these, my inner pedestrian would go insane.

Speaking of going insane, I'm the kind of person who gets bored very easily. I'm a night owl, so why should my surroundings go to bed before I do? Living where I do, there's a constant ebb and flow of entertainment within walking distance of my apartment, which is an awesome way to spend free time and weekends. This entertainment isn't restricted to nightlife either, as Chicago has such a rich, cultural history. Between restaurants, museums, concerts, and being by the lake this summer, I've had plenty of time to reflect on how this time six years ago, I had no idea what the city I've grown to love so much would be like, and how I placed so much blind trust in a metropolis I'd never been to, just because I knew that I'd be able to find what I enjoy doing - just by being in a familiar, urban surrounding.

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If South Carolina Colleges Were Characters From 'The Office'

Who's Jim and who's Meredith?
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"The Office" is one of the best shows on the face of the planet. Don't believe me, you obviously haven't watched it. It has a character for everything, including all of the South Carolina colleges.

The Citadel

This one is probably the easiest. Creed Bratton. Hands down. Military all day every day. No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors, except the people there. Just like Creed's mind.

Coastal Carolina University

Consistently voted one of the top party schools in the nation. #It'snotcollegeit'sCoastal.

Winthrop University

Winthrop is the place for future teachers. We all know that Meredith is the mother/teacher figure in the office, which is kind of scary in and of itself.

Columbia College

Erin just seems like the type of person who would go to an all-female college.

Bob Jones University

At what other school do you see people wearing things that could be from the American Girl large colonial dolls Spring line?

Wofford College

The pearls, Greek Life, and Southern fashion are so real.

Furman University

Let's be real. Pam is a bit of a nerd. But at the end of the day, she does know how to get down. I mean she WAS on the party planning committee. And who doesn't want that Ring By Spring?

College of Charleston

Nard Dog is definitely in an a capella group in Charleston, taking in the city and the history while dressing like a frat star.

Medical University of South Carolina

Andy isn't alone in Charleston. Dwight is down there becoming a doctor. Yes, someone who can save lives and is able to do surgery. Although, who else would you expect to be a doctor?

University of South Carolina

There would be no South Carolina without the University of South Carolina. There would be no office without Michael Scott. The later seasons prove it. They're large and in charge.

Clemson University

While Michael thinks that he runs the office, it's no secret that Jim is the mastermind behind the operation. The office would fall apart without him. I'll just let that sit.

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Even After Family Weekend, I Haven't Gotten Homesick And I'm Not Ashamed Of It

It's really OK.

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Now that we have successfully drifted into October, I am about a month and a half into my freshman year of college.


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As the leaves on the trees start to change colors and the skies start fading to grey, Family Weekend rolls around. As a preface, I used to live in Connecticut. I think it's safe to say I still #BleedBlue even after living in South Carolina for my high school career. Regardless, it's safe to say me attending the University of Connecticut is a little ways away from my parents and cats.

That being said, the last time I saw my mom and dad was move in day. Exactly six weeks without seeing my dad or giving my mom a "huggie". I have been away from home before, for example I went to Ireland and Scotland this summer for a week with a teacher from school and a few other kids that went to my high school.

I don't miss high school and I enjoy living in a dorm with my amazing roommate and hanging out with people pretty much everyday and just doing my own thing, but it's weird not coming home and seeing my parents every night.


I mean look at those twoElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo


See, I can't describe this as home sickness, because I talk to my mom on a pretty consistent basis, she sends me pictures of my cats, and I just haven't had that cloud of sadness over my head because I miss home. Not to say I haven't been sad in college, stuff happens, but it hasn't been like what sooo many other people talk about it to be.


my four cats on my parent's bedElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo


Even now, a few days after seeing my parents, I miss the people not the place. I'm not going to guilt trip myself over this either. I think it's healthier! It was super nice to hang out with my parents again. I got fed well and spent a night off campus for the first time since I got here. Another positive was not having to jump out of my bed the next morning or wear shower shoes while showering

I'm hoping while writing this, that the stereotypical home sickness doesn't catch up to me in the near future (preferably not at all).


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Even just six weeks in, I feel like I have grown as a person and changed. I will say it was amazing to see my parents, but I'm glad I'm away from home being able to blossom into an educated young woman.

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