Plot Twist: I'm in Love with the Eastern Shore

Plot Twist: I'm in Love with the Eastern Shore

The sun, the sand, and the waves.
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I grew up on the western shore of Maryland, the "main land", or whatever you may call it. I loved where I grew up, but when it was time to go off to college I chose to attend Salisbury University on the Eastern shore; it's close enough to home, but just far enough too. Being at SU freshman and sophomore year I thought, "I love going to school here, but that's about it."

I had and still have no real desire to stay after graduation, but this year I had my car on campus so exploring the Eastern Shore became a lot easier. I also knew more people to show me around places. This summer I have an internship on campus. I was not dreading it because I was excited about the opportunity, but I figured I would be so bored and the area would be empty. This is all rather true still since many of my friends are not around, however, I actually have plenty to do and the area is not as boring as I thought.

One fact you should probably know about me is that I am a beach person. I grew up going to my grandmother's at the beach. It could be in the summer, fall, winter, and spring — any season really because I love the beach! Being on the Eastern shore, I knew I would be able to go to the beach. Most people suggest Ocean City to which I cringe at over the tourists, traffic, and parking prices. This is not the only beach on the Eastern shore though. I have found myself going to the beach much more than I expecting and I am loving every second of it. I go to the Assateague, Chincoteague, Roaring Point, and the Cove. These are varying in ocean and river beaches but all with sand, water, and sun! This is all I need, therefore I have found that maybe living here is not as bad as I initially thought.

This is summer though. The time for graduation parties and family get togethers, so I have been driving out of town to other states or back home on many weekends. Even with all of the back and forth, my drive is not so bad. When I am coming home I drive through long stretches of farm fields. They are just beautiful, especially if the sun is hitting it just right. Passing by the lone house in a breezy sea of green is amazing to look at. I don't think I will get tired of any sunset if I get to see them over the fields and waters of the Eastern Shore.

Although I am still sometimes bored, the beach is always just a short drive away. I think I can now better appreciate the Eastern Shore for it's natural beauty. I have not changed my mind on staying, but I definitely have a bigger spot in my heart for this. All these pictures have been taken on the Eastern Shore by me!

Cover Image Credit: Erin&Dondi

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As An Original Northeasterner, I Grew To Love The South And You Can, Too

Where the tea is sweet, and the accents are sweeter.

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I'm not Southern-born. I'll come right out and say it. I was born in Connecticut and moved to Atlanta when I was 9 years old. I didn't know a single thing about the South, so I came without any expectations. When I got here, I remember that the very first thing I saw was a Waffle House. I thought it was so rare to see whatever a waffle house was but little did I know there was a WaHo (how southerners refer to Waffle House) every two miles down the street.

There is such a thing as "southern hospitality," and it's very pleasant for a newcomer to see. Southerners are raised with such a refreshing sense of politeness, and their accents are beautifully unique. It brings a smile to my face when I hear a southern accent because it's such a strong accent and one of my favorites. They answer your questions with "Yes, ma'am" or "No, ma'am" in the most respectful tone. I remember feeling so grown and empowered just because I got called ma'am. Southerners' vocabulary and phrases really have its ways of integrating into your own vernacular.

Before I came to Georgia, I never really said words like "Y'all" and "Fixin' to" but it's definitely in much of what I say now. I can tell when I go back up north to visit family that some of what I say may sound a little off because the dialect is very different. I find no shame in it, though, and neither should any southerner.

The weather in the South isn't so bad, in my opinion. Sure, there is very high humidity, but after living here for 10+ years, you learn how to deal with it. However, there's nothing like the summer thunderstorms. I love stormy, rainy weather and it rains quite often in the south, so when my birthday in July rolls around, I look forward to seeing that rain. It's the most peaceful weather to me and inspires me to write even more.

I could go on and on about the amazing fried foods here or the iconic yet insane Atlanta traffic, but those aren't what make me love the South. The people of the south are so different from up north but in the best ways. Everyone is so expressive and creative, as well as their own unique self. Southerners aren't the shaming kinds of people, but instead the kind who embrace who you are from the start. There's a fierce loyalty and a strong sense of appreciation that is just unmatched by any other place. No matter where I go, I always find comfort in knowing that I'll be coming back to this place I'm proud to call home.

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