Small Town Versus Big City

Small Town Versus Big City

From skyscrapers to suburbs to corn fields.

People who grew up in the middle of nowhere are quite adamant about the differences between a city and town. We all have our preferences if we have had the opportunity to do so, whether in Small Town USA or a village in Russia. Growing up in both a city and small town, I've had my fair share of differences but at the end of the day they have their differences which are suitable to the individual themselves. Here are a few that I have come to really see the differences between:

1. Accessibility

Coming from a big town or city, you are probably used to a variety of grocery stores, food selections and clothing stores in a relative amount of distance. Now, you may have to drive an hour to the supermarket.

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2. Variety

There is a variety of restaurants on every corner from Ethiopian, to farm-to-table but in a small town you have a smaller set of options and homecoming is the way to go.

But, let's face it, there is nothing like a mom-and-pop restaurant.

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3. Road Trips

In a city, it could mean a trip to a suburb or two hours to the beach, but in a small town you may run into festivals, horse races, zonkey and just random entertainment.

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4. Traffic

You may be used to driving an hour or more to the other side of town or somewhere nearby may take you just as long due to traffic. Yet, in a small town it can take you fifteen minutes to cross town (if you're lucky!).

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5. Knowing Your Neighbor

In a big city there are multiple communities within a few miles, but know few people and likely go to different schools compared to a small town where you grew up with the exact same people within a few streets and you go to the same school your whole life


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6. Communication

Say you forget to call in a prescription. In a small town it's really easy to pick up because they know you. It started out being your neighbor on the back fence now it's through a computer or a cell phone. In a small town it's word of mouth or just good ol' chattin' at the local Dairy Queen.

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7. Infrastructure

It’s not skyscrapers and city noise anymore, but old buildings that make the town quaint and full of charm.

You may see more farming and ranching.

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8. Drive Thrus

In a city there is a drive-thru line for hours, but in a small town you never know what you’ll find.

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Let's face it: either is great and choosing maybe difficult, but it will depend on your outlook on crowds and space.

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My Own Version Of "Where I Stand, What I Believe"

Because you should know a little bit about me if you're reading my work.

Spring term is officially back in full swing, and I hope everyone is having a great semester so far!

During syllabus week, a professor of mine had every student in the class read the Orlando Sentinel's article, "Where I stand, what I believe - an annual disclosure" by Scott Maxwell . He then proceeded to have each of us write our own versions of this article.

What resulted was something beautiful. Every student in the room seemed to blossom as they read aloud their views.

Here was mine:

I’ve never written anything like this before, so please bear with me. I believe most of us can say the same since journalists mostly write about others, not themselves.

I am a student at the University of Central Florida. I am one of two children with divorced parents. I absolutely love to write and I am double majoring in Political Science and Journalism. Nobody in my family understands my love for these subject matters since my father is a retired police officer, my mother an insurance representative, and my brother a med student.

My mother is the most supportive person I have ever known, and I am lucky beyond words to have her in my life. I feel blessed to say I am related to her.

I grew up with a childhood best friend that I now label as a "sister" rather than just a "friend."

I live in an apartment with my step sister and a girl I met during my freshman orientation that I now get to call my best friend.

My boyfriend enhances my life tenfold.

I feel as though yellow is the most underrated color ever.

I believe people are innately good and have believed this from a very young age. If everyone simply chose to perform at least one act of kindness a day, the world would be a much better place.

I believe politics are extremely complex and could never be 100% understood or predicted.

I like lifting weights, being outdoors, and buying an excessive amount of leggings.

I absolutely love animals and plan on owning an absurd amount of pets later on in my life.

I dislike the word “hate” and anything synonymous to it.

I dislike close-minded individuals, hockey, and ginger.

I like living a vegan lifestyle.

I often overthink and drive myself crazy by doing so.

I believe we all have an endless amount of things to learn from one another. I believe people should talk less and listen more.

I believe in God and have a strong relationship with Him. I attend Celebration Church in downtown Orlando.

I believe an education is the most important thing a person could obtain.

I believe journalists must be selfless to be good at their jobs.

I believe the public has a right to know about anything and everything that could potentially affect their lives either directly or indirectly.

I love people.

I cannot wait to make an impact on the lives of others.

Happy New Year.

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Let's Have A Tea Party: The Right Tea For The Right Time

6 teas and what you should drink them for.

I go through phases when it comes to drinking tea. Some weeks I have at least a cup a day, other weeks I don't even touch the stuff. Having been sick recently, I've turned to tea for some assistance, and that was a smart move!

Tea has many health benefits– some of which being that it has less caffeine than coffee, has excellent effects on your heart, does not erode your teeth like coffee or soda does, and green tea helps to soothe your digestive system.

I have found that drinking coffee (or any form of coffee, including my beloved Chestnut Praline Latte from Starbucks), especially later in the day, makes me anxious and jittery. This is not at all the case with teas, though. Another advantage to tea is that it isn’t coffee. I actually can’t stand the taste of coffee, which is why I mask it with chestnuts and praline, but tea typically has a natural sweet flavor to it, without the bitterness of coffee beans.

But I want to encourage you to drink the right kind of tea for the occasion. So let’s have a tea party.

1. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is great for relieving anxiety and inducing relaxation. But that’s not all. Chamomile tea is also useful for stomach cramps, migraines, IBS, dark circles under your eyes, and acne prevention. Who would have thought?!

2. Green Tea

Green tea is fantastic to drink in the morning because it evidently boosts your metabolism.

3. Ginger Tea

It is fairly well known that ginger aids in nausea, but it also aids in relieving stress and reducing arthritic inflammation.

4. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint oil or tea is fantastic for headaches that are caused by a poor diet or stress. During these types of head aches, the blood vessels in the brain are constricted, causing the headache. Peppermint works similarly to pain killers in relaxing the blood vessels. Peppermint also has been shown to improve brain function and memory retrieval.

The menthol in peppermint teas also thins mucous and is a decongestant. It is highly recommended during a cold or sinus infection to not only drink peppermint tea, but to breathe in the steam as well.

5. Black Tea

Black tea helps with issues like diarrhea to conditions like asthma. And of course, it gives the perfect caffeine boost.

6. Oolong Tea

Oolong tea helps support your bones and your skin, and it also contains many vitamins and minerals. Evidently, Oolong tea has a hand in managing your metabolism and can help hydrate your skin, especially for people who suffer from eczema.

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