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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3 Popular Instant Coffee Brands That You Will Probably End Up Settling For When Starbucks Is Just Too Expensive

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Coffee is energizing, aromatic (structurally, as well), and pairs nicely with a book at the end of the day. Or in the morning. Or during the post-exam-dash-back-home-to-drink-more-coffee in that one hour break, I have between classes. Anytime is a good time to drink coffee. At least it is for me.

But being a caffeine addict, on top of having a small food budget and busy schedule, means I normally "settle" for the instant, just-add-water variety. I tried several brands until I finally encountered one that was acceptable to me.

Yes, I know I am a spoiled coffee snob.

Here are my thoughts on three popular and low-cost brands of instant coffee on the market.

1. Folgers

Leaves a slimy texture reminiscent of hair conditioner. The scent coming off a cup of Folgers conjures up images of old batteries. My opinion is especially significant, considering the fact that I have fewer-than-average taste buds on my tongue- meaning that I should theoretically be less sensitive to bitter, strong flavors than the average person.

The oily black residue this solution leaves behind makes me feel uncomfortable. However, this brand is usually the cheapest in my grocery store, and I'm sure adding tons of cream and sugar will cover up any of the flavors.

2. Maxwell House

Has an unoffensive yet unremarkable flavor, doesn't have much body in the flavor. Smells like cardboard pieces that have been boiled in water, with a hint of a coffee taste. Pairs nicely with a bagel though.

3. Nescafe Taster's Choice

I've stuck with this one because the flavor just falls short of richness. Also, adding triple the amount of the suggested coffee-to-water ratio makes for a hearty coffee with the proper bitterness that I'm accustomed to. This instant coffee brand is generally more expensive than the other two, though.

Despite my words, which partially come from a grumpiness induced by sleep deprivation- without instant coffee, I would be half as competent as I am now (for what that's worth).

Also, everyone obviously has different flavor perceptions. So take my criticism with a grain of instant coffee.

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The Official Ranking Of Villanova's Dining Halls

The Exchange was my biggest discovery of first semester.

One of the biggest adjustments for most college freshman is eating at dining halls and learning to eat what is offered. I’ve come to appreciate Villanova’s dining options, because there is no denying that there is an option for everyone. So whether you are a prospective Villanovan or an alumnus, I’m sure you’ll find this list to speak the truth.

1. The Exchange

This place was without a doubt my biggest discovery of first semester. Since I am not a business student, this incredible eatery in Bartley was foreign to me at first. The Exchange offers made-to-order fresh sandwiches and hot dinners of delicious dishes. You can always find this spot crowded at lunchtime and the tables around it packed. The downside of the Exchange is that they only accept food points or the Exchange upgrade meal plan. So if you enjoy this spot, make sure to save up your points!

2. Café Nova

A popular lunch option for most students, Café Nova offers different stations to cater to many different tastes. From burrito bowls, to sandwiches, to pizzas, this dining option is among my favorites, as it’s usually quick to get your meal and consistently delicious. The outdoor seating at Cova is also a plus during the spring and fall. As for meal plans, Cova accept MPEs only, but doesn’t require a specific upgrade like The Exchange.

3. The Spit

Located on the freshman South Campus, the Spit is one of Nova’s all-you-can-eat dining halls. The Spit offers the same daily hot meals as The Pit, but what sets it apart is the pasta, deli, and stir-fry stations each night for those who aren’t interested in the hot meal. The quesadillas and made-to-order pasta are just some of the reasons why sophomores find themselves missing The Spit immediately. There is also a ton of study space that makes it a popular spot late at night for students to socialize and get work done as well as hold events.

4. The Pit

The main all-you-can-eat dining option on main campus is The Pit, located in the basement of Dougherty Hall. The Pit often offers better desserts than The Spit, but other than that it cannot compare to the immense food stations at its counterpart. While definitely a good option for someone on main campus all day, The Pit’s selections are limited to the hot meal of the day and maybe one food station like a stir-fry bar. A plus is that The Pit’s salad bar is often stocked and full of choices!

5. Belle Air Terrace

Ranking as my least favorite option, Belle Air Terrace is more of a fast food location. They offer an all day breakfast line as well as a deli line and a hot food line with burgers, fries, and chicken. This is not my go-to spot mostly because I find the options to be more limited than the other dining halls. Students do enjoy this spot, however, because it has giant TV screens showing sports games and is housed in our student center.

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