When I began college-searching my junior and senior year of high school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. I managed to figure out that I wanted to be in the communications field, but a location still eluded me – I felt sure that I’d love the University of Pittsburgh, but ended up not totally thrilled with the campus or the city. On a whim, VERY close to the May application deadline, my Dad took me down to Temple University in North Philadelphia for a tour. He works in the city all the time, so he’s comfortable with and knowledgeable about the area.
That was it. I fell in love.
With Philadelphia in general, but especially with Temple. I can’t explain it, but I felt at home on the city streets, and I hardly ever felt unsafe. To be a student in North Philly requires one very important thing: common sense. Don’t stray from campus, or you’ll end up in a bad area! Temple gets a bad rap because of all of the incidents that occur right outside the school “boundaries” – but it truly was a great place to live and study. I ended up in Manayunk for my second two years (1.5 technically since I was in Rome for a semester) but I have a soft spot for ALL of Philly in my heart. Today, I work in Old City – and I go exploring every chance I get.
Every time I take a walk, I try to go in a new direction, or down a street I haven’t seen yet. I walk briskly (1. exercise and 2. time sensitive because… work) but my eyes are open to all of the beautiful sights and historic buildings around me. That I can be outside a bar next to a construction site, then walk a few blocks and be looking at the Liberty Bell still amazes me. Check out my latest Philly snapshots – and if you’re familiar with the area, tell me where I should explore next!