“I’ve learned one thing and that’s to stop worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday, Spend money you don’t have. Drink ‘til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does” – Tom Petty. Although I am not promoting skipping studying or class time to hang out with friends, I do think there is more to college than just an education.
A lot goes into the making of a great college town. It can be the scenery, the buzzing community, great sports teams – or all of the above. Even though an education is a large factor of the reason someone goes to college, it is also important to immerse yourself in a place that will teach you life lessons.
In order to help high school students decide where they want to call home for then next four years, I compiled a list of some of the best college towns in America.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan. The Big Blue. “The Big House”. On football Saturdays in the fall, you can easily find everyone in their blue and gold cheering on the Wolverines to a victory. But, with a population of over 100,000 people, it is the 5th largest city in Michigan. These means, if football isn’t your thing – but it better be if you plan of going to the U of M – there is plenty to do outside the walls of the 109,091 capacity football stadium.
In Athens, the Bulldogs reign supreme. The city that sits 70 miles east of Atlanta is home to the University of Georgia. With bulldog statues on every corner, you’ll never forget where you are, but Athens is much more than a small southern college town. Football and tailgating are not the only things that Athens offers. It is also home to one of the best music scenes in the south. Bands such as R.E.M. and Widespread Panic are proud to call Athens home. You never know what breakout artist you’ll hear while downtown in Athens.
Yes, Austin is the capital city of Texas, but it also houses the University of Texas – Austin. Even though Austin is a large city, it has a small town feel. Besides that’s, South by Southwest takes place for one week every spring. It’s a music and arts festival with something fun for everyone of all ages.
Boston is the home to many colleges and is the home of about 250,000 college students. To some, going to college in an urban setting isn’t appealing, but in a place like Boston, you’ll never run out of something to do. With awesome sports teams, historic streets, and the beach only 45 minutes away, feeling homesick just doesn’t happen.
No matter what age you are, you always want to be to be proud of your alma mater. Ask any alumni and they probably won’t say that their best memories from college came from the classroom. So, when choosing where to spend your college career, experience everything the town has to offer.