Taking on the City

Recently, I moved to the City of Pittsburgh. Western Pennsylvania has been my home for my entire life, but I never truly have known what it has meant to be an actual Pittsburgher. Nor have I know what it is like to live in the city.

It was a big step for me as it is any young person to live in the city. I got a new job for the summer, and it just made sense to live in the downtown area.

In April the big move came. I packed what I could of my dorm room at Pitt Greensburg and moved it to a quaint little apartment on North Craig Street, in Pittsburgh’s North Oakland Neighborhood.

It is only for three months, so I tried to pack light (I am bad at that).  Also, I live on the third floor so carrying all of those boxes up three flights of stairs was tough.

My first nights were rough, it was hard to sleep. The sirens, helicopters, and general street noise was all a lot to handle. As someone from the country, I am not used to any of these sounds. Plus, the amount of sunlight that comes into my room is insane.

After a few days, I got used to the living situation. I started to explore the area, find the grocery store, places to eat, and things to do.

If you ever live in the Oakland area, I recommend the Aldi on Baum Boulevard for grocery shopping, The Fitness Factory on South Highland Avenue for a gym, and the Urban Tab on South Highland Avenue for a good bit to eat. There is also a lot of great walking trails near downtown to explore.

I have also gotten to explore riding the city buses, doing new things to make money and a myriad of other things that I hope to discuss in some other blog posts with you.

Living in the city as someone from a rural area is not easy. You will get scared, sometimes you will want to move back home, and at other times you will have a great day.

What it comes down to is this: no matter who you are I think you should try living in a city at least once.

It is by far one of the most difficult but most rewarding experiences I have ever had.

It was difficult and still difficult to get used to living in an urban area. I do not think by the end of the summer I will be able to call myself a seasoned veteran. I am sure if I ever live downtown again,  it will still be a tough transition.

But that transition has right now has made me mature so much. I have learned things from how to manage my money more, to just being more open-minded to different people and situations. Living near the city has taught me to emphasize more with other people who are different from me. It is freeing to me in a way.

I encourage you to find your freedom, especially if you’re a young person. Living in the city will bring its challenges, but it will also bring rewards beyond your wildest dreams.

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