Sean and I met in college, so I guess we are what we people call "College Sweethearts". We went to The Ohio State University in Columbus,OH, and during my stay there I gained a new perspective about the city. First of all, I just gotta say that love being college sweethearts with this guy. I think I would love our days together regardless even if we weren't college sweethearts, but there's something going to college together that makes our memories extra special. We took classes together, complained about the same professors together and studied together, and I absolutely cherish those moments. Those reasons alone make Columbus special for the both of us. But there's more than just that. Columbus is a special city. It's a city you won't understand until you actually live there. People think there's nothing to see or do here. Well that really depends on what you're looking for. It's all perspective. I came to Columbus young and naive, and I left, still young and naive (lol). I had bitter sweet memories here. Not all of them are good memories, but a lot of them are memories that built me to become the present day Michelle. Mind if I share a little about Columbus?
1. Columbus is a test market
Many companies come to Columbus to see if their new product would succeed in the marketplace. I'm not an expert on this, but I've seen so many videos about it in class. Apparently, Columbus has a good balance between all ages and different nationalities.
2. The Home to many famous companies
All these big headquarters located in Cbus : Abercrombie & Fitch, LBrands (Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works , La Senza), Express, Wendy's and many more. Ohio State graduates are lucky because they have access to so many of these companies!
3. Everybody is crazy about Ohio State's football team.
Avoid the stadium during game day. I mean it. It's like, the whole town comes down just for it! Even in the middle of cold winter people would still sit out for it. Our college football program is one of the best in the nation. If you don't know who Urban Meyer is, you better start making your way to google.com.
4. Everyone is so darn friendly
I miss this the most after living in Chicago. I miss not being honked at every 5 minutes when I drive. People in smaller cities are undoubtedly a lot more friendly. Life goes at a slower pace, and people are more relaxed.
5. Columbus is a hipster city
Yes yes, checkout Lokal Cold Brew (the most hip bottled cold brew in town), Stump Plants (A one of a kind specialty plant store), Fox in The Snow Cafe (one of the best designed cafe in town), and Holy Moses (think hipster hair and pomade), and you'll know what I mean.
Sean and I always joke that our kids will come here someday (it's a joke for a reason.. they're not coming to Columbus). Okay maybe then can come to visit though. It would be fun to show them the things that we saw and experienced. It would be hard to explain because, like I said, you need to live there to understand the city. Columbus is not for everyone. I figured out that it is not for me either. But those who can see the beauty of this city will not want to leave.
I was fortunate to be able to come and visit last week, so I thought that while the weather was still nice we could go outside and snap a couple of pictures as a keepsake. I must say, waking up at 5:30 AM was totally worth it for this kind of sky! Enjoy the pictures :)
UPDATE: Right after I posted this blog, I read an article on Buzzfeed about Ohio and I thought it would be a great compliment to my short blurb. Not all of them is relatable to me but I would say most are totally accurate! See it here.
Thank you to our friend Vicky Magnalia for helping us snap pictures and for waking up so darn early! :)