I don’t actually live anywhere on campus; I still live out in Grove City. But I go to OSU. There’s like old town Grove City, which is like here, and then there’s the new town which is near the highways. I’m in the more suburby area. There are some areas in Grove City that are super spacious and a lot of farmland, but I’m more where they have a lot more housing developments.
Grove City itself, the old town, has a good amount of history to it, it’s been around for a while. But the new stuff is all commercially based. It’s all big fast food areas and hotels and stuff like that because we get a lot of highway traffic through Grove City. A lot of people have to make quick stops and leave. I learned that mostly from when I worked at a gas station and saw how many people file through.
I think Columbus is really fertile. There’s a lot to be had here. There’s a very good community here. Being from Grove City I feel like I’ve been a little outside of the city a times. To be in the city of Columbus and to be involved in it would be something very exciting. There’s also the weight of the fact that I’ve always been here. At least for a good chunk of my life, growing up. The connotations that I have with the city are extremely personal. With my family and all that stuff. I’m very tied here.
I think that I’ve probably known more people who have ended up staying in Columbus too. That’s maybe the key phrase, “ended up.” I don’t know how people would react if I were to stay I’m, “staying in” Columbus, rather than life happened and now I’m here. I don’t know, I’d have to ask some people and figure out what they’d have to say.
There are little pockets of stuff like that around Columbus. I feel like a good way of making my mark would be to find a way to connect all those. I guess this wouldn’t be leaving my mark, but affecting my experience of Columbus, would be tapping into those things. I’ve never seen the Columbus Orchestra, or I’ve never seen an opera here. These little things that we do in Columbus that we’re aware of, but we never go seek out. Staying in Columbus will give me an opportunity to experience those. It’s almost like I’ve always been with the community of Columbus, but I’ve never engaged with it. Staying here would be like an engagement with it.