How can I fall in love with my city?
April 9, 2014 8:37 AM Subscribe
I've been in Rochester, NY for two and a half years now for graduate study, and I have about that much longer to stay here. I haven't liked the city since I moved here (the weather is terrible, the city is small and geographically isolated, it feels like everything important is happening elsewhere, the natural beauty is underwhelming, etc. etc.). Recently I've come to believe that it isn't really the town's fault, but mine, since I never really gave Rochester a chance. How do you cultivate a love for a city that you didn't grow up in, never intended to come to, and plan to leave as soon as professionally possible?
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns to Society & Culture (34 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
For what it's worth I live in a pretty terrible neighborhood, but I'm moving to a trendier one in a few months, which will probably help. I got involved with the swing dancing scene here, but I have yet to make any friends from it. I have a terrific group of friends, but they mostly came here for grad school as well and feel similarly about the town. I feel like I'm putting my life on hold while I'm here, and I don't want to feel that way any more.