Hello to the Blogosphere!
I want to offer my apologies for not posting in a while. I have been keeping occupied filling out/turning in things for college. As some of you know, (my family/friends who read this blog), I will be attending Colorado Mesa University in the fall.
Speaking of the University, and Grand Junction itself, I was looking at the town and what there is to do there. I kept reading about how it is a boring small town and there is nothing for college kids to do there. I felt disheartened until I began looking around myself. I found instead that there are a lot of things to do there, especially if you are young.
Coming from a town of about 3,000 people (and going to high school in a town of about 930), I was amazed by just how much the town of Grand Junction had to offer. Not only does it have a college, high school, elementary, and a million different places to eat, but it has an actual theater (the one in my home-town is pathetic) and it has a mall….a mall, for Christ’s sake!
Sure, it may not seem like much to someone coming from a large town or city, but to me, it was more than I bargained for. I had to laugh at myself; cultured though I am, my “small-town girl” gets the better of me sometimes. I mean, I was raised in a place that has more dirt roads than paved, no mall, no Wal-Mart, no theater, one high school, and 3 stop lights…and that’s nothing compared to the town I go to school in; that place has no stop lights, two paved roads, no theater, one school, 930 people, two bars, 3 churches, and wildlife that roam the streets.
Therefore, the town of Grand Junction, home to a mall, a college, a high school, and 58, 000 people will make a wonderful change.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not uncultured. I came to my town with one goal in mind: to be the exact opposite of everyone else. Since the majority of people here are Christian, meat-eating, gun-toting, intolerant (for the most part), athletic farmers, you can imagine what I turned out to be: Pagan, vegetarian, libertarian, open-minded, creative/academic, artist nerdy kid.
I do have friends (mostly outcasts like me), but when half the town is actively disapproving everything you do, and the other half only talk to you because they want dirt on a rumor they heard about you, you kinda grow up to dislike them. (Though I suppose everyone hates the town they grow up in; that’s why people move.)
Aside from complaining about my hometown, I really think that college will be good for me. I think it will give me a much-needed taste of influence, culture, and ideas that aren’t polluted by small-town mindsets.
I’m currently looking forward to a change of scenery. 🙂