College towns impact big decision – Scot Scoop News
As the seniors begin their farewells to their childhood home, they are also about to open a new chapter in their lives.
However, there are some tough decisions to make first. After all, they will call this new city their home for the next four years.
Some seniors will soon find themselves in the heart of a quirky town, commonly referred to as a college town. University towns generally welcome students who attend nearby universities.
The life found in these towns is quite different from the suburban life found in family towns such as Belmont.
“It’s really interesting and fun to live in a college town. Shops and food are definitely more accessible,” said Ashley Zheng, a former Carlmont student who now attends the University of California, Berkeley. “We have many restaurants open until 2 a.m. catering to students, and convenience stores are conveniently located.”
According to Turkan Kartal, a former Carlmont student who now attends the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), living in college towns like Isla Vista is like living in a giant student-dominated community.
“The energy in my college town is incredibly different from the energy back home in Belmont,” Kartal said. “Everything seems so much faster with people thronging the streets at all hours of the day. I constantly hear music and voices coming from parties as the weekend approaches.
Besides the vibrant energy of the young residents, the changes from the suburban lifestyle can be seen at first glance with the shops and businesses that mark the city as student territory.
“Even restaurant names cater to college students with these supposedly hip names like Excellent Bowls“, said Kartal.
However, along with exciting changes of pace, soaring freshmen will have to adjust to the inconvenience of such a dense population.
“The petty crime rate is probably much higher than here; bicycles are stolen and soiled, wallets that drunk people lose in town are never returned,” Kartal said. “Sexual assault is also a lot more commonor at least more spoken when it happens, and campus alerts go out to everyone.
Everything seems to be so much faster with people thronging the streets at all hours of the day.
— Turkan Kartal
Incoming students should also be prepared for price changes. According to Zheng and Kartal, food and housing prices are higher.
Considering all the upcoming changes, students will discover many things to consider when making a decision. Despite the fact that all college-focused communities have some commonalities, students are unlikely to have the same experience at all schools.
“Students need to think about what they want from college. At San Jose State, I would say I was more isolated than students who attended a big college town like the University of Oregon,” said Robert Tsuchiyama, a math professor at Carlmont High School.
Students must also decide whether they prefer to be further from home or not.
“Location was a huge factor, and I wanted to be in an environment that I felt comfortable in,” said Zoey Byun, a Carlmont High School senior who committed to attending the University. from Texas to Austin. “I was aiming to leave California for college.”
The location of the school is also related to the social experience students will get from school.
“I really like the beach, the outdoors, and hiking, and Isla Vista is near lots of beaches and hiking spots,” Kartal said. “I like the proximity [UCSB] is in LA because it allows me to attend festivals and concerts, which I also love.
However, ultimately it is up to the students to create their own experience in the city where they live.
“In San Jose, I mostly stayed in my dorm with my friends because I was shy. However, even if I had gone to college in Oregon, I probably would have stayed in the dorms because that was my personality in college,” Tsuchiyama said.
Overall, whether they are close to parties or cities, college towns will always have one thing in common: the presence of young people.
“Noise is also something different from our house,” Kartal said. “No matter where you live in the city, you can pretty much hear when the weekend has started.”