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Place to Call Home

Emily Okey on Monday, 15 June 2009. Posted in Rochester & Monroe County, Student Life

It’s funny because I never really felt a sense of “place”until I moved off to college.  Of course, I’ve always lived in Maryland but I guess I was mildly self-centered in that I never really thought about life outside of here. When you're away from a place for so long you start realizing what things about it made it so special. It's the best feeling ever when you meet someone who is from the exact same place as you. I don't think i've ever been so excited to talk about "home" in my entire life because I was always already there but when anything mildly close to the DC metro area comes up in conversation, I love it! For all of the parents worried about letting your son/daughter leave-- don't worry, we always come back because there is something irresistible about home, sometimes we just need to leave for a little while to realize what that is =) 

I do have to say that it sometimes becomes a little difficult to tell what "home" really is. While I was up at school, I've had people ask for my zip code and I never knew what to tell them because where was home really? "Home" is technically defined as a place where one lives permanently but the problem comes in when you start realizing that you're not going to be in any one place for very long. For the first part of the year, I was kind of annoyed with all of the moving around. I would be in school and then come home and get settled only to turn around again and move back to school. I came to realize that it didn't really matter where I was, I felt equally comfortable in both places and I learned to just enjoy the time I had in any given place because it was so different. 

I’m sure you’ve seen those “You know you live [insert place here] when…” on facebook or various other websites.  I find myself constantly comparing my life at home and my life at school. When I'm home on breaks, I miss everything about Rochester but when I'm up there I miss everything at home! The quarter system makes for a wonderful solution because I can be up there for 11 weeks, concentrating on life and school up there but then on breaks I have absolutely nothing to think about. Right now, I'm missing the bright blue skies and puffy clouds of NY, although according to my little handy desktop weather button there are thunderstorms up there so maybe I'm okay with here for now! 

[I've taken some of the "You Know You Live in Rochester when..." from different places online and explained a little more about them. I've only been there for a year, so I'm not familiar with all of the "traditions" yet!]

You can't swim at the beach.... 

Completelytrue, it’s ridiculously fun to run around on the sand but be prepared for how COLD the water is. Don’t let this deter you from going to the “beach” (aka lake Ontario), it makes for an excellent picnic destination and a good break from homework.

When 18+ inches of snow fall overnight, but you never even think twice about going to work/school.

If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume that you at least know a little something about Rochester and the weather we get. Don’t be expecting palm trees and sunny beaches, that’s what spring breakin Florida is for ;) It snows here, a lot. This is not necessarily a bad thing,in fact, I got so used to the snow that it would snow a good foot and a halfand I wouldn’t even realize that we had gotten that much. They clear off the quarter mile and any other necessary pathway, so getting around is no problem. Snow doesn’t keep anyone from doing anything except maybe running around in shorts.. but even that is debatable. 

The name "Greater Rochester International Airport" is bigger than the airport itself. 

True, but small is not necessarily a bad thing! It's actually a decent sized airport compared to some that I've seen. For breaks, I take a $68 direct flight from Rochester to Baltimore which is super easy! 

The thought of eating a "garbage plate" makes your mouth water"

I can't really answer this one because I have not personally tried one, but I hear lots of other people speaking highly of them so I'm assuming they're pretty good. Any other bloggers have any opinions on this? 

It's pronounced "chi-leye" not "chill-ee" 

Weird but true. I remember first getting to Rochester and wondering to myself why the heck everything was named after chili-- know you, the food. Turns out, it's not even pronounced the same. I guess that makes me feel better to know that the entire city was not named after a food.