My First 30 days by: Christina Han OSI EDGE Team

            Coming to DePaul has been one of the best decisions of my life.

I had no idea what to expect considering the fact that I never had an official tour, I knew no one, and I had absolutely no idea what living in Chicago was really like. To my surprise, I fell in love with the Lincoln Park area along with the Loop campus downtown, I made friends instantly, and I caught on to the fast city life of Chicago. Fortunately for me, I was matched with the roommate of my choice along with the dorm of my choice and it has only been great since then. Not only was I lucky enough to have such an awesome roommate, considering all the roommate horror stories I’ve heard so far, I’ve gotten very close to a group of four other girls on my floor along with a girl from Corcoran. We’re all so different and come from all over the country, but we were able to click in the matter of a few days and I know that they have my back no matter what. I was lucky to find this group of girls because they definitely made the transition into college a lot easier for me.

Aside from the great group of friends I consider myself lucky to be able to live in such a great city. I’ve visited Chicago numerous times with my family but actually having to live here is a different experience. I have always been a person who loves big cities and luckily for me, the city is only a 10 minute train ride away. From the past 6 weeks that I’ve been here in Chicago, I can honestly see myself living here and hopefully finding a job based in Chicago after graduation. The people here are friendly; there are so many different cultures, and most importantly many business opportunities.

Living in Chicago has a lot to do with being a DePaul student. Seeing as we are in the city of Chicago, and we don’t necessarily have a traditional college campus, it is harder to make friends than it would be at a state school. Since Chicago is a fast paced city, everyone is so busy and caught up with their own lives. In addition, the freshman class is the only group of people that live on campus which is a limited group of people. However, being a DePaul student consists of a lot of different things. There are endless amounts of clubs and organizations on campus such as Greek life, campus ministry, volunteer groups, and student government associations. For me, I think DePaul emphasizes the individuality by encouraging students to step out of their comfort zone and delve into their interests. Aside from discovering our individuality, I’ve learned to become an independent person. I’ve been so used to depending on my parents for everything.

I’m going to be honest and admit that doing laundry was something new for me, but with the help of my roommate, I quickly learned how.

In addition, being at DePaul requires you to get accustomed to city life. I’ve successfully learned how to navigate the CTA and find my way around downtown.

Being a student at DePaul is unlike any other experience because the city of Chicago is our campus and we have to take on the responsibility of adults a lot faster than usual.

Even though I’ve grown up in the suburbs, I’ve always been a city person. I feel as if St. Louis is similar to Chicago but on a smaller scale. Chicago is great because it is a good representation of America because of how many cultures thrive in one city. I love being able to visit parts of town that are specific to one culture or country such as Greektown, Ukrainian Village, Korean Town, China Town, etc. The amount of different cultures is not that prevalent in St. Louis which is why I love living in Chicago. In addition, St. Louis does not have as an efficient public transportation system. I would always have to drive my car everywhere even if it was only for a few miles.

Even though the CTA is not perfect, I think it helps you appreciate the city a lot more than you would if you were driving. You get to see city’s beautiful landscape, listen to some of Chicago’s musically talented people, and know that you’re going to be where you need to be at a certain time.

As I stated before Chicago is a fast paced city, and I personally prefer that to the pace of the suburbs. Personally I think Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world and provides endless opportunities to find something that you enjoy doing. I consider myself very lucky to be able to attend DePaul and live in such a great city and I know I made the right decision and I could not be happier at this point.

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