My university that I go now is technically wasn't my 1st choice. I fall for whether , hip atmotsphere as my deciding factor at first. I chose USC but Jpa rejected my choice. So now I'm at Pitt and couldn't be more happier.
The whether might be sucks here. But I just get used to it, and it actually can be a good way to start a conversation. "Bad day, huh" or "I hate Pittsburgh wheather", yet I'm still here.
Well, as some post said before that we should utilize what the university (and the city) has to offer.
Well I have great friends here. From Punkers to Jocks to Nerds to Class Clown to Frat boy and sorrority sisters. I have my close circle of friends, yet I befriend to many people to get many perspective of life.
i joined some extra curricular activity too. I helped organizing open mic night , some coffeehouse shows, and 2 big event of year (fall fest and bigelow bash). They had big bands coming to our school i.e Queen of The Stone Age, Phantom Planet etc
we also have lotsa on campus activity such as homecoming carnival, bornfire night, Day at Spa, finals week events (free movie plus free pop corn and soda, oxygen bar, cookie making, etc) and a lot more. You just gotta make full use of it.
Another thing I like bout this school is they always have a lot of successful people in entertainment industry who are doing indie movie coming to our school. i.e. Susan De Larentis(director for 10th and Wolf starring Val Kilmer, Giovanni Ribbissi), Gary Striener (producer for Comedian starring Jerry Seinfield), Lyold Kaufman (Troma owner). Jon Steward had come to our school too.
But mostly, I love the music scene and social life that I have here. I got to see bands that I never thought I ever watch for $5 (Yo La Tengo performed a record store show 2 blocks away from my apartment). I also spend hell lotsa money on other bands such as Muse, Fuel, the Killers. I love to check out some local scene too, and most of the time the show is free or just $5. As for social life, i do go to some party once in a while and I really enjoy it. I used to go to lotsa party back in freshman years and most of it are crappy, yet I don't regret it. That's one way to meet people. The school also have some formal dance and some clubs sometimes has some social events such as dessert social, wine and cheese social etc. These are good time to dress up and have some fun.
I would talk about the academic here, but it won't be what I like about my school
Located in an Amish state, Pittsburgh might not be a hip city. But I love the experience I have here.