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Reasons for Triad college graduates to stay in town

by Eric Ginsburg

Affordability

There are lots of things that attract me to Greensboro, but if rent prices were as high as San Francisco or New York I wouldn’t think twice about leaving. Living in a house with friends my senior year was cheaper than staying on campus. Rent is so low I convinced a friend to move here from Massachusetts.

Weather

There is such little snowfall here that Yankee transplants like myself laugh at school closures. Sure, summer days can be unbearable and thunderstorms happen, but it still beats the heat in some Southern states. Some people would gladly trade up for a more tropical climate, but I’m glad we have short winters, maintaining four seasons.

Your degree means something

When you apply for jobs in Greensboro, people have heard of your alma mater. The same isn’t necessarily true if you moved to Chicago or New Mexico, and certainly not if you go abroad. You might have better luck staying in the state, but here you can be sure not to get a puzzled look if you tell someone you graduated from Guilford or Bennett.

There’s more to explore

Unless you grew up here, went back to college or were a commuter student, it’s likely that you where hampered to some extent by a campus bubble. Do you know where the closest drive-in movie theater is? Can you name three parks? Where’s the Natural Science Center? Have you read our calendar section? There’s a lot going on in Greensboro even if you can’t tell by driving down Elm Street. Plus, have you ever been to Winston-Salem?

You already live here

While some commute, most local graduates have set up residence here. Whether you’ve lived in town for years or only experienced dorm life, it will still be easier to stay here than to pick up and ship out. Packing is a pain, and even if your lease is ending or the dorms kicked you out, it will still be easier than shipping or selling your belongings.

The size

Greensboro and Winston-Salem are two of the largest cities in the state, even though both can feel small at times. Sometimes I long for professional teams and larger downtowns, and friends complain about what they describe as a “small dating pool.” Nonetheless, these cities are a far cry from the suburb I grew up in and aren’t as overwhelming as places my friends have moved like New York and Paris.

A job

Maybe that internship from last semester has potential, or maybe you’ve been working all along. A job may be the best reason to leave town (it’s certainly the one I hear the most) but if you’ve already got one it can be a great reason to stay. If you don’t yet have one, make sure to try harder than checking Craigslist before surrendering to your parents’ basement.

Community

Hopefully you didn’t go through college eating lunch by yourself, hating your roommate or holed up in front of a computer every night. While you’ve been here you got to know people — on campus, at concerts, studying in coffee shops or getting involved in the community. A plus side of the smaller cities is that I bump into people I know frequently, and it’s nice to feel part of a broader community.

Graduate programs Because we need you

Some of you want to go to grad school, While you worked to reach graduation day, and while your first choice may be in Greensboro City Council was bemoaning that Columbia, Mo. (like our other intern, there is a “brain drain” even in a city with so Christian Bryant), there are many degrees many educational institutions. Lots of people you can pursue locally whether it’s from are working as hard as they can to make this Elon Law School, UNCG or Wake Forest city a better, more equitable place and they University. need all the help they can get.

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