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Monday, 2 April 2018

7 Things I Love About Living In America

America gets a bit of a bad rep and, to be honest, I can understand why. Gun violence, Donald Trump, home of capitalism. It's a weird place. But living here for past 3 months has made me fall in love with it a little bit. There's some things here that you just don't get back in the UK.

1 // Compliments

Who doesn't love a good compliment every now and again? Here, I receive way more of them and I'm pretty sure that I haven't become any more attractive or interesting since arriving. In fact, the effort I put into my daily appearance has somewhat taken a nose dive. People here are much more willing to go out of their way to pay you a compliment though. If they like your haircut, they'll ask you where you got it done. If their vibing your outfit, they'll let you know. It's such a small but lovely quality I've noticed about the people here. Even better, they don't expect any further conversation! They just let you know that you're looking good and then move on with the rest of their day. 

2 // Supermarkets

When I first got here, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of products there are in the supermarkets. We're talking a whole aisle of cereal bars. It's absolute madness but also quite exciting, especially if, like me, you love food. There's always weird and wonderful new things to try and lots of products that are hard to find in the UK. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabars are a particular favourite of mine.

3 // College Pride

Walking around campus here feels like you've stepped into an advertisement. Almost everyone is wearing some form of college merchandise, be it caps, sweatshirts, backpacks or t-shirts. The college bookstore is a cornucopia of red, white and blue. The sheer amount of stuff they have on offer blows my mind. At home we have sweatshirts in a couple of colours and maybe some cufflinks. Here they've got everything from dog bandanas to pillow cases, christmas decorations to ping pong balls. There are even Penn salad hands! It's crazy but also kind of nice to see how much pride students take in their school.

4 // Friendly People

Unlike the grumpy receptionists I often have the pleasure of encountering in the UK, almost everyone here is super friendly and happy to lend you a hand. Security guards tell you to have a nice day, professors are approachable and the lovely lady who serves up my lunch always takes the time to ask me how I am. It's so refreshing to see so much positive human interaction. At home, it's a punishable offence to glance at someone too long on the tube.

5 // Portion Sizes

Everything here is huge. Go big or go home seems to be the motto when it comes to absolutely everything. And when it comes to food, I'm not complaining. A meal here will definitely fill you up and I find you generally get more for your money.

6 // Frat Parties

Love is probably (read definitely) a very strong word for how I feel about frat parties (I originally accidentally typed prat parties and I think that says a lot). What I suppose I really love is a cheap night out. After living in London for the past couple of years and having to go hard on the pre drinks before taking out a loan to buy a double vodka cranberry, frat parties are a dream.


1 comment

  1. It does sounds amazing! I've never been to America, but I am desperate to go. It looks incredible :) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x


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