Now & Then
In order to understand how far back my love for Buffalo goes, I'd like to flashback and share with you just how long I've wanted to live in this city full time. Growing up in a small town called Batavia (literally smack dab in the middle of Buffalo and Rochester), I always knew I wanted to live in a bigger city, but also find that balance where I could still be close to friends and family that settled close to my hometown. (If I am being *totally* honest, I wanted to go to move to NYC after high school and study journalism at NYU, but I digress). I always gravitated to Buffalo more than Rochester (the sports teams helped, as did the incredible architecture around town). I made the "leap" and moved to Buffalo for college at 19 after a year and a half at a community college in Batavia, but my lack of direction with a major the first time around made me leave university (and Buffalo) with my tail between my legs for my hometown again. I tried two more school programs, and even switched universities, but my indecision was costing my parents a lot of money (sorry, mom and dad!) --so I decided to move back in with them and work until I figured out my path. After many years of working jobs in Genesee and Wyoming counties, mostly miserable because I wasn't doing what I wanted career-wise, I landed a gig back in Buffalo, but continued to commute from Batavia. After crashing on friends couches in Buffalo for far too long when I didn't want to drive back and forth after a long work day, I hopped on Craigslist and searched for apartments in my desired neighborhood in town. I landed on the west side, close enough to Elmwood Village and downtown, but far enough away from astronomical rent prices. After I lived here a few months, I decided to take the leap and apply to school one more time, and finish my BA in English once and for all. I knew that it would be really hard, as I would be a 30-something undergraduate back on campus, but I figured if I had finally sorted out an apartment and was living here anyway, I'd give it a shot. Flash forward to today, and I'm seven weeks away from commencement. Walking across that stage, degree in hand, will be incredibly bittersweet, and I am thankful for all of the bumps along the way that ultimately lead me right where I always wanted to be: in Buffalo.
4/1/2019 06:30:56 am
This post was great! I loved getting to hear more about your journey to buffalo and
4/1/2019 09:17:59 am
Sounds like a dream come true. Congratulations!
4/3/2019 01:19:16 pm
I have lived in Buffalo my whole life. I love it here, but I always found myself questioning why people would want to live here. There's a lot here that would make someone not want to stay. After reading your blog, I better understand the urge to want to stay in Buffalo. There is so much here that not many people see and I could really feel that in your blog post. Glad you finally found a home here!
4/3/2019 03:22:21 pm
I grew up in an extremely small town, and as far as I can remember I've always wanted to get out and go to the city, somewhere bigger and better with more opportunities. So I can relate in that aspect, I had general ideas and aspirations on what I wanted to do with my life. Nothing 100% set or known, I picked up, left home and came to UB.
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5/13/2019 09:06:23 am
aw your living room looks so cute! Being from Rochester I did want to go to a bigger city as well, even though Rochester is pretty big. After living in Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, Rochester seems so small! Buffalo is great though, although I haven't seen much of it, it does seem like an amazing place to live and it's not too far from home
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