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View Poll Results: Would you move back to your old college town?
YES! Redo these memories! 22 44.00%
NO! It wont be the same! 26 52.00%
Hmmm. Not sure..... 3 6.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 50. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-31-2017, 12:03 PM
 
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"First and foremost, many if not most of your college friends probably won't be there anymore."

This may actually be a positive point in some cases!!
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:07 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Moving somewhere to relive old memories is a bad idea, all around. One of the worst decisions I ever made was moving back to my hometown in 2012. At the time I did it, one of the factors was nostalgia for simpler days. However, moving back to a place associated with a previous time in life won't bring back the old days. You have to consider whether its somewhere you would want to live today, regardless of how fondly you remember it from a past season of your life. You can't "Redo those memories." First and foremost, many if not most of your college friends probably won't be there anymore.
Agreed. Its a great thought and I can see why it might be attractive option to some because of the good times, but its just that. A nice thought....
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:09 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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"First and foremost, many if not most of your college friends probably won't be there anymore."

This may actually be a positive point in some cases!!
Agree with that too lol! Its nice to see all the answers, pretty split vote too.
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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No I'm spoiled with this Texas weather. I'm not going back to central Maine, unless it's for a summer visit. The state bird, the black fly, will carry you off to their nest if you're not careful, though.
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:16 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Agreed. Its a great thought and I can see why it might be attractive option to some because of the good times, but its just that. A nice thought....
Correct, and after the nostalgia wears off, you very quickly remember why you didn't stay there in the first place. After I moved back to my hometown, I was somewhat happy with it for only a few months and have been pretty miserable since.
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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A small town in Virginia. Had a great 4 years, but never really loved the town itself, and without the connection to the university, I really have no reason to be there.
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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i think that most people who moved back to their college town would be doing so because they like the area, not because of an expectation that it would be the same as living there as a student.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Outer Boroughs, NYC
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Many people dream about returning to their college town -- my late father did too, to the tiny college town (really just a village) where he spent four happy years almost 70 years before. A co-worker is planning to retire to her university town in 10 years. My own college town was a beautiful small city, and I've thought about it too. That's the power of nostalgia (from the Greek for "return home"). We feel the pull of what seemed then a safe, comfortable home. But remember that most of us were age 19 or 20 -- with little or no experience of big disappointments, of grief or death -- and so we wish to return to that more carefree youth, when parents were alive, life was divided into neat semesters, we could make friends fairly easily at school (everyone was as single as we were), and join college activities directly. But returning to our old college town in our mature years will be totally different socially and in many other ways. We must think through it all very critically before making the plunge. That said, this is a normal fantasy to have, and it's widespread.
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Old 03-31-2017, 06:17 PM
 
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When I left Columbia I said I absolutely will never live this far north again! Didn't like the winters. But I was actually back there this past weekend and it is a pretty nice town. I could go back there if I had a job.

My other college town, or one of them, Santa Barbara, yeah would move back there if I could afford it. I actually lived in Isla Vista. Wouldn't go there if I had a family, but as a middle aged bachelor? hmmmm, if there is a place in IV that could accommodate the tastes and needs of a middle aged professional (questionable), I might could give it a shot.

Going back to my college town wouldn't be about reliving old memories though. It would be about moving to a place that I find really nice and could feel good about being in, in the now.
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Old 04-01-2017, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Lafayette works well after college because it doesnt rely on the university for its identity. There are lots of festivals and art and music wholly divided from the college culture. It merely adds to the gumbo.
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