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Old 03-14-2008, 02:06 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm a 21 year old college graduate that recently received a great job offer in Neenah Wisconsin.. but was also given an alternative choice in South Carolina in the Augusta GA metro, and I was hoping you guys could help me out deciding which would be the best for me.

I'm coming from Columbus, OH.. the main things I'm looking for are a social life / many people around my age, somewhere active w/ things to do, cultural diversity.. Columbus is alright for me, though I would say main downside is that it feels kinda bland at times and I just feel the need to try somewhere new.

I'm guessing neither option would perfectly fit my 'ideal location' from what I've gathered.. though the company encourages mobility, so if I really don't like a certain place, I'm not going to be stuck there forever. Here are some things that do/don't appeal to me in both places.

Neenah/Appleton - pros: friendly down-to-earth people (from what I encountered during my interview / going around town), not as much culture shock as this is in Midwest, 3 hrs from Chicago or Minneapolis... cons: small town, cold winter weather, wasn't really impressed as far as things to actually do.. main offerings were mainly outdoor activities such as skiing, hunting and fishing..

Augusta - pros: warmer climate, 2 hrs from Atlanta, Charlotte, the coast/beaches, even lower cost of living; cons: culture shock (maybe? the most Southern area I've lived in US is WV, but I don't think that counts), summer weather (noticed highs in 90s)...
I haven't really been to southeast US so I do not have any real experiences to know any better.

Any ideas? I'm probably missing a few things. Should I be posting this on Wisconsin / South Carolina / Georgia boards? Sorry for the long post.. but I'm hoping specifics would give me better advice. Thanks to all who respond.
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Old 03-14-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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I definitely think you should post in the Wisconsin and Georgia forums to get a feel for the respective areas. I can tell you that neither area (Augusta or Appleton) is as big as Columbus, OH so if you feel there isn't much to do in Columbus, you are liable to feel the same way in Augusta or Appleton. Perhaps you want to explore which opportunity might allow you to relocate to the "big city" in a few years. For instance, if the Augusta gig could result in you moving to Atlanta in a couple of years (a much more happening city than Augusta) then that could be a could choice. Likewise on Appleton to Chicago. Good luck.
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