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Old 05-25-2009, 08:55 PM
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I'm moving for grad school and am just curious as to what I should expect. I've never lived in such a small town, so I'm a little nervous. I don't like to claim a scene. I think it's sort of silly and juvenile to pigeon-hole like that, but I do look every ounce a hipster on most days, and I LOVE fashion to the nth degree.

I was told by a co-worker that IC is "cosmopolitan" for its size, but I'm not sure what that exactly means. I'd appreciate any light shed on that statement.

I'm also curious what the social vibe is--especially how bold women are perceived. What I mean is are people pretty passive? reserved? aggressive? I tend to be a fast talker, walker, and ready for verbal rumbles if need be (all in good spirit, of course). Will I be considered fierce by natives? Will that be obnoxious, offensive?
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:09 PM
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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I don't think you can really generalize Iowa City at all. That's one thing that adds to its "cosmopolitan" vibe, there are people from all different backgrounds just like there might be in a larger city.

There are hipsters here and there's also plenty of blue-collar types. You might see some old hippies within a short distance of a young family. I can't really say how Iowa City as a whole will perceive you because Iowa City as a whole is a pretty broad place. Even among natives, there are huge differences between people. You may be considered fierce by certain people and other people might find you completely charming. But I believe that if you look, you can find people that will suit you in Iowa City. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:01 AM
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I'm also moving this fall for grad school. I too am nervous about moving to a small city. I've lived all my life in a big city. I hope it's nice there.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:43 PM
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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I would suggest both of you check out the Iowa City Photo Thread to give you some idea of what you're in for.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:54 PM
Location: Utopia
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Iowa City has so many foreign students and people from all over the world that you shouldn't stand out in any way. Quit worrying. You'll see how "cosmopolitan" it is.
Now out in the boonies in the little farm towns might be a different story.
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:36 PM
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As an Iowa grad and former Iowa Citian (who moved there from Miami), I agree with all the previous posts. (Sojouner, see also my post to the "Iowa City for carless older grad student..." thread.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:38 PM
Location: Iowa
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I think it's true you can't generalize. There are some very fashionable people in IC, and there's good shopping. IC has a varied sort of people, because so many people come from so many different places, so I am sure you'll find a nice group of people who will accept your personality.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:25 PM
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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Yeah, you'll fit in fine. You might not want to go full on fierce with people right off the bat, but that's advice I'd give to someone moving anywhere. It's easier to make new friends when you tone yourself down a bit.

Welcome to Iowa City!
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