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Old 07-02-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Iowa City
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Iowa City is a great place to live. I came here for the University and never left. Quite diverse culture and much to do. Check out this link for things to do in the Iowa City area. City of Iowa City - Official Website
Congrats to you!
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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Default Loved living in Iowa City

I moved from New York (just north of Manhattan) to Iowa to go to graduate school. I was so concerned about living in the midwest that I visited Iowa City before accepting the offer. I found everyone, from faculty and staff at the U to the clerk at the Subway to strangers on the street, to be extremely friendly.

I don't think you will have any problem making friends at all. In addition to numerous city events, the University has countless activities, volunteer opportunities, and clubs that might interest you. There is also an excellent and very active union (COGS) that works on behalf of the graduate students; they routinely hold various activities and events where you would be able to meet and socialize with other graduate students. There is also a graduate student support group that meets several times a month.

I am not an outgoing social person at all, but in spite of myself, I made several friendships during my time in Iowa City that endure to this day
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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Does anyone else notice that it is always the city rats who have big problems making friends in small towns ?
Could it possibly be that snobbish elitist attitude they seem to have in common.

I have never had problems making friends with locals wherever I have gone , maybe its because I dont view people through an ideology that requires them to have to fit some social classification.

I treat others as I wish to be treated , and its worked great so far.
It's not about elitism. As a group, people from cities (not "city rats" ) have a very diverse range of interests. Sometimes city people fit it in well the small towns, but oftentimes not. Does your lack of interest in things other than what you are used to make you an elitist? I don't think so. Back to Iowa City, I came for college from the East and wound up staying several more years. There are people there from all over the world with every possible interest. It's so easy to fit in there. I did live in a couple smaller towns in Iowa after college and was one of those "city people" who just couldn't find a way to fit in. I'm not an elitist, I just have other interests than those that dominated the small IA towns I lived in.
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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yes, I had PMS when I was 12 and I moved here from Boston and literally was told I was a freak from the walmart cashier cause of my accent. don't believe me if you want, but have fun living in hell.
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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Hey there!

I'm starting my Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in the fall and would LOVE any advice on meeting new people, fun places, meetup groups, whatever.

I'm 30, female, athletic (play lots of softball, love to go kayaking and dancing and do yoga), pretty outgoing and friendly. But after reading all the "I have no friends in Iowa and no one will talk to me!" posts, a bit nervous...

Thanks for the help!

I hate to be crude but after 70+ yrs of life its been my observation that the amount of friends any young female has is largely a function of her looks.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:04 AM
 
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yes, I had PMS when I was 12 and I moved here from Boston and literally was told I was a freak from the walmart cashier cause of my accent. don't believe me if you want, but have fun living in hell.
Wow. That one experience just tainted you for life, eh? I wouldn't put too much weight on what the Wal-Mart Cashier says, but thats just me. I live in DSM and have been to Iowa City many times. IMO people in Iowa (larger towns more so than smaller ones) are very welcoming and tolerant. There isn't much to do as compared to the East Coast, but we are in the middle of Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Additionally, there are several diversions & state parks locally to keep you entertained. I have never had a weekend where I didn't have anything to do.

Regarding the weather, where besides So Cal doesn't have a downside? You really can't beat a Fall or Spring here in IA.

I suppose the main question to ask here is why you've been here since you were 12 if you hate it so much?
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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One walmart employee is not representative of the population as a whole... if anything I'd say most people would find a different accent interesting unless it's so strong we cant understand you
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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One walmart employee is not representative of the population as a whole... if anything I'd say most people would find a different accent interesting unless it's so strong we cant understand you
oh but it does,it shows the mentalality of most iowans. i live in iowa have for 39yrs.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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oh but it does,it shows the mentalality of most iowans. i live in iowa have for 39yrs.
Wrong.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:23 PM
 
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oh but it does,it shows the mentalality of most iowans. i live in iowa have for 39yrs.
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Wrong.
Dead wrong.
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