Hello, again, everyone! I hope you all are doing well this fine, dreary December day! Well, at least it is a bit dreary here in West Chester, PA.
Today's post is going to be a bit about West Chester and the surrounding areas, so you know what you are getting yourself into if you choose to go to school here.
A lot of you have been asking me if it is worth coming to West Chester when most of the good internships are in Philly, Baltimore, Wilmington, and even DC. The answer my friends, is yes.
First, West Chester is a great place to live. Whether you live right in the borough or in the surrounding area (like myself) there is always something new to see and/or do. The borough, consisting mainly of Gay, Market, High, Walnut and Church street is a tight-knit comnunity of small business owners. There are an incredible amount of unique shops in the area. The FOOD scene here is West Chester is incredible as well! I could go on and on about all the amazing place to eat and buy groceries right in town. There is also a farmer's market from May to December. AWESOME produce.
On a more academic level, West Chester houses the Chester County Historical Society as well as several law firms. There are plenty of places to get internships and research opportunities right here in town.
Then of course there is Philadelphia. Perhaps the Mecca of academic and social scenes in this particular area. If you want to venture to Philadelphia, which of course I always would suggest, it is a very easy commute. You can drive yourself (though that might not be so easy with traffic) but then you have to find a place to park. I recommend using the bus/train systems. Super easy, super affordable, and you can get anywhere you want in Philly. The bus stops here on campus and there are train stations less than 4 miles away.
The train is your best bet for Baltimore and DC as well. 30th Street station in Philly can easily get you to both of these places.
As for Wilmington or other places in DE, you would have to drive. It's super close, but traffic can sometimes be a bit much on 202.
West Chester is such an amazing place to be. From the food, to the resources, to the peace and quiet I have living just outside the borough. It's such a perfect place to go to school because it's far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city taht I can get stuff done easily without too much distraction. However, when I want a distraction, I head on down to the city for some good food or even to watch my Phillies and Eagles!!
(I go to Chester for my Union. :) )