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  • Writer's pictureMonica Montanari

"What the Heck Are You Doing In The South?"

Alright, so many of you still might be wondering why in the world anyone in their right mind would choose to move from sunny Southern California to the South for graduate school. Good question. Most people who live in the South, when asked, say that the one place they've always wanted to go is California. So they, more than most of you westerners, think I am insane for choosing to come out here. But I have a few reasons.

  1. I'm bored. I lived in Southern California for 18 years before moving to Northern California for school- I've seen the West Coast, I've done most of the things that the West Coast has to offer, and I wanted to experience something completely different to get a new perspective on life in the United States.

  2. I'm fascinated. I am utterly fascinated by cultural differences- and for a place so close, Alabama seems like another country. There are so many things to see and explore- and you are in the right place to hear all about it!

  3. I'm going to graduate school. I'll be earning my Master's in Sports Management from one of the most prestigious programs in the United States, if not the world.

  4. I'm a fan. Alabama football has been my team since I was about thirteen years old. I dont remember why, but I heard of the team and loved their tradition and how one place could rally around one program so wholeheartedly. The state religion of Alabama is football- and I'm thrilled to be in a place where they respect sports as much as I do.

  5. I'm reporting back. So many people have looked at me when I told them where I was doing grad school and said "Oh...The South? Good Luck." Everyone else in the country seems to have these stereotypes about the South- and I want to find out for myself what's true and what's not. Granted, my experiences are only mine and other people may have other experiences, but I want you to be able to talk about the South with a broader perspective too.

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