Don't be so eager to "get out" of Greenville
BY MEGHAN MOLONEY ON OCTOBER 31, 2014
I love Greenville.
We often hear how eager people are to “get out” of Greenville and move to a better place. I cringe when I hear that, because I know how much of this town we take for granted. Take a step back, and you might just see how great this place really is.
I certainly understand the desire to experience another place or go to college out of town. But don’t put down Greenville just because you’re ready for new experiences.
Greenville is perfectly located. We can take day trips to the beach during the summer or to Raleigh when we need to shop. The mountains are close enough for a weekend trip, as are cities like Charleston, Richmond, or Washington, D.C. We have a small airport and can easily access a bigger one in 1.5 hours. Location doesn’t get much better than that.
Secondly, Greenville is a college town. After growing up alongside ECU’s excitement, I will always want to live in a college town. What would you do in the fall without ECU football? And what would our roads be like without ECU traffic? Well, actually, maybe we could do without that part. But anyway, a university also allows us access to more medical and research opportunities in addition to all the excitement and pirate pride.
Before ECU comes high school, and Pitt County is home to some of the best high schools in the state. We are a bit biased as to which are better than others but, in reality, all of our high schools are impressive. And the rivalries here in town only add to the excitement and pride of our schools.
Greenville is not too big and not too small. It’s big enough to support a college town but small enough to support local businesses. Anyone can feel at home here, but there are always more people to meet. Think of how many locals you know: people that have lived here their whole lives. Now think about all the people that have moved here recently and have quickly fallen in love with our home. I can think of so many people that fit into both of these categories. The diversity of backgrounds is yet another thing that distinguishes Greenville. It is an old home to thousands and can quickly become home to anyone else lucky enough to move here.
We may have below-par shopping and bad traffic when the dorms open, but Greenville is full of great people who love where they live. If you ever doubt this, just go listen to the crowd at an ECU football game when the video board announces Greenville, North Carolina. I am certainly proud to be from Greenville, and I hope all of you are too.