A look back on my first semester in Philadelphia

Written by: Katie Bishop, Open Arts Analytics Intern 


I though a lot during the summer before my junior year of high school in Pittsburgh, PA–where I would live for the next few years? #1 on my list was the historic and far enough/close enough to my parents, Philadelphia. This city was so vital during the Revolutionary time period, there is a distinct history here that no other American city can boast; that was something I wanted to experience first hand. Secondly, it’s in the perfect geographical location! It has easy access and is in close proximity with New York City, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. They’re only a short train or bus ride away.

The rich history and convenient geography were my intial reasons for liking Philadelphia, but now I have reasons for loving it. Philly is a classic city that runs at its own pace. Like other cities, it’s always bustling with a sense of urgency and purpose, but here, you can always join in and be part of the collective experience. It’s the kind of pace that keeps you moving but doesn’t overwhelm you. Oh, and the culture! This place is the jack of all trades– the sports, art, entertainment, food, music, and parks all bring Philly to life! It is an inclusive culture where anyone can find a way to surround themselves with the things they love. It truly is the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

From the easy access to opportunites– in my first month here I received a paid internship! — to being able to delve into any kind of culture you want — becoming a huge Eagles fans or become regulars of the local music scene– this culturally rich and perfectly paced city welcomes newcomers with open arms and makes you feel right at home.