As a college student in Maine sometimes I miss home. I grew up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania until 2010 when I started going to school in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has a specific culture that spans across the state, things I appreciated in Pittsburgh were relevant in Philadelphia and visa-versa. While I’m happy to have experienced this way of living for so many years, Maine is nothing like it. Going to school on Mount Desert Island is an interesting and unique experience, it can be really fun as well as socially isolating geographically. Maine has a very distinct culture impacted by its seasonal tourist industry and proximity to the ocean (can you say fisherman…?), a way of living unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. During the long cold winters with very little sunlight I often miss my other home, another place devoid of heat and light come November.
A blog I stumbled across is Pitt Girl which is hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine. This blog covers events and culture in Pittsburgh along with person laments as to how it is truly the best city. You can find PittGirl at: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/Pitt-Girl/ . This blog features a post that recently went viral titled “10 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Owned 2013” (http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/Pitt-Girl/December-2013/10-Reasons-Why-Pittsburgh-Owned-2013/) , as a way to usher in the New Year, proud Pittsburghers (or Yinzers, as we self identify) posted this blog posting to their own social media, spreading around Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter like wildfire. Something I specifically noticed regarding the sharing of this blog post is literally ‘who was sharing it’, at least in my friend group it seemed to be most shared by students who are studying out of state and people my age employed out of state. This specific post seems to be a trigger for nostalgia, for people to realize that they grew up in a truly unique city that has so much to offer.
I’m so lucky to have grown up in such a diverse, bustling city full of art, music, sports, theater, community, architecture, and food and I’m so appreciative to have a window into what I’m missing while I’m gone. PittGirl gives me an opportunity to live vicariously.