Chicago anyone?

Discussion in 'The Fire Hydrant' started by Fran101, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Stop in Minneapolis on the way!!!
     
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    I can't be that close and NOT meet you guys! :p I'm trying to figure out a way to bring Mu with me but I'm not having much luck. I'm planning on flying and she's just a little too tall and heavy to fit in an under the seat kennel. :(

    I'm thinking I might fly into Chicago, see my sister for a couple days, rent a car and drive out to Minneapolis (and stop and see Moth for a bit on the way), crash somewhere there and then fly out of Minneapolis. Just priced it out and it looks totally do-able. Now I just have to find out when my in-laws want us to come visit them so I can plan around that.

    Uh...sorry for the massive threadjacking Fran! Lol.
     
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    YES YES YES AND YES.....please
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Well...I like Chicago and I'm not really a big-city person. For some reason, even though it's huge and "the" Midwestern city, it never struck me as too crowded the way many coastal cities do. To be fair I lived outside the city, not in it, but I was close and would visit for various things. Shows to see, pretty much unlimited shopping, lots of dog activities...

    It's a nice city but definitely has a midwestern vibe. It may be different but that doesn't make it bad. If nothing else, you can explore something new for your college career then flee back to the eastern seaboard with an education and no debt ;)
     
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    I'm not much of a big city person. It's fun to visit Chicago sometimes, but it's not a place for me to live in. I guess the traffic really turns me off, but that's any big city. But usually when we're going somewhere, we're going thru chicago at the worst times and I always wonder how people can live with this everyday :) But i'm sure they find ways to adapt.
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    I find winters are easier in big cities, Toronto always has less snow and is warmer (even though its on the shore of lake ontario) than here. The buildings and pavement store heat from the sun. So it shouldn't be bad.

    That said I find the idea of religious universities bizarre. Here the only religious post secondary schools we have are bible colleges that you go to if you want to get involved in a religious based career. Do religious colleges teach the same things? Do they add religion to your courses?
     
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    :D You're not far from my sister anyway - it'd be super easy to come see you!

    Um, YEAH. Me and Frodo will totally hang out. :p Seriously, that would be awesome!
     
  10. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Thanks for the info! This totally has me a bit psyched and that pictures is awesome :rofl1:
    As for the weather, honestly, even being from Florida.. I do much better in the Connecticut winter than I do in hot summers lol I'm not really that picky weather wise

    I had no idea there was so much to do there! I knew it was a city but I just started researching and WOW!

    I went to a Catholic high school, and frankly, didn't bother me all that much. I mean.. If anything I have adapted to the point where I just tune it all out lol


    Sounds like fun! I just googled the mile and it looks frikin awesome!

    And ya, extreme temperatures.. bring it on! lol I'm used to the Miami heat and ridiculous connecticut winters so hopefully this will be an even compromise of craziness :rofl1:


    I'm a total city person, but it's great that it's so easy to kind of get away and find space. It seems like there are quite a few nice parks.. which are great dog wise.

    I do like pizza!! lol and I do love that aspect of city life..always things to do!

    I love public transport and cities and hate driving lol so I guess it works.

    It really does seem like a lovely city, and it's not like I'm deciding on a place to live forever and start a family.. I think the change might be nice :)

    I have heard things similar to this speaking of the class schedule. The only difference really is that you have to take a theology course (which can be anything from philosophy, to world religions, etc.. if you don't want to take a religious class)
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    IT'S TOMORROW!! lol

    I can't drive (people with epilepsy driving tends to be frowned upon lol go figure :rofl1:) so I certainly see the draw!

    I am down for any chazzer visits!! lol especially for $8!

    As for weather.. I adapt pretty well. I go home (to Miami) on school holidays, so I'm not too worried about it honestly lol

    I totally forgot about the beach!! I do miss being around water!

    Lol Oh god Oprah! I should go just to meet her!!

    That's also been on my mind lately.. I mean, I KNOW I love Boston, I have family in boston and have been there plenty of times.. I'll be attending basically for free so I figure.. why not give it a shot? Boston will always be there if I don't like it lol

    Distance from home really isn't an issue I've found. Flights from Chicago-Miami and Boston-Miami are about the same price range.. and either way, theres no way I am road-tripping home lol

    Oh and yea, the reason why I picked some cities to apply to schools to and not others is because they have recommended Doctors/hospital programs near by. Most of my work will still be done at home during breaks (research and check up wise), but I do have doctors I trust in both Chicago and Boston if need be for more frequent visits/emergencies :)

    It's pretty lucky that I love cities because everything that kind of comes with my condition (not being able to drive, needing to be near hospitals and such) comes with city life lol
     
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    Wheaton is where I live now. It's a really nice little town, although I wouldn't mind moving to a burb that's closer to the city one day (Oak Park would be my dream, love that place).

    Loyola's campus is far north within the city (Rogers Park I think?) so the traffic and stuff isn't as bad as, say, the Loop. Also, public transportation around the city is pretty decent. Some of my friends will drive us in the city, but I'm a terrible driver so I've always managed to get where I need to go using public transportation.

    I didn't realize there were so many Chicago-area people here either!
     
  13. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    I really need to try this pizza now!! lol

    and good to hear about dog sports :) I had no idea Chicago was so doggy friendly!!


    Glad to hear you can pretty much walk/make my way everywhere :)

    and Anime convention sounds awesome!! is it like comic-con?


    No problem about the threadjacking! :D lol if I do decide to move there we can do a meet up part 2! haha

    That really is important to me... like I could do pretty well in Boston no problem with your basic work/study thing but to be able to really just live and go to school for free..it's an awesome opportunity.

    and yea, as much as I love cities and hustle and bustle and people.. I don't like crowds. So that's good! lol

    I guess I'm adapted lol or maybe that's not the right word considering I was born/raised in the city. It did take a while for me to adapt to little town, connecticut though! lol it's funny but I really was stressed my first months here, everything is so QUIET!! haha

    They teach the same things are regular colleges (as in, religion doesn't make it's way into regular coursework) some do add extra required courses such as theology but as with Loyola, you can choose to fulfill that requirement by taking philosophy, world religions or some kind of non-catholic equivalent course.

    The only real difference is that there are some religious stuffs dotted around campus (crosses, church) and sometimes student rules tend to correspond with religious teachings (for example, many catholic universities discourage co-ed sleepovers in dorms.. where-as at regular unis they honestly don't care lol)

    I've heard that Loyola is pretty forward thinking, it's a Jesuit school, which I've heard tends to run on the much looser/liberal side of the catholic church stuff.. which is nice.

    It's also nice that kind of part of the whole religious school thing is that the schools tend to focus a lot on smaller class sizes and such.. which is awesome!
     
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    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    I have nothing to add except I want to visit now.
     
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    That's my favorite part. 13 people in a class? AWESOME!
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    I have only 14 people in one of my classes. I just go to a smallish university.

    Do they have multiple classes of each subject to keep them small, or is the draw just that limited?
     
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    The schools tend to be smaller/more selective in general.
    To find a school with gen-eds with less than 50 people I'd say is pretty rare.. I go to a LARGE university now and one of my gen-ed classes has over 200 students lol

    I said I was an atheist on my application lol so I assume they are ready to deal with me :rofl1:
    but for real I think if I can survive 4 years of catholic (as in, nuns teaching you about abstinence and walking around being scary) high school.. I can deal with this lol

    I have been checking the interwebs and it seems that the school is very liberal. There are gay pride/pro-choice groups on campus, and it seems that the school has even had issues with the catholic church
    which only makes me want to go there even more! LOL
     
  18. Bigpoodleperson

    Bigpoodleperson Megan and Draco

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    I live about 2 hours from Chicago too! Very nice city! It is beautiful and very pretty.

    Should I keep my mouth shut about the fact that we have a Giordanos in my town? :D
     
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    For the basics, there are multiple sections of each course, so classes are still usually 20 or less. The Zoo Science classes do not have multiples per semester, it's just a small program.
     
  20. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    Yes. :D

    We actually had a frozen one shipped up here a while back and while it obviously was not as amazing as eating it fresh... it was still REALLY FREAKING DELICIOUS.
    Ugh now I have the biggest craving ever. Must. Go. To. Chicago.
     

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