Summer in a College Town
(A.K.A. Invasion of the Townies)
Okay technically it’s not an “invasion” of Townies, because they do live here year-round. But when you live in a true college town like Davis, you don’t see this much of the regular townsfolk during a majority of the year.
I have never taken summer classes, so this year is my first time spending a large quantity of time staying in the summer.
Previously I have gone home to work during the summer, but this year’s job market has been especially rough. Without a job lined up, I returned up to Davis to spend more time with my friends who had stayed up.
I hadn’t really thought about if or how the town might be different during the summer, but I made a quick discovery. Cities like Davis take on a whole different feel in the months between June and September.
The town is much emptier and quieter, and when you go out you don’t see hordes of college students roaming around like usual. It also becomes more of a family town.
At last Sunday’s 4th of July celebration in Davis, the fireworks show drew tens of thousands of people out to see it. But when I was there, I had to strain to find a large group of college-age attendees among the masses of families camped out.
Now, this isn’t meant to be a knock on townies, or a complaint of any kind. I just wanted to describe what I presume to be a similar situation in most college towns nationwide, and something to think about when deciding to stay in your college town for the summer.
I’m very curious to know if others had similar experiences, so please comment below.
Image by Beverly & Pack, “Happy 4th of July! The American Flag in Fireworks,” July 3, 2009 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.