The 10 Biggest Culture Shocks Of Moving From Chicago To Vermont
If you grew up near Chicago—like I did—then you know that when you’re looking at colleges, everyone pretty much expects the same thing; Big 10 schools like Indiana, Michigan State, and the University of Illinois are practically magnets for Chicago high-schoolers. No one would bat an eye if someone said they applied to those schools. But you should have seen the looks I got when I told people I applied to the University of Vermont. To Chicagoans, Vermont is like a half-forgotten, mysterious world whose greatest exports are maple syrup and Bernie Sanders. I saw Vermont that way too. I had no idea what to expect my first few months living there. But I never could have imagined how different it would be. To say I went through some extreme culture shock would be a gross understatement.