ZRay1229 wrote:Just accepted into Mortiz via email!!!! I'm gonna be a Buckeye for 3 more years! O-H!!!
As a CA resident - I'm curious - how is life in Columbus, OH?
I'm a native Midwesterner but just moved here after nearly a decade in NYC.
It's a nice city, but I'm a little disappointed that there is so much based in the suburbs. There is very little shopping downtown.
That said, what is downtown is pretty cool. There are lots of independently owned shops and restaurants (there are actually a lot of good local restaurants). Though I haven't done it yet, [art] gallery crawls are popular, as are wine tastings. As far as Midwestern cities go, Columbus is definitely one of the most cultured (2nd to Chicago, I'd say). German Village / the Brewery District and the Short North are the coolest areas, imo. It's also been called the most underrated gay friendly city in America, whatever that means.
OSU Football dominates. This is weird to me, having gone to a Division 3 school without a football team that couldn't pay students to go to its basketball games. But the whole city gets into it. It borders on obnoxious, but if you feel like jumping in and becoming a fan, I imagine it's a lot of fun.
The public transportation is horrible. I took the bus once; it took forever. I hate driving, but your options are driving or walking, and walking isn't always an option. If you come for the ASW, definitely rent a car so you can check out various parts of the city.
If you like major retailers, the shopping, though in the 'burbs, is amazing. Thank you, Les Wexner. Easton Town Center has Tiffany, BCBG, Coach, Burberry, as well as all the retailers HQ'ed here (The Limited, Express, Henri Bendel, Victoria's Secret, Pink, CO Bigelow, Bath & Body Works, VSX, Abercrombie & Fitch, and, if you have young nieces, Justice) and more.
Parking around campus is a pain. In fact, I got a $40 ticket after my visit even though there were no signs designating that street as permit only (grr). I imagine this will be less of an issue as a student.
It's a very "white collar" city. The bigger companies are insurance companies, specialty retailers and Cardinal Health. Most of the people I've met work for one of the retailers, one of the insurance companies, OSU, pharma companies (drug reps), or law firms.
Gotta run to a meeting, feel free to PM me if you have any more questions since I just did the coast to Columbus move.