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The City of Radford is a new place I've learned to call home. The community is really unique with all the local shops, parks, rivers, and the university of course. Its a college town. The Opportunities for jobs are endless i had no trouble finding a job while I am in school. The police are some of the most polite you may ever meet. The night life is something I look forward to every week. I do not drink or anything, but it is nice just to meet new people.
I love Radford. I am a student here in my third year. I wasn't always going to come to Radford, as I am the first-generation college graduate from my family. We come from a small town where everyone seems to just stay. It's a barefoot and pregnant kind of town, really. I was engaged at 19 and ended up having an abusive relation by 21. At 22 I decided I was going to move away, overcome the eating disorder I had developed, and apply to Radford University. I came here for the sole purpose of getting my degree and leaving but Radford captured my heart. It does a bit more every day to be honest. Whether it is the kind spirit around Christmas, the golden canopy of leaves in the fall or the sweet smell of flowers on my run by Bissett Park, I fall for it each day. This is the kind of small town I would never want to leave. I have never met someone who didn't feel, even a little, like I do about Radford Virginia.
I love how Radford is a small town with a feel good vibe about. Everything is pretty much in walking distant and there's also reliable public transportation. The college community is tight knit and gets along great with locals. I think Radford's major downfall is it's lack of job opportunity and its lack of entertainment for college students. These problems can help each other because through creating more businesses that are college friendly more jobs are likely to be available.