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Tampa has been such an amazing impact on my lifestyle. I traveled here for college after high school, and found a home within the big city! I come from a neighborhood where the mall is about 30 minutes away. The "big event" on the weekends was gathering at our local high school football games. Tampa, however, is so much more than "one big event." There are so may different kinds of people here, its truly eye-opening. Although the traffic can be a little annoying, Tampa is so vast that there are literally every kind of race, gender, culture, and adventures that you can think of. It was such a needed change in my life. One should never go throughout life having the viewpoint of only one kind of lifestyle. The search for adventure, mistakes, memories, and friends is key to finding happiness and learning for future decisions. I am very content in my decision to come to school in Tampa. I have grown so much as a person, because of it.
I like that it's an urban town, pretty lively, & plenty of things to do. It's generally pretty safe, I've never experienced being a victim of a crime. Lots of traffic, however, because it's an automobile-based town, not much or reliable public transit. Pretty diverse, too. I like that it's not too far of a drive to other coastal cities/beaches. The Bay Area is absolutely gorgeous, has distinct culture which you'll find all of places like Ybor & the older neighborhoods like Seminole Heights or South Tampa, has plenty of job opportunities, and is huge on supporting its sports teams!
Tampa is an amazing city with a ton of potential. This beautiful, modern city curves around Tampa Bay; the bridges and palm-tree lined avenues offer stunning views, and it's so close to the Gulf Coast, that it's a water lover's paradise. Such a a laid-back city with a vibrant arts scene and plenty of opportunities for adventure. Spend a day touring the art museums, walking the River-walk, biking Bayshore, paddling through the Hillsborough River, and cheering on your favorite Tampa Bay team at home. There's never a day I find myself running out of things to do, such an active, live city!