Crime & Safety
I love the food in Utica, I believe it to be one of the places places to have the greatest chicken riggies, Utica greens and tomato pie! One of the things that needs to be changed are the roads- they are the worst and I experienced through all parts including the major areas of Cornhill, West Utica, East Utica, South and surprisingly even North. More programs as well such as after care/school programs to be available to the youth. Provide more stability for the children so they can have less involvement on the streets and I would be more than willing to do anything to help/volunteer my time and services.
The cultural diversity of Utica provides a plethora of knowledge and experience to any of its occupants or visiter. I wish to return there after I receive my BSN from Le Moyne College in Syracuse and hopefully raise kids of my own there so that they are exposed to countless cultures, beliefs, socioeconomic statuses, religions, and nationalities. Utica has allowed for me to live with an open and forgiving mind with my exposure to the qualities previously listed. The diversity and acceptance that it brings allowed me to have a safe environment as an LGBTQ person, which is a major privilege that does not pass far too many people's minds. The public education in the area is large and still growing, but sadly does not receive proper funding from the state government. I wish to further my education into graduate school to become a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Educator so that I could give back to the community through health, community, and education whether its through locally providing healthcare to those in need or donating my time and money towards my beautiful city and the incredible people within it.
I have lived here my whole life. It is a very diverse community which attracts individuals of all ages, cultures, and from different countries throughout the world. It has places like the refugee center that helps new immigrants get a place to live and helps people in need on their feet. With many hospitals and another major one to be made, it is prepared for all medical emergencies. The schools are also amazing by their interest to teach and allow kids to love education. There are many job opportunities as well as internships and volunteerism. It is smaller city so it allows people to travel from one end of utica to another quite rapidly. A safe, friendly and happy environment for all individuals even during night life.