Living in Connecticut is not ideal for everybody

Hunter Lyle – Reporter 

The state of Connecticut, while relatively small, offers a variety of landscapes and opportunities for living situations. From roaring hills and dense woodlands, to the busy and bustling city streets, some students say there is a place for them; others, not.

It is high time for students who are looking to start their own careers, to decide about where to live after graduating.

Sophomore nursing major Korinn Chelednik, who was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, thinks that the weather would be the ultimate decision maker.

“Winters in Connecticut are just too much for me,” said Chelednik, “between the snow and the freezing temperatures, living here in the winter is just not fun.”

Chelednik said she wants to be a traveling nurse, working wherever her work takes her. She said she may work for as little as a few months in any given location, but plans to live in many states across the country.

Jonathan Morris, a sophomore nursing major at Southern who is a resident in the city of New Haven, would also like to leave Connecticut after getting his diploma, but for a different reason than staying warm.

“Connecticut is not the ideal place to live,” said Morris. “The taxes are way too much and there are so many other places that would be a good home.”

While freshman Marline Fabela, double majoring in technically theatre and studio art, agrees with Morris about the high taxes, she believes staying in Connecticut would be a good career move.

“I plan to start working anywhere where I can create concept art, graphic designing, and work with companies creating advertising,” said Fabela. “When you live in New Haven, and you start really early, you can get contacts.”

Fabela said she already has connections with people working in the Yale University Art Gallery, and plans on applying to internships there. She said she would like to work with them after she graduates.

“Living in a place like New Haven really opens up the door as far as networking goes,” said Fabela.

Junior biology and philosophy double-major Sophia Rokas said she has lived in Hamden, Conn. since she was five-years-old and is sick of it.

“I haven’t lived anywhere else in a really long time,” said Rokas, “so I just want to broaden my horizons.”

For these three students, choosing a place to reside largely relies on job availability, and and travelling for their careers, but for Peggy Moore, alumna of the class of 1984, that was not on her agenda.

“I was born in Illinois and got married and moved to Connecticut with my husband,” said Moore. “My husband had a job here so after I graduated, it made sense to stay here.”

Along with the family necessity, Moore said the school districts in Connecticut were very progressive in terms of education reform.

“I think that is something you must have,” said Moore.

According to the data from the Southern’s enrollment offices, the university had reached 9,719 students as of fall 2017, all of which may have different plans when concerning their futures.

Photo Credit: Hunter Lyle


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