Out-of-state student on why Cleveland isn’t all that bad

Californian student moves to Cleveland to finish education

by Kc Longley

Senior majoring in Journalism


Cleveland, Ohio. It’s not somewhere that people generally think about when they decide to move across the country. It isn’t a top destination city that is bursting at the seams with tourists life San Diego or New York City.

However, it was for me. Cleveland was, and still is, a way to escape the life I left behind in California. It is a life I miss daily and always enjoy visiting, but factors back home were ultimately what drove me away.

Being a transplant in the city of Cleveland seems, from personal experience, to give me an unbiased view of this urban setting.

Cleveland is a city that is booming with potential from every angle. From the strong, unbreakable bond residents of Cleveland have with their sports teams to the ever-growing nightlife, there is something for everyone.

When I first moved here, I was overwhelmed with the idea of exploring the city beyond the perimeter of Cleveland State University, which is ironic seeing as I am from San Diego, which has a population of 1.4 million according to the U.S. Census.

As time went on, I started to go downtown, getting food and checking out what was going on E. 4th Street and beyond. The glimmering lights on Tower City were the first thing that I saw when I arrived in Cleveland for the first time. I welcome that warm feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I return to the city I now call home.

Attending Cleveland State changed my life in more ways than one. I had many colleges to choose from back in California and almost ended up attending college in Northern California. However, after being introduced to Cleveland State, I couldn’t stop looking into it. Something just felt right, which is the exact same sentiment fellow out-of-state students I’ve met have had as well.

The department I am in has graced me with many opportunities and resources, not to mention the people I have met along the way. I am confident that these friends and colleagues I surround myself with every day will be in my life for quite a long time.

They are some of the most determined and driven people I have ever met. They take leaps of faith, apply to any job and internship they can. They travel across the world to live out their wildest dreams. This city cultivates dreamers, people who can imagine their future and are itching to get it started.

There are many people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting who have never left the confines of Ohio. Some of them can’t wait to leave and others never plan to move out of Cleveland, let alone Ohio. After falling in love with the city the way I have, I understand the feeling of never wanting to leave.

I hope someday more students from other states decide to take a chance and move to Cleveland for college. Hopefully they’ll be able to welcome that warm feeling in the pit of their stomachs as well, every time they enter the city of Cleveland.