March 2017


Life In a College Town

by Christian Reitnauer

Editor's Note: Student writer Christian Reitnauer is participating in the Semester in Tallahassee program, where New College students live in the state capitol, take classes at Florida State University, and work as interns in various aspects of state government. 

While Tallahassee is the capitol of the state of Florida, and the business of both the state and federal government pervasive, there is another dimension to life in Tallahassee. In many ways, Tallahassee’s identity is also defined by its status as a college town.

To describe Tallahassee as a “College Town” might even be a bit of an understatement. Between Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and other institutions, there are over 70,000 college students residing in Tallahassee.

The campus of Florida State University in particular is a bustle of activity. Of the 70,000 college students living in Tallahassee, over 40,000 attend FSU. This makes for a pretty amazing spectacle at the end of every class period, particularly in the morning, as massive crowds pour out of various classroom buildings.

As a seat of government that is also a college town, or possibly a college town that is also a seat of government, there is no shortage of things to do in Tallahassee. Listing all of the places to eat or shop would be kind of futile. However, Tallahassee is also home to cultural institutions such as the Historic Capitol Museum and the Museum of Florida history.
Of course, as a student on a budget I have to be a bit selective when it comes to my dining and shopping habits.

Fortunately, such a variety also means that there’s no shortage of options for someone on a budget. Even better, admission to some of the museums is free. As a history student, I’ve found that spending a few hours in one of the museums is a good way to take a break from the bustle of the FSU campus and the capitol building.

Tallahassee is simultaneously the seat of government for the state of Florida, and a bustling college town. It’s an exciting place to be, and there’s always something to do.

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