Top 10 Things I’ll Miss About Kentucky:
1. The University of Kentucky
More than anything else I’ll miss being an undergraduate student at UK. As far as colleges go, I’d say it’s one of the best.
2. All of the people I’ve met
I’ve met some of the best people in Kentucky (both in and out of Lexington), who make it hard to say goodbye. Kentuckians have a way of making you feel at home.
3. The English Department at UK
This is really just an extension of both #1 and #2. It’s been a pleasure to be a part of the University of Kentucky English Department community for the past four years, and to meet some of my lifelong friends. I have loved every minute of being an English major, and it’s all thanks to these wonderful people.
4. Having a pizza place on every street corner (sometimes more than just one)
This post has turned out to be cheesier than I thought! I love being able to eat pizza of any kind no matter where I am. Just within five miles of my apartment, there are at least 10 different kinds of pizza places all very different from one another.
5. The diversity
Lexington is a vibrant city filled with its own unique culture and history. However, the distance between downtown and the rural countryside isn’t very long. Within an hour (maybe even less) you can find yourself on back roads looking at all the beautiful mountains.
6. The opportunity to recreate myself in an entirely new setting
Arguably I can still “recreate” myself in several new places around the world. I’ll still have many opportunities to meet new people and travel. Even so, Kentucky was the first time in my life I got to experience an entirely new group of people in a different setting from the Midwest. The prospect of not knowing anybody when I came here was terrifying, but seeing how much I’ve changed in four years made it all worth it.
7. Southern hospitality
For so long I didn’t think this was a real thing, but it is! While living in the south has its ups and downs, I think we can all agree that southerners are some of the friendliest people in the world.
8. Pretending to be a sports fan throughout the school semester
If I’m being honest I’m not the biggest sports fan in the world. In fact, for the one week I had Trivia Crack on my phone I dreaded playing the “sports” section out of fear that I would lose immediately. Still, it’s been great to live in a place where basketball is a commonality that brings everybody together. It also helps that Drake is a UK basketball fan.
9. The literature
Literature from Kentucky is one-of-a-kind. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of the greatest poets/authors in the South during my time here, and it’s definitely something I won’t forget. Since living here I’ve developed a newfound love for Appalachian literature – something I wouldn’t have thought about had I not been here. It’s an interest of mine that won’t disappear just because I don’t live here anymore.
Most of all I’ll miss being a part of the Limestone team. It’s been the best experience to be an intern here, and to learn as much as I have from everyone involved. While I’m discussing what I love most about Limestone, I’d like to make a quick shout out to our editor-in-chief, Catherine Brereton. Thank you for all that you’ve taught me about the press, writing, and life in general. I’ll miss listening to Shaggy in the office, eating your wonderful baked goods, and our staff reading parties! And thank you to all the Limestone editors who contributed to this special blog post series.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know each of us a little more. Limestone continues to be run by excellent writers and readers, and it’s all thanks to each and every one of you!
Nicole Solakiewicz is a senior English undergraduate student from Illinois studying at the University of Kentucky. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, she'll be a Master's student studying Literature and Cultural Theory at the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.