Originally Posted by freebird
I have decided I hate living in Texas for SO many reasons. I want to live further north and further east. The 2 schools I'm looking at transferring to are University of Maryland in College Park, and UConn, in Storrs/Mansfield (I think). Are any of you from these areas? What's the culture like? What is there to do besides go to school? Anybody go to these schools? It looks to me like any of them would be decent for physical therapy, but I'm also interested women's studies, possibly as a double major or minor. Any advice you could give me would be awesome!
As someone who has moved from the North (PA/NY) to the mid-South (Tennessee), let me tell you that I think the climate (particularly in CT, dunno about Maryland) can be a bit brutal, particularly if you are not used to it. I'd suggest getting prepared to dress in layers
of clothing to keep warm. Get yourself a pair of "long johns." Get shoes or boots where you can wear two pairs of sox and yet be comfortable. Get gloves and scarves. Get decent hats that are warm and waterproof. Get some good, warm waterproof coats. Get waterproof footwear. Get a good umbrella that won't fall apart in the wind. Maybe try visiting these schools in the wintertime and see how other students dress. Maybe start looking through some catalogs like Land's End, REI, etc., for sports or outdoor-type clothing.
Put another way, save up for more of a clothing allowance to get these things than you may have planned.
At many schools, there are issues concerning crime on campus. There also may be "Town vs. Gown" friction. So maybe more relevant to your inquiry is the "sub-culture" of the school vs. the "sub-culture" of the surrounding town or city. I think this can be hard to assess in advance of being on campus, since the schools will of course try to paint an idyllic picture on these issues.
If these schools have campus newspapers, perhaps subscribe to them for awhile before making your decision.