Why Boone is “Just Different”
Throughout my two and a half years here in Boone, I’ve had a lot of friends who have told me how much they want to visit Boone and Appalachian and go hiking and so on and so forth. Recently, one of my best friends transferred from Appalachian to Clemson University.
She came back to visit in November and I texted her afterward and the first thing she said was, “I miss Boone so much.” Clemson had always been her dream school, so this was very shocking to me. I of course then asked her why and she replied saying, “I don’t know how to explain it, it’s just different. The atmosphere, the people, it’s just like a different world.” I always knew I was blessed to attend such a beautiful school, but reading her response really made me stop and think about how truly lucky I was.
I mean think about it, when it comes to Appalachian State, us students get the ‘big time’ university feel without the thirty-minute walks across campus. We have enough students at Appalachian to have several different friend groups, but I also run into at least ten people I know while walking to class. We also have a chance to get to know our professors once we get to our major courses because our classes don’t hold 500 students.
We are perched on the top of a mountain, essentially separated from the rest of the world. We can drive 15 minutes and see some of the most beautiful sights known to mankind, or we can drive 5 minutes and go visit a new restaurant that has just opened – because let’s face it, there is always something being built in Boone.
You can walk down town and see older, smiling couples holding hands and walking into Mast General Store, or you can go to Chipotle and run into five people from your Biology class. There are so many places to go, but my favorite thing is that I will always run into someone I know and there are not many things more comforting than that.
In the spring time the air is lighter and the leaves on the trees are red for at least two months. In the winter a snowy wonderland covers the trees, the roads, and all of the nooks and crannies that Boone has to offer. The still silence that resonates on campus brings such a warm feeling to the heart and as I walk to class all I can think about is being able to share these beautiful moments with the students of Appalachian and the people of Boone.
Boone isn’t my hometown, but it sure does feel like it. I’m not sure why I love living in Boone so much; I guess it’s just different.
All photos in this blog post are from Mike Jones. Please visit Mike’s website to purchase these images.