Moving to smaller town means
adjusting to the simple life
February 23, 2009 | LOGAN -- Everyone has a set routine
that they like to follow. Whether it is about waking
up in the morning or watching a college football game,
we all do things a certain way. Interrupting that process
not only has the possibility of ruining your karma,
but also makes us feel uncomfortable and out of place.
Usually we are able to work things out for ourselves,
but what if this change of pace is drastic? What if
it appears to turn from a sprint into a crawl with no
warning? Surely there must be some way to overcome such
a dramatic change.
The change I speak of is moving from a fast-paced
metropolis to a much smaller town. Moving is not easy
in the first place, but this type of change would appear
to border on inhumane if done unwillingly. This is something
that I have experienced for myself, but I am always
afraid that when I draw an opinion about something I
do not take a close look at all the facts. Perhaps that
is the journalist in me. I decided to make it a point
to speak with a few people who have been through this
transition and see what their thoughts on the issue
Loila Anderson, a resident of Logan over 40 years,
moved to Logan from the Los Angeles area in 1968. One
big change for Anderson was the time it took to get
around. "I was geared to the time it took to get to
places ... it seemed to take about an hour to get everywhere
[in Los Angeles]."
Once she arrived in Logan, it was a much different
story. "My goodness, I thought. I can walk to the center
of town just three blocks away. Everything seemed to
be within a five minute walk, as opposed to an hour
Michelle Theruer, a student at Utah State University,
experienced much the same thought process on her move
to Logan from the Denver area.
"You can get anywhere you want in the matter of a
few minutes. Everything is really close and convenient."
Theruer added that there's both an upside and a downside
to this. "There's just not a whole lot of options, but
because of that, I'm able to see friends of mine just
about anywhere I go."
One thing that stood out to Eliese Levin, a college
student from Chicago was the fact that everybody seemed
to know each other. "It's interesting to see how close
people are and how small a world it is," Levin said.
"It's cool to have everything so close, but at the
same time, I miss the big city and certain aspects of
For Levin, the slower lifestyle was one of the hardest
things to adjust to. "I miss the hustle and bustle.
The big buildings, the lights, and the skyscrapers."
The social aspect of life is bound to change some
whenever and wherever you move. You have to make it
a point to be outgoing. Anderson offers the advice to
"Give more than 50 percent. Extend yourself, but do
While you may be unhappy with the way things look
at first, you should not try to change things around
you to make it feel more like home. Says Anderson, "Get
to understand the community before you try to change
Theurer agreed with Anderson, adding that you should
"embrace the new culture that a small town offers. You
may not see it at first, but give it a shot."
are available all over the internet and offer a similar
view into the adjustment. There is even a " How-To guide that
gives you a good general sense of things you may encounter
and ways that you can deal with certain situations.
There is no substitute, however, for advice from real
people who have been there and done it before. There
discussion boards that you can find where stories
are told and ideas are traded. All of this was great
information that I felt could not only help me out,
but anybody who was going to be in this same situation.
To me, the adjustment is more of a mental thing than
anything else. If you give anything a shot, then chances
are you will probably end up finding a way to enjoy
it. I will not go so far as to saying that all of you
will love the life of living in a small town. In all
honesty, I am not a big fan of it myself. Like I said
though, you can learn to make the best of it. There
are great things about it, you just have to get out
there and find them for yourself.