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5 Ways Miami, Florida is Very Different From Virginia

When I went to Miami I was expecting some things to be a little different from Virginia and my everyday life but I didn’t expect there to be so many large and significant differences between the two states, or even between one city and a whole state. Here are five major differences between Miami, Florida and Virginia as a whole.

  1. The sand is whiter and the ocean is clearer

The sand is so white which is very different from any of the beaches in Virginia. I’m from Virginia Beach and the sand there is still soft and pretty but it’s not nearly as white and thin as the sand that covers the Miami beaches. Also the water in Miami is a lot clearer than that of the beaches in Virginia. In Virginia the water is almost a murky color but in Miami the water is blue and very clear.

  1. The prices are jacked up

The prices for drinks at clubs and bars is almost ridiculous. At one club we went to, a single drink was 36 dollars, meaning that a double would’ve been somewhere around 60 dollars. That seems like I’m lying but I’m not the prices were really that high. Food and clothing were also this way, fortunately in Virginia the prices are not as bad as Miami.

3. The clubs are open 24 hours

“The sand is so white.”

People who live in Virginia are normally used to bars being closed around 2 am but in Miami that’s when everyone is just arriving at the bars. It’s crazy to think people in Miami leave their homes to go out at 2 am when people in Virginia are just getting home around this time. It was hard to adjust to the time change of getting home at 5 am and not waking up until 12 or 1 every day. That’s something I definitely couldn’t do as a lifestyle, every day occurrence.

  1. Drinks, Dinner, and a show all in one place

In Miami, they have hundreds of bars and clubs where you can get drinks, dinner, and a show and by show I mean dancing, sometimes naked, women. They are on every corner down in South Beach, Miami. It was crazy to see at first because I couldn’t believe this was allowed and a common occurrence down here. That’s something you wouldn’t see down on a boardwalk in Virginia Beach. It was definitely an experience I have never had before seeing all of the chaos down in South Beach.

  1. The open attitude everybody has

Everyone in Miami has a very open and out there mind set. Guys don’t mind walking up to you even if they’re a complete stranger and trying to ask for your phone number or to hang out. Not just guys are this way in Miami, all the girls are very open as well they don’t care if they don’t know you they’ll ask to hangout or what your plans are for the night or for a guy’s phone number without thinking twice about it.

Miami was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so glad I got the chance to go and have that as a memory for the rest of my life. I don’t think I would be able to ever live down there with all of the chaos and crazy lifestyles but it’s definitely a beautiful place to visit every now and then.

These are a few of Whim’s favorite things

Here at Whim, we decided to list our favorite things to help those who are still fighting through finals week.

“The bendy straws at Papa John’s in Dalton make my day.

Watching Netflix on my phone between classes really relaxes me.

The mural of an old guy in Porterfield by the side entrance never fails to inspire me.”

-Danika Padin

“It’s a beautiful place to live and study. I feel like I’m walking through a postcard every time I go to class.

You can do whatever you want to do academically, because there are resources to support you work and professors who care about your success.

People who want to be here love it here, and their passion shows in their work. It’s infectious, and it’s inspiring.”

-Rachel Klein

banquet selfies“The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and only want the best for you.

The diversity of students here is amazing (and it’s not too hard to get accepted), so there are all types of people here.

I love how close everything is in Radford. Being from NOVA, it’s nice to be able to walk everywhere!”

-Erin Cafferty

“Smaller class sizes with one-on-one time with your professor.

Every type of student.

All the opportunities are available to you if you look.

Highlander rolls!”

-Rebecca Lynch

“Moffett quad, Highlander rolls, and all the opportunities outside of class.”

Whimmers a the banquet. Graphic from Danika Padin
Whimmers a the banquet. Graphic from Danika Padin

-Sydney Crawson

“My three favorite things about Radford….the small class sizes, the number of resources available to students on campus and Starbucks.”

-McKenzie Gibbons

“The professors, the community and the campus itself!”

-Janie Maitland

“I love the community. We’re always looking for an excuse to get united under a common flag and they’ve always been there for eachother when times are tough. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else.

I love student media because you’ll never meet a more cohesive group of people that will put aside their differences to make an amazing product and I love the experience of growing from a helpless lost Freshman to feeling like you have an important role to play in the community as a senior.”

-Julian Guerra