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5 of the best cities in the U.S. for creative college graduates

New York City and Los Angeles are usually the two big cities that everyone thinks about when it comes to finding a home after graduation. While these cities are amazing and have a lot to offer young individuals, they are also extremely expensive and their mass appeal can make it hard to find entry-level jobs and affordable housing. If your dream is to leave college behind for a city, here are five cities to consider:

Seattle Cityscape with Mt. Rainier
“If your dream is to leave college behind for a city, here are five cities to consider…”

1) Seattle, Washington

Seattle is such an overlooked city. In addition to having great night life, dining, and entertainment, it also provides the chicken soup for your creative soul. Ample bookstores including the famous Elliot Bay Book Company, record stores, coffee shops perfect for writing or reading, and museums all nurse creativity and make Seattle the perfect place to call home.

2) San Francisco, California

In the grand scheme of things, people tend to treat San Francisco like Los Angeles’ younger, less attractive sibling. In reality though, it’s a terrific place to settle down. San Francisco is a culture hub, bearing tons of international marketplaces including a Chinatown, making it simple for you to expand your horizons. Like Seattle, San Fran is home to many cool attractions and museums such as The Exploratorium . It’s also the place to be if your dream is to ride everywhere in cable cars. Inspiration for artists, writers, and musicians is around every turn.

3) Boston, Massachusetts

Most people associate Boston with history. However, while Boston is a great place for history buffs to congregate, it’s also the home to many creative people. Home to Emerson College (a college for writers, filmmakers, actors, and other people looking to go into creative fields), Boston is filled to the brim with nature attractions perfect for those seeking some inspiration, theaters, and more.

4) Denver, Colorado

You can’t beat Denver if you want to be in touch with nature while still enjoying top notch food and entertainment. Take a hike in the mountains, take some pictures, scribble your thoughts in a journal and then adjourn to a playhouse for a show. You get the best of both city life and nature in Denver.

5) Portland, Oregon

While Oregon may seem like a “blah” state, Portland is actually one of the most creative cities in the U.S. Like the other cities on the list, it has everything a creative person could possibly want, from quiet bookshops, to noisy theaters, to thought provoking museums. However, at the same time, Portland is fairly affordable and so a great choice for a post-college grad trying to make it in the real world.

While NYC and LA certainly have their appeal, you can trade the insane population sizes and astronomical rent for these just as interesting places to call home.

If only our ships would sail

Have you ever loved a couple from a TV show, a movie, a book, or any other media so much that it’s literally all you can think about? Have you ever thought “Oh my god, these two people would be so cute together! Why don’t they fall in love already?” because I definitely have. If you don’t know, this feeling you are having is called shipping. Shipping by definition is “A term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well.”

This definition states that shipping is only related to fan fictions but nowadays it has expanded to real people as well.

Some very popular ships include Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), and Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West). People love to ship celebrities because it gives them a sense of hope when it comes to love. Celebrities are always under the microscope allowing fans to create their own love story, whether it has any truth to it or not, as to why and how two people became one couple.

Shipping allows a connection to be created between celebrities and their fans because it makes the fans think that they know what’s going on in the celebrity’s life and feel as though they’ve become friends.

Lauren Jauregui and Camilla Cabello make up the shipping nickname "Camren." Graphic from I Heart It
Lauren Jauregui and Camilla Cabello make up the shipping nickname “Camren.” Graphic from We Heart It

My favorite ship that has recently gotten way out of hand is a Camren. Camren is the combination of the names Camila and Lauren from the band Fifth Harmony.

Fifth Harmony is my all-time favorite band at the moment, meaning I know everything about them, what they like, what they don’t like, and who they are in relationships with. Because I have an obsessive personality, I have seen basically every interview, radio interview, and live performance they have ever done and each time Camren is alive and more obvious than they think.

I genuinely believe that they are in love or have been in love and are hiding it from the public. If you watch one of the most famous Camren videos, you can see for yourself the way that they look at each other and how one touch can make them happy.

However, because Camila and Lauren heard about the Camren ship, they have stopped interacting as much and don’t even have the strong friendship they use to have. This is where shipping can go too far. If you directly tell them that they are in love or tell them what their sexuality is, that is going too far.

Trying to force a label on somebody is wrong to begin with, making them uncomfortable within themselves as well as affecting their relationship with each other. I’m not sure why it has made them uncomfortable, unless there is some truth to it that they’re not allowed to talk about.

Bottom line, however, is if it makes someone uncomfortable, stop. Simple as that.

Shipping is something that I enjoy doing, no matter how painful and heart breaking it can be. Love is such a strong emotion and one of the only emotions that can’t be controlled. You can ship and be in love with two people all you want, just don’t cross that line.