At first, I was not excited about this move at all. My 18 year old heart was set on a fashion education in New York City and moving to a small historic town to attend art school just didn't seem right for me. Fast forward four years later and I am so heart broken that this chapter of my life is coming to an end.
We all experience this transition, graduating and moving on to bigger and better things. What we don't realize is that four years is a long time. We make friends, we adjust to a certain lifestyle and we completely take for granted so many wonderful things about our college experiences.
From a young age I knew that I would be going to an art or fashion University. I never particularly cared for football or Greek life, all through out high school I did my own thing and focused on my art portfolio and where I'd be going to college. I've been lucky because I've always kind of known the path I'd take, where and who I wanted to be. New York City has always had my name on it and fashion has always been in the cards. However, I never expected a haunted little town like Savannah, Georgia to completely steal my heart.
Every day I find my self calling my parents, coming up with new reasons and excuses to stay just a few more months. You learn to appreciate the open cup policy, the fact that you can literally be anywhere downtown by foot in about five minutes, and that the South is one of the most charming places to spend four years of your life in.
I grew up in a big city and never knew what it was like to hear church bells ring every hour and watch ghost tours pass by your window every evening. Savannah is definitely one of my favorite places on earth and I wouldn't change the last four years if my life depended on it.
I have approximately ten days left as a Savannah local, so below you'll find my bucket list, things I am promising to do before I leave. If you have visited Savannah before, went to SCAD like I did, or Savannah is a place you plan on visiting in the future, this list consists of all of my favorite things to do in this amazing and beautiful city.
1. Go on a ghost tour - This city is one of the most haunted in the world. Grab your friends and some drinks and take a tour through the town late at night, it is so much fun.
2. Eat at Zunzi's - One of the yummiest places to eat in Savannah and featured twice on the Food Network. Order a chicken conquistador and thank me later.
3. Relax in Forsyth Park - Savannah weather is almost always perfect. Grab a few beers and beach towels and just chill out.
4. Lay under the stars at Tybee - I've only had a chance to do this once Sophomore year. You will never see so many stars.
5. Pub Crawl - The open cup policy lets you drink on the go, it's so much fun and there are tons of bars.
6. Visit the SCAD Museum and the rest of the SCAD Campus - I've worked at the museum since it first opened in October of 2012. The entire SCAD Campus is so impressive and there is so much to see, trust me.
7. Grab drinks at the Circa bar - Order a Pimm's cup and chill with the trendy Savannah locals. I love this place so much and always start my weekends here.
8. Eat taffy and pralines on River Street - Whenever I had friends visit, this was the place I took them to first. It's a very Savannah thing to eat pralines until your stomach hurts.
9. Fake a bachelorette party Saturday night, get free shots - You'll see so many bachelorette and bachelor parties in Savannah, so you may as well fake a party for yourself and take advantage of the free drinks.
10. Lunch at Soho South - My weekly spot for salads, sweet tea and tomato soup. Plus, the decor is beautiful and totally original. There is no place like Soho.
If you would like more recommendations on where to go and what to do in Savannah, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!