I grew up in the Lansing area but never pictured that I’d set roots and launch my career here. After attending college out of state, interning in D.C, and living in Madagascar for a couple years, there wasn’t much calling me back home. My childhood friends had relocated, my family had moved Up North, and with a master’s degree in Public Policy, D.C (or another big city) seemed like my natural next step. But as I was on the job hunt, Lansing kept popping up and I gave it a closer, second look.
I found that a lot had changed since my earlier days in town. The cool restaurants, breweries, and events I was seeing in other places around the country had finally touched down in Lansing. Some were new, and some were just new to me, but I was surprised with how much was going on. There were bigger city amenities with a small-town feel. I’d bump into people I knew downtown or meet people while kayaking the Grand and get a real sense of how close-knit and connected this community is.
One thing that really drove me back home though, was the cost of living. From housing to entertainment, your money goes far here. My friends on the coasts get so jealous when they hear about housing prices here, (and that I have enough left over after rent to go visit them). Another selling point I always offer up is the central location of Lansing. Want to visit Detroit or Grand Rapids? They’re only an hour from here. Need a break up north? Shoot right up 127 and you’re there. Girls beach weekend? Two Great Lakes are a quick drive to the East or West.
Initially, Lansing wasn't even on my radar, but after getting reacquainted, I’m glad to once again call it home.
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