When my husband and I moved to East Lansing from New York City in summer 2007, the general reaction from most of my East Coast friends and colleagues was… “Michigan? What’s there?” While our move to the Lansing area was motivated by proximity to family and my husband’s pursuit of a law degree from MSU, we quickly found that there actually was a lot here.
We dove right in… biking to football games, bundling up for Silver Bells and enjoying the lazy Michigan summers. It felt great to be experiencing a new life together. My husband and I have always been best friends… and thank goodness for that since shortly after the move we realized we didn’t have any other friends! Without high school or college connections in the Midwest we were at a loss for a network of people to ‘hang’ with. I confess we never found a quick fix to this problem. We just eventually built relationships and slowly found our flow.
When I see something like Lansing 5:01, it makes me very excited and honestly, relieved, for the young professionals moving to Lansing now. Lansing 5:01 is designed to bring together young professionals and show you the highlights of living in Lansing. Ten years ago I would have said, “Sign me up! I need this in my life.” Heck, I would sign up today but I’m too… errr, mature.
Even though I don’t fit the mold for Lansing 5:01, I can still connect with professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s through NextGen@Wharton. Similar to the goals of Lansing 5:01, NextGen@Wharton is an initiative designed to bring together young professionals to enjoy great shows. We offer pre-performance receptions, discounted Zone 1 seating, and VIP opportunities all with the goal to get young professionals involved with Wharton Center and supporting the arts in our community. In fact, we are partnering with Lansing 5:01 to bring a group of 32 interns to the touring Broadway production of Fun Home on Thursday, June 8th at 7:30pm. Wharton Center is so excited about Lansing 5:01 that our Advisory Council eagerly agreed to cover the cost of Lansing 5:01’s tickets to the performance of Fun Home.
While I can’t deny that there is more to do in New York City than in Lansing on any given day, I can make a good argument for the passion and effort our community exudes for making Lansing a great place to live and play. Ten years and three sons later, we are still thankful to live in a community that offers so many opportunities to enrich ourselves, our children and grow stronger as a family.
The 5:01 is looking for guest bloggers to share their experiences on the benefits of living, working and playing in the greater Lansing area.