As I'm preparing to move from Columbia, MO to Columbia, SC I've been thinking about some of the things I'll miss and what my favorite things about CoMo are. Most of my time here has been as a student, so if you're considering Mizzou or a new student here you might want to check these things out!
- The local restaurants. I've always been a chain restaurant, chicken fingers and fries, kind of girl but not here. Downtown is a hot spot for some amazing food, check out Flat Branch, Heidelberg, or Harpo's for some good food, cold beer, oh and their patios! If ya venture out of downtown, try The Pasta Factoru, Truman's, or really any of the Mexican restaurants around town!
- The gamedays. Well as y'all know, I'll be taking part in gameday anywhere I go, but I will miss Mizzou gamedays for sure. From tailgating in any piece of grass/empty sidewalk you can find, to walking through Greek Town and never knowing what you'll see or hear, to jumping up and down to Welcome to the Jungle as the guys run in.. Mizzou Football will not soon be forgotten by me!
- The night life. What kind of alumni would I be if I didn't mention some of the most fun places in town?! The Penguin is a favorite, I mean a piano bar is easily my pick any time it's an option! Then you have the Shot Bar, which is not only dangerously delicious, it also names shots after a few people all Mizzou fans should hate.. Hint: cough*Kansas*cough - Harpo's, Campus (better known as Big 12, or Big Tweezy), and Roxy's all deserve a mention as well.
- The location. Here in CoMo you can get to St. Louis or Kansas City in an hour and a half, and the Lake of the Ozarks in about the same. If you want a little further, you can get to Nashville, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Memphis, or Minneapolis in 6-8 hours. Basically we are in the heart of the heartland and it's pretty great. Being a Cards fan, it's nice to be able to take a day trip to STL and cheer on the Birds! - Not to mention Les Bourgeois Winery just 20 minutes outside of town that overlooks the Missouri River, it's so pretty!
- The traditions. I won't lie, I didn't take part in all of them but just the fact that they exist is really cool. I was not Greek during my undergrad so I have never had those experiences like some of my friends, but there are other traditions here that all can enjoy. As a student the biggest ones are probably riding the tiger, kissing the 50 at Faurot, jumping in the fountain near the student center, and screaming MIZ in Speaker's Circle. (I can check all those off!) - But another cool aspect is Homecoming and all of the traditions around it. The blood drive, house decs, the parade, and the fact that Mizzou started Homecoming. Stick around Columbia and more things will pop up too!
- The trails. There are trails everywhere! I hate treadmills and it's harder to motivate myself to workout inside, so the trails are a great option. There's so many pretty things to see along them too. There's plenty in town or there are hiking trails toward the outskirts.
- The District. Downtown CoMo is referred to as The District and it's my favorite part of this town. Grabbing some ice cream at Sparky's, sipping on a alcoholic slush from Tropical Liquors, shopping at all of the cute little boutiques, or eating on a patio, I just love it! Walking around downtown offers a diverse group of people, cultures, and activities going on. Yes, CoMo is a college town, but there is more to downtown than just college kids going out. Hit up Broadway and 9th Street for the main places! Oh, and when you're finished head to The Roof at the Broadway Hotel for the beautiful view!
- The entertainment. I touched on this a little mentioning the Blue Note and the nightlife, but here in CoMo there are festivals, 5K's, sporting events, and conferences happening majority of the time. True/False Film Festival and Roots, Blues & BBQ are two huge events that are hosted in Columbia each year. Or if you're a sports fan, like me, what better way is there to spend a day than at a Mizzou sporting event?! Best part about college towns is that there are sports being played All. The. Time.