Essay about Growing Up In A Small Town

Two families who knew one another were deciding if they were going to live in the city or a small town. Both families had young children who aspired to be in the same profession, and wanted to make sure their children would grow up in the best environment as possible. One family decided to move into the city limits while the other family decided to move to a small town. Where someone lives while growing up effects their future job as an adult.

While growing up in a small town gives a child more emphasis on the social aspect, growing up in the city gives a child more emphasis on culture diversity and is given more opportunities for interactions within the society. While growing up, most children want some social atmosphere. In a small town, everyone knows everyone’s business. They know about people’s past, even when they are trying to hide it. The past will haunt the person forever if it is bad. Once a person does something they are not supposed to do, the townspeople will talk about it and possibly add a rumor to make it sound worse.

Also, because almost everyone knows each other, it is very hard to commit a crime. It would be very easy to find out who committed a crime. Therefore, the crime rates are low. The small town inhabitants care about the people who live in the same town. They want to have a safe community for all to enjoy. The people care about their friends and family to ensure there is more “togetherness” within a town. The whole town seems like it is one big family. The small-town gets together with local events or community gatherings. These events are prime to the small-town social life.

It brings everyone together, which is necessary for the small community. The togetherness brings joy and future generations continue the tradition. Tradition is crucial to a small town because it gives the townspeople a sense of belonging to the community. Growing up in the city is very different from growing up in a small town. The social atmosphere is similar but seem polar opposite. Growing up in the city, not everyone knows you. The people who you see on a daily basis, like at school or work, know you well, or sometimes barely know you.

Nowadays, people who live in the city limits do not even know their neighbors. There is a lack of communication and desire to know people within the city. Also, crimes are more likely to be committed in the city due to the fact not a lot of people know who the person is, therefore, it takes longer the police and community longer to find the culprit. The local news mostly takes up what crimes have been committed and if law enforcement has caught them or not. The people care about their friends and family, but not to the same extent.

Families and friends come together at particular times, for example, birthdays and holidays. People in the city limits are always busy due to work, taking care of their children, and other daily events. In a city, local events and gatherings still occur but are not as popular with everyone. Each event focuses on certain culture, like music and film festivals are for the artsy or “hipster” crowd. Cultural diversity is quite large in the city. Different cultures gather in the city because of the jobs that are offered.

Due to this, children are exposed to different people and adapt to their ways. Children and adults who live in the city do not necessarily have to agree with every culture’s way of life; they only need to know that the cultures are out there. When the children grow up in a city with different cultures, they will be ready for their adult life to contain several cultures or a particular type of culture. When one learns about the cultures, they have a sense of awareness that surrounds them. People begin to feel open to others, no matter what they believe or who they are as an individual.

This allows one person to be their own individual, to create their own identity. Being an individual also creates privacy because not everyone will like who others are and what they believe in, so this gives space between two or more individually different people. In a small town, the culture is the same, the people are country-like or farmers. Being of the same culture means they are not exposed to other cultures. When they are exposed to a new culture, they are a culture shocked. The small-town people might not know how to react to those who are different from them.

Everyone within the small town must be the same in a way because if not, then they will be treated as an outsider. When people from the small town go to a city because of particular needs, the trip can be very stressful. A large amount of cultures in the city can make it difficult for the small town people. With a small amount of culture diversity in a town, fewer options created. In small towns, there is not a lot to do. The town only has the necessities: a food market, a gas station, a small diner, and sometimes they have their school for the children.

If the town is too small, the children will have to go to the town closest to them that have schools. Small towns lack interactions within society. Yes, small towns do have their traditional gatherings and local events, but they are not as many as the city. In the city, there are endless amounts of interactions. Due to the cultural differences, opportunities, like events, festivals, and gatherings, appear more. Each opportunity represents the different cultures and can be for anybody, but not for everyone. The interactions always give people something to do.

It allows the person to get out of the house and enjoy life, meeting new people, and even understanding other cultures. When growing up, where the child lives affects their future job as an adult. When a child grows up in a small town, it gives the child more emphasis on the social aspect, while growing up in the city gives the child more emphasis on culture diversity and is given more interactions within society. When the two families parted, they believed they made the right decision for their child. Each family knew the pros and cons of where they were going to live, but they were going to make the best for themselves.

When the child who was a part of the family who moved to the small town, grew up, they were very timid, and not successful due to the fact of the cultural differences within the workplace. The adult did not know how to react to them and had troubles working for or with them. The adult who grew up in a small town knew how to talk to others who were like him. The adult who grew up in the city was more successful than the adult who grew up in a small town. The adult who grew up in the city knew how to work with his coworkers because no matter how many cultures there were in one room, he knew how to react to them.