Wilkes-Barre is located just 2½ hours from New York City, in the Wyoming Valley and surrounded by the Endless Mountains and the Pocono Mountains; as well as the Susquehanna River which flows on the northwestern side of the city. Wilkes-Barre was founded in 1769 when settlers discovered coal in the nearby mountains. Since then it grew rapidly to almost population of almost 50,000. However, when the coal industry began to fade so did the people. The population of Wilkes-Barre has dwindled down to under 50 thousand. The city is still lively enough. There are businesses that have been there for generations, giving Wilkes-Barre a comfortable atmosphere.
Attending King’s College, Wilkes-Barre
Pennsylvania Wildlife – Love at First Sight
Wilkes-Barre was a city that I had my eye on when I was thinking about where I wanted to go to further my education. Being from Atlanta, Georgia I wanted a city that wasn’t as busy. I had reached that point in my life where it was time to see if I could make it on my own and leave the safety of the nest. I would never know what type of person I was until I went out into the world by myself. When I decided that I would move to Wilkes-Barre to attend King’s College, Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania I was obviously nervous, but at the same time very exciting for all the new experience I would have and new people that I would meet. The history of the city and the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains were just an added bonus.
The King’s College is right next to the Susquehanna River and the whole campus was inviting with a lot of trees and students sitting outside. All the people that i met, staff and students, were very friendly and helped me find my way around and answered any questions that I had. After I declared that I wanted to study Mass Communications; I filled out a bunch of paperwork and figured out my living arrangements. Then I took the rest of the day to explore. Luckily, a lot of stores and restaurants were within walking distance; so I was able to make a list of places I should visit in the future when I had a better idea about how my schedule was going to look.
Mass Communication Study Group
When classes started I was prepared to take them seriously; while also trying to leave one or two days out of my week to relax and spend time getting to know people. I joined a study group with a few other students that were also studying Mass Communications. I clicked with one of the girls, Sarah. It was nice to have a new friend. What started out as an easy way to prepare for any pop quizzes quickly turned into friendly meetings that also included studying. Every study group we would order pizza from Gerry’s Pizza in Wilkes-Barre. A few of us began meeting during our free days to enjoy each other’s company outside of the college setting. I was one of the few people in our study group that wasn’t from the area. While I could only describe to them what Atlanta, Georgia was like; they were willing to show me the sites that Wilkes-Barre had to offer.
Beautiful Places of Pennsylvania
All of us loved the outdoors so there were plenty of day excursions to the parks surrounding Wilkes-Barre. If we had a whole day free we would travel to Ricketts Glen State Park which was less then an hour away from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. It is away from the city so hiking there was peaceful. The numerous waterfalls were a nice babbling song to the luscious green backdrop the dense trees provided. If we didn’t have time to make it to Ricketts Glen; we would go to Kirby Park which was just a mile west of the college. Kirby Park had a little lake that Sarah and I would sometimes picnic around if the weather was fair.
Hiking in the parks around Wilkes-Barre was fun, but my favorite thing to do with my new friends was to go to Frank’s Pizza and Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre. The restaurant was just a few blocks away from King’s College so it was easy to get to. While the other members of our group would make it if they had the time, eating at Frank’s Pizza became a weekend tradition for Sarah and I. Moving away from the big city hadn’t been a bad idea after all.