City Life vs. Settling in the Suburbs
Growing up and going to law school in the suburbs, I always wanted to try out city living for at least a year. I figured on giving it a go in the city for a year before traipsing back to the suburbs.
So as a first year, I lived in Center City and had a great time in enjoying the great things in the city while starting off at my firm. Then, when the year was up, I moved back to the comfortable Main Line existence. And I hated it. As soon as I moved back, I realized how there are so many things you take for granted when living in the city: walking to work, not having to get up as early in the morning, leaving the office at night without being a slave to the train schedule, going to happy hour or dinner in town without needing to drive, etc. Sure, you can go to good restaurants and places in the suburbs too, but it’s just not the same as the city. After less than a year in the suburbs, I moved back to Center City.
And that’s where I’ve stayed for the past seven years. There will probably be a time when I move back to the suburbs, but for now, the city is where I’ll be. For young lawyers just starting out, I think it’s a good idea to at least give living in the city a try. Who knows, you may even learn to like it. After all, you can always settle back in the suburbs, but you can only be a young lawyer living in the city for a limited time.