Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park
Hello from Atlanta! Hi my name is Aimee Maple, a friend of Katherine’s from undergrad at Texas A&M. I met Katherine on bid day 2007 at the ZTA house. We were sitting next to each other and I was totally overwhelmed from everything, when Katherine proceeded to tell me that she wasn’t going to be that involved with zeta like it was no big deal. Four years later, I have some great memories with her and I’m so excited she wanted a feature of life in Atlanta on her blog! I’m originally from Fredericksburg, TX, a very small town, so life in the big city has been pretty exciting so far. I came here for graduate school at Emory University and I’m working towards my Masters in Public Health.
The Blue Ridge Mountains
So far one of my favorite things about Atlanta is Piedmont park. It’s a beautiful park that is somewhat reminiscent of Central Park, with a lake in the middle, running trails through out, places to work out or play tennis, and expansive green lawns. The best part about it is the dog park, where I regularly take my black lab, Sadie. Atlanta is also home to some amazing restaurants, eclectic neighborhoods, great music, and the Real Housewives of Atlanta! So far I have really loved living in and exploring the South. I’ve discovered Savannah and Charleston, which are both beautiful historic cities, and seen the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall. Knoxville, Nashville, and New Orleans are also a short road trip away!
The Georgia Aquarium
Life in the south is truly what you would expect it to be. The people are typically friendly and welcoming, the food is so unhealthy yet so delicious, and there are people who are missing a few teeth who wear jorts. Atlanta is such an eclectic city, with people from all walks of life. At school we have quite a few international students who i’ve had the pleasure to work with, as well as, students who have lived and worked all over the world. My school is literally right across from the CDC, a place many of us aspire to work. Living so far from home has been difficult mostly because I am somewhat out of my comfort zone and being so far away from my family and friends is an added challenge. However, I would not change a thing about my life right now. I’ve met so many great people, made new friends, and have experienced things that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to in Texas.
My roommates and I at our Christmas party (I’m on the left!)