​Ten reasons why Idaho is the best location for college ever

June 6, 2014

Allie Rose Kroeger came to NNU from California and often blogs about her college experience. Here she shares a list of her favorite things about going to school in Idaho. 

Okay, you may have read the title to this blog post and thought one thing—“cliché.” I get that. But I can honestly say that I am telling the truth when I say that I believe Idaho is an amazing location to experience college. Being from California, I would have never thought that my heart would love a place like Idaho the way that is does. But I assure you that this city girl has done nothing but loved her time in the potato state—and here’s ten reasons why.

#1: NNU is in Idaho. I know that may come off as biased, but I seriously can’t imagine how college can get any better than this. NNU has blown me away since the very first time that I visited campus, and my love for the community continues to grow each day that I am here. There is just something so very special about our NNU family and community that can’t compare with other universities. We are a unique group of people that love where we live and what we do and the God we serve. NNU’s love spreads all over the community, not just to Nampa. We are known for our love and passion for this world.

#2: Idaho has seasons. I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a place that didn’t get colder than 50, so coming to Idaho and experiencing snow for the first time was probably one of the best days of my life. There is nothing more beautiful than seasons, I can assure you of that. From the crisp red and yellow leaves of fall, to the snowflakes and frost that comes with winter…the hot dry summer sun and the beautiful colors and smells that come with spring blooms. I have never been so in love with nature until I experienced all four seasons here. Our seasons are like none other.

#3: Idaho has a very unique pace about it—SLOW, and I mean that in the most positive way. When I first came to visit NNU my senior year of high school, I noticed that everyone wasn’t always in a rush to get from place to place. They savored the moments and enjoyed the people they were with. When we went out to dinner, there weren’t cell phones on the tables around us. People weren’t speeding down the highways (in fact, there were barely any cars driving on the highways…). You could really tell that people were enjoying life here, not just trying to make it through the day as fast as they could. That is something that caught my immediate attention.

#4: The Flying M is in Idaho. For those of you that don’t know what that is yet, just wait. This shnazzy little coffee joint was definitely a contributor to my choice to attend NNU. ;)

#5: People in Idaho care about you. Similar to what I was talking about in number three, people really take time to love on you in Idaho. There is something very unique about the way people care here. I have met so many amazing mentors and friends that have helped me grow so much since I have been in this beautiful state. Some of my biggest encouragers and closest friends have been found in Idaho, and I really believe the people here are unlike anywhere else.

#6: IDAHO IS SO FUN TO PLAY OUTSIDE IN! There are so many things to do in our area of the Treasure Valley that you are never bored. From going to take a hike at Table Rock (a favorite pastime for NNU students), to hanging out at Lake Lowell or the Boise River for the day. There is always something fun to do! Even when it’s snowing, you can drive a short thirty minutes to Bogus Basin and snowboard or ski to your heart's content (or sled, for those of us that are still kids at heart). Idaho is a huge outdoorsy state, so if that’s your thing, then I definitely think NNU is the place for you!

#7: Idaho still has a city life. I know some of you reading this probably don’t believe me, but I promise, it’s true. Downtown Boise to Nampa is the equivalent of San Diego to Carlsbad (the city I’m from in California). Before I visited Idaho, I thought it was just a small town with a bunch of farmers and that there would be nothing to do for fun. Boy, was I wrong! Boise has become one of my favorite locations EVER and it is always so much fun to go and spend the day or even just the evening up there. Boise is the heart of Idaho and I have had a blast going to concerts, dinner, shopping or just walking around downtown there! So for you city lovers—you can find all you need down the road in Boise.

#8: Idaho is the potato state. And there is absolutely nothing else that needs to be said about that. ;)

#9: Idaho makes you feel like a Disney princess because squirrels like to play with you and birds sing you songs all day long. Girls, I know you feel me on this. I know you love it.

#10: Last but definitely not least, Idaho instantly feels like home. I hope I don’t sound like a broken record here, but there is just something so uniquely special about living in Idaho that is almost hard to describe in words, even though I just described a lot to you in 939 of them. For me, Idaho is unlike anywhere else and will always hold a very special place in my heart. And after coming to NNU, I can’t imagine having gone anywhere else. If you don’t believe me, come visit us and see for yourself

Thanks, Allie!

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