I’m soon going to apply for graduate school at several universities, and at the moment the program at the top of my list is at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I’ve corresponded a bit with an adviser, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason I won’t get in. So chances are good I’ll be moving there this summer.
I’ve lived on the West Coast all of my life: Los Angeles until age 8, San Jose until age 33, and the past five years in Portland, with a brief stint in Seattle. I have been east of the Rockies twice in my life, for only a few days each: Washington DC when I was 13 and Dallas five years ago. My point being, I know nothing about what life in the Midwest is like.
A semi-concern is the climate. I hate summer, and love cooler weather. Here in Portland, during the summer highs are usually in the 70s or 80s, and we average 10 to 15 days per year where the temperature breaks 90°. It’s usually not very humid, but I still hate those 90°+ days. According to Wikipedia, Milwaukee seems to be about the same…?
On the flip side, while I like the colder weather, as you can see I’ve never lived anywhere where it snows on a regular basis. In Portland we might get an inch or two a couple of times per year, and it melts off within a day or two. The most experience I’ve had with snow was December of '08, when we got like a foot, which stuck around for more than a week. I tried driving in it a couple of times, but didn’t like the slipping and sliding all over the place. I’ve always loved the idea of living someplace where it really snows, but I wonder if I’ll change my tune after going through a winter there.
All my life I’ve lived places where mountains are looming over me, and my impression of the Midwest is that everything is very flat, which seems strange to me. And, what’s it like when you get out of the city? Forest, plains, farmland?
Other than that, I’m not sure what exactly I want to know - just the usual stuff, I guess. Politics, traffic, restaurants…