One of the main selling points we use for recruitment here at Murray State is how we are the friendliest small town in America and how it’s so freeing to come to a small town in western Kentucky and enjoy the benefits of small town American life.
But do we actually take advantage of the wonderful opportunity we have here in Murray, Kentucky?
Growing up in Murray I’ve felt the benefits and disadvantages of living in this town I’ve called home for the short 20 years of my life.
When I got to college and moved into my residential college and joined organizations on campus I was somewhat hesitant to claim my Murray roots, even though that’s where we all accumulate to achieve a diploma and have the full college experience, yet people are so quick to criticize this place we all call home.
When I read The News article of the best places in Murray, my heart sank.
I was quickly reminded that most people who go to Murray State do not take full advantage of the rich culture, small town environment and Southern mentality we have here.
I think of all the early mornings my dad would take me to Sammons’ Bakery, taking in the atmosphere of old men with their black coffee chit chatting about the daily occurrences of the world and savoring the best donuts in town.
I think of my Sunday night ritual of Tom’s Pizza with my grandparents every week for the past two years. I think of going to Rotary with my aunt at Pagliai’s and being able to meet the business leaders of Murray.
Each person has many reasons why they make Murray home. There is so much more to Murray than eating at McDonald’s or continually comparing it to a big city.
One of my favorite authors Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there.”
These words have rang true in my heart time and time again while learning to be content with living in a small town, but I am quickly reminded of all the unique restaurants, locations, events and people that make Murray not only unique but make Murray home.
We have four, sometimes five, years here at Murray State, why should we waste it complaining about small towns or wishing we were somewhere else?
What good does that serve? Why not simply take full advantage of the gift that Murray, Kentucky, can be?
Letter from Chantry Carroll, Sophomore from Murray