One of St. Louis’ many beautiful views.

I absolutely love St. Louis — I bleed Cardinal red — and couldn’t wait to come back here after undergrad. You’d think I’d run out of things to do after living here for the first 18 years of my life, but as a St. Louisan, I know the magic of Cardinals baseball, climbing through the tunnels at the City Museum, the nightlife on Washington Avenue and in the Central West End (CWE), and the penguins at the Saint Louis Zoo (which, to remind you, is free!). I decided to live in the CWE instead of with my parents in the suburbs. It’s perfect because I get to live on my own, but I can drive home for a home-cooked meal or to shop in my parents’ pantry when I run out of food. Plus, one of the best ways to make friends at the beginning of school is to invite them to your parents’ house for dinner or give them directions, because, naturally, you know where everything is here. And if you’re from St. Louis and reading this, let me ask you an important question: Where did you go to high school?

— Taylor G., M1