Apr 10, 2006, 12:38 PM
Post #21 of 2979
Bowling Green's a neat little town. My wife got her masters there a few years back, and I would come visit her just about every weekend.
Mrs. Bighark did not have a car at Bowling Green, but managed to get around just fine. She rented a two-bedroom apartment which she paid for with her T.A. money, and pretty much walked every where but the grocery store (for that, she required a ride from friends or from me).
I still marvel at how well she lived at the time on so little money.
The downtown area is cute. It's small, self-contained, and has just about everything you'd expect from a small college town's downtown--antiques stores, ice cream parlor, music store, bars, restaraunts, clothing boutiques, travel agencies, etc.
I can't comment on the music scene, but I can say that I would expect lively and frequent visits from regional and national acts. You've got the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University all within 45 minutes of eachother, so any tour manager worth his salt would find a way to make the most of that situation when booking out.
Also, while I never got to go myself, my wife tells me that Bowling Green is home to a rather robust weekly drag queen showcase.
Finally, I want to go on record as saying tha Campus Pollyeyes has the best stuffed pizza-breadstick thingies I have ever had in my life.
So those are the good things.
Of course, my wife's experience with Bowling Green ran hot and cold. She enjoyed her time there for the most part, but by the end of her second year, Mrs. Bighark was ready to leave Bowling Green behind. She's a big-city kind of girl, so the small-townieness of her grad school's location had outgrown its charm and she was beginning to feel a bit constrained. She also was frustrated by some of the antics of her students. She has two stories that she likes to tell about this. The first involes Urban Meyer and a football player that flunked her class. The second involves a freshman who thanked her for being the first Mexican she had ever met.
Oh well, that was a long time ago.
I was considering BGSU's creative writing MFA myself. I like their faculty and their journal.
Good luck to those of you who end up going there.