A Familiar Homecoming

Our approximately six-square-mile city boils over with enthusiasm, pride and that rich hometown feeling. I would know; I’ve been here my whole life.

exhibits, small business orientation meetings and green business roundtables litter the events calendar on the North Canton Chamber’s website.

Our approximately six-square-mile city boils over with enthusiasm, pride and that rich hometown feeling. I would know; I’ve been here my whole life.

According to the North Canton website, I am one of about 16,500 people who call our city home. The farthest I’ve ventured away for any extended amount of time is about 160 miles southwest to Athens, Ohio. As much as I enjoyed my time at Ohio University, Athens never became my home as it did for most of my fellow Bobcats.

Being away gave me perspective on our city and coming back for the holidays and summers never left me feeling like just a "visitor," as my youngest brother always insisted I was.

I am now at what I’m assuming is a familiar crossroads in life; I just graduated without a job and moved back home.

In a perfect world I would be financially independent and using my degree at a job that I love. Yet, unlike many 20-somethings in my position, I am not bitter at the reality of moving back in with my parents for now.

The North Canton Chamber website describes our city as a “successful, desirable community in which to live” and I couldn’t have said it better myself. 

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Christina Weyrick-Cooper January 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Lovely post, Lauren! I'm with the Chamber, and if you have any interest, a new committee is meeting tonight. We'll be working to plan a fundraising event with a theme inspired by the show Mad Men. Lots of great people involved and might help you to make some connections in your job search. Email me at ccooper@northcantonchamber.org if you'd like to join us.
Ron Reolfi January 10, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Lauren, terrific insight - thank you. I share your love for our city and have been blessed to live here for most of my life. God Bless You as you move forward in life, I have no doubt of your future success. Peace, Deacon Ron.
Terri Toerner Barbush January 10, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Lauren, great post and great perspective. Good luck to you in your career. I look forward to reading more from you. And welcome home.
Morgan Day (Editor) January 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Good idea, Christina! Would love to see you at the meeting tonight, Lauren. It really would be a great networking opportunity for you and a good chance to get involved.
Patty Magda Crofford January 10, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Welcome home Lauren!!!
Anne Williams January 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Welcome home Lauren, I am sure there are great things ahead for you!


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