If you come to Rhodes, prepare for some raised eyebrows when you start telling people that you're moving to Memphis. The city doesn't always have the best rep. That being said, by the end of their four years there, most students come to love the city and don't want to leave. Memphis just has some unspoken charm that people cannot seem to escape. Locals are welcoming toward college students in the area, including those from Rhodes, University of Memphis, and Christian Brothers University (all around 10 minutes from each other). There is always something going on in the city, including Grizzlies games, concerts, barbecue competitions, Broadway productions, and restaurant openings. You can tour the Gibson guitar factory or Sun Studio, walk across the street to the nationally-ranked zoo, visit the Peabody ducks, or have a picnic at Mud Island. The Memphis music scene, though not as strong as in Nashville, is great, and there's always live music to be heard when you walk down Beale Street. Plus, people come from all over for the annual Beale Street Music Festival in early May. There are also so many restaurants to be discovered by exploring the city—something Rhodes students love to do.
Memphis is not the safest place in the world, so students usually don't go out without a friend. Before going to a new place, it's advised to check the directions ahead of time to avoid making a wrong turn or going into a bad neighborhood (GPS doesn't know the difference!). Common sense is necessary, but most students don't encounter a dangerous experience, even with the city's high crime rate. Just give Memphis a chance, and chances are you won't regret it. It might take some time, but the city has an almost magical way of growing on people.