Tucson is a chill town. The majority of students here (thrill-seekers and bookworms alike) seem to enjoy themselves. It’s the second-largest city in Arizona, but it’s still vastly different from Phoenix in terms of vibe and size. Phoenix, Arizona’s capital, has enough going on to keep its constituents cheering, clubbing, or eating out—that is, until they finally get sick of the California-like traffic jams. Phoenix is to New York or Massachusetts (fast, crowded, and important) as Tucson is to the California coastline (relaxed, spread out, and still important, but in a different kind of way). Arizona’s capital city is heavily landscaped, its grass green and aesthetically pleasing. Tucson, though, is a historical legacy carved out of the desert, and it shows; it's not uncommon for monsoon rainwater to puddle on major streets and stay there for a while. Phoenix is contemporary and its architecture is modern; Tucson is called “the Old Pueblo” for a reason.
Don’t get the wrong impression: Tucson offers residents both outdoor plumbing and electricity. Things are just a tad slower in this city. Tucson is also home to Pima Community College and various technical schools, which have campuses spread around town. Arizona State University in Phoenix is an hour and a half away to the north. The Mexican border is about an hour away to the south, with fan-favorite hiking and camping spot Mount Lemmon to the east. Students wishing to indulge in underage drinking should first talk to friends and read up before going to Mexico, especially with cartel wars and other current events happening. Also, they should be aware of drug dangers and certain Mexican laws that could either land them in jail or have them paying exorbitant bribes to crooked officials. Even though Tucson can seem weird, rundown, and sometimes even dangerous, the majority of the town is safe, fun, and habitable.