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Photo Journal: The Hidden Beauty of Small Town St. Peter

As a city girl who loves adventure, there is always something about a small town that just feels special. In today’s society, almost everyone I know does absolutely everything that they can to escape their so-called, “small town”. I can’t help but ask myself, why? Why are millennials so eager to leave? Why are they avoiding small town America? Do they not see its beauty?

There is an immense amount of hidden beauty found in small towns. Much of it goes unnoticed, though it definitely shouldn’t. If you ever have the chance to spend time in a small town, make sure to find its hidden beauty and show it to the world. It deserves to be recognized.

For the past year, I have been lucky enough to attend college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. It is an adorable small town and is truly beautiful. I feel that many of the people who live in this town or attend college here aren’t aware of how special this town really is. They won’t realize how unique and alluring St. Peter is until they are gone. My hope is that everyone will embrace it while they are here, so I’m here to help get them started. I worked to find the beauty in this town and capture it inside the memory card of my camera so that we may all start to appreciate our little corner of the world that much more.

A girl sits underneath a tree behind Pittman Hall facetiming a friend, causing me to miss mine.

The fall leaves at GAC are incredible, especially while on a walk in the Arb.

The Arboretum at GAC is one of my favorite places to get away.

Football games are so much fun with a best friend by your side.

Flower power in the Arb.

Spotted this leaf on the ground on my way to class and I LOVE rain, so it made me very happy.

I needed to head to Mankato to buy some pizza rolls, but my windshield took ten years to defrost.

The view from the dorm window at 7 a.m.–I was totally pumped for my 8 a.m. class.

I LOVE COOPER THE CAMPUS CAT SO MUCH! He probably thinks I stalk him.

River Rock Coffee is pretty much the only place where I ever get any homework done.

The vines on the side of Olin Hall were the only thing that made math enjoyable.

Did you know this was a swimming pool?

Gustie Football.

Pittman Hall covered with fall.

Walking to class.

There are so many butterflies in the Arb. This one was getting pretty annoyed with me chasing him.

Best place to study on campus (weather depending).

Mini waterfall!

Lonely rose in the Arb.

Rainy day on the hill.

After so much snow, the outdoor study sesh was much needed!

Rainy days = big puddles & no shoes.

Reason number 384368723 why I love the people at GAC.

Hey, I'm Corbyn Jenkins! I am a Junior at Gustavus Adolphus College majoring in English & minoring in Film & Media Studies. In my free time I enjoy art, photography, exploring, going to concerts, and spending time with my friends and family.
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