Life in Edwardsville – Glen Carbon, Illinois, the United States:
First of all, this post is not intended or even created as a tourist guide. This post is written as a way for me to express what I thought about Edwardsville and Glen-Carbon in the United States. There might be some other good places in the United States, but, since I am only a student here; therefore, this is what I could tell so far from what I see and from what I read from the above magazine.
City of Edwardsville is the third old city in Illinois, a state in the United States. Based on the information written in the above magazine, this city was pioneered, or, let’s say, started by Bejamin Stephenson and Ninian Edwards from Kentucky. From 1809 until 1865, this city is becoming to be expanded. The name of Edwardsville is taken from the name of one of governors in Illinois. It was Edwards. “Edwards then served as governor of the state of Illinois from 1826 to 1830” (Price 6). He was the one who then influenced the naming of this city.
A remarkable historical data from this magazine indicates that several external factors had influenced the development of this city. One of the influences is from N. O. Nelson. “Around 1890, industrialist N.O. Nelson began a project of progressive vision and effective action that would forever enhance the fabric of Edwardsville” (Price 9). From that time until today, this city seems to develop in various ways. In the 20th century, as the information presented, there were a lot of business activities growing and expanding. This seems to make this city is going to be emerged in a lot of senses in the near future.
As someone who comes from outside Edwardsville, even from outside the United States, I view this city to be pretty and beautiful. I arrived in this city after “flying” for about five flights from Padang, Indonesia, to St. Louis, Missouri, at the end of August 2011. It was my first time to be on board internationally. Anyway, alhamdulillah, I arrived at my destination safely. At that time, it was at night. In the following day after my arrival, though I still had a jet-lag, I tried to see the scenery outside my apartment. Days and days have passed since that time and I am not bored. This city has something unique. Something which I could not know how to express it in words. For some people, it was common to go to crowded places, but, for me, having a nice and calm place to live is a big deal, especially I do realize that my purpose to come to the United States is to study.
In this city, there is a well-known university in which I am, at the time I write this post, studying at it. This university seems to bring a new notion and dynamics of this city. The university is known worldwide as SIUE. SIUE stands for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I am fortunate enough to be able to study at this university. From what I read in the website of SIUE, this university looks excellent. For sharing purposes, I copied the information about SIUE in the following quotation:
For the third consecutive year, SIUE is cited by its peers and reported in U.S.News & World Report Best Colleges of 2012 as an “up-and-coming school.” SIUE is listed as one of seven Midwestern regional universities—one of only three public institutions—for recently making “innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus life and facilities.” The “up-and-coming” category includes a total listing of 46 colleges and universities (only 17 public institutions) throughout the country.
U.S.News & World Report Best Colleges of 2012 lists SIUE among the top 15 public universities in the best Regional Universities Midwest (master’s granting) category for the eighth consecutive year. The overall scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education.
For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly, a national magazine, ranks SIUE among the Top 50 master’s granting colleges and universities in the nation; SIUE is 13th among public institutions on that list. Ratings are based on institutions’ commitment to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research and Service. Under the service category, SIUE was ranked first again in the percent of federal work study funds dedicated to students employed in community service programs. The University placed sixth in expenditures for research—up from eighth last year.
The Corporation for National and Community Service named SIUE to the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. The University is listed in the Distinction category for the first time. The list recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The nationally recognized online news magazine, The Daily Beast, ranks SIUE 21st in the nation among its Top 50 Safest Colleges. SIUE police officers are academy trained and engaged in a Community Policing program. Under the SIUE Campus Violence Prevention Plan, there are more than 80 emergency phones on campus.
If you want to know more about SIUE, you can click this link. SIUE. (For SIUE, keep making great efforts! I am happy to be here in SIUE).
Well, as days gone by, and, again, at the time I write this post and post this post in this blog, I have been staying in Edwardsville almost seven months, Edwardsville is still a nice place to stay and study, especially for me, someone who never went out to see the world through his own eyes. However, despite many beautiful places to see, the friendliness of the people in this city is the highest reason of why I would dare to say that this city is beautiful.
Syayid Sandi Sukandi (A graduate student at SIUE – wishing to continue his study further to Ph.D for his students)