Word on the Street: Southern Perceptions


Recently I sat down with some of my Columbia classmates to discuss their perceptions and experiences with the south. We kept it light, but boy was it fun to hear what they had to say on the subject! Check out some of my favorite quotes from our conversation below.

On Food

The food… fried chicken is good everywhere! That something I miss. And Waffle House. Waffle House is the greatest.


I think Richmond is a really cool. I think everyone always has different opinions but it has everything! It has art, it has museums, there are parts of it that are super rural, but then there is like a huge medical [center]. So it’s like a little bit of everything. Some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life was in Richmond, outside of New York, and there’s like this whole foodie scene there – any type of food you can think of.

On People

I never opened a door when I was in Georgia because everyone opens doors for you, literally. They were so sweet and nice and considerate! But here everyone is like ‘Open your own door.’ They’re not mean, it’s just they’ve got things to do.

On Beyonce

They love Beyonce a lot more in the south than here. Atlanta… oh my gosh, when I was wearing my Beyonce sweater in Atlanta everyone commented on it. I can’t walk in the street or in a Starbucks, anywhere, without someone flipping out. It’s rare to have someone comment here, but there it’s rare if no one says anything.