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Should Students Stop Picking on Saint John?|
by Danna Storey
In a recent visit to the Saint John High School forums, I noticed a lot of talk about whether or not Saint John is a good city to live in for creative youth. Many people said Saint John was dead, had no outlets for youthís creativity and that most of the grads canít wait to get out of here.
Ok guys, itís not like we live in a little town with a population of 1000 people where the biggest concern on peopleís minds is ď Will I ever get out of here?Ē Just this month the Art Centre had an opening for all the District 8 art students. Our Saint John High IB Art students had their work in the show as well; if this isnít an opportunity please come tell me. Canadian Idol will be coming and Pop Stars came to Saint John this summer to get a taste of Saint Johnís vocal talent. If talent scouts decide to come to our city doesnít that demonstrate that outsiders think of Saint John as a talent pool?
I am constantly surrounded by posters for live bands playing at UNBSJ; we have Festival by the Sea every year; and the ECMAís were held here as well last year. Some people said Saint John is able to produce good talent, but canít maintain it because everyone leaves. Okay, Saint John doesnít have as many artistic institutions as Halifax, true, so go there to study and then come back and maybe we can get a chance to build up our talent.
People who have come from Halifax always compliment us on how beautiful our schools are compared to the ones located in Halifax. The grass is always greener on the other side; believe it or not, people from Halifax want to leave their city too. Donít get me wrong, I am going to Halifax for university next year, but Iím not leaving for the city; Iím leaving to live on my own and to have the university experience.