Campus Philly Love Notes: To the Quiet Dignity of 30th Street Station

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Rebecca Hannaford, Arcadia University
Favorite Spot: 30th Street Station.
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 30th and Market Sts.

I am: A full time student at Arcadia University, and full time dog lover.
Years In Philly: 2 and a half.
Current Home: Split between Glenside, PA and Newark, DE.

(photo by Rebecca Hannaford)

My Love Note: I can still remember the first time I went into Philly by myself. It was the first time I ever looked at a train schedule and the first time I knew what it was like to be able to just get up and go.

What can I say, like most high school students I was addicted to the independence and in serious need of a change of scenery. So I went off with my book and an overnight bag to visit my friend who went to Drexel University. I had been to Philly before, once to the Art Museum, once to Veteran’s Stadium (yeah, I’m old school), but what struck me most going into to Philly was that even the train station was pretty.

I always liked to think of myself as a pretty worldly individual, with a type of hubris only found in those in between the ages of 13 to 18. But when I found my way off of the Regional Rail section of the massive station I had a tourist moment. The big clock in the middle of the atrium area, the board with different Amtrak trains, I dropped my bags and just stared.

Fast forward to 2012 and my very first internship with Campus Philly. Living in Glenside I have a 45 minute commute from my on-campus apartment to Suburban Station, right by fancy office number 1515. And City Hall. No big deal. To say I spend a lot of time on trains is an understatement. In fact, I recently had a foray into the interesting world of the Fern Rock Transportation Center!

But there’s something special about 30th Street Station. 30th Street Station is my comfort, it’s columns and flags signify both going to my home in Delaware and getting out of my home in Delaware again. When I think of Philly, it’s hard to match the excitement I feel when I exit the train, look out and see the “Live It 24/7” sign from Drexel.

Yes, Drexel. I will live it. Live it up in Philly. 

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