The Metro-East is a wonderful hybrid-cocktail of big city and hometown. With all the modern amenities less than a half hour away, the Metro-East allows its residents to choose from quaint and country to city contemporary. This unique blend has helped breed a wonderful culture here in the Metro-East. It has allowed us to create a loving, open community that is filled with neighbors ready to help each other, or simply spend time together.
To bolster this culture, the Metro-East offers many events that help bring our community together: Art on the Square, Apple Fest, parades, festivals, and, my personal favorite, the Chili Cook-Off. All of these events encourage intra-city connections that help bind the Metro-East as a whole. Apart from events, the land we call the Metro-East is covered in unique natural wonders. The Illinois caverns dot the area and are great opportunities for some exotic adventure that doesn't require a ten hour plane ride! Our parks and recreation department also works very hard to maintain parks for those who don't want to get all muddy in dark caves.
All this being said, I love living in the Metro-East. However, the area wouldn't be what it is now without dedicated communities and citizens. As I live and study here, I try my best to participate, and improve upon, the culture and area. I currently study electrical engineering, and am interested in doing live sound, and working in music recording. I use this talent to support the Metro-East area in many different ways. I have faithfully participated in running sound at the famous Art on the Square event in downtown Belleville. I am also the head engineer at a new recording studio in Troy. We plan to provide quality, affordable recording services to Metro-East bands, musicians, independent artists, and broadcast personalities. I use my gift in audio to develop a fun and creative music culture in the Metro- East.