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Jeffrey S.


Jeffrey’s list of residences reads like a list of iconic American cities. He was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey before attending college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating, he lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York, and then headed to San Francisco, California where he obtained a masters degree at [...]

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Amber G.


After only a month of living in West Michigan, Amber, a North Carolina native, already feels at home. Living in North Carolina and later attending college in Florida, one might think West Michigan is an odd place to land. But Amber and her boyfriend yearned for a change of scenery, and found themselves drawn to [...]

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Lauren C.


Raised in West Michigan, Lauren headed to Chicago for her first job offer after graduating from Calvin College. Like many West Michigan Natives, Lauren wanted a change of scenery, which she found working at a youth choral program as their general manager. After another move, this one even farther from home to Seattle, Lauren got [...]

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Don R.


Hailing from Lansing and a graduate of Western Michigan University, Don worked all over Michigan before moving to Massachusetts and then to Upstate New York to work on the vendor side of the IT industry. Don‘s biggest motivation to move back to his home state was the birth of his first grandchild. As an IT [...]

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Originally from France, Olivier spent the last 15 years living and working outside of London, England. But when his wife began thinking about relocating for her job with Amway, the couple began to consider leaving the bustling life of London for a more family-centered life in West Michigan. Both cities have their merits, but the [...]

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As a West Michigan native, Lisa already finds the beaches of Grand Haven very familiar. Leaving her hometown of Spring Lake behind, Lisa went to college at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. After graduating with a degree in Communications and Marketing, Lisa got married and moved to the East side of the state where her [...]

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Monty K.


Normally when you speak with college students about their hometowns, the last thing they say about it is that “it is magical.” Typically the plans for a soon-to-be graduate consist of hopping in the car to the big city just named “Hottest Town for Singles,” or “Top 10 Cities to Find a Job,” sometimes without [...]

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Joel R.


Joel is originally from Pennsylvania, however attended Michigan State University. While at college he met his wife, whose family was originally from Michigan. After college the both of them moved back to Pennsylvania for two years before moving to South Carolina. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia 30 minutes north in Washington’s Crossing, Joel [...]

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Anne G.


Anne is a firm believer in deciding what she want and making it happen. As native Michigander from the opposite side of the state, she considers herself fortunate to have made her dream a reality in Grand Rapids. Anne’s last semester of college was dedicated to finding a health care public relations job in Grand [...]

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Peter B.


Like many Michigan natives, Peter wanted to try something new after graduating high school. He picked Butler University in Indianapolis and left for the big city. Butler was full of opportunities for Peter where he worked throughout school and upon graduation, landed a job working for a trucking company. Peter found the experience enjoyable but knew [...]