It was love at first sight. The charm of downtown's historic landscape surrounded by dynamic creativity, unique shops, and friendly passerbys caught me off-guard. I hadn't expected my first college visit to be my one and only. But while visiting the University of Georiga four years ago to explore the Classic City, I immediately knew that Athens, Ga was exactly the town I wanted to call home.

My name is Katie Strasberg, and Athens, Ga is more than a home to me these days. Now a senior, my love for the southern charm and vibrant artistic scene of this Georgia town has flourished over the past four years. This amazing city has a personality of its own offering everything from farm-fresh fare at local restaurants to eclectic knickknack and gift shops that can be explored for hours. The music traditions of the town are unlike anything else, with a wide-variety of tunes played downtown at historic venues every night of the week and local musicians adding their personal touch to the ever-changing Athens culture.

Luckily for me, I have the opportunity to combine my love for this city with my passion for public relations as a PR and social media intern at Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau this semester. As a public relations major earning a sociology minor and new media certificate, it's a perfect fit. Even though I have already savored a wide array of experiences in the Classic City, I cannot wait to explore and learn even more about its rich history and diverse attractions and pass it along to you.

I hope you are as excited as I am to begin discovering all that makes Athens, Ga. the culturally rich, uniquely creative, and always-vibrant southern town that so many have grown to love.

Let me know where I should be sure to visit this fall in Athens, Georgia!