growing up

There are so many things we all have left to accomplish, but have you ever stepped back and thought about what exactly you should have accomplished by a certain age? I have, but this time I turned to science to give me a little bit of insight.

Science is a funny thing, and experts are crazy, but sometimes they seem to be the ones that know best. As a 22 year old girl these claims from science about what I should have accomplished in a few years is kinda scary, but really intriguing; BUT don't worry if you are nowhere near what this list tells you. We all have our own pace, science just likes to show off!

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St. Vital is a big neighbourhood, and it keeps growing every year. New suburbs pop up and more condos than I can count keep cropping up on St. Mary's. A lot of people live here, but a few things still join us together as St. Vital-ers.

Whether you grew up in Old St. Vital or Island Lakes, and whether or not you've since moved away to Osborne Village, Corydon or even all the way to St. James, we can all agree on a couple things. Namely, Transcona was way too far away, and a lot of us didn't even know the North End existed until we were in our teens. Still, we were home to some of the best-kept secrets in town AND a crazy ton of 7-Elevens.

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Once you've lived in Ottawa for long enough, you'll start to notice a pattern. Maybe you've grown up here, or maybe you moved here for school and just never left. Whatever the case is, once you've lived in Ottawa for about 5 years, I'd say you're a true Ottawan. And all of these things will end up making sense to you somehow.

It seems like our daily routines put us on autopilot and we don't even know we're doing it. Do you look at the Parliament Buildings when you drive by, or do you ignore them? We all definitely look at them, but don't realize how cool they are. That's definitely a way of knowing you've spent too much time in Ottawa since tourists live for the Parliament Buildings.

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Growing up in Ottawa is a lot different from growing up in huge cities like Toronto, or smaller cities like Kingston - Ottawa is it's own kind of "small-big city". With close knit communities and cozy urban planning, growing up and going to school here is its' very own kind of special experience. As much as we all have been through our "I'm leaving this place for good" phases, it's hard to deny that our childhood would've been extremely different if we didn't grow up in Ottawa.

So if you're feeling a little extra nostalgic like me today, here are 12 experiences you've definitely had growing up in good ol' Ottawa.

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Downtown Ottawa - you may not know how good you have it. From unique coffee shops, to treating the canal like your personal skating rink, to always knowing the fastest way to get to the Rideau Centre, nobody knows the Ottawa core like you do. As more of your friends are moving closer into your neighbourhood to be closer to work and school, they know to always come to you for advice - who better to ask than you?

In the mood to reminisce? Here are 10 telltale signs you grew up in downtown Ottawa.

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