I am not originally from Arizona; however, I have lived in the Valley for more than six years. When I first came here, I thought that it was too hot and wondered why people lived here. After two years, I was used to the three-digit heat and learned to appreciate those days when the mercury skyrockets. Four of those years, I lived in Tempe. In the state of Arizona, two very different weathers can be found and that allows its population to take weekend trips and rest from the weather. In Phoenix, the temperature in the summer reaches over 110 degrees and that makes the residents want to stay indoors all day or simply head out to the pool and take in the soothing water. In addition, a weekend in Prescott, with pine trees and nice temperatures, makes people feel like they are in heaven. Where else can you drive two hours from extreme heat and enjoy much cooler weather? The forest and the desert blend, creating a piece of paradise. Geographically, Arizona is the place to be; the best sunsets I have ever seen in my entire life occur here, unlike any other beach or city. The colors are like none that you will find in any other place in the world.
Living in one of the biggest cities of the United States permits me to find everything I need very easily. The Valley also counts with a very good university that provides quality education at a very moderate price. A large city like Phoenix offers many different of job opportunities, especially for an engineer, like me. From jet turbines to microprocessors, the Valley offers a wide variety of engineering jobs. I am already calling Arizona home, not because I have lived here 6 years, but because it makes me feel even more comfortable than if I was in my own hometown.