Illustration by Doug Davis

By Leigh Montgomery

Austin is a collage of most of the must-haves in my life. I came here in 1992 to interview for a doctoral program in counseling psychology. When the director asked why they should accept me into the program and my most compelling answer was that Austin and the University of Texas “felt so right,” I wasn’t lying. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an acceptance letter. Soon after, I left Boston and began my journey here.

Some things on my must-have list can be found most anywhere, but to find ample accessibility, warm-hearted, open and progressive people from all walks and rolls of life, beautiful landscape, typically warm weather, a large variety of tasty restaurants, and lots of art, music, and creativity — all wrapped in an intellectual and political hub — makes my heart pound. Words like enrichment, flexibility, abundance, tolerance, and wide-openness come to mind when I think of how best to describe Austin.

But Austin offers such an array of activities and places to enjoy that single words ju