Where on Rosebud, and how'd you just end up there without doing Teach For America? My friend lives in Mission.
@Andrew Simone@twitter Why only St. Louis? That's just one option of many fine Midwestern (or nearby) cities. In Pittsburgh you can buy houses in walkable urban neighborhoods for under $100k and the unemployment rate is 7%. You can have $300/mo. rent if you have a roommate. 48% of people 25-34 have a bachelor's degree, 21% have a graduate degree. Chicago has the same unemployment rate as NYC, and is also a huge city with an extensive mass transit system, but the rent is much cheaper. It gets cold in the winter, but fortunately, a solid winter jacket and a good pair of boots costs about $200, and you'll save that much money in a month on rent. And those are just a few of your options. Look into Madison, the Twin Cities, Columbus, and so on. There's plenty of culture and civilization in the upper Midwest; check your favorite band's touring schedule, check how many public radio stations there are, check the university presence, etc.