As a newbie to St. Charles I've had an amazing time getting to know the area and the people here. Moving to the Fox Valley was a huge leap for me. I was raised in the far northwest suburbs and then spent most of my adult life in the city. When I moved to Chicago to attend DePaul my suite-mate was a swimmer from St. Charles. I remember seeing her dorm room stocked with Fighting Saints Swim memorabilia and thinking, "Wow, they have a huge swim team in St. Charles..wait..where the heck is St. Charles?" If someone would have told me then that I'd be writing for patch.com as The St. Charles Shopper I would have never believed them.