Quote from m3091
However, my hometown offered me a new grad initiative, a full time position with benefits and the tuition rebate, whereas the other place offered me a part time position.
I know you don't really want to go back to your hometown, but girl! This sounds like a NO BRAINER to me! This is an amazing opportunity for you! Full time with benefits AND you don't even have to spend all of your income on student loans?? You want to travel and you want to get married. A part time job in a city will not let you pay for that or afford you the time to take off for vacationing (usually no PTO for part timers!)
I would bite the bullet and take the full time job so you can really plant your career roots. You won't have to spend your entire career there, but who knows... you might just love it
Congratulations on the offer though, I would snatch it up before they offer it to someone else!
Edit: I just wanted to add to your keeping yourself distracted dilemma- you don't live in the city where the part time job is, right? Do you know anyone there? I don't think moving into a city versus a small town is really going to stave off any feelings of loneliness. Unfortunately, being surrounded by people can make you feel so much more lonely! Just having a lot of things to do but no one to do them with is not great. Do you still know people from your hometown? It's surprisingly easy to rekindle old friendships, if you're on good terms with your family you can be closer to them, you might be able to get a place with a yard so you can keep a dog or something that you can go for runs with... There are plenty of things to do in small towns and I don't think moving to a city will really help. I say this from experience, I moved from a very small town to a very (very) large city, and quite honestly, I feel more "idle handed" since I moved here. I miss so many things about small town life, and it took me over 6 years to learn that I will always be a small town girl.