I am 17, I live in Oklahoma my dream is to move to NYC. Do you have any advice?
It looks so beautiful there.
I too like many others, had this dream. In 2010, I was lucky enough to visit New York City like so may others, I Fell In Love with the place!! I worked hard at getting a job and a little over a year after that, I moved here.
When I first came to visit, I did not even know New York city was different from New York State. I then realized NYC was not just a city, but was a HUGE city. It had 5 boroughs that it was made up of – Manhattan + Brooklyn + Queens + Bronx + Staten Island. Most people talk only about Manhattan, when they say New York City.
I think the pros of living in New York City are many-
– You can be whoever you want and do whatever you dream of.
– You are exposed to the world in terms of food, culture, people and art.
– You live like an equal among the poor and the rich, the famous and the common.
– You walk and everyone else does too.
– There are things to interest everyone. If nothing, just wandering the streets can melt away troubles.
– You have the pleasure of experiences all the seasons and even on the coldest, snowiest days people are out and about.
– You can learn pretty much anything and everything in NYC – music, taxidermy, writing, art history, coding, photography……..
– Almost all of Manhattan is safe, ( but of course, be cautious if you are out late at night.)
– With some spadework, a lot of your entertainment and off work entertainment can be for free. There is a lot for free in the city!
I think things to look out for, are
– How expensive things are!
Housing and food. You can live in the parts of Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn or Hoboken (NJ) for cheaper housing, but requires extensive searching.
– Rely on public transport
My sister-in-law from a suburb in Texas is always shocked at how much something as basic as a parking garages, here, charge us for monthly parking.
– Get used to the idea of living in small spaces, with room-mates, with basic possessions.
– It is really hard to make friends and meet new people when you haven’t gone to school here. ( I speak from experience– )
– When you are sick, things are not easy since you have to walk most places or use public transport.
– People can seem in a hurry
And they seem that way because they are; But that does not mean they will not stop to help you, if you ask.
– It takes a few years to get in the rhythm of the city.
Yet, once you are in the groove, it’s hard to love any other place as much.
With that said, I definitely think you should keep an open mind and as Einstein said, “It’s 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.” You are already inspired to move to come to New York, now all that’s left is working towards it.
- Try to take a trip and see what you like about it, where you feel comfortable and what excites you.
- If you want to study here- apply everywhere, to as many schools as you can!
- Make plans and then if when the time comes, they are not what you want, scrap them and make new ones.
- Start reading about NewYork. Get to know it. It will help you talk about it.
- Continue dreaming ……