I was supposed to publish this post on Monday, but since I was stuck in Las Vegas without internet for a few days, I’m publishing it now. This was written by Jess at Classy in Philadelphia. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you must do so immediately!
I have a love/hate relationship with New York City.
Living in Philadelphia, NYC is a short two hour bus or train ride away, so I’ve had my fair share of day trips to the Big Apple. In middle school, we took two trips a year to the city to see Broadway shows. Every time I crossed the Lincoln Tunnel (attempting to hold my breath and make a wish, of course), I was filled with excitement. New York just seemed so magical. It was so full of possibilities. I stared out the bus window as we drove through a sea of taxis fascinated. I loved the hustle and bustle, all the people rushing around.
So naturally when I had to apply to college, New York was the first place I visited. I looked at a few schools in the city, and Hofstra University on Long Island. I ended up going to Hofstra University (only for a semester). I was excited at the prospect of “the city being a short train ride away!” Wrong. It was at least an hour and two trains away. Not so convenient. When I did make the trek into the city, I always had a good time, but instead of feeling excited by the hustle and bustle, I was overwhelmed by it. I found myself feeling uncomfortable walking down the crowded city streets. Standing in Penn Station during rush hour was a crazy experience in itself.
I think that my time at Hofstra tainted my view of NYC. Everyone always asks me if I’m going to move to New York after college to pursue public relations. I mean, NYC is the center of everything. It houses some of the best PR firms in the world. Wouldn’t it be natural for me to want to move there and start a career in the big city? At this point in time, I’d say no, I probably won’t move to NYC, but who knows?
I feel like I didn’t have NYC a proper chance. A few bad and overwhelming experiences shouldn’t ruin my image of an entire city. After reading lots of blogs written by fabulous New Yorkers (like Ashley!) I feel that there may be something about the city that I haven’t discovered yet. Maybe sometime in my future, I’ll be able to give New York City the chance that it deserves.
What do you love or hate about New York City? Do you see yourself living there at some point in your life?