I’ve always dreamed of moving to New York City one day and becoming the new Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex in the City” blogging from my Upper East Side penthouse apartment wearing, of course, nothing but top-notch designers.
Although, I quickly learned that the major move to the big apple wasn’t so fabulous like they show on television. The move brings stress, lots of nerves, growing up, and new beginnings. As a long Island girl, I always thought I knew my way around. However, that’s not the case. You realize that you don’t know Manhattan until you move there and learn it yourself by getting lost, asking questions, and most importantly using Google Maps!
As an aspiring journalist trying to make a name for myself in one of the hardest industries in today’s society, It can be overwhelming, especially while interning with a popular magazine like TigerBeat. As I walked into the newsroom on the first day of work I was striving to be heard, get pitches approved, and in my case meet the next celebrity to walk through the door. At that exact moment, I was hoping someone would have warned me about the do’s and don’ts to do in this weird competitive concrete jungle. So, here are five things to do to mentally, physically, and financially to prepare yourself for your next adventure into any big city.
1. Take the time to apartment hunt and find a the perfect roomie:
Luckily for me, my roommate happens to be my first friend and sorority sister I made at Ohio University (Thanks, Alpha Delta Pi). It took us about two months after we accepted our internships to pick an apartment that worked for both of us. It is essential to check out how long of a commute, since it would be a pain to track to work early in the morning in the beaming summer sun.
2. Google Maps will become your new best friend:
It’s totally okay to make Google Maps your new best friend during your time in New York City. It takes people years to learn how to navigate the insane grid. In the meantime, download the Uber application for backup.
3. It’s okay to ask questions:
Before I moved into my apartment, my family brought me around to explore my new area, and I probably asked around fifty million questions. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions during your time at your internship, It will prove that you are willing to learn. Asking questions will help you make great connections and gain a different perspective about your industry.
4. Spend your money wisely:
When living in the big apple, you can’t help yourself but to stop and spend some mula at the trendiest clothing boutiques in Soho, the Instagram-worthy Cafés, and the mouth-watering restaurants. To avoid this problem, make sure you fix a weekly budget and keep an eye out for student discounts.
5. Use the streets of NYC as your own personal runway:
Fashion goers walk the streets of Manhattan every day, they light up the gray streets and alleys with their insane patterns, vibrant color clothing, and statement accessories. New York City is a fashion show, and the streets are our runway. Therefore, look up from your iPhone and get fashion inspiration from locals, locate your favorite colorful graffiti wall for photo ops, and try out new fashion styles.
What I’m Wearing:
One of the things you should know about me, that is I am always rocking my favorite clothing boutique LF Stores. I am wearing my new favorite destroyed lace jeans, statement double buckle belt, black high-raised bodysuit, and black transparent lucite heels. To top off this outfit, I threw on my matte black Quay Australia sunglasses and white choker necklace from Urban Outfitters. This outfit is the perfect getup for drinks with the girls and exploring the big old city.