Having the opportunity to move to New York City for the summer is something that I have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to do until now. Last summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern in Nashville, TN, and, needless to say, living in Nashville is much different than living New York. I was far more nervous to take on a summer in New York City than I was to head to Nashville, as New York seemed like such a bigger world to me. To my surprise, however, I started adjusting extremely quickly and soon realized how accessible the entire city was. Now, I can happily say that I love living in New York City, and would immediately jump at the opportunity to return full time after graduating from the University of Michigan.
My experience getting to New York City was fairly smooth–my supervisor at NBCUniversal did a fantastic job keeping in touch and preparing me for my job, I was able to land a room in an amazing Manhattan location with one of my closest friends from school, and my dad took the time to drive me here from Cleveland, Ohio and spent some time getting to know the city with me. All that being said, I was still quite anxious to familiarize myself with the unknown and to leave the routine at home that I was just starting to fall back into.
Now that I have been in the city for a few weeks, I can honestly say that this experience has been one of the most rewarding I have had to date. I have been able to challenge myself on a daily basis, which has allowed me to discover how much I am truly capable of accomplishing. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to be a stranger to a place with endless opportunities to explore–and that is truly a gift to any growing and curious mind. My advice to others would be to accept these challenges, even when they seem unfamiliar or uncomfortable, and allow yourself to enjoy all of the emotions that come with journeys outside of your comfort zone.