Starting college in an entirely new setting is a massive change within itself. However, starting college in one of the most famous cities in the entire world, like New York City, is a whole new level of change. Don’t get me wrong, it is the most glamorous and exciting leap of one’s life, and the craziness that comes along with living in New York City is the best part of it all!
Even though there are millions of souls roaming around New York, the city that never sleeps can get pretty lonely if you’re not willing to go out and explore. I have been at Pace University, which falls in the heart of Manhattan, for only half a semester. So far, I have found myself in the center of Times Square at 3 A.M., lost in countless subway stations and shopping through the enchanting streets of SoHo. You can find pictures all of these embarrassing and fun times on my Instagram: @julesmastrocola. Also, taking photos with a nice background will not be an issue anymore, because every street in New York City is picture perfect!
New York City is full of inspiring people and alluring scenery. The concrete jungle is an entirely new universe of countless opportunities; you can start anew and every street you walk down, you can be anybody you wish. Adapting to the culture and lifestyle of New York City is all about accepting yourself. Once you realize that New York City is full of misfits and millions of different personalities, you will realize you can just become a better version of yourself. If you allow yourself to follow your dreams and what you want out of life, New York City will give it to you.
The city might seem like this big and scary place, but in as little as one month I already consider it my home. I have experienced more in the past month, than my entire 18 years of life. I have walked more miles in a day than ever before, I have attended more concerts, I have stayed up until sunrise drinking coffee and talking with friends, and I have just stared at the city lights for hours thinking of how lucky I am to be here.
Change is terrifying, but at the same time, it is exciting and necessary. The freshman funk does not exist in a massive city like New York, and it never will. If you allow yourself to open up and take advantage of this lifestyle, you will have the most amazing four years. Educating yourself in a city with this many opportunities is not only brilliant, but it is also inspired. I love this atmosphere, and I know if you allow yourself to, you will love it too!