Though I’ve only spent a little over two months living in New York City, I already feel like I’ve learned a multitude of things about what it’s like to live a city life in general and this city in particular. Today I move back to Charleston for a few weeks before my senior year of college begins, and as I reflect on my summer spent in NYC, I wanted to write about a few things I’ve learned:
1. Hustle is synonymous with lifestyle.
Perhaps one of the most salient things I’ve learned this summer is that people are not lying when they say life in New York City is fast-paced. Everything from my internship to my daily subway commute to buying groceries on the weekends was a hustle. While this quick lifestyle is challenging, it’s also the driving force that makes people who live and work here leaders in so many industries and an exciting place to live. I feel like I’m more energetic and passionate about the things I love here (one of the reasons why living in the city inspired me to start a blog!). Living in the city may be a hustle, but it’s also endlessly inspiring.
2. New Yorkers aren’t as mean as everyone thinks they are.
3. Public transportation can be your best friend if you let it.
4. Be confident and, more importantly, be nice.
5. Brunch = life.