New York City

I went to New York for the first time this past weekend to audition for college and everything felt right. Even though I've never been there before, I felt like a true New Yorker. I simply adore the hustle and bustle of the whole city. My favorite part about NY is how although the city never sleeps and can be quite overwhelming at times, you can just go inside of your little apartment and it's just as cozy as home.

The part of the trip that really made me smile was Central Park. I mean, although it was a pretty cold day, I saw the beauty in it. I imagined myself on a beautiful summer evening sitting in the park...and I fell in love.

NY isn't what you think it is, though. It's not this stereotypical beautiful place where dreams come true. You have to be willing to work hard to live there. Times square was actually my least favorite part of New York because of the tourists, the crowd, and the superficiality. When I tell people I'm moving to New York they always say its 1) expensive and 2) unsafe.

It's not expensive. At all, really. Just like anywhere else, you have to know where to find the deals. Sure, some things are a bit more expensive there. For example, a burrito bowl at chipotle in NY is about a dollar more than it is in Ohio. But minimum wage is also more in NY. If you're on madison avenue or broadway, you will find expensive places because a lot of wealthy people do live there. But I went to a really nice diner Sunday morning, and my boyfriend got a veggie omelet with potatoes and toast for 7 dollars. That's pretty normal for a diner. New York isn't cheap, but it's not only for extremely wealthy people. You just gotta know how to play your cards right.

In terms of safety...it's extremely safe! You just gotta know where you're going. I wouldn't recommend walking around Harlem alone at 2 AM, but most parts of the city are really safe. Just don't act like a tourist, don't be too friendly, and don't go places you're not sure about without other people.

Regardless, it's a big city. I really loved how when walking the streets, everyones doing their own thing. Everyone has a place to be. And they don't care who you are or what you're wearing or where you're coming from. They have to worry about themselves. New York isn't for everyone, and before romanticizing it or putting it down, I would recommend visiting. Although it's the set of thousands of movies, you see it on the news constantly, and it has quite a reputation - it still remains one of those places that you can't judge until you go there.

I am really excited to live here. I don't know what the future holds, but I am looking forward to it.

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