wordsfirst asked: Hi Caroline! I'm looking to move to NYC this fall. This is basically the first time in my life that what I'll be doing a month from now is totally uncertain, as seems to be the norm for recent college grads. I'm very excited and determined about living in NYC, but am also quite scared about getting all the pieces to fall into place. I really admire the way you've made the city work for you and how independent you are. Any advice you have for a city bound girl would be much appreciated.
I feel like I answer this question every few months, but I can never seem to go back and find my old responses. In the name of brevity:
- save your money - figure out a reasonable budget at the very earliest stages of your planning and stick to it
- apply for ALL OF THE JOBS - the way I see it, the job market is like the lottery, except it’s free to play. It’s nearly impossible to land anything these days, but no one can stop you from applying all over the place.
- prioritize - decide what is most important to you about living in the city (whether it’s your apartment, your proximity to museums or parks, the nightlife, etc) and pursue it. You probably can’t have it all, but you can think a lot about WHY you want to move.
- explore! Go to neighborhoods you’ve never visited. Try restaurants and peek into shops. Fall in love. Kiss boys. Stay up too late. Have a ball.