Many of you may be deciding what to do with yourselves after graduation (getting to be that time!), or maybe you graduated recently and are still living close to home, not quite sure where to go from here. You may be thinking that moving “to the big city,” whether that’s New York, Denver, San Fran or Miami, might be the answer to your confusion. But how do you know if going urban is right for you?
I knew I wanted to be in New York from a very, very young age. I grew up practicing ballet, so in my head the natural place for me to go was New York. When my dreams edited themselves and I decided I wanted to be in writing and business, New York still seemed the natural place for me to go to get my start. I always wondered how others find themselves in the city, since the path to Manhattan was always somewhat clear to me.
Many of us may define ourselves as “city girls” (or guys), but what does this really mean? If you’re debating whether or not you belong in the Big Apple or any large metropolis, here are a few hints that the concrete jungle might be for you:
- You can appreciate the run-down, nitty-gritty areas of life as much as the grand, beautiful architecture from years past
- You are spontaneous by nature, ready to go from Starbucks and a run in the park to a meeting in midtown to a middle eastern dive bar in a back alley
- You love to walk, everywhere
- You don’t mind talking to strangers – actually, you kind of love it
- If you’re naturally shy, you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone and embrace a loud lifestyle
- If you’re a germaphobe, you’re ready to overcome your fears and shake about 1,000 hands a day (and bathe in hand sanitizer)
- You understand that city girl does NOT mean your life could be on the E! network (but you kind of still judge others’ fashion like you’re on Project Runway)
- You have an appreciation for the arts – whether it’s the ballet or drums with a paint can
- You like feeling anonymous one moment, but also love going where everyone knows your name (aka – the bodega down the street)
- Early mornings, late nights and fast days are appealing
- You would give up personal space to be a part of something bigger than yourself