I’m Italian born and Mexican on my mother’s side but I’ve lived everywhere from Africa (at an age too young to remember) to Italy, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Wales, and Canada — currently residing in New York City.
What I’ve learned throughout my first weeks in New York City.
Continuing from last week’s post:
3. Network, network, network. It’s the only thing that will land you a job – or just about anything.
4. You can’t keep waiting for that perfect moment to make a change, for that perfect person to make you whole, or for the right city/apartment to live in. If your heart is telling you something, you have to pack your bags and go.
5. You can have you head in the clouds once in a while – but only if you’re able to come back down with your feet firm on the ground next time around.
6. It’s ok to dream.
7. It’s not ok to give up just because.
8. It’s not ok to become oblivious to reality. Shit happens. Life is unfair. We just have to learn how to deal with it.
9. The magazine industry is a magical world of its own. Those who are in are in, and those who are out will have to clim mountains to make it inside.
10. Magazine publishing is still my dream career. If life can take me anywhere near that one day, everything will have all been worth it.
“ […] These were not just magazines to me anymore, they were my creative outlets and daily inspirations. While it may have seemed silly to many, I couldn’t bear to throw them out, I knew that this relationship was too special and unique to simply throw away. This was my future.”
It has been exactly one month and half since I arrived to the (so-called) Big Apple hungry for a change in perspective and the infamous New York City lifestyle. Through the weeks I’ve learned many tricks, tips, and even picked up a few habits myself. The two major life lessons?
1. That NYU is serious about their intense Summer Publishing Institute graduate program- when they say intense, they sure do mean it!
2. When you’re busy with the SPI graduate program time literally flies, giving you no time to believe you’re actually living in New York (!!) and even less time to explore that city that was once only a fantasy, the kind you’d only watch in movies and on Sex and the City re-runs.
As the 6-week of early mornings, coffee runs, and last minute printing for magazines and book imprint copies has come to an end, I’m beginning to prepare for the real world, applying for jobs and starting my unpaid internship, along with sitting back and reflecting on the amazing opportunity I had to have made it to New York City and survived for already 1 month and a half.
p.s. Check back for more on the “Tips and tricks of New York City!”
It’s true, life is constantly changing, evolving, and even surprising at times. It’s also true that if we are not careful, life may simply pass us by. Having graduated university only around 10 days ago, I have realized how fast life simply happens. We work so hard to make it through the day or the week, we constantly dream of lives and people we want to become, but we don’t stop and listen as often as we should. I have always been infatuated with the hustle and bustle of New York City. Its never ending energy, passion, and its diversity. I had always dreamed of living in the city at some point in my life. Now at 21, I had the opportunity to attend the Summer Publishing Institute Graduate summer course at NYU for the summer. With a one way ticket to New York I’m ready to engage, learn, and simply live the New York City life. This is just the beginning of my long new adventure into the unknown. The future is over-rated. Who knows what can happen in a few months time! But in the meantime, it’s time to live in the moment because if we don’t, the right moment might just pass us by.
Today, I write to you from Struptown coffee shop. A popular coffee shop that’s bustling with laughter and people’s conversations. I can hardly believe I’m sitting here, in the city that I have admired for so long and that has inspired so many people, including my self. Today I’m here to fight for the dream of someday working in magazine journalism. Although I know it won’t be easy, there is nothing worst than not even giving it a try. Honestly, if no one had dreams and the eagerness to achieve them, life wouldn’t be half as exciting as it is.
I will keep writing from the city all summer long. Stay tuned for more adventures, travels, and just my everyday thoughts on this magical city. This is my next adventure. Here goes nothing!