I Moved to New York City!

Photographer: Chang Moon

Photographer: Chang Moon


Let’s be honest, moving is the worst. Leaving your friends and family behind is stressful. Any type of change can be difficult, but necessary.  Oftentimes the opportunities to grow and prosper come with change.

This might sound foolish, but after watching 13 going on 30 at age 12, I told myself I would someday become my version of Jenna Rink. I wanted to live in New York City and pursue my dreams of working in the editorial business. I’ve always had a passion for content creation, research, and editing, so I figured that would be me. After graduation in December, an opportunity came along to do so, and I went for it. Do I regret it? Not at all.

Living in the city is great. You don’t have to worry about having a vehicle and can take public transportation anywhere and in most instances, you can walk. Everything you could possibly need is within close proximity – which is nice.

I will say, New York can be a lonely place. It’s up to you to put yourself out there and meet people. Big cities in general can be lonely. Everyone is running and doing their own thing. Still, in my eyes, I think the opportunity of living in NYC and experiencing the work environment is unattainable anywhere else. It’s the center of he world. The capital for fashion, finance, media, and the list continues.

This leads me to my next thought. It’s important to take chances to achieve greatness. When we’re crossed with a decision that requires a lot of thought, we often focus on the things that could go wrong depending on the decision we decide to make.  By choosing to learn, you can transform your failure into an opportunity to reflect and grow. You can also alleviate that spark from within, and confidently say “I tried.” Cliché in my opinion, but it’s better to say you tried.

What’s next for me? Will I stay in NYC? Who knows but as of now I’m loving every second of it. Though I always thought I would be working in the fashion industry, I find myself doing PR work for the healthcare industry and all I can say is that I love it. I’m learning a lot and feel blessed to be surrounded by a talented group of individuals who inspire me to learn and grow even further. If you put effort in whatever you do, you’ll be successful – regardless of what that may be.  

I’m thankful for my experiences so far and I’m excited for what’s next.