Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Concrete Jungle

A couple of weekends ago, I traveled up to NYC for the weekend with my dad to check out a college that I eventually decided would be the one I want to spend the next four years of my life attending.  Prior to the visit, I had never been to the Big Apple.  I knew of only one high school friend who had ventured up there for college, but other than that, I was alone in the city for a weekend.

The sheer size of the city never intimidated me in the slightest.  Yellow taxis swarmed the pavement, skyscrapers blocked the sun from view at times, yet I felt at home almost from the get-go.  The plethora of noises, sights, and sounds, might scare away many, but I never faltered.  Hailing from a rural county with a population of 7, 500 I can only vaguely imagine the overwhelmed responses many people from my hometown would have to the hectic nature of NYC.

However, the diversity of the city is what made me truly fall in love with it.  Everywhere you go, some place drenched in culture.  You can walk along Broadway and see a girl clad in anime-inspired clothing and makeup, or see a gay couple walking hand-in-hand down the sidewalk.  You can visit Little Italy and the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.  The city is home to over two hundred spoken languages.  People from every walk of the Earth live here. . . (just listen to their stories).  New Yorkers are proud to call the city their home.  "I can't imagine living anywhere else," said a restaurant manager I met in the Bronx.  "Went to Florida once and I hated it."  Every single thing the city contains is there for anyone to enjoy (well not every thing, but you get the point) and to immerse in.

What the NYC has in store for me, I'm not quite sure, but I'm ready for anything it has to throw at me.  These next four years are supposed to be the "best years of my life" so I might as well make the most of them while I can.  Hopefully, I am going to catch many a show on Broadway and at the Lincoln Center (a friend of mine is going to Julliard for dance)!  Maybe, meet a ton of rad people along the way.

Any New Yorkers out there care to share what their favorite part of the city is?