I’ve been a New Yorker for almost a week, and it’s everything I expected:
Big, loud, and full of challenges.
However, it’s not full of mean people, at least not that I’ve met. Whether it’s people giving directions, friendly cabbies offering advice, or people on craigslist giving away furniture, there’s a lot of warmth in the Big Apple.
With all the new people I’ve encountered, it’s hard to deal with the realization that 99% of my interactions are unique – I’ll probably never see these people again. When you meet someone you want to see again – you need to act quickly.
I learned this firsthand at Dan’s bar, where I was introduced to two of Dan’s regulars. What started off as small talk quickly turned into a business discussion, and contact cards were exchanged. I sent out a follow up email the next day, and there’s a chance I could get a job as a result. This would have been a bit fast for ol’ Montana, but in NYC, this is business as usual.
While I recover from culture shock, it’s nice to know that I have friends and family that are only a text, email, or phone call away. Without that, I could see NYC being really lonely, even with my awesome roommates.
One week in, I’ve started to feel more at home in my apartment. Next week? It’s time to double down on the months-long job hunt. I don’t know exactly what it will look like, but if it’s anything like the rest of this city, it’ll require a lot of planning, and a lot of walking. I’m looking forward to the adventure.