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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Hofstra chapter.

As a soon-to-be college graduate, the thought of moving to New York City evokes a swirl of emotions – excitement, nervousness and a tinge of fear. After spending the last few years on Long Island, where the pace of life is slower and predictable to me, the idea of moving to one of the largest and most diverse cities in the world is both thrilling and daunting. One of the things that excites me the most about moving to New York City is the endless opportunities available. As a fresh graduate, I’m eager to explore the job market in different areas and pursue my passions. The city has something to offer for everyone – whether you’re interested in finance, fashion, technology, or the arts. The prospect of meeting new people, networking and building my career in a city that never sleeps is exhilarating. The sense of freedom and opportunity that comes with graduating college is something I know will be a big change.

But the opportunities in New York City are not just limited to work. The city’s vibrant culture and diversity are something that I’m looking forward to experiencing. As someone who loves to travel and explore new cultures, I’m excited to immerse myself in a city that is home to people from all over the world. From the food to the fashion to the music, New York City is a melting pot of different cultures, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. The energy of city life also excites me. I’ve always been drawn to the hustle and bustle of city life, and New York City is the epitome of that. The constant buzz of activity, the honking of taxis, the bright lights of Times Square – it’s all so thrilling. I can’t wait to explore all the different neighborhoods and attractions, from the trendy cafes and bars of Brooklyn to the iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building.

The biggest challenge will be adjusting to a new lifestyle. Moving to a new city means learning new habits and routines. I’ll need to better navigate the public transportation system, figure out where to shop for groceries and find my way around a new neighborhood. But I’m excited to be able to see my old friends that moved to the city after they graduated, and I’m confident they’ll be around and willing to help me if I need them. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to meet like-minded people through work, social events and other activities to find new friends.

The excitement of moving to New York City definitely outweighs the nervousness for me. The prospect of starting a new chapter in my life in one of the most exciting cities in the world is something that I can’t wait to experience. While the challenges of adjusting to a new lifestyle and the high cost of living can be daunting, I’m confident that with careful planning, hard work, and a positive attitude, I’ll be able to thrive.

As I reflect on my college years though, I can’t help but feel a sense of longing for the memories and experiences that I’ve made along the way. The late-night study sessions with friends, the lifelong memories and life stamps that I’ll remember forever, and the relationships that I’ve formed with faculty and staff are all things that I’ll cherish. College has been a time of personal growth and self-discovery, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had to explore my interests and passions. Saying goodbye to a place that has been my home for the past few years is bittersweet. As I prepare to leave college and embark on a new journey, I’m reminded of the importance of embracing change and being open to new experiences. While the future may be uncertain, I’m confident that with hard work and perseverance, I’ll be able to achieve my goals and make a positive impact in the world. Graduating college may be the end of one chapter, but it’s also the beginning of an exciting new adventure. 2023 graduates, we should be proud of ourselves.

Maggie is a senior at Hofstra University in New York. She is majoring in public relations and has minors in design and journalism. She loves to write, share her opinions with the world and is eager help build her experience in any way she can.