5 years ago, my older sister Alex decided to apply to MMC, prompting us to visit NYC and tour the school. Not only did she fall in love with it, but I did too. But what I fell in love with more than anything was the city. After that trip, I knew that I wanted to apply to MMC not only because of its fantastic program for my major but because I just had to live in this phenomenal city. Sooner than I knew it, I was accepted and when August of 2019 finally came, I moved to my dream place. I was extremely lucky to move into a fantastic apartment with my sister and her two friends for the year. My first semester of college was honestly the best first semester of college I could’ve ever asked for. I met my best friend and some truly amazing and fun people who I know I will be friends with for a while. I joined so many clubs and organizations that have enriched my life more than I could ever explain and experienced some amazing events that I can’t wait to be able to relive, such as going to live shows, seeing plays, and meeting celebrities, maybe even just on the street, cause they’re everywhere. My ex-boyfriend whom I was in a long-distance relationship, visited me for Thanksgiving and even though we are no longer together, I will forever cherish the memories we made from that trip because they’re all so wonderful. Soon after, wintertime came around, and Christmastime in the city made my dreams come true. I had always wanted to experience it, as it combines three of my favorite things: Winter, Christmas, and NYC. When it came time to go home to Germany, I was excited but at the same time, sad because I missed the city that I love more than anything. Winter break came and went, but not after various fun trips to round off our time living overseas. I celebrated my 19th birthday and then the next day, my sister and I flew back to our favorite place. The happiness we both felt being back was unmatched. The really great month of February went by, with a few fun things that happened. I was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, like actually on it!! He interviewed me and The Roots sang a song about me. It’s safe to say that this experience was probably the coolest and most surreal few minutes of my life. This experience further made my heart even happier than it already was and made me even more excited for all of the amazing and thrilling experiences that NYC has to offer that I have yet to partake in. It was looking to be a great second semester, and I was so excited, but unfortunately, I spoke too soon. Everything now all seems like a blur. My parents told my sister and me to leave the city because NYC was quickly getting overrun with COVID and she told us to get to NJ as soon as possible, leaving us with the sinking gut feeling of sadness, and uncertainty of when we would be able to get back. My heart has ached so much over these past 7 months, as I can’t wait to get back. In July, we drove up to NYC to move my sister and me out of our apartment, and I’m not gonna sugar coat it, it was extremely depressing, with the uncertainty still hanging over my head as to when I will finally be able to move back. Fortunately, we are moving up north to New Jersey, and the fact that I’ll be able to go into the city all the time again is what is really keeping me going these days. Just everything about the city excites me. The freedom that I have, the rush of excitement I get when I’m going around the city, or going to do something equally as exciting, maybe even more exciting. The hustle and bustle of everything make me feel right at home because I truly am a city girl who loves to be on the go, always doing something exciting. Especially when I am with my amazing friends that I have made (who I miss dearly), the amazing feeling and the immaculate vibes that I get are unmatched. I truly feel like the main character all the time. I love you, NYC, more than anything. Deciding to go to college here was the absolute best decision that I could have ever made. I have grown into such an amazing version of myself and I owe it to the confidence I’ve developed while living in the city. The excitement that I have to get back is so immense. I am so ready and eager for that day that I can move into an apartment with my best friend. There is so much more for me to do and experience and fall in love with doing. Thank you, NYC, for everything you’ve done for me so far and also for all that’s yet to come. Don’t worry, I will be back soon, really soon, I promise.