Why I’ll be Moving to New York After Graduation

Shocker. Another 20something girl desperately wanting to leave the town she grew up in in favour of the Big Apple. It’s a cliché for a reason. New York is truly an extraordinary place full of opportunities and second chances. Taylor Swift said it best in her anthem Welcome to New York, “Everybody here wanted something more, searching for a sound they hadn’t heard before, and it said welcome to New York”.  However, if that’s not enough to convince you of the splendors living in of New York, I have plenty more to say on the subject.


So many interesting jobs in Media and Entertainment

Lots of great things can be said about Ottawa, but if you’re not looking for a bilingual government job, it’s not exactly the place to be post-grad. In New York there are chances for publishing jobs and fashion internships everywhere. Networking galore. Making it in the world of magazines feels possible living in New York, and that feeling of endless job growth, and of course, working with and meeting amazing, talented editors and writers would be a dream come true. This city makes me feel like the American dream is slightly less of an illusion.


Culture and beauty everywhere you look

Even taking a trip on the subway involves walking by several paintings, and perhaps a man playing the cello. Broadway, and hundreds of other plays are put on every single day. There are art galleries on every corner. From the MoMa to the Mett, to unknown galleries in Lower Town and Brooklyn, art is around regardless of your budget and tastes.  People from everywhere, different walks of life and backgrounds reside in this city, and being surrounded by people who are different than you can only do good things for personal growth, and building empathy.


Everywhere delivers

Everything is so convenient! You can get ice and beer and ice cream, or just about anything you can think of delivered at any time of day for cheap in New York city. Don’t even get me started on the beauty services in New York. One can find a cheap and well-done manicure or eyebrow waxing for 15 bucks or less with zero notice anywhere in the city. If that’s not magical, I don’t know what is.


I could go on and on about all the reasons I want to move to New York come May, but really it comes down to one important thing. When I stepped foot in that city, I knew that’s where I wanted to spend several years of my life. I want to experience everything that New York has to offer, and living there seems to be a natural choice for me.  If you have ever been to a place, and got that feeling, I highly advise that you look into residing in that city for a while. I imagine living somewhere that feels right will do wonders to discovering who you really are and what you want from your life. May I suggest checking out New York?