Something I’m definitely going to miss…

New York City has been my dream for as long as I can remember, since the first time I read Vogue and knew fashion was what I wanted to do. From sketching outfits in high school to landing an internship with The Row and attending my first fashion week, I can’t believe my dreams are now my reality. But, I must say it’s the people I’ve shared the journey with I’m going to miss the most. Each one is more kind and caring than a lot of friends I’ve made in the past and I’m so thankful for that. Without them, I would have never had half of the adventures I did in NYC – from staying up all night looking at the building lights on our rooftop to shopping the streets of soho and everything in between. Miranda, Melissa, and Tatum, exploring New York together was a dream and I wish we didn’t have to wake up from, but its just a see you soon, never a goodbye.

Something I’m excited to leave behind…

The list of things I’m excited to leave in New York is about as long as the list of things I’ll miss when I’m gone. From the smell of pee on the sidewalk at 8 am, to the packed subway rides where you literally cannot move, to the woman who yelled at me on the bus for no reason, to the guy at the corner of our street who shouts, “Will you buy me an egg sand-which” everyday, to the guys who stand in times square and try to sell me a tour bus ticket every time I’m stuck walking through the area, you will not be missed. Out of all the worst of New York, the number one thing I cannot wait to leave behind would be my apartment. We got stuck with an apartment in Midtown, which in my opinion is the most unpleasant area of manhattan and constantly packed with tourists stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to take a photo. Also, my whole apartment here fits in my bedroom at home. Our kitchen, living room, dining room, and closet is all one room. I cannot wait to have an actual living room again with two spacious sofas and my walk-in closet so I don’t have to line the parameter of my room with shoes.

What I’ve learned about myself along the way…

New York has taught me more about myself than any other experience I’ve had in life, mostly that I am resilient. When I went to college it was only two hours away, and while that may be a lot for some people to me it felt like I was still home. My heart always wanted to be somewhere more intense with more to explore and experience. I’m thankful New York gave me that opportunity to live and work in an intense environment, one that has made me tired but also energized. As someone who is very close with my family I never knew if I’d be able to move away after college graduation, but after living in New York I learned that I am capable of living on my own. I learned a lot of lessons on providing for yourself and taking care of yourself, and those scared feelings of not living near my family or having them take care of me melted away. I’ll always miss them and wish I could be with them, but I know I’m supposed to be somewhere else and live my own life. I don’t know what the future holds and if I will end up back in Pittsburgh, in New York City, or maybe even LA, but wherever it is I know I can handle it. After all, if I can handle New York City that knocks you down more times in one day than you can count, than I can handle anything.

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