Self-knowledge. In the eight weeks since moving to NYC and attending LIM College, I can honestly say that I have learned more about myself than any other time in my life. In NYC, when you are living you are learning. There is just something about this city that makes you feel like you can do it all, like you are in control of your destiny and no one person or obstacle will ever stop you from finding it. You feel alive.
So you’re living in the city, attending LIM College, and you are in control, you’re alive. Yet into your mind creeps some fear, some anxiety. What if I make the wrong choice and I don’t end up liking my internship? What if I don’t network enough, or don’t have as many industry connections as I thought I would? What if I’m not budgeting my money well enough? These are all valid questions. These are normal when you enter a new environment and are worried about success and making your ultimate dreams a reality.
The most important advice I could give you for when you are soon a new student here in the city, is to always remember, this is a learning experience. Just as I have learned so much about myself, so will you. You are going to trip UP the subway stairs more times than you will fall down them. I have. You are more than likely going to lose balance on the subway and fly backwards, or maybe even momentarily fall onto a seated row of people. Sadly, I have done that too. You’re going to realize that the humidity and rain will frizz your hair like never before, but you’ll learn to laugh it off and dance in the rain all the way home. My friends and I have done that too.
But most of all you’re going to come to forks in the road where you feel the direction you choose will make or break your career or future success if you choose the wrong one. In the end, just realize that college is a marathon, not a sprint. There are no rights or wrongs if you learn from everything and move forward. This is the same with life. Enjoy the process, keep your eye on the prize, and never take yourself too seriously.
Laugh a little, and embrace the opportunity to learn each and every day, whether this is from a professor, a stranger on the street, a friend, or yourself.