Where do I even begin? I am not sure that I will be able to wrap up the Summer and do it justice in just one blog entry, but here goes nothing. The summer in New York City has been incredible. Looking back on where I was when I first stepped foot into Chelsea, I cannot believe the transformation that has occurred. Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, NYC was only a train ride away. However, going to the city entailed seeing a Broadway show, shopping, going out to eat and heading home. So, when my parents drove away at the beginning of summer, I was both terrified and excited. I distinctly remember walking into my room and seeing my roommate, Emily, standing with a large subway map. Alice and I poked fun at her, telling her she couldn’t take that around with her. She argued a good point, that she had no idea where she was going. At that moment I realized, neither did I. Yet, we made her give us the map and we hung it by the door. Today, when I took the map down as we cleaned out our room, I realized how far each of us has come. The subway is no longer a scary system of tunnels that makes no sense, the streets do not appear to run in every direction, now we know and understand NYC (at least we think we do). I never could have imagined that I would be sitting here after nine weeks of exploring the city, dreading leaving it behind. But, here I am.
Someone asked me the other day, what is your favorite thing that you have done this summer? I had, and still have no idea how to answer this question. I have gone to the top of the Empire State Building, seen Broadway shows, attended rooftop parties, visited museums, watched movies in the park, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, worked with incredible people, visited worldwide corporations, laid in the park, been to festivals and street fairs, eaten delicious food, and so much more. My response though, included none of these things. While they were all amazing experiences, my favorite thing I have done this summer is simply explore New York City. No single event has defined my summer, but rather roaming the city with my roommates and friends discovering something new each day. The diversity and endless activities in New York City fascinate me. You can walk around the corner and find yourself in a completely different neighborhood with a unique culture.
After nine weeks, I am confident in saying, I love New York City. It has been an exciting summer in which we have learned and grown together both on a professional and individual level. Many students have decided exactly what they want to do with their futures, while others still have no idea; however one thing that was solidified through this experience, is that both are okay. I am eager moving forward to see where my future takes me, and wishful that it will land me back in NYC next summer with another outstanding internship opportunity. As the curtain closes on our summer in New York City, I believe that we all deserve a standing ovation for an incredible opportunity well taken.