The past nine weeks in New York have flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was moving all my belongings into a tiny cramped apartment with my three best friends, ready to take on the bustling city of New York. Now. With just days left in the beautiful city, we look back at all the memories we shared during this once in a life time opportunity. Last night, myself and my other 36 classmates met up one last time together at our capstone seminar. Before our departure to New York I honestly would not have been able to name everyone in the room, but now as I look around, I can look at each and every person and think of the incredible moments we shared in New York. One by one we got up and shared our experiences about our internships, our favorite moments in New York, and whether we would or would not move back to the city after college. As we all got up, laughter filled the room immediately. Some say they realized after the nine weeks they are not cut out to live in the city since they prefer to not to live in a shoe box and miss the ability to drive a car. Others love the 24/7 convenience of New York, the diversity of the people around us, and the endless places to explore. Although we might not all agree that New York is the place for us after college, we can agree that the memories we shared this summer will last us a lifetime.
I don’t know how I would have survived the summer without my friends by my side. From the late night runs to the 24/7 super market across the street, to long walks on the weekends exploring new parks and streets, to trying random restaurants, the summer has truly been nothing short of incredible.
So thank you to Professor Hatcher, Dr. Platania, and Bill Webb who gave us inside knowledge in the Communications, Business, and Broadway industries. Thank you to Danielle Golinski and Cindy Sweeny for helping us find internships and calming our nerves when we thought we wouldn’t find one. Thank you Joan Ruelle for taking us to the New York Public Library to start our research in our ethnography. Thank you to my roommates and friends in the program for putting up with me this summer and exploring New York. But most of all, thank you to our parents for allowing us to live in the city for the summer. New York you have captured my heart. I’ll see you next summer.