I've been living in the East Village for 10 weeks now, but it sure hasn't felt that long.
By going to school in California and spending my summers in New York, I'm hoping to get a better sense for where I want to live after school.
Between running in the mornings, playing pickup soccer at Pier 40, working 10-5 at my internship in SoHo and aimlessly wandering the streets of Manhattan with my camera, this summer has been just about everything I had hoped for.
At face value, I had always thought that New York would have a rough outer shell, and that the only way to break into it would be to move there. That definitely seems to be true. It's hard to truly appreciate all the city has to offer without living here. I had visited for short periods of time in the past, but had never been able to settle down and explore an area with the comfort of returning home instead of a friends couch.
That being said, I didn't even scratched the surface. I spent the majority of my time in Lower Manhattan, mostly because that's where my apartment and internship were located. Looking back, I wish I had taken more time to explore Brooklyn, Queens, Upper Manhattan and so on.
It's hard to believe that my time here is wrapping up, but looking back I can't imagine a better way to have spent my summer. From the wonderful folks at Molehouse Post, to my close friends, new and old, I want to say thanks for helping me find my feet amongst the hectic and occasionally hellish jungle that is New York City.
That being said, I'm excited to head back to Chapman. To the slightly more bearable dry heat of Orange County. It will be interesting to compare and contrast my time in both places as time goes on, but hopefully I'll be back in New York in 9 months time to revisit, and reinvent my experience from this summer.