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  • Anna Makarova

the beginning in NYC

Hi all,

It's been three weeks since I moved to NYC and wow what a time it has been! Definitely lots of exciting new experiences but also scary and uncertain! I guess it's all part of adulting :)

As I mentioned in the one of the last blog posts, in the past month I have graduated UVA, moved from a small rural town to NYC and started a full time job! While all of these things have been great blessings, it has also been a major whirlwind of adjusting to a new way of life, even when it comes to the little things that I have taken for granted in the past.

For the first time, I am not living with either my family or best friends (in college). So every time I come home there isn't that constant support system. It's a lot harder not to live within a 5-10 minute radius with all your best friends (which was a convenience of the past). It makes me miss how easy it was in college to text a friend and spontaneously grab a bite together and catch up. And now I have friends who will be moving as far as Colorado and Spain! That's way too many timezones away :(

In college, the schedule was so different. You could come in and out of class, go from one extracurricular activity to the next. You could create your own schedule. Now it's 9-6 standard work hours which is not bad but definitely different. Now I truly understand what people meant when they said you should love your job because it is such a big part of your life! I mean I always understood what they meant by that but actually experiencing it is so different. I am glad I have been enjoying may work so far! It's taking time to adjust and actually use those evenings to be productive, make plans, and actually enjoy life to the fullest rather than resort to the easiest thing which is lounging around and watching Netflix haha!

Living in a big city, I don't have a car any more and have been walking everywhere. This is actually one of my favorite adjustments. I love to walk and getting those steps in daily has been great. I walk 30 minutes to work and 30 minutes back everyday and try to walk to as many things as I can outside of work. I have honestly been trying to avoid the subway as much as I can (even though I had to use it a couple of times). One adjustment that I didn't even think of before moving to the city is grocery shopping. In suburbia, it is so easy and convenient to drive to the store, use the cart to wheel your groceries to the car and then drive back home. Now, I have to limit myself to a maximum of one maybe two bags! Again, this isn't bad, just one of many adjustments :)

These are just a few of my initial impressions of the first three weeks in the city! Thanks for reading!

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