- When I moved to New York from Kentucky, I realized that the reality was different from what I expected.
- Although New Yorkers are notorious for being rude, most of the people I met were friendly and helpful.
- Little did I know I’d be going through so many bandages before I started walking around town.
The summer before my senior year of high school, I was standing in the middle of New York’s Times Square when I saw an ad that said, “Inspiration is everywhere.”
At that moment, I knew that I would one day return to the city, not as a tourist but as a resident. Fast Apply Six years later, I’m proud to call my Upper East Side home in Manhattan.
Having lived in the city for a few weeks, I learned very little about New York that I didn’t know when I moved from the small town of Owenton, Kentucky, about an hour northwest of Lexington.
New Yorkers are notorious for being rude, but they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met
When I got off Uber to move into my apartment, my super block happened to be outside. He introduced himself immediately and helped carry my heavy luggage up the stairs to my apartment.
With such a big crowd in town, the New Yorkers I’ve seen tend to keep to themselves, which may seem rude to some people. But I’ve found that if you take the time to introduce yourself to them, you can potentially spark an instant bond.
Traveling around town is more convenient than running errands in Kentucky
Growing up in Kentucky, I always drove to my destination, and I hardly remember a time when there wasn’t a moment to pass by. When I went to buy groceries, I had to plan about three hours out of my day due to the inevitable traffic I had to deal with.
However, in New York City, it never occurred to me when I walked or took the subway (although taking a taxi or Uber is an entirely different story). Everything is very convenient because I have a grocery store and drug store on the street and a subway station very close to me.
Everything seems to be at arm’s length and I feel like I make a lot of use out of my day just by going where I need to go.
Kentucky has mostly sporting events, but New York City has something for everyone
Kentucky is a very sport-oriented state.
There’s the Battle of the Bluegrass—the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the University of Louisville Cardinals—and then there’s a horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby. And in Lexington, there’s Kinland Racing.
But it’s about it, so people like me who don’t find sports exciting have a hard time finding things to do in Kentucky.
On the other hand, New York City always has things revolving around a range of interests, from Broadway shows and parties to karaoke nights and street festivals. You never know what you might stumble upon.
In New York, I walked more than ever and stocked up on bandages
Since I don’t own a car—most families in NYC don’t—I’ve walked most places where my legs and feet have had to adapt.
One morning I went to Central Park and when I got home I found I had already ran 5 miles before breakfast.
My feet and heels often blister and I’ve already got my second pack of bandages – but the blisters are worth it.
The hustle and bustle of New York can seem exhausting at times, but it’s very motivating
I am a person who is deeply influenced by my surroundings. So when I feel unmotivated or uninspired, I go for a walk.
Walking through New York City, I felt the energy of people striving for something.
This magical energy is contagious and pushes me to be a better version of myself. Even the Manhattan skyline is breathtaking, giving me confidence that I can do whatever I set my mind to and that no dream big is ever.
I will cherish the life I lived in Kentucky forever, but I am so grateful to live in New York City.
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