Summer in the Big Apple

Spring is a great time to enjoy the warm weather of NYC. People are shedding their thick winter layers, everyone is laying out, friends are catching up and brunching on terraces – it’s basically just a great time to be an NYU student (but tbh, when is it not a great time to be an NYU #amiright?). But, I think one of the most stressful decisions for some is deciding whether or not to stay in this amazing city for the summer.

After my first year, I had to make that big decision for the first time. Looking back, I recall that the most challenging obstacle I had to tackle was whether or not I could afford staying in the city. Moreover, would I be doing something I found purposeful, something that I found to be a valuable use of my time? Either way, where I’d be living was the most important question, and since I’m a student…well, monayyyyyyy.

So, thus began the job hunt. I had applied to three different NYU jobs, all of which provided compensation in the form of free housing and meals. That’s a great gig, right? The stress of applying and trying to figure out summer plans, all while prepping for final exams, really was intense. At the end of the day, one NYU position accepted me, and I was able to stay in the city for the summer of 2015. Ever since then, I fell in love with the city in the summer, and I just knew I never wanted to spend another summer elsewhere.

(peep me in my summer job – 2015 IRHC Welcome Week Event Coordinator)

I always like to say that every city has a different vibe in the city. New York is no different. Summers in NYC mean intern season, and that means lots of college kids flock to the city. It’s a great chance to meet really cool people from all over the US, the world even! That also means Smorgasburg in the sun; street closings in lieu of giant slip’n slides, concerts, and random festivals that celebrate traditions and other things you didn’t even know existed; and my personal favorite, Pride. Summer in the city is also a great time to feel like a real adult. You have time off from school, and you can just work and really figure out whether or not this place is somewhere you could see yourself living after graduation.

(Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York)

Last summer, I was studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and I loved it so much that I decided to stay for the summer term as well to finish up my Spanish minor instead of finishing it up back in NYC. And while I loved Madrid, I’m ready to be in NYC again.

So this summer, I am going to be staying in the city, and I could not be more excited! I’ll be doing a nursing externship through the Clinical Assistant Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. It’s the nation’s second best cancer hospital, and I’ll be working three to four days of horrendous twelve hour shifts. The redeeming part of that is the three to four days I’ll have off every week. I’ve lived here for almost three years, and I feel like this is my chance to really enjoy what New York City has to offer and to explore Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. I’m so stoked to live in the city again, and if you end up coming to NYU, you’ll easily see for yourself why The Big Apple in the summer is something you don’t wanna miss.

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