So far I have been in New York City for a little over a week and it has been crazy! Among all the things I have had to finalize with my VISA, internship and housing, I am pooped! The hot, hazy weather here has definitely put me in a relaxed and reflective mood.
Here a few tips if you are fellow Canadian or non-American citizen and are looking to begin as exciting internship in the Big Apple!
1) Make lists!
I cannot emphasize this enough! Moving from your hometown to a new city can sometimes be a little overwhelming, which is why it is always important to stay super organized. Start with getting a notebook or piece of paper and begin to jot down any major important things that relate to what you need to be doing. It is always best to organize your list into categories i.e. housing, internship, etc.
2) Know the subway like the back of your hand!
If you are from a city or town that does not have a subway system or hell even if it dies have one, the New York subway system can be a little confusing. They are not only numbered subway lines but there are also lettered ones and because Manhattan is surrounded by so many boroughs, you have to make sure you are on the right one so you don't end up in a completely foreign part of the city! I suggest buying a subway map which is available at drug stores such as, Duane Reade and taking a day riding the subway to make sure you are familiar with where you need to be going.
3) You won't be using change on the subway!
Before riding the subway in New York City, you must purchase a MetroCard. You can get these at the kiosks inside the station. They are available for one time use or unlimited rides for a 30-day period. Be sure to get one of these as they are essential for getting around this stylish city!
4) It won't just be shopping bags you will be carrying!
If you will be living in NYC for the summer, as tempting as it may be to eat out every night, it is not always realistic so finding a grocery is key. New York tends to have a few smaller food markets and delis to buy food but if you are interested in buying a large number of groceries check out these places, Trader Joe's located at 138 East 14th Street, known for its amazing deals or Whole Foods Market located at 250 7th Avenue known, for its selection of organic foods. No matter what you are looking for, these places will each have you covered.
5) Have an adventure!
Most importantly remember to have fun! Interning in the Big Apple is a once in a lifetime exciting opportunity that you will definitely remember for the rest of your life. Make sure to take advantage of every opportunity that is given to you and make the most of such an exciting adventure!
Here's to you! Enjoy!