ughxsif asked: I've always wanted to ask this someone living in NYC and now when I found your blog there's the chance! So, is NYC in reality as in Sex and the city? What part of the town is best to live in for a foreign student (not concret college)? What are the odds of surviving and maybe later even living and getting a job in NYC as a foreign student (who doesn't speak English perfectly) from way smaller and slower country? Thank you! Your blog is kind of a life saver! Don't stop doing this, you're great!xx
Great questions! I will answer one-by-one:
1. Is NYC really like Sex and the City?
There are aspects of NYC that do stay true to Sex and the City, it all depends on your circle of friends. However, some people fail to remember that Sex and the City was based on a collection of articles by Candace Bushnell put into one book. All the articles she wrote were based on real people and are true; the names were just changed for anonymity purposes. So, yes, New York City can be very much like Sex and the City and is probably one of the more accurate representations of chic, “It” Manhattan women trying to survive in this concrete jungle. On the other hand, there are parts that are obviously less glitzy and glamorous, and if you are a true fan of the show you can see that New Yorkers - even chicer, thinner New Yorkers with better clothes - have their fair share of less than glitzy and glamorous days. So, yes, in many ways the show rings true to New York life, but with a more glamorous twist! Of course, I can’t promise you that as soon as you arrive in town that you’ll be photographed by Patrick McMullan and become a staple on the NYC social scene, but anything can happen and I think that Sex and the City does a great job of conveying that.
2. What part of town is the best place to live for a foreign student?
Honestly, if you are a student, I think the best place to live is near your school. I know you said that you were referring to a place not specifically near school, but if you are a foreigner and do not have many friends here, then I suggest that you live on or near campus. As a foreigner you will want to establish some meaningful friendships and create a network of people you can rely on. Therefore, if you do end up going to school here, I would suggest that you live in close proximity to campus.
3. What are the odds of surviving and, later, living and getting a job in NYC as a foreign student who doesn’t speak English perfectly and who is from a smaller and less fast-pace country?
Your odds depend on how badly you are willing to hustle. There are women I know who live the most glamorous lives and work so hard, and yet their standard of living has been incredibly compromised. Yet, they say to themselves, “As long as I can continue to wake up in this city, I am thankful.” If you make a move over here, knowing it will be hard and knowing that you need to have rhino skin in order to deal with some of the financial compromises you will have to deal with, then you will certainly survive. In terms of the English barrier, you learn as you go along! I actually work with many foreigners and they are some of the smartest, most driven people I know. New Yorkers love hiring foreigners because of their strong work ethic and dedication. I do not think you will have a problem in that regard, especially if you are someone who adapts easily.
Good luck to you! I hope this helped!