A New York State of Mind
It has been a week since I have arrived in New York City and I honestly couldn’t be happier! It has been a dream of mine – for pretty much my entire life – to visit “The Big Apple,” and that dream has finally come true! When I found out that BYU offered a New York study abroad for the students in the communications department I knew that I had to apply. And I was overjoyed when I was selected to take part in the New York Field Experience!
For the next month and a half, I will be studying video production, social media marketing, and pop culture within the heart of Manhattan. My assignments will all be centered on creating content for all the social media platforms and our NYC blog nybyu.com. These subjects are perfect to study in New York and I can’t wait to start learning.
So here I am! I have finally made it to the “greatest city in the world” and I am loving every single second of it! And the best part is that this trip isn’t just going to last a week or two. Nope! I get to be here for six whole weeks! As you can tell from the pictures… I am only a little excited to be here ;). But, sadly, one of those weeks has already come to an end, and I thought it would be fun to share with all of you what I have been up to!
“Never fear, Brooklyn is here!” (Name that movie/musical!!!!) The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. It is also freaking gorgeous! The view from the bridge is amazing! You can see then entire skyline of New York City from the lower part of Brooklyn Bridge. My friends and I decided to walk the bridge from the Brooklyn end into Manhattan. Honestly, I think this is the best way to do it. We had such a clear view and the weather was very nice (a bit windy, but nice).
Living on the Upper East Side makes me feel like I belong in Gossip Girl! But it also means that I am only a couple blocks away from Central Park. I have already spent so much time in this amazing park and it has quickly become one of my favorite locations to do homework, eat lunch, or simply relax. The park is so green right now too and it is a beautiful sight to behold. The pink cherry blossoms are in full bloom – which only adds to the beauty. The street performers are so much fun to watch and there is food on almost every corner! The options are limitless. I am certain that I will continue to be spending a lot more time in Central Park with the weeks to come and am excited to discover all of the hidden gems scattered around it as well.
Of course, you can’t visit New York without taking a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. And here’s an extra tip… go right before the sun is going to set! The view of the city is spectacular with the setting sun. And then… you get to slowly watch the city light up and come to life right before your eyes. It was sooooooooo cool to see! Plus, the line to get in is much shorter during the evening hours. But do bring a jacket… it can get really cold up in the clouds!
Week one has been a blast! New York City has definitely made its way into my heart! This next week is going to be just as amazing! We’ve already got so much planned I don’t know how we will possibly get any homework done! 😉
What are your favorite places to visit in NYC?! I’d love some great suggestions!
XOXO – Sadie