It seems like ages ago that I first scored my dream internship with Seventeen Magazine and started pursuing my dreams of moving to the Big Apple! After three months that flew by, I wrapped up my time there about a week ago, flew home for all of 24 hours before I had to move into my college home, then started classes just 2 days later! Phew. Can you guess why I’ve been a little MIA?! Well, I thought it was only fair to leave you with a little something to wrap up my NYC adventures as I’ve been documenting them over the summer. Think of it as the Have A Wesley Day Saga: we’re just closing one chapter and entering a brand new one! Excited yet? I know I am!
As I sign off on NYC, I’m wrapping things up with a list of 10 things that NYC taught me this summer. With everything from street smarts to office etiquette, I want to share with all of you who have so graciously allowed me to babble to you all summer long!
1. There are so many free things in NYC to take advantage of; all you have to do is ask around and seek them out! For instance, the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) is free to attend on Fridays from 4-8 PM. I’m a frequent museum hopper, so I was beyond excited to take advantage of this! However, be warned that this is not exactly a well-kept secret, and the crowds can be quite overwhelming (and sweaty and angry). If you’re up to the challenge, go right ahead! If not, save up your $12 to visit at your leisure another day.
2. Part of growing up is learning how to be your own parent, and that is really, really challenging sometimes. It’s easy to sit in your apartment and wait for someone to tell you what to do with your day or invite you to go somewhere, but you’ll quickly come to find that that mindset is neither productive nor gratifying. Just making yourself get outside at all is an instant mood lifter that will inspire you to get on with your day!
3. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s so important to be proactive at work! Busy people aren’t going to give you all the details–you’re often left responsible for filling in the blanks, so always go above and beyond!
4. You can handle the subway, and you are smarter than choosing to take a taxi everywhere! Use my favorite app to get around on the subway, Citymapper, and save your pennies for taxis when you really need them on special occasions. To save even more cash, download the Uber or Lyft apps. I was skeptical of the service’s safety at first, but now I’m hooked. The drivers are incredibly nice, and you can invite friends to join the app for all of you to earn free rides!
5. I think this one is applicable to any city–not just NYC. Save your money during the week so you can splurge without too much guilt on the weekends! Even better, take on a new hobby to fill up your time to keep yourself from boredom-induced shopping the latest Tobi shipment. #guilty
6. Brunch is a national holiday…that happens to occur every day of the week. (At any time of day, mind you!) Give me mimosas, or give me death! (That’s the famous quote, right?;))
7. Networking is so important, even if you’re scared! I now understand the fear guys face regularly asking girls out on dates, because it feels the same way asking an editor to grab lunch! Be brave! It can never hurt to make connections with new people, and the world is so small, you never know how someone might be able to help you out!
8. Thank you notes are not just for the holidays…or the south, for that matter. I have heard time and time again that the deciding factor between giving someone a job over another often comes down to a handwritten thank-you note. Seriously! But don’t limit yourself to saying “thank you” only when you want something–genuine politeness can get you a long way!
9. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. I’m convinced that I work much harder and am more confident when I take pride in my appearance and spend a few extra minutes getting ready!
10. Always, always, look at the bigger picture, and make everything count. If you’re bummed about a seemingly meaningless project you’ve been handed, take a moment to think about why this is important. You can either go through the motions, or be completely determined to get something out of it. This goes for every day too! Ask yourself the hard question at the end of the day: what did I do today to get closer to my goals?
This is my last (eternal sadface) shoot from the city, so of course I had to bring the sass with a few of my favorite accessories like this graphic tee and necklace from T&J Designs. I cannot get enough of the graphic tee trend! They are completely crowding my closet lately, and I’m not sorry about it at all. They’re the perfect go-to for almost any occasion, and even better when they sport a sassy saying!
I paired this tee with my favorite black and white skirt, re-worn from a previous post from Ruby Claire Boutique! A fitted element paired with a looser element is always a perfect equation if you’re stuck on an outfit!
I finished off this look with some perfect accessories from the Coach Fall 2015 Collection! My favorite items that I’m wearing here are the gorgeous Nolita Satchel in Silver/Blush and TAG Temple Eye Cat Sunglasses in Confetti Purple. I think a splash of pink is a perfect accent to any outfit, and this bag is perfect for just that! Though it looks modest in size, it pulls a total Mary Poppins and holds all of your necessities plus more!
I love playing around with fun sunglasses, so the subtle confetti pattern on these from Coach are a match made in heaven! The classic shape is sure to flatter anyone on any day, and this pair offers a fun pop of color when the sun hits it the right way! Everyone needs a little confetti to brighten their day, don’t you think?!
I can’t thank you all enough for keeping up with me and supporting me all along the way this summer! There are many more adventures ahead that I sincerely hope you’ll join me in. If you have thoughts on what you’d like to see on Have A Wesley Day this year, please leave them in the comments of this post, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! It always makes my day hearing from you:)
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