When I first committed to NYIT, a plethora of emotions attacked me. Generally all positive, but there were a few “what-ifs”. The biggest negative emotion which overcame me was the fear that I was missing out on an experience everyone else would have being on an actual college campus. Yes, i always loved NYC and knew Manhattan was where I wanted to be, but I once actually read a Buzzfeed article literally titled “Why going to college in NYC is different than being on a campus…No, not in a good way.” Once I read that, I got scared. There’s something unique about being on a campus, it becomes your entire life and you never leave, and that’s exactly what I waned to avoid, but should I be avoiding that?
Over this past weekend I finally got around to visiting my best friend up at SUNY Purchase, not even an hour outside of Manhattan. The campus was nice, but man, am I happy i go to school in NYC.
The campus offered shuttles to and from Westchester which is basically their city, and it was nice down there, but it certainly doesn’t compare to Manhattan. It was cool having your own town filled strictly with college kids, but I think a big reason I love NYC so much is because of the diversity. I’m surrounded by college kids when I’m at class, but I can leave that behind when I want.
There also just wasn’t much to do… Maybe this is the spoiled NYC kid in me coming out, but I can leave at any hour in the night and find something to do or somewhere to eat! Around there, everything shut down by 9pm.
Yeah, I had some doubts about going to school in NYC and what I would be missing if I didn’t live on a campus, and I can totally see how it can be fun and a good experience for some, but for me, I need the hustle and bustle of the always energetic Manhattan.