Friday, June 20, 2014

A girl needs some space

It has always been my dream to move to New York City — but isn't it everyone's? In my vision, I walk the streets of the Upper East Side, or anything as glamorous as those Gossip Girl reruns I unashamedly watch on Netflix. But now that I’m here, aside from the expense, it doesn’t quite match my (admittedly unrealistic) GG expectations.

When I found out that I had been accepted into the ASME internship program, I nearly died. I did not think that a girl from South Dakota who had never worked for a magazine before would be awarded an opportunity as amazing as this. I rearranged my summer schedule, bought a plane ticket, and headed out for the summer of a lifetime.

Dont get me wrong: I love the hustle and bustle of the city and the fact that theres always something to do or see (sometimes for free, if you're lucky!). I like the fast pace, the opportunities, and the endless supply of food trucks and ice cream choices. I even enjoy the culture shock that I experience daily, like the first time I saw a cockroach in my apartment — but I digress.

A girl needs a little space, so when the opportunity to visit with an old friend and get out of the city presented itself to me, I jumped on it. After a four-hour bus ride, I eagerly entered the fresh air of the Berkshires' wide-open spaces. My friend picked me up (the sweet, sweet freedom of being able to drive), and I enjoyed a weekend of mountains, fresh air, hiking and space. Its amazing what a little time out of the city and a little love from a hometown friend can do for the soul. It was so nice to reconnect with her and marvel in all of the oddities the East Coast holds for us South Dakota girls, who somehow ended up halfway across the U.S. together.

As I lounged by the lake breathing in the mountain air and eating cheap pizza, I contemplated the possibility of continuing my internship from that very peaceful spot, rather than returning to the city. Then I realized while this time out of the city was an amazing, relaxing vacation, thats all it was. New York City is my home for the summer, and I need to embrace all of the opportunities it holds — scary and exciting — so back to the city I went.  No matter what I encounter along this journey, I know I always have an old friend and some elbow room just a bus ride away.

Written by Jordan Smith, South Dakota State University, Inc. Magazine
- Edited by Christina Jedra, Emerson College, Parents 

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