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What Happens When You Get the Internship You Wanted, But You Realize It’s Not For You

Tanja Garic in Central Park

By Tanja Garic

Going into the semester, I couldn’t believe my luck. The main reason I wanted to take part in the Newhouse NYC semester was because of one particular PR agency that I felt was the right fit for me. When I got the offer, I couldn’t have been more excited.

But a couple of weeks in, my excitement wore off and panic set in. My dream internship wasn’t really my dream. I was devastated. I never, for a minute, imagined that I would end up thinking that it wasn’t right for me. I expected to love it, and to want to continue doing lifestyle and luxury PR throughout my career. But it didn’t go that way for me.

Unfortunately, I discovered that luxury PR is not something I am passionate about, and the accounts I worked on were not fulfilling. I found the work I was doing for the accounts to be very far removed from the world I live in, and not in my realm of reality.

I thought I would be enjoying myself, but instead I was in full panic mode, convinced that I had made a huge mistake. I was in the midst of an existential crisis. Looking back at it now, I regret wasting that time so panicked and stressed out because I lost valuable time, and in the end, things turned out okay.

Once the panic had subsided, I realized that I hadn’t made a mistake and I was wrong to regret my choices. I was still learning a ton even if my experience wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be. I knew I had to get over my image of what my experience was supposed to be like, and that proved to be the hardest part. Talking to others that had been through similar situations, as well as those close to me, helped me to let go of that image and realize that everyone’s experiences will be different, and that’s okay. Some people will love the time they spent at their internship, while others will not. It’s completely normal.

If you realize that your internship isn’t the right one, then the best thing to do is to take a step back and reassess what else you like, and what other career paths interest you. The next time you’re looking for an internship, picking a different field that you’re intrigued by might be the best move. It’s also important to realize that it’s okay to not love what you’re doing. Not everyone gets it right on the first try. It takes some people years to figure out what it is they love to do.

The best thing to do is to appreciate that you now know what you don’t want to do. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received in the past few months is that knowing what you don’t like is just as important as knowing what you do like.

Even in the worst experiences, there are still things that you enjoy. Whether it is the clientele, or the size of the company, or the work you’re doing, there has to be something that you like about it. In my case, even though I realized that it wasn’t the right field of PR for me, I loved the people I worked with, and the atmosphere couldn’t have been any better. Being surrounded by people who are so kind and genuine is such a good feeling, and it is something that I am extremely thankful I had. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when everyone around you is so wonderful to be around. It’s a factor that can get easily overlooked, but it can make or break an experience. Be sure to take note of what it is that you like and make sure the next place you go to has it, and take note of what you don’t like and avoid going to a place that has it.

My biggest piece of advice to everyone, whether you love your internship or you realize that it’s simply not for you, is to take the time to appreciate and enjoy your time in New York City. It’s a wonderful place, and there’s so much to enjoy if you just try to appreciate your time there. It goes by so fast, and before you know the semester is over, and you’re leaving New York City.

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6 Tips on Eating Out in NYC on a Student’s Budget

By Natalie Rudakevych

During one of my first weekends living in New York City, I had dinner with a friend who was visiting from out of town. Neither of us knew where to eat, so we went to the first restaurant we saw—a trendy Mexican place in the West Village. We both wound up spending about $30 each on four tiny tacos and an appetizer, and I quickly realized I couldn’t afford to eat like that every weekend.

It’s not a secret that New York is an expensive city to live in, but it’s even less affordable when you’re a full-time student. You have to learn to be thrifty. My semester in the city has definitely taught me some lessons about eating in the city, and I’m happy to share my six top tips for eating out without going completely bankrupt.

 

1. Lunch specials are key.

Always go for the lunch special. I love Vezzo Thin Crust Pizza (31st and Lexington, near the Fisher Center), where you can split a large pizza and salad for $20 (it’s more than enough for two people). I also frequently order from Absolute Thai (near EHS), where you can get an entrée, salad, and appetizer for around $10.

 

2. Don’t forget about student discounts.

Being a student has its perks! The EHS website has a list of places where you can get discounts with your EHS ID card (including Dunkin’ Donuts, Famiglia Pizzeria, and Garden of Eden Marketplace). It also never hurts to ask if a restaurant offers student discounts.

3. Subscribe to NYC guides.

Websites like Time Out New York, Thrillist and Pulsd typically feature deals and lists of cheap places to eat. There are almost always deals for bottomless brunch at fancy places. Subscribe to the email newsletters so you never miss a good bargain!

4. Don’t be scared of produce stands.

This isn’t really a tip for eating out, but you can find stands selling fruits and veggies all over NYC. It might seem a little sketchy at first, but the produce really is fine and a lot cheaper than Whole Foods.

5. Food carts are also okay.

Some people are scared to try food carts, but it really is a cheap way to get a meal. The prices are good and the portions are typically huge. Roaming Hunger has a great food truck map that shows you where your favorite food trucks are located at any given moment, so you can always track down something good to eat.

6. Know when to splurge.

If you’re a Newhouse NYC student, you’re only in the city for one semester, so make the most of it! It’s okay to go out to brunch or splurge on an expensive dinner, just don’t do it every day. Make a list of the more expensive restaurants you want to try during your semester in the city and go to one a week, or as often as you can afford.

 

Now that my semester in the city is over, I’m going to miss having the ability to get any kind of food I want whenever I want. From pizza to soup dumplings to soul food, NYC has everything. While it’s important to spend your money wisely, don’t forget to take advantage of living in one of the food capitals of the world!

The Best Free Activities in New York City

By Alford Daley III

Let’s face it guys: New York City can be tough. Over a million people live here, new people move in everyday with hopes and dreams, and of course, almost everything is expensive. Oh and guess what? That one really pricey event you think you deserve because you’ve been saving up for months and want it so bad? Like Hamilton tickets? Everyone else wants it, too—so you might not even get to go.

However, being that NYC is literally the greatest city in the world, there are plenty of FREE activities that are fun, exciting, and even adventurous. (Did I mention free?) Here are my top four favorite activities that won’t bust your wallet.

1. Attend a taping of an NBC show

Ever wanted to be in the audience of the legendary “Tonight Show,” or marvel at 40 years of comedy history at “Saturday Night Live?” A lot of people don’t know this, but tickets to an NBC show at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is free! 30 Rock is the home to NBC’s entire late night lineup, including “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “Saturday Night Live.” Getting tickets can kind of be tricky and often sell out within minutes of availability. But with preparation and timing, you can have a night of laughs for the price of zero dollars.

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2. Walk around the best of NYC parks

NYC is famous for its beautiful parks. And the most gorgeous thing about them is that they all cost the lovely price of nothing. You and your friends can have an adventure walking through some of the cities best parks like Bryant Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, and your Instagram favorite, Central Park. Winter or spring, New York City parks are a visual delight that’ll allow you and your expenses to rest easy.

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3. Walk the High Line

Aside from being a really cool train-track-turned-elevated-linear-park, the High Line is also famous for being the go-to “I’m a tourist but I’m tired of Times Square so let’s go do something that seems not touristy but really is” destination. It also has really nice views of the Chelsea area and is featured in the opening credits of SNL. So maybe you’ll run into Kenan Thompson! With its unique structure and dazzling sights, the High Line is the cool hip alternative to every crowded, cracked, and rigid sidewalk you usually find in NYC.

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4. Go to a pay-what-you-wish museum

I know I’ve broken the sacred rule, and I’m counting this as my one cheat. But with all that NYC’s famed museums have to offer, while only asking you to pay whatever you want, this might as well be free. MOMA, The Met, and Whitney Museum are just a few examples of places that offer this fantastic deal. And don’t be shy about abusing that rule. I once saw a family of 15 get into The Met for only one dollar.  Don’t worry, spare a dollar, and have fun being educated at a fancy museum.

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Chicago vs. New York City: How the Windy City Compares to the Big Apple

By Carrie Kaiser

Hi! My name is Carrie Kaiser and I am a junior Advertising major from Chicago currently at Catch 24 in New York City. As the semester comes to a close, I can confidently say that I feel much more comfortable in New York City. Not too comfortable—just yesterday I realized I was walking the wrong way for four blocks through Soho because there’s not the same number system down there. New York City has a way of humbling you just when you think you’ve got it down.

Chicago feels much more familiar to me. While Manhattan is literally surrounded by an ocean, in Chicago I feel the sense of being near open water much more. With Lake Michigan lining the whole east side and the river running right through the center of the city, it’s hard to avoid. NYC is just so much more packed—with people, with restaurants, and with buildings—that you feel enclosed by the current area you’re in no matter where you are. It’s not until you walk the Brooklyn Bridge or go to Battery Park to say hello to Lady Liberty that you realize just how surrounded by water you are.

Chicago also feels slower. By slower I don’t mean less metropolitan, I mean the feel is literally slower. In New York, there are so many more people rushing to catch walk signals and there are constantly five new restaurants to try. I’ve only been here for a few months and I already get the sense that I could be here for a few years and still have 20 things to do on my list. The turnover rate is twice the pace of Chicago’s.

While I think New York City might seem more daunting to jump into, I think it is easier to adjust here. The grid system of the streets and the amazing subway system  (Chicago’s is great too, but not as extensive) make navigation extremely easy to catch on to. Aside from the southern part of the island, it is impossible to head the wrong way for more than two blocks. After my first few weeks here I should have added pivoting to my resume.

One of my favorite things about both cities is the museum scene. Chicago has the Art Institute and New York has the MET, both of which should be day-long trips with all they have to offer. One of my favorite moments this semester was when I decided to go to the Museum of Modern Art alone one Wednesday and stumbled upon Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” It was the painting that inspired me to paint and has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. I went into the museum with no expectations and was graced with such a pleasant surprise during a hectic week.

Laura Superina, Carrie Kaiser, and Lauren Newfield at “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”

That’s what I’ve noticed about this city. It is full of little moments to bring you back from the constant rushed feeling—you just have to peel your eyes from your cell phone and keep an eye out for them. The High Line as flowers start to bloom, Ladurée’s macarons, the luck of the draw to get free tickets to see “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” hearing the “Game of Thrones” theme song in violin at the Herald Square station, using the spire of the Empire State Building as a compass, or stumbling upon your favorite painting; there are so many things to appreciate at every moment that it’s hard to pick any singular one.

I have to end with what you’ve been expecting this whole time: pizza comparisons. I am fully aware that I am totally biased, but I will give New York an edge on regularity. After I eat deep dish pizza in Chicago, we need to go on a long-term break. However, I could eat New York style pizza every day without fail. To me, there is nothing better than Pequod’s Deep Dish Pepperoni pizza, but Rubirosa’s Vodka Sauce pie really does take a close second.

 

LA 92 Screening and Our Last Diversity Class with Professor Joy Reid

By Allison Raymond

On Wednesday, April 26th, students of Professor Joy Reid’s Race, Gender, and the Media class met in Harlem for the screening of LA 92,” a documentary about the LA riots in 1992. We were the youngest people there, and several people were shocked that we were not yet born at the time of these riots, but were also happy to see that we wanted to learn more about them.

The film itself was extremely well done and at times emotionally intense. The directors sorted through over 100 hours of video to create this stunning piece of film. There was no narration and it only consisted of original footage, which was very interesting to see. The film showed the events leading up to the riots and captured the shocking moments in a way that will definitely stick with me. Similarly to the screening of “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” we attended earlier in the program, it wasn’t necessarily a “fun” thing to watch, but it was definitely a powerful learning experience.

Because it was our last class, Professor Reid took us to Melba’s, a Southern comfort food restaurant. As we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by the staff and a personalized menu that Professor Reid had set up for us. She also gave each of us a signed copy of her book, Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, and the Racial Divide, and a copy of George Lois’s Damn Good Advice. The food was amazing (that mac and cheese was to die for!) and we had a blast hanging out with Prof. Reid.

Even at 11:00pm, we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t want this class to end! Prof. Reid has been such a positive energy and we are sad that our learning experience with her has come to an end. Thank you Prof. Reid for all that you have done for us this semester! We are all proud to be your first class.

How I Tamed the Subway

By Ronnie Saldarini

I was born and raised in the suburbs. After years of traveling on the open road, lined with green yards, picket fences, and the occasional squirrel, I was not looking forward to commuting in a crammed subway car that runs underground. For me, taking the subway seemed like a daunting task. I’m not a fan of crowded places and I was afraid I’d get lost trying to follow the twisted lines of the subway map. But after living in New York City for about four months now, I believe I have tamed the subway. So to all of you who are fearful of joining the rat race, here are a few tips and tricks to make your subway experience a quick and easy way to traverse this concrete jungle.

The subway is probably the best way to get around the city. You don’t have to deal with traffic or weather conditions, and it’s usually faster and always less expensive than taking a taxi. I know the subway map is intimidating, but apps such as Citymapper and Google Maps will give you directions for free. Literally type in a starting address (or use your current location) and an end address, and the apps will provide you with step-by-step directions on where the nearest subway stop is, what subway (or subways, if you have to transfer) you need to take, and what stop to get off at for your final destination. The apps also offer information about when the next subway will arrive, provide an ETA, and even note any delays. Unfortunately for all of us, delays happen often. Take it from me, it’s stressful being stuck on a delayed subway when you know your class starts in less than 30 minutes. Thanks to Citymapper though, I was able to find directions to another subway and made it to class with two minutes to spare. And on the off chance you get lost, remember that New York City is a grid filled with straight lines and right and left turns; you’ll be able to find your way. One thing I’m still trying to master is making the correct turn out of the subway. I often walk a block before I realize I’m walking in the opposite direction of where I need to go, but almost no one else has this issue (if you do, my next blog, “How I Tamed Right versus Left Turns and Vice Versa,” will be released as soon as I figure that out).

 

It’s easy to plan a subway ride, but riding it is a different beast. There is nothing fun about riding on a crowded subway during rush hour. The subway is loud, sometimes smells, and has many characters who do not care about your “personal space.” While you can’t do much about potential smells, listening to music on headphones lets you block out the noise around you. Just make sure it’s not blasting, which can annoy the people around you, and make you less aware of your surroundings. There have been numerous times where my music prevented me from hearing people get on the subway. Don’t do this to yourself. Otherwise, you’ll be shocked (and sometimes frightened) to see four extra people standing near you (who weren’t there minutes ago) when you finally pick your head up from your phone.

To give yourself room, I suggest packing light and standing near the doors of the subway car. A small backpack or bag keeps you from bumping into people, and standing with your back to the door means no one can stand behind you. On my first day of class, I made the mistake of bringing most of my books and standing in the middle of a subway car. Every time I turned, my backpack hit someone, which New Yorkers do not appreciate (they didn’t yell at me, but their death stares made it clear that I had wronged them). Although you might have to step aside more often to let people on and off the subway if you stand near the doors, you’ll ultimately have more space to yourself and lower your chances of irritating people (like I did).

If you aren’t convinced that you’ll survive the subway, please read how my first subway trip went compared to my subway trip a week later. The first time I used the subway, it probably took me 7 minutes to figure out how to buy a MetroCard (you will be fine if you just follow the on-screen instructions, which I was incapable of doing for some reason). Once I had a card, it took me three tries to properly swipe it through the gate. Then I struggled to fit my over-packed backpack through the turn style and had an internal debate about whether I should head downtown or uptown. Once I got on the subway, I held onto a railing with two hands since I would lose my balance anytime the train would suddenly stop then accelerate. The entire subway ride, I constantly checked my phone for step-by-step directions to make sure the subway was going past all the correct stops. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity (it was a 17-minute trip according to Citymapper), I arrived at my destination.

A week later, there is no subway story to tell. I had no issues. I swiped my Metro Card, got on the right subway, stood confidently during the subway ride, and arrived at my stop in a couple of minutes. Your first subway ride will most likely not go well, but you’ll be able to tame it in a week like I did (or probably less time). I always got to my destination in a timely manner, no one bothered me on the subway, and best of all, I felt like a real New Yorker.