Over Spring Break I lost myself in relaxation at home with my family and traveled to New York City with my friend Kaleigh for the weekend. I used this vacation as a way to forget about everything that I had going on in Rochester, finishing up classes, working, interviewing and job hunting, etc. I made sure that everything I needed to have done was done before I left, and only used my computer for leisure. Wow, doesn’t sound much like me, huh? While enjoying New York City with my friends, walking around Manhattan, eating rice pudding from my favorite place (Rice to Riches on Spring St. in Soho), and snacking on sushi and sake for hours while catching up… I still kept one thing in mind: could I ever live here? The answer is a sure, no.
Don’t get me wrong; I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with my friends for the weekend. Chatting with Kelsey about her new job as an Art Director for a film production company and visiting Jackie’s research lab at Hunter made me nostalgic yet proud of the successful young women we have all become.
As much as I would love to be closer in proximity to my dear friends from college, I am not the NYC type. Everyone there is in such a hurry, running around with their headphones on, worried about themselves and no care in the world for others. Not my cup of tea.
I even had a culture shock when I came to Rochester, almost a year ago (so hard to imagine it’s been a year already!) when people would walk by me on the streets and not say hello or at least smile. Coming from a small town and a very small college, I was used to be friendly to everyone I came across. Yet, Rochester has grown on me and I can’t imagine having to leave anytime soon. I have established amazing friendships that I am not ready to move away from, involved myself in the community with my research and teaching, and fallen in love with my small studio apartment that is in the heart of my favorite part of the city. My cooperating teacher told me the other day while at dinner that I have turned into a city girl. I agree, I have changed; I do like living in a city, but Rochester city, not New York City.
So I guess in reflection to Cailin’s post the other week, you can have ties to people, but also ties to where you are. Even when I think about moving back home to teach, I am not so sure about it. I have established a life for myself in Rochester and I like it. Do I miss my family, oh yeah. Just look at how much fun they can be…
But, I think it is important think about the environment that you will be living in as well when job hunting. I know there are plenty of job opportunities in NYC for teaching, but I know now, for sure, that I would not be happy living there. Bottom line, Lisa’s new rule of thumb: visit a place, like really visit and explore it, before you commit to a job there. As teachers our jobs are 24/7, yet you want to make sure that you still like your drive to work everyday, the grocery store you’ll go to, and the community of people you will be working with.