A Guide To Becoming The Ulimate NYC Tourist

A Guide To Becoming The Ulimate NYC Tourist

How to be NYC's most notorious tourist.
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Aside from the gorgeous skyscrapers, the never-ending night life, and pushing the envelope for weird, New York City is also known to be the tourist capital of the world. Every corner you turn, you'll see someone flash a camera or a family trying to figure out which way is downtown. Here's the guide that will help you become NYC's most notorious tourist.

1. I Love NYC merchandise.

It's by far the most cliché thing to wear. Everyone, including tourists, knows that it's just that thing that you look at and say, "Really?"

Nevertheless, it remains a popular hit within the NYC tourist culture.

2. The selfie stick.

The selfie stick has become a hit in tourist culture. You're not an NYC tourist until you have a selfie stick and proceed to obnoxiously stick your hand out in front of people to snap that quick picture of you and Madame Tussauds' Morgan Freeman wax figure.

3. Abercrombie & Fitch.

Abercrombie & Fitch, A.K.A a European tourist's wet dream, is by far the most cheap, popular, and "cool" fashion in the eyes of NYC tourists. If you aren't wearing a "A&F 1995 Crew Champions" t-shirt or ripped jeans with flip flops, you're not a tourist.

4. Tourist wall.

This is a must if you want to be a NYC tourist. Every tourist feels the need to take up the entire sidewalk with their group of 10, in the most fast-moving cities of the world, while carrying bags of clothes (probably abercrombie and fitch) and pointing at buildings. If you don't piss off someone trying to catch the the subway or a bus back home, you're not a tourist.

5. Subway delirium.

"But this is supposed is taking us uptown not downtown, right?"

On the subway, the most touristy thing to do is to talk and laugh at the top of your lungs as your form of communication with other tourists. It's a rare language. You also have to pull out a gigantic subway map to annoy the living hell out of everyone around you. Most importantly, you have to try to fit in your school of fellow tourists in a jam-packed, oven, of a subway during rush hour.

6. Fanny packs.

The fanny pack has been the "day one" tourist feature. Fanny packs were most prominent in the 90's, so if you ever traveled as a kid, you probably used your fanny pack to stash your Nintendo and your games. However, it still is used by many tourists, mostly elderly and middle aged, but it's definitely a must have if you're looking to keep your subway map and event schedule in a secure location. You're not a tourist without one.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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4 Realizations You Have After A Year Of Spending Two Hours A Day Commuting To And From College

Having a friendship with your car may sound odd, but when you spend almost two hours a day in it, you begin to form a bond.

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Although dorming seems like the best option for freshmen to get used to their new home for the next four years, it isn't the most appealing choice for everybody. When you're a homebody like me, the choice between commuting and dorming has a clear answer. Who would want to give up the comforts of home when they don't have to? However, there are some downsides to being away from campus. Having a 45-minute commute has taught me so much even though it has only been a week.

1. Your time management skills will improve drastically

When you commute, your day must be planned in order to avoid traffic and get home on time. You also have to schedule times to eat, do homework, and socialize. This being said, it is much more difficult to be spontaneous. Friends will make dinner plans or ask to hang out when you're already off campus on your way home. The fear of missing out is a real problem, but planning ahead of time still lets you have a social life.

2. Other people will pity you

Whenever I tell people about my commute, I always get words of pity. Of course, it seems disheartening, but you can't let that get to you. There are always pros and cons to everything, so thinking about the benefits of commuting rather than the downfalls will help you feel better about your drive.

3. Your car will become your best friend

Having a friendship with your car may sound odd, but when you spend almost 2 hours a day in it, you begin to form a bond. My car (named Ulysses) and I have been through a lot on the road. From rogue raccoons to crazy drivers on the highway, your car and you will have seen it all. Your car is your trusty steed that will bring you to school and home safely. As long as you trust your car, your car will trust you back.

4. It's nice to sleep in your own bed

At the end of the day, being home is where I feel the most comfortable. The feeling of your own bed and having the privacy of your own room really have their perks. Also, nothing in the dining halls can beat a homemade meal. Some days, I feel that I should've dormed and that commuting wasn't the best option, but being able to be where I feel my best makes the hassle of commuting worth it.

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