As A Midwest Girl Moving To New York City, I Believe Life Shouldn't Be Lived In One Place
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As A Midwest Girl Moving To New York City, I Believe Life Shouldn't Be Lived In One Place

It didn’t just happen by chance or circumstance.

As A Midwest Girl Moving To New York City, I Believe Life Shouldn't Be Lived In One Place
Sarah Hess

Born and raised in the Midwest, it comes as a surprise to some as to why I would ever leave, especially for New York City of all places. This article is an attempt to share some of the pieces of my story, and it serves as an explanation as to how I got to where I am today. And maybe, just maybe, it will serve as an inspiration to your story too.

I grew up in a southwest suburb of the Twin Cities with a typical suburban lifestyle. I went to great schools, was involved in sports and activities, and was very fortunate to have a loving family and good friends alongside me during my entire childhood. Even though I spent nearly my entire life in Minnesota, my roots stem from Wisconsin. Growing up, I remember frequent car rides to Wisconsin to visit relatives on holidays and special occasions. Both of my parents grew up in small towns, and many of our relatives still live there to this day. Driving down country roads, playing in tree fields and going fishing were part of growing up; these activities were part of my family and my roots. To my extended family, I was known as the “city girl,” since my parents, sister and I lived only a thirty-minute drive away from Minneapolis. But I don’t think I really believed their accusations until this moment, as I am preparing to move not just to the biggest city in the U.S., but one of the largest in the entire world.

My experiences in college continued to shape me into the person I am today and my ultimate decision to move to NYC post-graduation. Studying business at the University of Minnesota right in the heart of Minneapolis opened my eyes to all the opportunities a big city holds for my career and my life. Also, as anyone who has ever met me knows, my study abroad experiences deeply impacted the person I am today. First it was Toledo, Spain and then later London, U.K. Immersing myself in new cultures and experiences inspired me to always surround myself with people that come from different backgrounds. Living in these cities for three to four months at a time and being able to meet people from across the globe taught me that life isn’t meant to be lived in one place, at least not for me. After returning from my second study abroad experience, I knew in my heart that I wanted to live some place outside of Minneapolis after college, and I am so fortunate for this opportunity in New York City to allow me to pursue this dream.

So, how did I get to where I am today, moving from Minneapolis to New York City? The full answer is still a mystery to me, but all I know for sure that it was a little bit of family influence, a little bit more of impactful experiences, and a whole lot of God and His plan for me. The most important part of this whole equation, however, is the family aspect--they have helped me get to where I am today, and continue to support me all the while. Even though right now I am choosing to move out of the Midwest, I will never forget where I came from and where home really is.

"Chase your dreams but always know the road that’ll lead you home again."
– Tim McGraw
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