New York City: Expectation Vs Reality
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New York City: Expectation Vs Reality

Living in the city is probably not what you'd expect it to be.

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New York City: Expectation Vs Reality
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For the past three months, I've lived in the beautiful and famous New York City. There have been many ups and many downs, but I wouldn't change a thing about my time here. Since I had visited the city so many times before moving here for my internship, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong.

The Subway

Expectation: A clean subway where everyone has a seat.

Reality: A cramped, smelly subway car that makes you question what exactly is touching your back.

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The Neighborhoods

Expectation: That all neighborhoods are the same.

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Reality: Each has their own unique feel and you can definitely have a favorite.

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Getting Around Town

Expectation: That I could walk everywhere.

Reality: Nothing is as close as it seems.

The Weather

Expectation: That nothing could be as bad as hot and humid Houston, Texas.

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Reality: Rain one minute, sun the next, 60 degrees in the morning and 95 degrees by the afternoon. You are never prepared for the weather.

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The Lifestyle

Expectation: A mix of Carrie Bradshaw's relaxed work ethic and Blair Waldorf's spending habits.

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Reality: Working around the clock to hit your goals and trying to figure out how to make $20 last for the entire week.

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The Personalities

Expectation: All New Yorkers are rude and will shove you out of the way.

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Reality: Some of them actually are like this, but most will smile at you and give you directions if you're lost.

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The City

Expectation: That I would get over the hype of NYC after living here.

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Reality: I'll never be over it. New York City is amazing.

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