New York City Has Been My Paradise Long Before I Knew What It Even Looked Like
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New York City Has Been My Paradise Long Before I Knew What It Even Looked Like

My ambition towards reaching my dreams has done nothing but grow for the past four years.

New York City Has Been My Paradise Long Before I Knew What It Even Looked Like
Nadine Haddad

In sixth grade, after creating a narrative essay about the wonderful adventures I had on a trip to Six Flags Theme Park, I knew that writing was my passion. After grading my paper, my teacher complimented my use of descriptive adjectives and adverbs. I remember her telling me that they “brought the story to life.” Now, every time I write something, I want to make sure it lives as well.

After writing more stories and creative pieces on my own time, I told a few people about what I wished to pursue. Eventually, I was introduced to the topic of journalism, and I immediately became intrigued. I spent a few minutes of my free time almost every day looking up schools in the United States with reputable journalism programs.

Then I found my dream school: New York University.

In seventh grade, I fell in love. I would never stop blabbering about how I will leave Georgia as soon as high school ends and fly down to New York to live off my dream. The more I did my research, the more I rattled on.

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My parents were slightly concerned because they were the only people aware that I was not familiar with the “New York lifestyle.” At the time, I had never even seen the classic New York movies where the main character is in a big rush so he or she desperately whistles for a taxi while a whole bunch of drivers fight over whose car horn can honk the loudest. I didn't even know what the city looked like — I was unaware of the tall buildings, the studio apartments and the famous national buildings that tourists adore.

So, in eighth grade, I took a trip there myself. Well, it was with my school for a National Model United Nations Competition, but same thing.

Visiting the city was like taking a trip to paradise; there was not one second of it that I did not enjoy. My friends and I went sightseeing, visited museums, walked a ton, stayed up late, snuck out of our hotel (but we don’t need to go into detail), attended the Model U.N. conference and enjoyed a countless amount of other things that made the trip unforgettable.

I know for sure that it was one of the best weeks of my entire life. Of course, I was sad to leave, but I was elated to have finally known for sure that New York is the city that I see myself thriving in a few years from now.

I have to say, not only am I excited, but I am definitely surprised — I never imagined my dreams would stretch all the way from Six Flags to New York.

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