NEW YORK CITY!
I have always dreamed about New York City as an adolescent. I guess a part of me then always knew that I was meant to leave home. I moved here on August 2015 during my first year. I have lived here only for a year and a half and already I’ve experienced what it means to go through the process of finding an apartment, dealing with landlords, old buildings and (*drum roll) bed bugs. I have went through a wondrous process of getting to know New York and I’ve already seen one of its darkest sides.
Though it may not be the cleanest and nicest city, it offers a lot of opportunities for growth and adventure for a young person studying drama and learning about the world, learning about herself, learning to be independent, and (*drum roll) learning to be alone.
Here are some things I’ve found in New York that were hard to come by at home:
If you need breathing space and inspiration there are tons of museums you can go to in New York at a pay-what-you-can basis. There’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMa, The Whitney, etc.
One of the perks of being a Juilliard Drama Student is that you have opportunities to watch certain shows for free! There’s also a couple of movie theaters in the city that shows documentaries and foreign films.
If you crave nature or alone time there are also parks and zoos you can go to for long walks. During our first year we had an assignment to choose an animal and observe it and bring our work to improv class. Good thing there’s a zoo (Central Park Zoo) nearby that we were able to go to easily over the weekend.
4) Libraries/Drama Book Shop
As a drama student we are always assigned scenes. While our Juilliard library is very reliable in terms of looking for plays (especially when one is on a budget like me), the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has also been a valuable resource for watching filmed live performances or old movies for research.
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