It feels weird writing this blog in the common room of a now-empty apartment. Well, I say empty, but there is now 6 of us living on the floor, temporarily as we move to our new apartment in Brooklyn on June 1st. But I can't believe I've lived in this apartment for nearly 9 months now, leaving with 11 incredible friendships.
This is the first time I've really written a personal blog post thus far. I mean I've shown you some of my favourite places and I've told you some of the things that keep me going, but I haven't really talked about things that have happened or I have experienced throughout my time here. As you guys can imagine, and anyone who has moved countries or even cities can imagine, moving here was extremely daunting. I had lived out of my parents house into two different apartments in Newcastle in the North East of England, but nothing could've prepared me for different world I was moving to. I guess in a way I was "ready", I have always wanted to live in NYC and I knew it was where I needed to be so I had confidence in that sense. But I am someone who needs their home comforts or some form of "base" in the place where I am living. Packing everything I owned into suitcases and boxes and heading to a different country, I had no idea what to expect.
For first year, for a number of reasons, I'd decided to stay in the dorm building that was right on the same block as the school. I didn't know what neighbourhoods were good to live in and whilst adjusting to a new school, I really didn't want to worry about a commute. In the early months of 2015, the school set up a Facebook page where we could "connect" with one another. In fairness it worked! This was when I began talking to a Mr Wyatt Maloy.
Now with this 12-person apartment, the rooms were shared. On the initial housing form you could put down a preferred roommate, either a specific person or a preference. Wyatt and I, the first day we talked decided to just go for it. And from then on we spoke near every week on the run up to move in. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't completely naive in the fact that someone you think you know can be a completely different person when you live with them, but hey, I was already taking a big risk in moving. Wyatt turned out to be one of the best things about my move. He literally is my stateside equivalent of an annoying brother and we have had such a laugh. Currently, Wyatt is back in Colorado, where he is from (don't get him started on talking about it because it will turn into a 3-hour monologue of why it is the greatest state). But already cannot wait till he gets back to the city so we can have another drunken Mexican night at Benny's Burritos on Greenwich Avenue!!
12 of us in an apartment sometimes resembled what I imagined it is like living in the Big Brother house. A large group of different personalities, living in close proximity to each other, whilst all attending a drama school. A daunting situation to think about, right? On reflection, I would'nt have changed it for the world. Of course we had our fair share of hard times, 12 people using 1 kitchen and 3 bathrooms can get MESSY. Meh. The littlest of worries when you think about it. But on Floor 5, we had some of the best times. Everyone cooking together for Floor 5'sGiving (Thanksgiving), Secret Santa and going to Cassy's parents house in Florida for Spring Break. We were extremely lucky to have had this experience and for it to be such a "family" feel. Something I would not change for the world. I remember the first day we got to Cassy's house in Clermont, looking at us all running around in the sun, boozing, eating and swimming and just feeling so content and lucky to have such an experience. If theres one thing I've found living here is that leaving the city and gaining some perspective can make you miss it and appreciate it all the more. I appreciate and love all 11 of the gang I lived + Amara ;) with and hope they all have the best summer ever!
Like I said at the beginning, its so weird seeing everyones room's emptied out and the floor being so pristine, its lost its energy and life. But its a bittersweet feeling as I can spend the next week working at school next door and reflecting on all the funny times we had.
So what does the next chapter hold? Well, next Wednesday (1st June), Jordan, Sarah (2 girls I already lived with), Ian and Finty all move out to Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. Chapter TWO. I'm so excited to decorate our apartment in NYC and start to build up our own little home here! And who happens to be our next door neighbours but Cassy, Casey, Savannah and Amara from the Academy House. All I can say is Bring. It. On. This summer acts as a celebration of an incredible first year in my favourite city in the world and the foundation of the next phase here. Who knows whats in store?!
Happy Wednesday everyone!
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