Leaving the comfort of your college campus for a New York City internship in the summer can certainly be intimidating. Consider this your sneak peek into the real world where you could be thrown into your dream location without any of your sorority sisters or club lacrosse buddies. Instead of mourning what you think is the loss of your social life for the summer, think of this as one of the most thrilling adventures yet. Here at CM a lot of us have already been through it, and we’re here to make sure you live it up this summer and experience all this amazing city has to offer:
1.) Contact The Kinda Sortas
Although your very best friends aren’t hanging out in the Financial District or Soho with you this summer, there’s bound to be a handful of people that could serve as (at least temporary) companions. That kid you did a science project with who was actually kind of cool? Call him up. Don’t feel awkward about it because it’s pretty likely these students are feeling a little lonely as well. You could even dig as far back as (dare I say it?) high school. Do some Facebook stalking and look for statuses such as “OMGZ I can see lyke the Empire State Building from my Sublet LOLZ!” That should be a clear indicator that the aforementioned person is in fact in New York City.
2.) Explore the Freebies
This may be one of the most expensive cities in the country, but there are still some awesome things to do that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Check out the High Line, a historic train line that has been trains-formed (see what I did there) into an ultra chic park. The High Line is a path that runs on the West Side between West 30th and 40th streets. Check out their website for more information.
3.) Explore The Cheapies
This is your chance to get out there on weekends and find your NYC niche. Be sure to make your way over to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which hosts over 10,000 species of plants and is great for photo-ops if you’re into Instagram. In addition, most museums in the city are on a donation basis, so throw five dollars into the basket and explore the Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum and much more.
4.) Inexpensive Night Life
Nope, that’s not an oxymoron. There are some places in New York that barely cost you a thing to dance or drink the night away. The Bushwick Country Club in Brooklyn includes a photo booth, mini golf and cheap drinks. It’s located at 618 Grand Street in Williamsburg.
Photo: at http://glennremoreras.com/2010/06/