In our new guest post series our fall intern Jessica Kovac shares what’s currently on her mind over a cup of tea. In this kick-off post, she shares her insights on finding oneself in a city environment.
Since I am bicoastal, I am immediately unlike the majority. While most grow up convinced they will never come close to seeing the bright lights of NY, I saw them for the first time when I was six weeks old. NYC has been apart of my life since as long as I
can remember, and it will always be my home. It’s almost like having stepparents. Your parents will always be your parents, but your stepparents are your “second family.” New York is that second family. California was where I was born, it will always be my home for that reason, but New York is where I feel like I grew up. What really sealed the deal was learning to take public transit. The beauty of New York City is that it is the biggest community whilst thriving on the pursuit of the individual. Returning to the example of public transit, something as seemingly small as taking the crosstown bus to school in the morning was the day that I learned I could depend on myself. That is the beauty of this city. It provides the tools for self-growth.
When I came to Manhattan and had the opportunity to compare my experiences to suburban Los Angeles, Manhattanites were much more welcoming. What surprised me about this was the clear distinction that was drawn between the two. New York City and Los Angeles are known as capital cities, specifically for fashion. However, the way to which style is approached is in complete opposition. In Los Angeles, at least from my perspective, style is looked at as a way of life. What is right for one is right for everyone. The trends set the rules. In New York, the opposite is true. What is right for one is wrong for the other. Diversity rules the playing field. For someone who never felt like she fit in high school, New York City was calling my name by the time the word “college” started floating around.
The whole point of being in college is to discover who you are and what you want to do with your life. If you cannot feel like you can be who you are, is that goal really accomplished? As I continue to attend school in NYC and intern for The Style Line, I can say I do not have that problem. It is the one place where I finally feel like I can be me, and that is a gift that is priceless.
- JESSICA KOVAC
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