Throwback time! We’re going back in time now, to 2012 when I first stepped foot in American soil.
At this time I was only a young 17 year old and was still in love with Nick Jonas, Broadway and the idea of NY city life.
I watched the yellow school buses roll past with envy, sure those kids were the luckiest in the world to live in NYC. I admired the business men and women hurrying past, assuming they had made it and idolised all those working in the entertainment field, thinking they had the dream life. New York was the end goal for me at the time and the very epitome of success and happiness.
The most iconic parts of this trip for me were visiting the theatre for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, going to the top of the Rockefeller Centre and successfully not being targeted by promoters on the street (I thought this meant they thought I was a local)
I loved the busy vibe of Midtown and the happy-go-lucky persona so many people we met had. It felt like the America I had been reading and watching for years and encapsulated everything I had ever imagined in the big city.
My five days spent solely in New York instilled a new passion for America and U.S culture in me and led to my enthusiasm when I learnt about my degree course, American Studies and the opportunities I could have to live there. Now, at the age of 22, I have lived in Massachusetts and Utah and visited 15 states. Not too bad!
My opinion of America may have changed since I first visited, but it will always be a place I will continue to love visiting.