New York City is a world-renowned capital of culture, innovation, and creativity, and a globally-recognized financial center. This booming metropolis is well known for the hustle and bustle of its fast-paced lifestyle. With so many infinite options to explore, the “American dream” of opportunity and self-determination couldn’t be more real here. The stunning skyscrapers, prestigious universities and unique mix of cultures make New York one of the most popular destinations in the world for almost everyone. Here are 10 reasons why I think New York is the best place to study.
1. A hub for students
With over 400 colleges and universities, including New York University, Columbia University, and Cornell University, New York can provide a well-rounded education for students with any and all interests. More than 100,000 students from around the world came to study in New York in 2017, which is 11% of all international students coming to the United States. New York is undoubtedly one of the most student-preferred cities in the country, and for good reason!
2. Unparalleled diversity
New York is home to individuals from over 110 countries and happens to be one of the most diversely populated places in the world. In this city, you can find people representing all sorts of religious and ethnic backgrounds. Being able to witness and learn from so many cultures at one place makes studying and living in New York City a uniquely international experience.
3. Unlimited entertainment
It’s impossible to get bored when you’re living in New York. No matter what you enjoy – theater, karate or mini golf –New York has it all. There is no shortage of activities for you to do as you pursue your hobbies and explore new interests. With concerts and performances happening every single day, you can always find a place to go or something to do.
4. America’s land of opportunity
Home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, New York has extensive options for students looking to get hands-on industry knowledge. Many companies offer internship opportunities for students to experience what it’s like working for a multi-billion dollar firm. From modeling agencies to banking corporations, there’s no industry that does not operate in this city.
5. A wonderland for book lovers
New York houses almost 100 public libraries which are home to more books than you’ll possibly be able to read in one lifetime. Their quiet and peaceful environment will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Millions of books, maps and magazines are available at these libraries, providing the escape you may need from the outside world.
6. The best place to be a foodie
There are more than 800,000 restaurants and cafes in New York, covering all kinds of tastes and cuisines. These range from 99-cent pizza shops to Michelin star restaurants. No matter what kind of diet you follow, New York restaurants would serve you well – there are tasty options for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. If you’re a coffee lover, such as myself, you’ll find that a café at every corner to satisfy your coffee cravings no matter where you’re going.
7. The bustling metropolis
Anybody who lives in New York will tell you about the bustling culture that majority of the state is part of. New Yorkers are some of the most zealous people you’ll ever come across. The work ethic that they follow is unparalleled. There’s no doubt that this kind of environment will inspire you to work hard and challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone to maximize your chances of success in any field.
8. Getting around is easy
The Subway system, which operates 24/7, is a cost-effective, quick, and easy way for you to get to wherever you’re going. If the Subway is ever too crowded, there are buses that are also accessible from anywhere in the city. If you’re willing to brave traffic, you can also travel easily by taxi or Uber. Personally, I prefer walking through the vibrant and illustrious streets of New York – they never get mundane.
9. Art and history
For all art and history lovers, New York has more than 100 museums that contain over 100,000 artifacts, from the prehistoric era to the modern era. The deeply embedded history of New York can be found both in its world-class museums, and in its historic architecture and neighborhoods. It can take days to cover some of the big museums in the city.
10. There’s peace for all the madness
The 180 public parks throughout the city will be your go-to place to do homework, read books or take a stroll. In a place where there’s so much happening every single day, green spaces like Central Park and Bryant Park can help you balance the all the madness and activity. When you need a break, catch some fresh air and new perspectives as you take in the peaceful environment and natural beauty of the city’s parks.